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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Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Buffalo, Scott Co., Iowa, the Linwood Mine is one of the largest underground limestone mines currentl...

This unique fluorescent specimen comes from the Palmarejo Mine, in Chínipas, Chihuahua, Mexico, and consists of a brightly fluorescent calcite scaleno...

This is a fluorescent, Pleistocene age (approx. 1-2 Ma) Busycon rucksorum whelk fossil from the famous Rucks' Pit site in Fort Drum, Florida.  These f...

This beautiful 4-color rock is from the Nelly James Mine (also known as Miller Canyon), in southern Arizona.  At its best under short wave UV, this sp...

This beautiful 3-color fluorescent rock features a combination of calcite, willemite and fluorite and is part of a find made by New Mexico based colle...

This stunning fluorescent rock features a beautiful 3-color combination of calcite, willemite and fluorite and is part of a find made by New Mexico ba...

This banded fluorescent beauty is from the Pure Potential Mine in La Paz County, Arizona, and features alternating bands of red fluorescent calcite an...

This is a large, spectacular, plate of brightly fluorescent, plumose and needle-like calcite scalenohedrons from the San Antonio Mine, East Camp, Sant...

An incredibly bright SW combo, the dolomite fluoresces deep red and the calcite red-orange. Under LW, the dolomite continues to produce a faint red. 

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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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