Email comments or suggestions:

Home

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!

Zunyite, an Uncommon Fluorescent Beauty

19.6.2019

Zunyite is an uncommon aluminum sorosilicate mineral that shows a soft, cherry red fluorescent response under short wave UV.  Zunyite gets its name from the type location that it was first discovered at- The Zuni mine in San Juan County, Colorado.  The specimen shown here features hundreds of small fluorescent zunyite crystals in a matrix of mostly non-fluorescent quartz.  This example is from a classic location for this material- the Big Bertha mine in La Paz County, Arizona.

Above:  Small octahedral zunyite crystals show deep red fluorescence under short wave UV (254nm).  There are also grains of a second, unidentified fluorescent mineral present, that shows a bright orange response.

 

Same specimen shown under visible light.  Brown zunyite crystals in a matrix on light-colored quartz.  The size of this specimen is 55 x 36 x 35 mm, and it weighs 73 grams.

Please reload

Recent GlowNotes Posts

Please reload

Visit the GlowNotes Blog to view more - educational posts, equipment, minerals, photography and displays

Related Posts:

Please reload