Grape Willemite Calcite Andradite Aegirine

Grape Willemite Calcite Andradite Aegirine

Another Franklin NJ fluorescent hand sized specimen. In natural light, the willemite has a reddish grape color. But it glows the same intense green seen in most willemite from this locality. There’s a small amount of red fluorescent calcite scattered through a non-fluorescent andradite/aegirine matrix. There’s more images of this specimen and other from this locale at the Eastern United States page. -dM

Hardystonite Clinohedrite Specimen

Hardystonite Clinohedrite Specimen

Another beautiful hand sized specimen from Franklin, NJ. It contains: hardystonite – blue clinohedrite – dull orange willemite – green calcite – red franklinite – non-fluorescent black There are more Franklin, NJ specimens to be seen on the Eastern United States page. Specimens from this locale are unique. There are only a couple other locations on earth, that come close to matching their complexity, brilliance […]

Sterling Hill Mine Sphalerite

Sterling Hill Mine Sphalerite

Here’s a new specimen from the Sterling Hill Mine near Franklin New, Jersey. It’s a bright, hand sized piece of sphalerite that glows: pinkish-orange under long wave ultraviolet purplish-red under short wave ultraviolet with an intense orange phosphorescence The sphalerite contrasts nicely with the red glowing calcite, green glowing willemite, and the non-fluorescent franklinite. Like most ore specimens from this locality, it’s got a satisfying […]

Esperite Delight

Esperite Delight

Finally got an esperite specimen from Franklin, New Jersey. And it’s both brightly fluorescent and a beauty in natural light. The esperite glows yellow, willemite green, and calcite red. The dark black non-fluorescent franklinite provides a nice contrast. I first saw Franklin esperite almost 60 years ago. Back then it was identified as calcium larsenite. It was prominently featured in Nature’s Hidden Rainbows, a book […]

Glass Frog

Glass Frog

Look at those eyes. And that translucent, lime green skin. Notice the white highlights. This glass frog is beautiful isn’t it? I’ve never see a living one. But I’ve found a real glass one, a uranium glass one. As a production art piece, it lacks those eyes and many of the living details. But as a piece of art, I like it. I’m not sure […]

Talcville Dam Specimen

Talcville Dam Specimen

Just got 3 new Talcville Dam, NY specimens. They are hand size and contain: tremolite anthophyllite/manganocummingtonite talc One specimen has an attractive texture in natural light. The second one is more crystalline. Both fluoresce with a multitude of pinks, reds and orange that blend into each other. These are classic specimens. And will find a home on the Eastern United States page. The fluorescent images […]

Deep Water Coral Fluorescence

Deep Water Coral Fluorescence

It’s been discovered that deep water coral, who live well beyond the reach of the full light spectrum experienced by shallow water coral, also fluoresce Get the Glow: The Secret to Deep-Water Corals’ Radiance, a recent Scientific American article, describes research about the hows and whys deep coral fluorescence. Deep water coral use fluorescence for purposes completely opposite of why shallow water coral fluoresce. It’s […]

Oleksandr Holovachov

Oleksandr Holovachov

Interested in photographing fluorescent plants? If so, then check out Oleksandr Holovachov’s site. Some beautiful images can be seen. And there’s a great intro into the nuances of fluorescent plant photography. Oleksandr has truly mastered this art. Check it out. -dM

Fluorescent Plants – Craig P Burrows

Fluorescent Plants – Craig P Burrows

Wow! There are some spectacular fluorescent plants. I’ve noticed a few fluorescent lichens and clovers while hunting fluorescent rocks. But nothing like these images taken by Craig P. Burrows, a professional photographer whose portfolio is well work a look. Unlike fluorescent rocks, where the focus is on collecting and displaying them, fluorescent life forms are difficult, if not impossible to collect. Rather, the focus is […]

La Grasta Mine Aragonite

La Grasta Mine Aragonite

I’ve just acquired this La Grasta Mine Aragonite from Minershop. Mark Cole writes: The La Grasta mine in Sicily operated from the mid-1800 until 1930. Workers carried ore out on their backs. In the 60’s the mine was reopened, renovated and worked until 1987.  The La Grasta underground tunnels were abandoned in 1987, and all entrances were closed at the end of the 90’s. Today, […]

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