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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Classic combo from LLZ. In SW, the chondrodite fluoresces yellow, the calcite pink, the diopside aqua blue, and the aragonite blue. 

Lit by a 15w Glw S...

This mineral comes from Somma-Vesuvius Complex (Naples, Italy).

It was found around 1960s in the pumice layers of the 79 DC Vesuvius  eruption, the one...

Diopside (fl blue & yellow), smithsonite (fl red) under 253.7nm SW from the Red Raven Mine in Adelanto, CA. All mineral identifications for this speci...

Light-colored piece of diopside with a marble-like texture, from the Lake Valhalla Quarry, Montville Township, Morris Co., New Jersey.  This specimen...

This multi-wave fluorescent specimen contains wernerite, diopside and minor calcite, collected from the Purple Diopside Mound (PDM), Rose Road, Pitcai...

This is a spectacular fluorescent Diopside specimen that rivals most Franklin material for brightness.  Collected in 1995 from a roadcut along US Rt....

Grains of brightly fluorescent diopside with minor non-fluorescent pyrite in a calcite groundmass, from the Rt. 4 Roadcut, Fort Ann, Washington Co., N...

Chris Powell from the Fluorescent Mineral Facebook Group made a new find in Utah.  It is fluorescent blue and yellow and is quite heavy. XRD testing r...

The Parham combos are top material for the fluorophile collectors. Calcite = red, diopside = greenish blue, chondrodite = orange, aragonite/hydrozinci...

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