The Most Amazing Fluorescent Minerals in the World.

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Top Photo: Willemite with Calcite, Franklinite. Bottom: Mangano Calcite from Mongolia.
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Top Photo: Willemite with Calcite, Franklinite. Bottom: Mangano Calcite from Mongolia.
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Top Photo: Willemite with Calcite, Franklinite. Bottom: Mangano Calcite from Mongolia.
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Top Photo: Willemite with Calcite, Franklinite. Bottom: Mangano Calcite from Mongolia.
Top Photo: Calcite form Unanderra, Australia. Bottom: Willemite with Calcite and Zincite, New Jersey USA
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Top Photo: Calcite form Unanderra, Australia. Bottom: Willemite with Calcite and Zincite, New Jersey USA
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Top Photo: Calcite form Unanderra, Australia. Bottom: Willemite with Calcite and Zincite, New Jersey USA
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Top Photo: Calcite form Unanderra, Australia. Bottom: Willemite with Calcite and Zincite, New Jersey USA
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Top Photo: Calcite form Unanderra, Australia. Bottom: Willemite with Calcite and Zincite, New Jersey USA

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 In today's  mineral/crystal collectors  society Flourescent minerals are still considered the "niche" market of mineral collecting.   As the years go by I do find more and more people choosing to start this unique passion of collecting.  If your passionate and love crystals and minerals  and you have a few dollars to spare, well then go and buy yourself both  long wave and short wave lamps plus  a couple of fluorescent minerals and discover this beautiful, vivid, colourful world of FLUORESCENCE!!!!

Now there are two types of fluorescent minerals, short wave  and long wave.  Long wave U.V  lamps (Black light) are realitively cheap and easy to buy  and  is probably the least expensive wave to start of your collection.  But sooner or later you will also want to have a short wave  U.V. lamp too, why?...because 90% of fluorescent minerals work in short wave light.  Short wave light is UV light but at a shorter wave length.  So if you just go to your local Bunnings or Kmart and get a 15 dollar Long Wave light from the party/disco section your limiting your fun.  For about 30 dollars you can purchase a Short Wave Mineral Lamp at your local Mineral or Fossil store, or even buy one on ebay, and I will assure you, like me you wont regret your desicion for purchasing one.

Here I have listed  the five most fluorescent minerals in the world to help you start building on your fluorescent mineral collection.  Have Fun!!
Left: Rogerly Mine England Fluorite. Right: Calcite from New Jersey USA
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Left: Rogerly Mine England Fluorite. Right: Calcite from New Jersey USA
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Left: Rogerly Mine England Fluorite. Right: Calcite from New Jersey USA
Polished Ruby Tumblestone
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Polished Ruby Tumblestone

In 5th Place - Ruby

its funny that not many people realise that ALL rubies are very fluorescent in LONG WAVE  lighting.  I have here pictured a Ruby  Freeform but anything with ruby in it you will find its fluorescent, Ruby in Fuchsite is also a good stone to collect for your fluorescent collection. 
Mangano Calcite
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Mangano Calcite

In 4th Place - Mangano Calcite

Okay you have some old Calcite in  your collection lying around the house and your thinking of getting rid of them, BUT before you sell them CHECK to see if they are fluorescent!!!.
You will find that some calcite (particular the cloudy ones not the optical ones) are very flourescent in LONG WAVE lighting.  Mangano Calcite tends to show the best  fluorescent examples of calcite:). 
Hyalite Opal from Hungary
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Hyalite Opal from Hungary

In 3rd Place - Hyalite Opal

Hyalite Opal is seen as a must-have if you gonna get serious about Fluoresence.  A popular favourite amongst the mineral maniacs who are passionate about this unique past time.  In SHORT WAVE light this thing is guarranteed to put a smile on your face;). 
Rogerly Mine Fluorite from England
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Rogerly Mine Fluorite from England

In 2nd Place - Fluorite

 Well with the name Fluorite you would want it to be fluorescent wouldnt you?.....but actually not all fluorite is fluoresent,  but if you got any fluorite at home,  you should check them under LONG WAVE u.v. light,  you may surprise yourself not knowing all this time you had some highly fluoresecent minerals.  Rogerly Mine, England Fluorite is said to be the most fluorescent out of all the Fluorites!!.  Flourescent Yellow Fluorite is very rare and probably the most prized specimen for Fluorite collectors.
Willemite with Calcite and Zincite
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The Most Fluorescent Mineral is....Willemite with Franklinite and Zincite.

 Willimite is often found with Franklinite and Zincite,  these three minerals combine to make the worlds best and most sought after Fluorescent Mineral specimens.  They work in SHORT WAVE u.v. light. This is quite rare and is only found in the USA.  
Calcite with Willemite Specimens-The worlds most Fluorescent!
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Calcite with Willemite Specimens-The worlds most Fluorescent!

Other good Fluorescent Minerals....

Well there you go the five best fluorescent minerals. ...but there are many more minerals that also have this hidden gift...other minerals that can be fluorescent are Sodalite, Feldspar, Chalcedony and many more.  So before you give away any of your pre-loved  minerals, please have them checked out first to see if there fluorescent. 
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Fluorescent Sodalite from Canada
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Fluorescent Sodalite from Canada
Fluorescent Chalcedony From Mexico.
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Fluorescent Chalcedony From Mexico.
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