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Fluorescent Mineral Dealers

The Fluorescent Mineral Society thanks our Patron Members for their generous donations:

Ed Anderson San Francisco, CA
David Battin Manchester, KY
Stephen Black Bakersfield, CA
Mary Loose DeViney Keswick, VA
Dr Ronald Duerksen Salt Lake City, UT
Gary Dishuk Oakland, NJ
Jeffery Garwood Marlboro, NJ
Michael Harkness Richmond, TX
Harold Hintz Randolph, NJ
Heather Ashley Hutchcraft Alamo, CA
Jerome Jacinto Springfield, IL
John Kashuba Bend, OR
Al Liebetrau Powell Butte, OR
Doug McLean North Las Vegas, NV
Jill Moring Pueblo West, CO
Howard Rabinowitz Cliffside Park, NJ
Philip Stauffer Jamez Springs, NM
Raymond Stryker Silver City, NM
David Stuck Simi Valley, CA
David Wall Campbell, CA
Dealers - Equipment & Specimens
Many local rock and gem stores will have UV lights and perhaps a few mineral specimens of interest to fluorescent mineral collectors, but the serious collector may wish to contact the following dealers for a more complete inventory.   Dealers are listed in alphabetic order with our active sustaining members first, then other dealer listings.   No recommendation is being made here - these are simply offered as leads for the benefit of our members and visitors.

We are grateful for the support of our Sustaining Member Dealers :

Arizona Ultraviolet
514 N Wittenberg Ave
Springfield, OH 45504   USA
Fluorescent minerals, particularly from Arizona
Contact: Charles Grogan
Capistrano Mining Company
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675   USA
Specializing in benitoite mineral specimens and gemstones, Montana Sapphire, and tourmaline mine run gravel/ore bags
Phone: 714-305-0135
Contact: Wayne Schrimp
Craig Steinem
Spring, TX   USA
FMS Sustaining Member
1829 Reisterstown Road #430
Baltimore, MD 21208-7107   USA
Fluorescent minerals from worldwide locations and KidsRocks for the young collector
Phone: 410-889-5532
Contact: Steven Shramko
Engenious Designs
Louisburg, KS   USA
Maker of high power UV cabinet display lamps, the portable DRK prospecting lamp, and portable combo lamps using compact SW UVC bulbs and LW UV LEDs
Contact: Nick Brown
Rhett Peterson
Lasne, Brabant Wallon   Belgium
Gerard created and curates an impressive online database of fluorescent minerals and their spectra for identification. The FMS is grateful for his years of volunteer service as the EU chapter organizer.    
Contact: Gérard Barmarin
Alamo, CA   USA
FMS Sustaining Member.
Jim Horste
Jim's Obscure Stuff
Woodland Hills, CA   USA
Jim is a passionate collector of fluorescent minerals, expert photographer, and dedicated FMS volunteer. He shares new finds at gatherings, which are always a hit. His eBay sales items come from his own mining prospects, acquired collections, and old favorites.
John Fickewirth
Ojai, CA   USA
FMS Sustaining Member.    
Contact: John M Fickewirth
MineralMan USA
PO Box 494988
Redding, CA 96049   USA
Fluorescent and world wide minerals, beginner rock collections, custom jewelry, rare maps and collectibles
Phone: 619-916-8810
Contact: Darwin Warriner
Mineralogical Research Co.
15840 East Alta Vista Way
San Jose, CA 95127-1737   USA
Fluorescent minerals, books, display materials, UV viewing cabinets, UVP lights & replacement tubes
Phone: 408-923-6800
Contact: Sharon Cisneros
Polman Minerals
PO Box 93276
Phoenix, AZ 85070-3276   USA
Extensive stock of worldwide fluorescent minerals, UV lights by Way-Too-Cool, UVP and Ultra-Lum. UV goggles, books, and educational kits
Phone: 480-283-1958
Contact: George Polman
Rock Biz
8445 Grange Blvd
Cottage Grove, MN 55016   USA
Fluorescent minerals, fluorite, and uv lights
Phone: 651-459-0343
Contact: Sandy Fuller
Rock Flat Minerals
Eagle, ID 83616   USA
Fluorescent scapolite, wollastonite, and other minerals from the Squaw Peak claim in Valley County, Idaho    
Contact: Phillip Neuhoff
Rocks In A Hardplace
Modesto, CA 95356   USA
Fluorescent Mineral Kits, Way Too Cool UV lamps and flashlights, Books, Educational materials and Kids' favorites, active in the Mother Lode Mineral Society
Phone: 209-524-1973
Contact: Chris, Mike Whittier
Stuart Schneider
820 Kinderkamack Road
River Edge, NJ   USA
Besides being a lawyer with a black belt in karate, Stuart is a collector of many things. He is the author of multiple reference photo books for fluorescent mineral collectors.
Superior Agate and Stone
Brimley, MI 49715   USA
Specializing in Lapidary and custom jewelry using Lake Superior stones. Erik is the origin of the sodalite Yooperlites brand phenomenon that started from the FMS Facebook Group. He offers UP beach mineral tours.  
Phone: 906-440-8712
Contact: Erik Rintamaki
Terlingua Calcite
& Cinnabar Co.

