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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Hemimorphite is a zinc silicate hydrate mineral that is found in various locations worldwide.  Most hemimorphite specimens show little or no fluoresce...

Macro photo of a large (18mm) translucent yellow stepped cerussite crystal, perched on blades of pink and yellow barite. In MW the cerussite fluoresce...

A large chocolate brown zircon crystal from Malawi exhibiting yellow SW fluorescence. 

Lit by a 15w Glw Stck. Specimen is 54 x 38 x 36mm. 

This gemmy cluster of yellow fluorite cubes from Aouli, Morocco makes a nice display specimen under normal light.  Under UV, however, it also shows an...

A new mineral to us, we found this specimen buried in a flat of old specimens at a local rock show. We left it there for two days, and it remained, de...

Radial brownish Willemite concretions with a 2nd generation growth of white cristals. These fluoresce very bright and willemite has intense and long g...

Here's a quartet of Tarbuttite specimens from the Broken Hill Mine in Kabwe Zambia. Though not as bright as the material from the Skorpion Mine in Nam...

Green Willemite and white-tan Smithsonite -as  described in Robbins (1994). Willemite covers about half of the surface of the specimen and consists of...

This is a Prehnite from Merelani Mine, Arusha, Tanzania. A group of nice blue crystals with a light sprinkling of graphite matrix.

Calcite and Fluorite, w/ Pyrite - El Hammam Mine, Morocco under shortwave, midwave, and longwave UV

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