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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.

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White glassy calcite matrix mainly covered by Afghanite Phlogopite and other several varieties of fluorescent and NF minerals in  small quantity . Qui...

Esta es una Spodumena var. Kuncita en matriz procedente del Valle Kunar en Afganistan.

Se muestra bajo LW con una intensa respuesta naranja q...

 This is the tip of a large kunzite crystal (130 * 30 *5 mm) in halogen light, 365 nm Convoy S2+, and MW-UV respectively. When lighted with halogen fr...

 An example of marialite (member of the scapolite series) alongside massive phlogopite.  The phlogopite on this piece fluoresces bright yellow under s...

Hauyne (bluish SW, yellow LW), Gonnardite (bluish white all), Phlogopite (yellow SW), Calcite (reddish SW and MW) - a great example of hauyne altering...

Afghanite - duller yellow longwave, phlogopite - bright yellow shortwave, calcite - reddish SW and MW, albite crystals(?) - white SW, and lazurite - b...

Under shortwave  - 1st pic - bright yellow phlogopite crystals on a backdrop of reddish fluorescing calcite, bluish gonnardite (supposed).  Under long...

Vorobyevite is a member of the beryl family.  It is a cesium beryl - rich in REE cesium.  Naturally colored a light blue, it is very fluorescent under...

And the Afghanistan rocks just keep coming!  This area will be a prolific source of fluorescent minerals if we can ever get someone with a real UV lig...

There’s a lot of confusion about the minerals from Afghanistan.  Sometimes they are called wernerite, other times scapolite, and even other times misi...

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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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