PO Box 97
Terlingua, TX 79852-0097   USA
Fluorescent Terlingua Calcite from the Little 38 mine
Contact: Fred Gossien
TigerOwner Minerals
587 Park Ridge Drive
Wayne, PA 19087   USA
Fluorescent minerals, large display specimens, custom illuminated display stands
Phone: 610-688-4693
Contact: Jim Simpson
16605 127th Ave SE
Renton, WA 98058-5549   USA
Manufacturer of the SuperBright II series of portable UV lights and TripleBright II high power display light. Supplier of replacement UV bulbs and filters
TollFree: 877-689-5142
Phone: 425-228-9988
Contact: Don Newsome
PO Box 7523
Round Rock, TX 78683   USA
Ultraviolet Lighting Lamps, Shortwave - Midwave - Longwave (manufacture), Fluorescent Minerals
Phone: 512-773-1416
Contact: Tony Mancini  


Additional Sources of Specimens and UV Lights

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3rd Planet Samples
1000 Bourbon St Suite 377
New Orleans, LA 70116   USA
Fluorescent minerals, UV lights, and supplies
Phone: 504-975-1615
Contact: Chris Lewis
Alpha Supply, Inc.
PO Box 2133
Bremerton, WA 98310   USA
UV lights and various supplies for both jewelers and rockhounds
TollFree: 800-257-4211
Phone: 360-373-3302
Arizona Mineral Company
1201 N Main Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705   USA
UV Lights, minerals, books, and fluorescent collection starter kit
TollFree: 877-548-1439
Phone: 520-792-1439
Contact: Rob Kulakofsky  
Attard's Minerals
PO Box 17263
San Diego, CA 92177   USA
Fluorescent minerals, UV lights and fluorescent screens
Phone: 619-275-2016
Contact: John Attard  
Bonnie Betz
Mohnton, PA   USA
Bosse Mineralien + Zubehör
Peter Bosse
Friederichsstraße 18
D-34131 Kassel,   Germany
Fluorescent minerals, UV lights, plus tools and other collecting equipment
Phone: +49 561-39661
Contact: Peter Bosse  
David Burgess
Newington, CT   USA
Burnie's Rock Shop
901 East Johnson
Madison, WI 53703   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 608-251-2601
C K Minerals Pty Ltd
PO Box 6026
Vermont South, Vic 3133   Australia
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: +613 9872 3606
Contact: Cyril and Katherine  
Calaverite Fine Minerals
20 Richmond Ave
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1Y9   Canada
Emphasis on Canadian minerals - online sales, or by appointment
Contact: Jeffrey Shallit FMS Member
California Crystal Connection
2499 Yaffe Dr
San Leandro, CA 94578   USA
Detailed online gallery of available California minerals
Phone: 510-278-9696
Contact: Tom Lettier  
Celtic Minerals Pitnacree
Pitnacree Street
Alyth, Perthshire PH118DY   Scotland
Specializes in fluorite from Weardale, County Durham, England. Stocks mineral specimens, cut gemstones and facet rough.
Phone: +44 (0) 1828 633833
Collector's Choice
5021-A Augusta
Houston, TX 77007   USA
Fluorescent minerals and UV lights
Phone: 713-862-5858
Contact: Dalton & Consie Prince  
Kerry Cooper
Scottsdale, AZ   USA
232 Cokesbury Road
Lebanon, NJ 08833   USA
Fluorescent mineral educational kits and UV lights. New and used lab equipment, earth science supplies, and mineral samples
Phone: 908-236-0369
Contact: Christian Thorsten, Inc
2700 Jones St
Sioux City, IA 51104   USA
UV Lights and accessories
Phone: 712-258-0803
Contact: Brian Jackson  
Desert Gems of Namibia
PO Box 3706
Swakopmund, Erongo 9000   Namibia Africa
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 00 264 64 462514
Mary Loose DeViney
Keswick, VA   USA
Earth Exploration Company
PO Box 711
Squire Boone Village
New Albany, IN 47151   USA
Fluorescence science experiment kit
TollFree: 800-234-1804
Phone: 812-941-5900
Earthprints in La Fonda Hotel
100 East San Francisco St
Santa Fe, NM 87501   USA
Fluorescent mineral exhibit, UV lights, fluorescent minerals, kits and books
TollFree: 877-937-6258
Phone: 505-988-1651
Ebersole Lapidary Supply, Inc
11417 West Highway 54
Wichita, KS 67209   USA
Fluorescent minerals
TollFree: 877-323-7765
Phone: 316-722-4771
El Paso Rock Shop
14573 Bradley Rd
El Paso, TX 79938   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 915-857-6815
Contact: Mario Vizcarra  
Electron Microscopy Sciences
PO Box 251
Fort Washington, PA 19034   USA
Ultraviolet Lights
TollFree: 800-523-5874
Phone: 215-646-1566
The Enchanted Rock Garden
Pete Giagrande
6445 Lyndale Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423   USA
UV lights and fluorescent minerals
Phone: 612-866-1140
Contact: Pete Giagrande  
Endless Circle Lapidary
22950 Roadrunner Lane
PO Box 817
Congress, AZ 85332   USA
A small "Ma and Pa" operation doing custom sphere cutting of customers' rough material and offering finished spheres from their personal stock
Phone: 928-427-3095
Contact: Joseph McAnney
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Engenious Designs
Louisburg, KS   USA
UV Lighting Dealer, specializing in lamps for fluorescent mineral collectors.
Phone: 913-259-4253
Contact:  Nick Brown, Rhett Peterson
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Excalibur Mineral Company
1000 North Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566   USA
