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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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This is perhaps the brightest fluorescent mineral on the planet (or pretty darn close).  A beautiful grape color naturally, it fluoresces a very brigh...

Willemite on calcite, w/ diopside - W. Pierrepont, NY. Very phosphorescent. SW, phosphorescent, Natural - iso100, 4 secs, f11

Comment from FB on the di...

3-color specimen from the famous Franklin Mine in NJ.  Interesting (to me) how the clino and hardy seem to intermix.

The Reocín deposit in Santander Province consists of primary sulfide ore and is (was?) one of Europe’s largest zinc mining operations. Hydrozincite in...

The fluorescence on this piece is striking - a bright violet (very hard to capture accurately with the camera, but I think I did a good job).Slightly...

Sorensenite is a rare tin-beryllium mineral from the Ilimaussaq Complex in Greenland.  It is only found in this remote locality.



These very bright zircon crystals are among the largest known. From the Rift Mineral Province, Malawi. Shortwave and natural shown; click any image fo...

In the early 70’s a small deposit of bright yellow fluorescing quartz was discovered near the town of La Sassa, Tuscany, Italy.The unique mineralogy (...

 From the Rampgill Mine in Cumbria, England.  Most of these are from old-time collections, not found today.  Beautiful pastel colors - shortwave, midw...

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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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