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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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This is an excellent example of Greenland Fantasy Rock, showing a beautiful multi-colored, multi-wavelength fluorescent response under various UV wave...

Let's face it - most rocks from Greenland are butt-ugly. Sure, gem tugtupite is pretty, along with the occasional crystal find (sorensenite, etc) but...

Under shortwave  - 1st pic - bright yellow phlogopite crystals on a backdrop of reddish fluorescing calcite, bluish gonnardite (supposed).  Under long...

Brick-shaped rock consisting of white to light pink tugtupite, light colored sodalite (var. hackmanite), grey analcime, chkalovite and dark grains of...

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...

Hackmanite from Greenland offers the most striking color change (tenebrescence) I have seen from any place in the world.   Most sodalite from the Ilim...

"Red" sodalite is found in one area along the southern shore of the Tunuliarfik Fjord.  It is so named because the almost colorless sodalite turns a n...

When I first started bringing rocks back from Greenland we were mystified by our finds.  Tugtupite and sodalite were obvious, but the many other fluor...

This piece was ID’d as lazurite, thomsonite, w/ sodalite.  I can confirm the sodalite by the orange fluorescence, and the phlogopite is obvious under...

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FINDING MINERALS
 

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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.

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