In 1992, my former wife Emily and
I had a fantastic fluorescent mineral collecting experience thanks
to George Polman (in the foreground). George, who has the best
fluorescent mineral collection in Arizona, invited us on a Fluorscent
Mineral Society field trip to a small mine not far from Tucson.
Located near the Silver Bell mine, the tiny mine we visited had
veins of a three-color fluorescent combination - red calcite,
green willemite and blue-purple fluorite. I collected the specimens
seen at right. The image gives only an approximation of how incredible
they really are if you could see them in person. The floor of
the mine is littered with gorgeous small pieces of the three-color
material. It was quite a day!
George has become a very good friend
of ours over the years since then. There's nothing that Emily
and I like better than to visit George at his home near Phoenix,
Arizona, to see his awesome collection and do some fluorescent