Fluorescent minerals, UV lights, identification and analytical services
Phone: 914-739-1134
Contact: Tony Nikischer  
F&R Associates
128 Lake Pochung Road
Sussex, NJ 07461   USA
Franklin fluorescent minerals
Phone: 973-827-4830
Contact: Steven Phillips  
Fenn's Gems & Minerals
PO Box 16285
Las Cruces, NM 88004   USA
Fluorescent minerals, Mexican specimens, agates and cutting material
Phone: 505-527-8219
Fersman Mineralogical Museum
Leninski Prospect 18-2
117071 Moscow,   Russia
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: +7 095 952-0067
2501 Star Grass Circle
Austin, TX 78745   USA
Crystals and Minerals of Mexico - Bulk calcite, onyx, and fluorite - Fluorescent calcite translucent lamps with internal UV bulb - 25% discount to FMS members
Phone: 512-292-9816
Contact: Ronald Guzman  
Fog Mountain Gems & Jewelry
PO Box 900
Helotes, TX 78023   USA
Offering fluorescent minerals and lapidary from Texas, New Mexico and Utah, plus gemstones, jewelry, flint-knapping items, artwork, and lapidary rough
Phone: 210-365-9149           Point at each logo to see the member's name
Contact: Ed Gage
Franklin Mineral Museum
32 Evans Street
Franklin, NJ 07416   USA
As the original locality source for Franklin minerals, the museum purchases and sells specimens, carries UV lamps and books, and has a large display of fluorescent minerals from the Franklin mines
Phone: 973-827-3481
Contact: Doreen Longo
GemStone Press
PO Box 237
Woodstock, VT 05091   USA
UV lights
TollFree: 800-962-4544
Phone: 802-457-4000
225 Smokey Street
Fort Collins, CO 80525   USA
Fluorescent mineral collectionsand kits - wholesale partner
Phone: 970-223-5511
Got Hot Rocks
17110 W Bowie Rd
Spokane, WA 99224   USA
Ron Dicus mines fluorescent radioactive autunite from the Rat Hole Mine
Phone: 509-244-3100
Contact: Ron Dicus  
de Gouden Ram
Suikerrui 22 PO Box 345
B-2000 Antwerpen,   Belgium
Mineral specimens, fluorescent minerals, fossils, jewelry, semi-precious stones
Phone: +32 03/233.29.67
Granite Gap Mine
PO Box 372
Rodeo, NM 88056   USA
Fluorescent mineral collecting or underground mine tours by appointment with Jackass Jill
Phone: 505-495-5012
Contact: Laura Levesque  
Graves Company
1800 N Andrews Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33069   USA
Catalog distributor of UV lights, display, and lapidary supplies
TollFree: 800-327-9103
Phone: 954-960-0300
Hershhorn Minerals
Rutgers Geology Museum
Piscataway , NJ 08852   USA
Hershhorn Collection now donated to a special exhibit at Rutgers Geology Museum in New Brunswick, NJ
Phone: 732-932-7243
Higher Orbit Products
PO Box 481
Ardmore, PA 19003   USA
Supplier of the HOPLITE365 extreme intensity 365nm LED flashlight
Phone: 610-608-0664
Contact: Michael Isaacson
Highland Rock and Fossil
PO Box 867
New Brunswick, NJ 08903   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 732-545-3732
Contact: Richard Eisenman  
Hightower Minerals
4808 Santa Aurelia
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 520-378-7268
House of Gems
670 Kresge Lane
Sparks, NV 89431   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 702-359-6448
Olmenlaan 8
B-3050 Oud-Heverlee,   Belgium
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: +32 016/40.65.39
Contact: Jan & Else Andries  
Iron's Lapidary
PO Box 11551
Phoenix, AZ 85061   USA
UV lights
Phone: 602-242-8393
Contact: Louis & Myra Irons  
Jeanne's Rock & Jewelry
5420 Bissonnet, Bellaire Triangle
Houston, TX 77401-3913   USA
Fluorescent minerals and UV lights
Phone: 713-664-2988
Contact: Lynda Gurski
Lacy West Supplies
#102 - 480 Smithe St
Vancouver, BC V6B 5E4   Canada
Canadian suppplier of Raytech products - UV Lamps & Tumblers
TollFree: 800-667-4118
Phone: 604-669-5229
Contact: Gillian  
Living Stone Shop bvba
Vissersstraat 47
B-8370 Blankenberge,   Belgium
Minerals, fluorescent minerals, fossils, books and equipment
Phone: +32 050-415628
Loch's Rocks
Massillon, OH 44647   USA
Minerals from the Ohio area and around the world, with an emphasis on fluorescence.
Phone: 330-833-9915
Contact: Jay & Dianne Loch  
Lone Prospector Minerals
148 Rowley Street
Gouveneur, NY 13642   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 315-287-1655
Contact: Gary Stacy  
Lou-Bon Gems & Rocks
6341-D Columbia Pike
Bailey's Crossroads, VA 22041   USA
UV lights
Phone: 703-256-1084
MacDonald's Mineral Museum
34 Moody Street
Saco, ME 04072   USA
Fluorescent minerals- open by appointment
Phone: 207-284-4633
Contact: Mrs. F. MacDonald  
Mama's Minerals
1100 San Mateo NE, Suite 15
Albuquerque, NM 87110   USA
LW & SW UV lights, fluorescent minerals, kits and books
TollFree: 877-WE-ROCK-U
Phone: 505-266-8443
Contact: Erin Grimes  
Many Facets Rock Shop
438 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205-3810   USA
Fluorescent minerals, Raytech UV lights, lapidary and jewelry supplies
Phone: 518-456-0678
Contact: Dan Zabriskie  
Middle Earth Minerals
PO Box 51521
Sparks, NV 89435-1521   USA
Quality Minerals From Terra Infractus to You. Fluorescent and fine minerals.
Phone: 661-212-7432
