This site is a continuing work in progress. A lot of images are missing and there are a few images of
poor quality (remnants from a low quality scan of some of my paper pictures from the "oldtime")
It is also possible that you should find some mistakes in the database despite our efforts; please let us know about those mistakes to improve the quality of the information given by this site.
If you download and save pages for reference, please come back every few months to get the latest updates. I am continually checking data and making corrections to ensure accuracy. Also, I receive regularly new data and add images, spectra and comments as they become available.
English is not my mother language and you will also probably find some mistakes. My apologizes for those and dont hesitate to communicate to the author the right terms or spelling.
Contributors and Sources of Information
The information on this web-site is compiled from many sources. First of all, classical books on luminescent minerals;
The most important are:
Some of the information presented on this site are from my own observations of minerals or from the observation of other people but are not published. To provide an indication that an information is widely admitted, and how relevant the information may be, I have also given a bibliography or at least the source of the information when possible for each mineral cited.
I owe many thanks to Michael Gaft for his authorization to publish a lot of luminescence spectra coming from his book "Luminescence Spectroscopy of Minerals and Materials" written with Renata Reisfeld and Gerard Panczer and plotted by the Institute of Mineralogy, University of Vienna, Austria (Pr Lutz Nasdala).
Stuart Schneider have also given the permission to publish 10 beautifull pictures used in his book "The World of Fluorescent Minerals".
I must also thanks Richard Loyens, a Belgian collector of luminescent minerals and former FMS Vice-president for Europe, for providing informations on luminescent minerals, as well as remarks on the development of this database.
Piet Van Hool also a Belgian collector member of the FMS is another excellent source of informations and remarks.
Michael Doel, FMS member, who have helped to improve the english version
Last but not least, James Hamblen gives also the authorization to use the pictures he made for his page on luminescent minerals.
If you have a digital image that may be of value, or information on a mineral that is not available on this web-site, please feel free to contact me at gerard.barmarin(at)skynet.be. I am interested in new or corrected name or luminescence properties or important localization, of luminescent mineral , and images that will help illustrate them in daylight and under UV light.
I ask that the image be your own (that means you own the copyright). Its use will include a credit to you, and if you desire, a link to your web-site.
Images should be in JPEG format if possible, color, and no smaller than 350 pixels wide , but bigger if possible even if it will be reduced to be used on the website. Any useful images will be welcomed and examined for use as primary image or in the galery of a particular mineral. The use of an image will eventually necessitate the reduction in size if large, that I can do. If in a format other than JPEG, I can convert to JPEG format. No other processing will be done without the owner's permission.
Mineral images MUST be accompagnied by specification of type of UV used to take the picture and if possible findplace.
All images on this site are copyrighted. They may be used under the fair use rules for copyrighted materials. Commercial use of any sort, without the permission of the copyright holders, is not permitted. Allways contact the copyright holders before using their material.
All images have an information or a link beneath them to their copyright owners. If no special mention of copyright, copyright by Gerard Barmarin 2009-2010 (c)
In addition to the fair use for copyrighted materials, the following is also granted for the images by Gerard Barmarin:
Images may be downloaded, saved and printed out for private use only. They
may not be sold, traded or bartered. They may be given away only as a gift.
This applies to all formats and media. If you plan on making color prints of
any images for use as artwork, please let me know.
Images may be used educationally, at no charge, for all grades, from preschool to university doctoral levels, provided no charge is made for distributing them. This includes, but is not limited to:
The specimens whose images are shown on this site are normally NOT available for sale, trade or barter. They are the property of the collector who's name mentionned beneath. Sorry.
Point of Contact
To send comments, provide information for use on this site, or correct errors, please send your e-mail to Gerard Barmarin at: gerard.barmarin(at)skynet.be. Just copy and paste the address into the address line of the e-mail and replace (at) with an @). You can also use the contact page of the site
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