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...

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

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...

This rock reminds me of our early days collecting in the Ilimaussaq Complex of Greenland.  At that time we were finding dozens of fantastically glowin...

This piece (as most from Afghanistan) is best displayed using multiple wavelengths.  This piece, as shown in the first pic, shows best under a combina...

Under FULLWAVE UV (LW+MW+SW) this piece is amazing, and pretty striking under SW too.  Bright orange fluorescing calcite appears to be the matrix.  Si...

This piece (as most from Afghanistan) is best displayed using multiple wavelengths.  This piece shows best under a combination of longwave, midwave an...

This is a spectacular and unique fluorescent specimen that has a lot going on under every UV wavelength.  It perhaps shows the greatest variability of...

This piece (as most from Afghanistan) is best under fullwave (all three wavelengths - SW+MW+LW - 1st pic).  Longwave brings out the beautiful orange c...

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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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