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.

Click any thumbnail for a full set of larger images.  Skip to the next page of images below, or filter  by

Some think this piece looks like a cross between Nemo and Dory, regardless, it's an interesting and allegedly relatively rare. It's hackmanite, cryoli...

Very interesting fluorescent specimen consisting of a cluster of large, blocky, light-colored scapolite crystals (partially altered to feldspar, var....

I’ve handled a lot of sodalite/hackmanite from Greenland (and other parts of the world) but this material is the strangest I’ve seen. 

Areas on this ro...

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...

This is a giant feldspar crystal (a single crystal) with attached quartz, uranyl activated.  The unusual blue fluorescence (SW) is suspected of being...

Nice crystal of feldspar on a quartz matrix.  Green fluorescing areas are uranyl activated coating.

Some pieces of feldspar fluoresce in two different colors, nicely zoned. Have heard that the activator for the blue fluorescence is uranyl, unknown fo...

The feldspar on these pieces is quite fluorescent.  The sodalite is dim SW but bright LW - best displayed under both wavelengths

Please reload


Ten sets of images are displayed at a time.  Browse the archives for past pics, or just keep hitting "Older" to load more pics. 

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.

Questions or comments?


Email comments or suggestions:


RSS Feed
  • reddit
  • Facebook Social Icon

Subscribe to our RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed to get new posts delivered directly to your desktop!

Nature’s Rainbows is a non-commercial web site maintained entirely by volunteer hobbyists and contributors.  Our mission is to provide information about UV and luminescence, premium fluorescent mineral photos, and a fluorescent mineral database for the enjoyment of FL mineral collectors around the world.  Information on this web site is covered under a Creative Commons License.

Feel free to contact us with comments and suggestions.

Like us on Facebook!