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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.

Click any thumbnail for a full set of larger images.  Skip to the next page of images below, or filter  by

This is one of the most striking specimens from the mines in Mongolia of this material.  The calcite offers a dramatic backdrop for the mottled blu/ye...

Bright orange fluorescing sodalite with blue/green fluorescing chkalovite from Greenland. The sodalite is nicely tenebrescent (hackmanite). At the low...

Pieces like this are pretty rare from Greenland. The matrix appears to be chkalovite (green fluorescence at the bottom, muted overall response under M...

This is one of the brightest varieties of sodalite from the Ilimaussaq Complex in Greenland.  It is colored pea-green in white light and fluoresces a...

People new to the hobby of fluorescent minerals typically have a lot of questions about UV.  What is the difference between shortwave (SW), midwave (M...

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Ten sets of images are displayed at a time.  Browse the archives for past pics, or just keep hitting "Older" to load more pics. 

You may filter the view of the archive to find minerals in a certain geographic area, or those that respond to specific wavelengths or have other characteristics.  If the view is filtered the results show only that selection.

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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