Contact: Linda St-Cyr
Midnight Minerals
York, ME 03909   USA
UV lamps and New England area Fluorescent minerals via eBay auctions, an online store, and mineral shows. Eastern US parts and repair for Way-Too-Cool ultraviolet mineral lamps.
Phone: 207-363-8918
Contact: Patrick Bigos
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Midnight Owl Mining
425 E Greenway Dr
Tempe, AZ 85282-6938   USA
Eucryptite and other fluorescent minerals from Dick and Mardy's Midnight Owl Mine, wholesale only
Phone: 480-456-1010
Contact: Mardy Zimmerman FMS Member
Mine View Minerals, Inc.
Franklin, NJ   USA
Fluorescent mineral specimens and finished cabachons
Phone: 201-827-4200
Contact: Bob Boymistruk  
Minerals & More
24 Brewery Ave
PO Box 83
Bisbee, AZ 85603   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 520-432-3065
Contact: David H. Garske Phd  
Minerals Unlimited
PO Box 877
Ridgecrest, CA 93556   USA
Supplier of rare and common minerals to many schools
Phone: 760-375-5279
Contact: Wendi Elkins  
Dowelltown, TN 37059   USA
Online sales of fluorescent minerals from Greenland and around the world
Contact: Mark Cole
Mountain Mark Trading Ltd
268 SW 31st Street
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33315   USA
Blue fluorescent calcite from the Dominican Republic
TollFree: 800-346-3691
Phone: 954-525-6310
I & W Muster GDBR
Industriestrasse 10
D-91325 Adelsdorf,   Germany
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: +49 9195-2517
Nature's Art and Gifts
RP Trade Company
527 Nevada Highway
Boulder City, NV 89005   USA
Rocks, Minerals, Fossils
Phone: 702-293-3101
Contact: Bob and Pamela Waits  
New Hampshire Crystal Company
PO Box 547
Riverview Mill
Wilton, NH 03086   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 603-654-9698
Contact: Don Yonika  
NJMineral & Sons
Andover, NJ 07821   USA
Fluorescent Minerals from NJ, Canada, and Long Lake Zinc Mine. Ebay seller njminerals
Contact: Scott Allen  
Parker Minerals
2409 Graystone Lane
Frederick, MD 21702   USA
Specializes in Franklin-Ogdensburg (NJ) fluorescent minerals, and specimens of mineralogical interest
Phone: 301-620-7591
Contact: Fred Parker  
Parser Minerals
97 Golden Hill Rd
PO Box 1094
Danbury, CT 06813   USA
Fluorescent minerals and UV lights
Phone: 203-744-6868
Pebble Peddler
4266 East Trekker Rim Drive
Boise, ID 83716   USA
Fluorescent minerals, fossils and cutting rough, Seller pebblepeddler on eBay
Phone: 208-343-6120
Contact: Brian and RuthAnn McManus  
Penn Minerals
943 Sanderson Ave
Scranton, PA 18509   USA
Pennsylvania minerals
Phone: 570-342-3193
Contact: Steve Carter  
Pequa Rare Minerals
342 Forest Avenue
Massapequa, NY 11758   USA
Specializing in uranium minerals.
Phone: 516-798-3324
Contact: Josef Vajdak  
Petrov Rare Minerals
Casilla 1728
Cochabamba,   Bolivia
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: +591 411-3012
Contact: Alfredo Petrov  
Purple Passion Company LLC
PO Box 2351
Boerne, TX 78006   USA
Distributor of filtered UV LED flashlights and family partners in the Purple Passion Mine
Phone: 210-867-4996
Contact: Paul Schweizer
Raytech Industries
475 Smith Street
Middletown, CT 06457   USA
UV lighting systems and lapidary equipment (wholesale only)
TollFree: 800-243-7163
Phone: 860-632-2020 ext 324
Contact: Thomas Heffron  
Rheinisches Mineralien-Kontor GmbH
Fraunhofer Str 7
53121 Bonn,   Germany
Fluorescent minerals and UV lights
Phone: +49 228 98865-0
Risk Reactor Luminous Supplies
877 Main Street
Dallas, OR 97338   USA
Specializing in phosphorescent powders and fluorescent dyes
TollFree: 800-803-5281
Phone: 503-623-4132
Riviera Lapidary
PO Box 40
Riviera, TX 78379-0040   USA
Fluorescent minerals
TollFree: 866-514-5489
Phone: 361-296-3958
RMS Graphics / BDS Rocks
PO Box 2033
Oakhurst, CA 93644   USA
Fluorescent mineral specimens, spheres, and jewelry. Selling UV lamps and UV LED flashlights. Former co-owners of the Purple Passion Mine and Hogan Claim. Previously owned the Boerne Rock Shop in Boerne, TX, now moved to the Sierra foothills.
Phone: 805-452-9091
Contact: Bess & Dick Shields
Robinson Minerals
PO Box 37
South Acworth, NH 03607   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 603-835-6825
Rock Peddler
PO Box 5964
Marlborough , MA 01752   USA
UV lights and lapidary supplies
TollFree: 800-416-4348
Phone: 508-787-9796
Contact: Bob and Jeanne Ridolfi  
RockHounds RockShop Taipei
Taipei,   Taiwan
Fluorescent minerals and UV lights
Contact: Timothy Huang  
Rockman Tom Boyer
120 Washington Ave
Mantua, NJ 08051   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 609-468-8277
Contact: Tom Boyer  
Rockman Joe Vasichko
1111 Allen Dr
Wooster, OH 44691   USA
Fluorescent and Ohio minerals
Phone: 330-264-3483
Contact: Joe Vasichko  
Rocko Minerals & Jewelry
Box 3A, Route 3
Margaretville, NY 12455   USA
Fluorescent minerals and jewelry
Phone:/td> 845-586-3837
Contact: Robert Rosenblatt  
Ruven and Son
London,   UK
kits, longwave flashlights, and fluorescent minerals and books
Phone: +44 071-242-5880
SAFE Mineral & Rock
Display Cases

