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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.

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

To mineral collectors, the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colorado is best known as a producer of some of the finest rhodochrosite specimens in the world....

Horn Silver Sphalerite is one of our favorite materials. Fluorescent in all wavelengths with an amazing array of colors, phosphorescent, and tribolumi...

High power LED 365nm lights are changing the fluorescent mineral hobby.  Folks can now collect fluorescent minerals with a light costing under $60 and...

Sphalerite is a stunning material, and apparently quite varied in its manifestations. This Sterling Hill Mine specimen is a rather large piece, over s...

The Horn Silver mine is located in the town of Frisco, Beaver County, Utah, and during its heyday in the late 1870s, was one of the richest silver pro...

This triangular-shaped piece of waste rock was surface collected from a tailings pile at the Maxfield mine, in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County...

Sphalerite and microcline from the Taylor Road site in Franklin, New Jersey is quite beautiful stuff. There may even be a smidge of chlorophane in thi...

Collected in October 2016 during a visit with Mark and John in the late afternoon. In just a few minutes I learned some very valuable clues as what to...

This is a beautiful 4-color, mixed mineral, fluorescent specimen from the Franklin Mine, Franklin, New Jersey.  The primary component is chlorophane,...

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

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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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