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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

Alabama isn't known for it fluorescent rocks. However, it is home to America's space and rocket program and Huntsville boasts over 240 caves within th...

This is a polished slice of a septarian nodule from the famous Muddy Creek location in Orderville, Kane Co., Utah.  The interior of these nodules are...

Every so often, a common location will produce a very uncommon specimen.  The Elmwood mine, a zinc mine located in Carthage, Tennessee, is best known...

A little known mining area exists on Chunky Gal Mountain, near Franklin, Clay County, North Carolina.  This area produces fine crystals of corundum th...

In keeping with the theme du jour, here's a piece of green fluorescing wavellite from the famous Mt. Ida area - perfect for St. Patrick's Day, and bet...

Today is St. Patrick's Day - so in keeping with the theme, here's a blindingly bright piece of hyalite from Georgia.  Shortwave

 Paul Garland was a prolific collector and photographer of fluorescent minerals.  Sadly, he passed a while ago.  I obtained permission from his sister...

This specimen was found in an estate sale of a very prolific collector.  Sadly, none of the specimens had ID tags.  From the majority of the collectio...

Hyalite opal from the Chalk Mountain Mine, in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, provides a classic example of uranyl-activated green fluorescence, and is o...

This is a fluorescent, Pliocene age (approx. 5 mya) Mercenaria permagna clam fossil from the famous Rucks' Pit site in Fort Drum, Florida.  During the...

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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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