331 W County Line Rd
Hatboro, PA 19040   USA
Premier line of Mineral & Rock Display Cases and Accessories made in Germany. Also cases, easels, mineral stands, UV lamps, scales, magnifiers and patented 3D Floating Frames.
Phone: 877-395-7233
Contact: Kurt Braun
Shannon Luminous Materials
304-A North Townsend St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703   USA
Longwave UV lights, filters, and fluorescent & phosphorescent paints
TollFree: 800-543-4485
Contact: Dick Cruce  
Spectronics Corporation
PO Box 483
Westbury, NY 11590   USA
UV Lamps (fixed & portable), display fixtures, viewing cabinets and UV photographic systems
TollFree: 800-274-8888
Phone: 516-333-4840
Contact: David Ross  
Stark Mineralien
Mainzer Strasse 24
D-55743 Idar-Oberstein,   Germany
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: +49 6781-42430
Sterling Hill Mining Museum
30 Plant Street
Ogdensburg, NJ 07439-1126   USA
Zinc mine famous for fluorescent minerals. Museum sells minerals and UV lights. Open daily from April through November and weekends during December >and March - Now hosts the Thomas S. Warren Museum of Fluorescence
Phone: 973-209-7212
Contact: Richard Hauck  
Stone Art Traders
Oklahoma City, OK 73107   USA
Crystals, Rocks, Minerals, Jewelry, Original Artwork, Unique Gifts, and Collectibles
Phone: 405-946-8205
Contact: Steve Goins
Susan Stones
Fluorescent Minerals from China
Shop 008, HongQiao Antique Tea Town
3088 Yan An Xi Road
Shanghai, 201103   China
Chinese fluorescent minerals collector, dealer and seller SusanStones on eBay. Operated by Zhang, Li (Susan) and Chen, Xiao Jun (John)
Phone: 0086 13816393296
Contact: Susan
4779 Sunvalley Drive
Loveland, CO 80538   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 970-203-1988
Contact: Fred Hart FMS Member
Trading Post Rock Shop
13646 S. Hwy 16
Rapid City, SD 57701   USA
Fluorescent minerals and fossils from the South Dakota Badlands
Phone: 605-348-2513
Trinity Mineral Company
PO Box 2182
Weaverville, CA 96093   USA
Fluorescent minerals
TollFree: 888-689-8402
Phone: 530-623-2040
Contact: John Veevaert  
Twin Crystal Rock Shop
PO Box 1153
Saranac Lake, NY 12983   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 518-891-2170
Tysons' Fine Minerals
10549-133 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5N 2A4   Canada
Fluorescent specimens, eggs & spheres. Specializing in Canadian minerals, with specimens from many other countries.
Phone: 780-452-5357
Ultra Lum
1480 N. Claremont Blvd
Claremont, CA 91711   USA
UV lights and UV cabinets
Phone: 909-399-3694
UltraViolet Lighting Products
105-150 Crowfoot Crescent NW
Suite 603
Calgary, Alberta T3G 3T2   Canada
Wholesale and custom UV lamp manufacturer UVLP
Phone: 403-239-4962
Contact: Bruce Fine
United Nuclear
PO box 851
Sandia Park, NM 87047   USA
Fluorescent uranium minerals, UV LED flashlights (Nova-UV has 108 LEDs), various kits and plans
Phone: 505-286-2831
Contact: Bob Lazar  
UV Bob
97 Church Street
PO Box 224
Lopez, PA 18628   USA
Presentations, Fluorescent minerals and UV lights, Rebuild and repair of most brands of lights
Phone: 570-928-9238
Contact: Bob McGuire FMS Member
UVP Inc.
2066 W 11th Street
Upland, CA 91786   USA
Major manufacturer of ultraviolet lamps and UV equipment for many applications
TollFree: 800-452-6788
Phone: 909-946-3197
Veronica Matthews Minerals
PO Box 588
Westbrook, CT 06498   USA
Fluorescent minerals
TollFree: 800-284-2499
Contact: Howard S. Merk  
Viewpoint Laboratories, LLC
PO Box 67
Durham, CT 06422   USA
Mineral photography equipment
Phone: 860-531-VIEW
Contact: Gilbert Feke  
Way Too Cool
4608 W Bluefield Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308   USA
Maker of Way-Too-Cool high power UV display lamps. Original owner of the Purple Passion Mine sourcing multicolor fluorescent calcite, willemite, fluorite.
Phone: 602-547-2234
Contact: William Gardner III
Willis' Earth Treasures
309 Prospect Street
Stewartsville, NJ 08886   USA
Fluorescent minerals and UV lights
Phone: 908-859-0643
Contact: Dick Willis  
Wright's Rock Shop
3612 Albert Pike
Hot Springs, AR 71913   USA
Fluorescent minerals
Phone: 501-767-4800
Contact: Chris Wright  

