This website was created to share some of the natural beauty of fluorescent minerals through photography.
It contains many animated images of specimens illuminated by white light and then one or more wavelengths of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Under UV these minerals glow, or fluoresce, often brilliantly.
Apologies to those visiting with dialup access, but rather than create small files which download quickly but render poorly, I've tried to keep things looking respectable here. I need to like what I see, too.
Some care was taken to ensure our photographs match, as closely as possible, the actual fluorescence emitted by the specimens. Still, they look a lot better in person.
Hopefully this website encourages you to see a well-lit display of fine fluorescent mineral specimens for yourself. They really are gorgeous.
For additional information, including two sister websites, see links. For questions/comment write me.
Willemite (green) and sphalerite (pink and blue). fluorescing under midwave UV. Franklin, NJ. Field width 1 cm.
Sunrise looking along the Kangerluarsuk fjord, Ilímaussaq, South West Greenland.
Tugtupite (red) and analcime (blue)
under shortwave ultraviolet. Ilímaussaq, South West Greenland. Specimen width 10 cm.
Special thanks are due to Mark Cole of minershop and Lee McIlvaine, Howie Green and Earl Verbeek for sharing great specimens and even greater collecting adventures.
May they continue. Luminously.
Earl, Herb, Mark, Lee and Howie. Reykjavik Iceland, 2005.
Herb Yeates / January 2007