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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Here's a beautiful, multi-colored fluorescent specimen from a little-known area in Imperial County, California.  This little fluorescent gem was colle...

A really nice example from the Mahoney mining area in New Mexico measuring 3.5" x 2.5" x 2.0".  Photographed in SW.

Yellow zincite strongly fluorescent under longwave 365nm, with willemite and calcite.  The blue fluorescence is strongly phosphorescent.  1st pic LW,...

From the Brunita Mine, La Union, Murcia, Spain. A nice sandwich of calcite between layers of caliche. Seen under LW_UV. (courtesy of the MKA)

Salmon calcite looks like fresh, raw salmon. For the sushi aficionados and fisherman alike, you understand. This piece has veins of salmon calcite wit...

Salmon calcite matches its namesake—raw salmon. This piece is composed of beautiful crystals of the pink colored calcite and weighs in at around 10 po...

Not many collectors seek out chalcedony. Similarly, when they hear caliche [a zone of calcium carbonate or other carbonates in soils of semiarid regio...

This specimen is from the Zumwalt mine in New Mexico. The UV photo is SW showing green opal, orange caliche, and blue aragonite. It is 3.5"x2.5" 13.5o...

This is a spectacular extra large 7" specimen from the Hogan claim in AZ.  Because of their brightness, these specimens are a photographic challenge....


Caliche on the first side but not on the 2nd side.  Phosphorescent.

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