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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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Numerous mines in Northern England have produced beautiful fluorite specimens.  Of interest to fluorescent mineral collectors is that some of these fl...

Daylight fluorescence is a phenomenon where some fluorescent minerals show a noticeable color change under sunlight, due to the UV component of the su...

England has some very interesting and famous fluorescent materials. Material from the Danby Level, Northside Mines, Whaw, Arkengarthdale, North Yorksh...

From Weardale, Durham, UK, comes this lovely combo. Under midwave UV you get the fluorescence of both the fluorite and the calcite. 

Source: Fluorescen...

Green cubes of fluorite on a light brown matrix, from the Rogerley Mine, Weardale, County Durham, England.  Discovered in the early 1970’s, the Rogerl...

And if that’s not enough, minerals include: Calcite (red), Barytocalcite (pink), Witherite (cream), Baryte (yellowish white), Fluorite (dark blue), an...

Gemmy, green cubes of fluorite with minor non-fluorescent galena on a light brown matrix, from the source of some of the most beautiful and brightly f...

 From the Rampgill Mine in Cumbria, England.  Most of these are from old-time collections, not found today.  Beautiful pastel colors - shortwave, midw...

Beautiful plate of one of the most fluorescent (and famous) fluorites, from England. These pieces set the bar for other fluorite - some of the nicest...

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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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