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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

Phlogopite, hackmanite, and winchite from Sar-E-Sang Jurm, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. The phlogopite, a mica, glows yellow, the hackmanite (sod...

If you like fluorescent rocks you will really like this.  I recently purchased a flat of top grade extreme color changing hackmanite mine rough from A...

Under shortwave UV the sodalite crystals fluoresce a magenta whitish color, similar to the phosphorescent color (which I believe might have something...

How 'bout you grab your UV light, hop on a plane and head out to the mines in the remote mountains of Afghanistan.  I guarantee you will discover a ne...

Sodalite from Afghanistan (Hackmanite) is very tenebrescent.  Upon exposure to UV (shortwave or longwave) it changes its natural color to a deep blue....

This material is very tenebrescent and also very phosphorescent.  It takes a while to fade (put under very bright light).  Also present is winchite (v...

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FINDING MINERALS
 

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.

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