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

Zincite is considered to be a rare mineral, occurring in quantity at only Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey.  In its pure form, zincite consists...

A premium example of exsolution Willemite in brown Tephroite, with Calcite, and Franklinite (NF) from Sterling Hill NJ.  It measures 3.5"x3"x2" and we...

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

When it comes to fluorescent rocks, the brighter and more colors seen under UV, the better.  Franklin, New Jersey, the Fluorescent Mineral Capital of...

Buff-colored piece of solid Axinite-(Mn) [aka manganaxinite], with minor willemite and a blue/white fluorescent mineral that is likely margarosanite....

Here is a cabinet-sized "Third Find" Wollastonite from my collection. Notice the cream colored Barite embedded in the Calcite which is tending more to...

Here is a cabinet-sized specimen of Margarosanite with some Willemite from my collection. I think the tan mineral on lower right is that Pecto-Prehnit...

Here is a cabinet-sized specimen of Esperite, Willemite and some deep blue Hardystonite from my collection. The Hardystonite is actually a thin layer...

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

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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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