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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This is a spectacular 4-color, mixed mineral, fluorescent specimen from the Franklin Mine, Franklin, New Jersey.  This rock contains sphalerite, chlor...

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...

A dramatic example of zoned fluorescence in apatite, very characteristic of the material from the David Mosiah claim, Cerro Huañaquino, Potosí Departm...

Spent a bit of kale on this one - apatite from Llallagua, Bustillos Prov, Potosi Dept, Bolivia. In MW and white light.  Same color under shortwave but...

I picked this piece up in Tucson..  It has dozens of bright yellow fluorescing apatite crystals but what attracted me was the large topaz crystal (ass...

A large specimen from Sterling Hill measuring 6 x 3 x 2" weighing 1lb 13oz.

Here's pretty specimen -  a small apatite crystal of about 2 mm across, on a matrix of albite. Came from Mount Saint Hilaire.
The apatite shows differ...

Apatite is usually fluorescent a bright lemon yellow under SW and dimmer under MW and sometimes LW.  This specimen fluoresces the typical lemon yellow...

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