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Default Mineral shop finds.

This last weekend I want on vacation to Parker Arizona, on the return drive home I had to check out the gem and mineral shops in Quartzite AZ.

I was specifically looking for samples that might florescence under uv light. (Until this forum I didn't know things like uranium glass existed.)
I noticed the shop I stopped at had a lot of big glass chunks, all were $3 per pound. They had a lot that were greenish. some milky white/green.

I asked the lady that worked there if she knew if any was uranium glass and she looked at me funny then said she doesn't know. So I decided to buy a few promising looking samples.
These are what they look like under regular light.

This is under uv.

Two samples produced some desirable results. Next time I stop by there I will find bigger chunks. Also sorry for the bad uv pic, its the best I could do with my camera on my phone.


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Nice score.

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Nice score.

I always keep a UV flashlight in the car. I'm always stopping at yard sales, junk piles, antique, and junk shops.
Wow For some reason I Always Knew you were a "Junk-Yard" Type of Man TJ. How Come You Didn't make it into the Village People Music Video? They Must not have Excepted Transvestites Yet...

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I had a UV led light I had made but forgot the batteries at home. I was planning on walking around the desert at night to look for glowing things. From now on I wont be making that mistake again.
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It's better known to some people as Vaseline glass. Try asking about that, too.
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I had forgot the word "Vaseline" when I asked the lady.
Just to verify, is that pronounced Vase-line or the same as the petroleum jelly brand?

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LOL, just get a 7$ 5mW (40~60, actually) ebay pen.
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that's what I do.
Glow in the dark fushigi (yeah that kids toy) is pretty fun, especially to light up with a 30mw 405 in pitch dark and move it around and watch people from a distance try to figure out what it is.
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I just bought one. I didn't realize they had them that cheap, though I hadn't looked. haha
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The same as the petroleum jelly. That's where the nickname comes from.
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Thanks Cyparagon. Would want to sound stupid asking with the wrong pronunciation.
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Any idea of the names of the very reactive minerals?
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File:Fluorescent minerals hg.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia There are some good ones on there.
edit. It seems like some of those names in the list are in German or something.

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