For those interested in learning more about fluorescent minerals and the hobby of collecting them, below is a growing compilation of some of the most helpful sites. While there are lots of other great fluorescent mineral sites online, we’ve only included those that don’t have a primary focus of selling specimens or equipment. Enjoy!
General Geology with Fluorescent Minerals
The leader in Geoscience news and information. The site has a very informative section on fluorescent rocks, fluorescence, UV light, and more. It’s a great site for research site for those wanting to learn more about geology, rocks and minerals.
Mindat is the world’s largest open database of minerals, rocks, meteorites and the localities they come from. The site is a great tool for field collectors to research and find potential places to collect, including abandoned mines. Also, there’s great information and articles for those interested in learning more about rocks and minerals.
Fluorescent Mineral Dedicated Sites
A fluorescent rock supersite, complete with a fantastic gallery, details on famous locations, display and photography tips, and much, much more.
Franklin Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society
A fantastic website of the Franklin Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society that includes a very powerful and easy to use database of fluorescent minerals from the Franklin and Ogdensburg area in New Jersey, aka the fluorescent mineral capital of the world.
Another very powerful database of known fluorescent minerals. Scientific in design, the site includes activators, spectrums, and best localities for each mineral included. The site is a great resource for collectors of all levels.
Minershop is an eclectic site specializing in the fluorescent mineral hobby. The site boasts a wealth of information on DIY projects regarding field and display lamps, display techniques, fluorescent mineral photography and the technical side of the hobby. Great articles on Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Canada fill out the site.
Mining Museums That Allow Collecting
Franklin Mineral Museum
Here’s where it all began–the Mecca of fluorescent minerals nestled in Sussex County, New Jersey. Sadly, the mine itself is closed, but the displays at the museum are amazing. There still is a popular collecting site with many treasures left to be found. A great, interactive website offers both the history of the mine and the minerals found within.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Within a few miles of the Franklin Mine, is Sterling Hill, another fantastic location for fluorescent minerals. The mine still has some great collecting opportunities, and during special events, Sterling Hill opens parts of the mine to collecting. The tour of the mine and the nighttime display of the fluorescent wall (literally stories high) are not to be missed. The website offers both history and information about fluorescent minerals from the mine.
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum
A tremendous spot to both collect and see fluorescent minerals. As for collecting, the museum offers the rare opportunity to actually dig and explore on your own. The area is known for its fluorites, and they are truly spectacular. Many other fluorescent minerals can be found as well.
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