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Nature’s Rainbows is a non-commercial web site maintained entirely by volunteer hobbyists and contributors.  Our mission is to provide information about UV and luminescence, premium fluorescent mineral photos, and a fluorescent mineral database for the enjoyment of FL mineral collectors around the world.  Information on this web site is covered under a Creative Commons License.


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Fluorescent Mineral Photo Gallery

Minerals that are fluorescent under shortwave, midwave, and/or longwave UV from around the world.  Each database entry shows white light photos along with UV photos, as well as localities and descriptions.  Use the index to search for specific minerals, or fluorescent minerals from a region.   If this page is entered via the index, the results are filtered.

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Had a great time at Tucson and found lots of new material. This was one of my favorite finds - Calcite crystals on fluorite crystals - shown LW, SW, a...

Famous “Tugtulite” (original story below) from the type locale for tugtupite. We made many significant discoveries over the 11 years I conducted tours...

Gibbsite is a relatively rare aluminum hydroxide. It is composed of two different color phases: a rich blue and a lighter sky blue with individual azu...

Last year (2017) the midwest chapter of the FMS had their annual meetup in Marion KY, followed by an evening of collecting at the Minerva Mine in So....

Yxsjoberg is a skarn-hosted tungsten-copper-beryllium deposit located in the Bergslagen mining district in south-central Sweden. The earliest records...

Most of the calcite I've seen from this mine has been massive habit - beautiful veins intersecting willemite.  This is a crystal specimen from the sam...

The Garpenberg mine is a currently very active zinc mine and is one of Europe's most progressive underground mining operations.  Collecting is not pos...

White hexagonal columnar calcite with black scalenohedron color zoning.  It is a two generation growth calcite where the inner black scalenohedron for...

Fluorite is a common mineral - but not so in the Ilimaussaq Complex, especially the fluorescent variety.  Over a dozen years of exploration we only fo...

Let's face it - most rocks from Greenland are butt-ugly. Sure, gem tugtupite is pretty, along with the occasional crystal find (sorensenite, etc) but...

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FINDING MINERALS
 

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Famous localities are listed as separate geographic areas under Region View.

Using the search box above you may find specific minerals, mines, or localities.

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