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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.

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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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Scheelite (fl white) & hyalite (fl green) from P Pat. Super bright because it's a completely fresh face.

The Thomas Range, located near the town of Delta in the West Desert area of Utah, is a small mountain range that formed approximately 7 million years...

Translucent lemon yellow fluorapatite crystals from Cerro del Mercado, Durango, Mexico. Calcite, hyalite opal, and quartz form the matrix.  The apatit...

This is a hollow, rhyolitic, geode nodule half containing a botryoidal, bubbly mass of colorless hyalite opal and small quartz flowers, from the Cande...

Today is St. Patrick's Day - so in keeping with the theme, here's a blindingly bright piece of hyalite from Georgia.  Shortwave

Coyote Hole is relatively unknown to the fluorescent rock world, but clearly has some interesting material. Here is a piece that appears to have calci...

Hyalite opal is almost always bright green and can be found all over the world. The opal from the Erongo Mountains in Namibia, however, is among the b...

Patterns of bright red fluorescing calcite with pockets of aragonite make these pieces interesting and eye-catching. Also, there appears to be two typ...

Light-colored, dendritic, brecciated opalized volcanic tuff (opalite) having a sponge like texture.  Contains weblike veins of hyalite opal (Opal-AN)...

Actually, this is a very unusual specimen consisting of brightly fluorescent hyalite opal (Opal-AN) on translucent quartz, from the Lord Hill Quarry,...

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