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Dr. Rodney Burroughs - in Memoriam

To many of us, Dr. Rod Burroughs was the face and voice of the Fluorescent Mineral Society.  Rod chaired the meetings, answered correspondence, replied to inquiries, and took care of new members.  Rod joined the FMS in March of 1983 and by February of 1984 he was Society Treasurer.  Rod became President of the FMS in 1986 when Jessie Chittenden stepped down.  He remained president until 2006, when he decided “Twenty years is enough.  It’s someone else’s turn.”  Rod was president of the FMS for more than half of its existence  He continued to serve the FMS even after resigning as president. He created the title of Executive Secretary, and in that capacity continued to handle all of the Society mail, take care of membership issues, and the many little details it takes to keep the FMS functioning. 

During Rod’s long tenure as president, the FMS grew to a peak of over 500 members. Under his leadership, in 1996, for its twenty-fifth anniversary, the Society presented the largest exhibit of fluorescent minerals ever assembled at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show.  Keeping up with the times, the FMS developed a website, and in 2004 the Society began publishing its Journal in color.

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UV Lights

Ultraviolet lights are used for collecting and for illuminating displays of fluorescent specimens. They generally consist of a power supply, UV bulb, mechanical enclosure, and a UV filter. Bulbs and filters are selected for best operation in a specific portion of the UV spectrum. Power supplies are designed to operate from house current and/or from a battery pack. Specifications vary widely among different manufacturers.

The most common UV bulbs are similar in operation to fluorescent bulbs used in office lighting systems.   They contain a low pressure mercury vapor.   Striking an electric arc through the bulb produces light which is mostly shortwave (SW UVC) ultraviolet, but includes some middlewave (MW UVB) UV, longwave (LW UVA) UV and visible light.

The Ultraviolet Spectrum

Visible light is a form of electromagnetic radiation.   Other forms of electromagnetic radiation are like light in many ways; they are just at different wavelengths that the human eye cannot see.   Since wavelength is what makes the difference between colors in visible light, you might say other wavelengths of electromagnetic radiations are "invisible colors of light".   Radio, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays are all forms of electromagnetic radiation.

Fluorescence is luminescence caused by electromagnetic radiation.   Visible light can cause luminescence; shine a pure violet light at a ruby, and it will glow red, as it has absorbed the violet light energy and used it to create red light.   But light-induced luminescence is uncommon and hard to see. Radio and infrared supply too little energy concentration to cause visible luminescence.   X-rays cause many dramatic luminescences, but X-ray sources are too expensive, not portable enough, and require too much shielding and attention to safety for ordinary use.

