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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Mn-bearing fluorapatite from Ham & Weeks, fluorescing yellow in SW. 

Lit by a 15w Glw Stck. Specimen is 42 x 34 x 22mm.

Margarosanite is a rare calcium lead silicate mineral that shows a beautiful short wave fluorescent response that ranges from blue/white to pastel sha...

Willemite and calcite are staples of the Franklin Mine; scapolite, quartz and pyroxene, probably less so. Here's a small, but nevertheless interesting...

Sphalerite is a stunning material, and apparently quite varied in its manifestations. This Sterling Hill Mine specimen is a rather large piece, over s...

Sphalerite and microcline from the Taylor Road site in Franklin, New Jersey is quite beautiful stuff. There may even be a smidge of chlorophane in thi...

This small piece was languishing in our cabinets until I hit it with a very strong longwave lamp. Only  then, did the bright yellow zincite appear. Qu...

Here is a very small sample of yellow fluorescing calcite from the Franklin Mine, in Franklin, New Jersey. Two traits separate this from most of the o...

Grey-colored specimen containing a high percent content of eucryptite, from the Parker Mountain Mine, Parker Mountain, Strafford, New Hampshire.  The...

Route 72 Roadcut (found in 1974) - Near Ellis Avenue, New Britain, Connecticut - Shortwave

Actually, this is a very unusual specimen consisting of brightly fluorescent hyalite opal (Opal-AN) on translucent quartz, from the Lord Hill Quarry,...

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