About Us

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, incorporated in 1993, and was registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2018. The FMS is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers from our worldwide membership of nearly 400 members.

The mission of the FMS is:

  • to share knowledge and experience gained from the study, identification, collection, and display of fluorescent minerals and minerals that exhibit related forms of luminescence, such as phosphorescence, tenebrescence, triboluminescence, and thermoluminescence.
  • to organize seminars, conduct research, promote displays and exchanges, and to disseminate information about luminescent minerals.
  • to encourage interest related to fluorescent minerals, such as the development of improved ultraviolet lighting systems, the photography of fluorescent minerals, the study of luminescent properties related to fluorescence, and exploration of the various applications of fluorescence.

Worldwide Membership

The FMS has about 400 members in 41 states of the USA and 14 other countries. The Society has chapters in the Northeast, Midwest, Rocky Mountain, Northwest, Northern California, and Southern California, regions of the United States plus an “at large” chapter that discusses topics of research interest to members. We also participate in Outreach programs offered to schools, local mineral clubs, local gem shows, and museums.

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Sustaining Members

A very special thank you to our sustaining members; your generous support helps keep our hobby growing!

Business Sustainers

Arizona UltravioletCharles Groganwww.azuv.com
Capistrano Mining CompanyWayne Schrimpwww.capistranomining.com
Cyberocks & MineralsSteven Shramkowww.cyberocks.com
Endless CircleJoseph McAnney 
Engenious Designs LLCNick Brownwww.engeniousdesigns.com
Fluoromins AustraliaGraham Fraserwww.fluoromins.com.au
Genesis-MatrixAlison Pacut 
Higher Orbit ProductsMichael Isaacsonwww.higherorbitproducts.com
Kevin Brady’s World of FluorescentsKevin Bradywww.ebay.com/str/kbradyca2
Midnight MineralsPatrick Bigoswww.midnightminerals.com
MineralmanDarwin D Warrinerwww.mineralman.net
Mineralogical ResearchSharon Cisneroswww.minresco.com
Obsure-stuffJames Horste 
Polman MineralsGeorge V Polmanwww.polmanminerals.com
Rock BizSandra K Fuller 
Rock Flat MineralsPhilip Neuhofffacebook.com/rockflatminerals
Rocks In A HardplaceMichael Whittierwww.rocksinahardplace.com
Superior Agate & StonesErik Rintameki 
Terlingua Calcite & CinnabarFred Gossienwww.terlinguacalcite.com
Tigerowner MineralsJames Simosonwww.tigerowner.com
UV SYSTEMS, Inc.Don Newsomewww.uvsystems.com
UV ToolsAnthony Manciniwww.uvtools.com
WordcraftStuart L Schneiderwww.wordcraft.net

Individual and Family Sustainers

Ed Anderson
Wayne Bailey
Gerad Barmarin
David Burgess
Mark Cole

John M Fickewirth
Heather Hutchcraft
John V. Scherer
Craig Steinem


Thanks so much for your continued support!

David F Battin
Stephen Black
Marc Bergendahl
Jeffery Cessna
Michael Crawford
Mary Loose DeViney
Dr Ronald G Dyerkson
Jeffery Garwood

Justin Field
Michael Harkness
Harold Hintz
Mark Issacs
Jerome B Jacinnto
John H Kashuba
Al Liebetrau
Doug McLean

Jill Moring
Howard Rabinowitz
Philip Stauffen
Steve Scott
Raymond Stryker
David Stuck
Trent Sullivan
David Wall

The Fluorescent Mineral Society Board of Directors

PresidentConrad NorthRocky Mountain
Vice PresidentRhett PetersonMidwest
TreasurerCalvin HarrisMidwest
SecretaryHarold (Pat) HintzNortheast
DirectorBob FendrichNortheast
DirectorPhil NeuhoffNorthwest
DirectorBruce BannonSouthwest
DirectorBrian WalkoRocky Mountain
DirectorGlenn WaychunasNorthern California

Regional Chapter Presidents

NortheastLee McIlvaine
MidwestChris Clemens
Rocky MountainBrian Walko
SouthwestRick Olson
NorthwestJennifer Moore
Northern CaliforniaGlenn Waychunas
Southern CaliforniaDavid Stuck