The form of electromagnetic radiation that is most easily used to observe fluorescence is ultraviolet radiation, as generated by a "black light" or UV lights.

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There's more to the FMS website than meets the public eye!

We invite you to join the FMS and learn more about the fascinating world of fluorescence.

FMS members receive numerous publications, participate in forum discussions, and have access to a repository of special interest to the serious fluorescent mineral collector.

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Henkel Glossary

The Henkel Glossary of Fluorescent Minerals by Dr. Gerhard Henkel, Journal of the Fluorescent Mineral Society, volume 15 (1988-9), is the most exhaustive listing of fluorescent minerals known.   In 91 pages, it lists 566 mineral species and 59 related substances, plus entries for numerous variety, group, and alternate names.   For each substance, it gives the name, chemical formula (or composition), longwave UV fluorescence colors, shortwave UV fluorescence colors, and the number of localities reported from.

The Henkel Glossary is printed in small-book format for portability and is generally patterned after Michael Fleischer's 'Glossary of Mineral Species'.

Copies are available from the FMS for $18.50 postpaid. To order or obtain further information, use our contact form or write:

FMS - Henkel Glossary
PO Box 572694
Tarzana CA 91357, USA


An EXCEL Spreadsheet version of the Henkel Glossary is available to members in the Henkel section of the FMS Archive. With this spreadsheet you can search, sort and filter the data any way you like.

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FMS Bibliography - Descriptive - oriented toward mineral collecting

  • Ultraviolet Light and Fluorescent Minerals, by Thomas S. Warren, Sterling Gleason, Richard C. Bostwick, and Earl R. Verbeek, 1995, published by Thomas S. Warren (distributed by Williams Minerals, Rio, W.Va.), 209 pages, ISBN No. 0-9635098-0-2.   List price $19.95.   Includes some of the material from the Gleason book (see below), with new material, making it more collector-oriented.
  • Fluorescence: Gems and Minerals Under Ultraviolet Light, by Manuel Robbins, 1994, published by Geoscience Press, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, ISBN 0-945005-13-X, Library of Congress 93-077811.   List price $40 (now out of print)   Describes the mechanisms of fluorescence, and has an expanded list of minerals, their fluorescent responses, and localities.   The emphasis is on the science, rather than collecting.
  • Magnificent Rocks: The Story of Mining, Men and Minerals at Franklin and Sterling Hill, by Pete J. Dunn and Susan B. Cooper, 1997.   Intended for students of all ages, especially grades 4 through 8.   The book sells for $15 plus $4 shipping/handling (for U.S. shipment) and can be ordered by writing a check for $19 made out to Susan B. Cooper, and sending it to: Book Distributor, 14 Ravine Dr., Newton, NJ 07860 USA
  • The Collector's Book of Fluorescent Minerals, by Manuel Robbins, 1983, ISBN 0-442-27506-4.   An excellent source of information, both at the beginning level and going into great detail on the mechanisms and history of UV lights and fluorescence.   Extensive lists and descriptions of fluorescent minerals and locales (focusing mainly on the U.S.A.).   Has tables for identification of minerals by fluorescent color, a bibliography, and discussions of collecting and color vision.   Was originally published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, but has since passed to several other publishers at generally increasing prices, and is now out of print.

Bibliography of Fluorescent Mineral Publications

Numerous books exist on mineral collecting, but only a relative few are authoritative on the subject of fluorescence.   Included here are selected references that are highly regarded by members of the FMS.

References are divided into the following categories:


FMS Journal Article Index

Index of FMS Journal Articles

1972 - Volume 1

  • Fluorescence Tests for Uranium and Some of Its Minerals — p.1 by George H. Schenk
  • How Fluorescent Lamps Work — p.6 by General Electric
  • Understanding Fluorescence in Minerals — p.9 by Frederick Kraissl, Jr.
  • Minerals that Fluoresce in More Than One Color — p.11 by Don Newsome
  • Spectroscopic Analysis of Fluorescent Minerals — p.13 by Mark Blazek
  • Test Made of Wave Lengths — p.16 by The Mineralogist
  • The Shortwave Ultraviolet Lamp in Scheelite Prospecting — p.19 by UVP

1973 - Volume 2

  • Fluorescence of Uranium and Thorium Minerals — p.1
  • The Selecting and Seasoning of Wood to Be Used under the Ultraviolet Light — p.10 by C.W. Smith
  • Book Review ("Ultraviolet Guide to Minerals", by Sterling Gleason) — p.13 by Stan Foster
  • The Red-Orange Fluorescence of Manganese-Containing Halites and Calcites, Properties and Composition — p.14 by George H. Schenk
  • Quantitative Analysis of the Activator in Fluorescent Calcite — p.20 by Mark Blazek
  • Which Mineral Has the Brightest Fluorescence? — p.31 by Don Newsome
  • How to Improve Your Fluorescent Mineral Displays — p.39 by Frank J. Cole
  • How to Put the Cool Light of Phosphors to Work for You — p.54 by L.H. Vogt, Jr.
  • Questionnaires Shed a Little Light — p.63 by Ted Rutherford
  • The Cover and Emblem — p.68

1974 - Volume 3

Display Techniques

For effective display of fluorescent minerals, you will need darkness and a nonfluorescent setting.

