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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Nosean on Sanidine from the In den Dellen quarries in Germany. The overall size is about 6 x 5 x 4 cm and weights 74 g.

Under long wave the nosean...

An incredibly bright SW combo, the dolomite fluoresces deep red and the calcite red-orange. Under LW, the dolomite continues to produce a faint red. 


Grains and veins of scheelite in quartz matrix, fluorescing bright cornflower blue in SW. 

Lit by a 240w SW transilluminator. Specimen is 132 x 94 x 50...

Schalenblende is an interesting rock composed of concentric layers of fine grained sphalerite, typically included with intergrown crystals of other su...

Radiating sprays of light blue wavellite crystals in dark brown shale. In LW the wavellite fluoresces bright aqua blue. Circular patterns within the c...

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

Macro photos of dark purple ruby crystals in a matrix of muscovite and feldspar. Famous locale for nice crystals with bright red fluorescence. The fie...

Yttrofluorite is defined as fluorite (CaF2), where the rare earth element yttrium replaces some of the calcium atoms, and therefore has the molecular...

Three red fluorescent calcities from Sardinia, Italy.

- The first one is a very beautiful specimen in daylight too.

Quartz and galena crystals are among...

On the typical yellow limestone matrix of this italian locality, there are several calcite cristals. Their color varies from white to honey and the di...

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