One may argue the second best way to study fluorescent minerals is via a well written book. Here is a list of books dedicated to fluorescent minerals and famous localities producing fluorescent minerals. Unfortunately, the list is not that long!

General books on the fluorescent mineral hobby

You should have at least one of these!

Ultraviolet Guide to Minerals

by Sterling Gleason

D. Van Nostrand Co., Inc., 1960, ISBN: 9780442027216; Ultra-Violet Products, 1972, reprint.

The Collector’s Book of Fluorescent Minerals

by Manuel Robbins

Springer, 1983, ISBN: 9780442275068

Fluorescence: Gems and Minerals Under Ultraviolet Light

by Manuel Robbins

Geoscience Press, Inc., 1994, ISBN: 9780945005131

Ultraviolet Light and Fluorescent Minerals: Understanding, Collecting and Displaying Fluorescent Minerals

by Thomas S. Warren, Sterling Gleason, Richard C. Bostwick, and Earl R. Verbeek

ISBN: 9780963509802

Collecting Fluorescent Minerals

by Stuart Schneider

Schiffer, 1st ed. 2004, ISBN: 9780764320910; 2nd ed. 2011, ISBN: 9780764336195

The World of Fluorescent Minerals

by Stuart Schneider

Schiffer, 2006, ISBN: 9780764325441

Luminescenza nel regno minerale

by Guido Bruno Mazzoleni and Roberto Appiani

Sandit, 2011, ISBN: 9788895990637

Lumière et luminescence, ces phénomènes lumineux qui nous entourent

by Bernard Valeur

BELIN, 1st ed. 2005, ISBN: 9782701136035; 2nd ed. 2017, ISBN: 9782410000719

Magazines & Newsletters

To keep you up to date!

Journal of the Fluorescent Mineral Society

by the Fluorescent Mineral Society

See online

UV Waves

by the Fluorescent Mineral Society

See online

The Picking Table

by the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society

See online


All minerals come from somewhere, some localities more prolific than others!

The Mineralogy of Franklin and Ogdensburg, New Jersey

by Vandall T. King et al.

The Langesundsfjord: History, Geology, Pegmatites, Minerals

by Alf O. Larsen

Bode Verlag BmbH, 2010, ISBN: 9783925094972

Langban. The Mines, Their Minerals, Geology and Explorers

by Dan Holtstam and Jorgen Langhof

Raster Forlag, 1999, ISBN: 9789187214882


by Yakovenchuk V.N., Ivanyuk G.Yu., Pakhomovsky Ya.A., Men’shikov Yu.P.

Laplandia Minerals, Apatity, 2005, ISBN: 5900395480

Mont Saint-Hilaire History, Geology, Mineralogy

by László Horváth, Robert A Gault, Elsa Pfenninger-Horváth, Glenn Poirier

Special Publications of The Canadian Mineralogist Vol. 14, 2019, ISBN: 9780921294610

Lovozero Massif : History, Pegmatites, Minerals

by Igor V. Pekov

Ocean Pictures LTD, 2000, ISBN: 9785900395272

Technical books on fluorescence & activators

These use a technical and scientific terminology, for the expert, not for entertainment!

Modern Luminescence Spectroscopy of Minerals and Materials

by Michael Gaft, Renata Reisfeld, Gerard Panczer

Springer, 2nd ed. 2015, ISBN: 9783642060113

Luminescent Spectra of Minerals

by Boris S. Gorobets, Alexandre A. Rogojine

Moscow, 2002, ISBN: 9785901837054

Spectroscopy, Luminescence and Radiation Centers in Minerals

by A. S. Marfunin

Springer, 1979, ISBN: 9780387090702

Luminescent Materials

by G. Blasse, B.C. Grabmaier

Springer, 1994, ISBN: 9783540580195


For the book lovers!

Minerali fluorescenti. La collezione

by Leandro Sala

Ricciardi & Associati, 2012, ISBN: 9788887525069

The Story of Fluorescence

by Raytech Industries, Inc

Raytech Industries, Inc, 1965

Introduction to Radioactive Minerals

by Robert Lauf

Schiffer Pub Ltd, 2008, ISBN: 9780764329128

Mineralogy of Uranium and Thorium

by Robert Lauf

Schiffer, 2016, ISBN: 9780764351136