For showing them at home, darkness is easily obtained.   But gem & mineral shows and such generally do not allow you to shut off the lights.   Short of setting up a tent in the exhibit hall, or getting space in an adjoining room where lights can be turned off, you need a mostly opaque box with some sort of viewing port.   It helps the exhibit if the viewer can see the minerals under shortwave UV, longwave UV, and visible light in turn.   This can be done with a timer that turns on first one then another lamp, or by providing switches or buttons for the viewer to select lamps with.

For public or prolonged displays, the person viewing the display should be protected from shortwave UV.   Ordinary types of glass will stop shortwave UV almost completely, so placing glass between specimen and viewer (not between specimen and lamp!) should be sufficient.   Take notice of which side of the glass is fluorescent and face it away from the UV light when shortwave UV is used.

A nonfluorescent background (including labels) is also needed to avoid 'competition' for the mineral fluorescence.   Bleached or brightly colored fabrics and papers, many plastics, and even some woods will fluoresce.   Black things (including minerals) rarely fluoresce; dull black fabric or paper, or wood painted dull black will generally be best.   Black is also good at minimizing the effects of any stray visible light that leaks in.

Luminescence and Fluorescence

Light is a form of energy.  To create light, another form of energy must be supplied.  There are two common ways for this to occur, incandescence and luminescence.

Incandescence is light from heat energy.  If you heat something to a high enough temperature, it will begin to glow.  When an electric stove's heater or metal in a flame begin to glow "red hot", that is incandescence.  When the tungsten filament of an ordinary incandescent light bulb is heated still hotter, it glows brightly "white hot" by the same means.  The sun and stars glow by incandescence.

Luminescence is "cold light" that can be emitted at normal and lower temperatures. In luminescence, some energy source kicks an electron of an atom out of its lowest energy "ground" state into a higher energy "excited" state; then the electron returns the energy in the form of light so it can fall back to its "ground" state. With few exceptions, the excitation energy is always greater than the energy (wavelength, color) of the emitted light.

Fluorescent Minerals

Well over 3600 mineral species have been identified at this time. Something over 500 of them are known to fluoresce visibly in some specimens. FMS members have assembled a list of web sites showing examples of fluorescent minerals and a database of locales of fluorescent minerals.

Publications and Projects

The FMS annually (or biennially) publishes the Journal of the Fluorescent Mineral Society, a technical publication.

We send out a UV Waves newsletter to our members. A sample copy of the Jan/Feb 1996 UV Waves Newsletter is available for perusal online.

In 1993 we also published our initial FMS Advertising Supplement with ads from UV light manufacturers and dealers in fluorescent specimens.

The FMS promotes displays of fluorescent minerals, and sponsors projects related to ultraviolet lights and fluorescent minerals.   A past accomplishment of the FMS was organizing the 76-case fluorescent mineral displays at the 1996 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.

The results of one of our research activities was published in the 1988 proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.   It is titled "Solarization of Short-Wave Ultraviolet-Transmitting, Visible-Absorbing Filters", by Don Newsome.

The Henkel Glossary of Fluorescent Minerals, edited by Dr. Earl Verbeek and Dr. Peter Modreski, was another project.   It was published as a 1988-89 special issue of the Journal of the Fluorescent Mineral Society.   All of the original 1000 copies have been distributed, so it has recently been reprinted.

Continuing research projects are underway to develop a standard for long wave and medium wave UV tubes, and a Fluorescent Color Standard for comparing fluorescent specimens.

About the Fluorescent Mineral Society


The Fluorescent Mineral Society is an international organization of professional mineralogists, gemologists, amateur collectors, and others who study and collect fluorescent minerals. The society was founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1993. The FMS is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers from our worldwide membership of around 500.

The mission of the Fluorescent Mineral Society is to bring together people who are interested in fluorescent minerals, and to introduce the public to the hobby of fluorescent mineral collecting. This mission is pursued by promoting fellowship and educational activities, and supporting research that increases basic knowledge of fluorescence and fluorescent minerals.

We share knowledge and experience in collecting, identifying, and displaying minerals which exhibit various forms of luminescence including fluorescence, phosphorescence, triboluminescence, and thermoluminescence.

We organize seminars, research projects, displays at events, listings of dealers and permanent exhibits, exchanges of luminescent minerals, and we disseminate information about luminescent minerals. A printable FMS Fact Sheet is available for distribution at mineral shows and events.

We encourage interests related to fluorescent minerals such as photography of fluorescent specimens, the study of other luminescent minerals, and the various uses of ultraviolet lights.

There is an active FMS Facebook group public forum that is open to everyone (with Facebook access).


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