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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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A premium example of exsolution Willemite in brown Tephroite, with Calcite, and Franklinite (NF) from Sterling Hill NJ.  It measures 3.5"x3"x2" and we...

A really nice example from the Mahoney mining area in New Mexico measuring 3.5" x 2.5" x 2.0".  Photographed in SW.

This is a beautiful pair of 6" specimens from the Talc mines in New York.  Photographed in LW, SW and NL.

This is fine 4" example of Strontio-Aragonite from the Boccheggiano pyrite mine in Italy.  It shows a strong red/pink fluorescence in LW.  The fluores...

A fascinating example of Puttapa Australia measuring 3". The UV photo is LW + SW. Photographed with a 60mm macro lens at F32 ISO 100.

An extraordinary example from the Puttapa Zinc mine in Australia measuring 3". The UV photo is a combination of LW and SW.  Photographed with a 60mm m...

A prime FL example from this newly discovered location in Arizona located in the Santa Rita Mountains!  This specimen is 5x3x2" and is over 1lb 2oz....

Pink/Red Manganocummingtonite (LW), Orange Tremolite (SW, LW).  This 3" specimen is from the No. 8 Reynolds Mine in Talcville NY. The LW color is quit...

An extraordinary 5" example of Corundum in Andesine from Norway. Photographed in LW.  There is no response under SW.  This piece sold in 1968 for $30....

A nice 3.75" example from Puttapa Australia. From the Warrington collection, WA. Photographed under LW and SW with a 60mm macro lens at F32. The yello...

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FINDING MINERALS
 

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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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