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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

Aesthetic cluster of waxy, pale yellow, calcite scalenohedrons and minor chalcopyrite on a minimal limestone matrix, from the Sweetwater Mine, Ellingt...

This midwestern fluorescent beauty consists of pockets of scalenohedral calcite crystals on a limestone matrix, and was collected from the Pugh Quarry...

This spectacular fluorescent specimen features multiple golden, twinned, calcite crystals on a matrix of dark purple, hydrocarbon-included fluorite, f...

Cascade Canyon is a little known location situated in the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of Los Angeles.  The rocks of Cascade Canyon are primarily...

This is a lovely fluorescent specimen featuring numerous zircon crystals and minor fluorite in a non-fluorescent quartz matrix.  Collected from the Eu...

This is an excellent example of Greenland Fantasy Rock, showing a beautiful multi-colored, multi-wavelength fluorescent response under various UV wave...

This beautiful multi-colored fluorescent specimen was surface collected from the tailings that remain at the site of the former Minerva No. 1 Mine, in...

To mineral collectors, the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colorado is best known as a producer of some of the finest rhodochrosite specimens in the world....

Terlingua calcite is a rock of many faces, as few other fluorescent minerals show such a varied fluorescent response under different UV wavelengths....

A seldom seen fluorescent mineral - Kuangshan Town, Lengshuijiang City, Loudi City, Hunan Prov. - under longwave.  Photo courtesy 沈洪涛

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FINDING MINERALS
 

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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