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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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A seldom seen fluorescent mineral - Kuangshan Town, Lengshuijiang City, Loudi City, Hunan Prov. - under longwave.  Photo courtesy 沈洪涛

Had a great time at Tucson and found lots of new material. This was one of my favorite finds - Calcite crystals on fluorite crystals - shown LW, SW, a...

Gibbsite is a relatively rare aluminum hydroxide. It is composed of two different color phases: a rich blue and a lighter sky blue with individual azu...

Fluorite and calcite combinations from China are pretty common. This one however, just seems different. Perhaps it's that the calcite isn't in a tradi...

White hexagonal columnar calcite with black scalenohedron color zoning.  It is a two generation growth calcite where the inner black scalenohedron for...

High power LED 365nm lights are changing the fluorescent mineral hobby.  Folks can now collect fluorescent minerals with a light costing under $60 and...

Beautiful under white light with a saturated gemmy blue color, under UV amazing phantoms are revealed along with a rich, velvety blue fluorescence.  L...

These pieces are found in a hydrothermal lead-zinc deposit, hosted in limestone and sandstone, with granite intrusions.   Two mines operate in the are...

There was a recent post in the FMS Fluorescent Mineral Group on Facebook discussing the fluorescence of scheelite under LW UV (UVA).  I checked the pi...

Here's an amazing Creedite from the Qinglong Mine, in the Guizhou Province. Not only does the speciment have beautiful crystals in natural light, the...

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FINDING MINERALS
 

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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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