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 a large (25cm x 15cm x 15 xm) coralloid formation of Aragonite from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico. I don't know if coralloid is an official...

This is a nice little gemmy Adamite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapami, Durango, Mexico. It is pretty small (4.2 cm x 3.1 cm x 1.6 cm, 28.3 grams), but it i...

This is a unique mixed-mineral specimen, that due to its manganocalcite content, is of interest as a fluorescent specimen.  It consists of white to li...

A small percentage of purple fluorite from the Ojuela Mine in Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, shows a beautiful, rich, red fluorescence under UV.  This is a...

Translucent calcite crystals partially cover green adamite crystals on a limonite matrix.  Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Municipio de Mapimi, Durango, Mexico....

This is a find from one of the Peruvian dealers at the 2017 Tucson show.  The first pic is a combination of longwave and shortwave; the sphalerite is...

Cuprian powellite: Jardinera No. 1 Mine, Inca de Oro, Chañaral Province, Atacama Region, Chile.

The yellow fluorescence of powellite, which is intrinsi...

This specimen came from one of the mines near Caracoles, Antofagasta Region, Antofagasta Province, Sierra Gorda District, Caracoles, Chile.

The caracol...

A brightly fluorescent and phosphorescent calcite cleavage rhomb from Challenger Cave, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  This specimen shows classic Terlingua-type...

Terlingua-type calcite shows a similar response to UV light compared to true Terlingua calcite, from the Terlingua, Texas, area.  True Terlingua calci...

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