Lijst van fluorescerende mineralen


Scheikundige formule: C

Familie: Elementen

Status: IMA-GP

Kristal Systeem: Cubisch

Mineraal om tentoon te stellen: Ja


UV Type Kleur Intensiteit Frequentie van de observatie
Lange Golven (365nm):      Blauw SterkSoms
Andere kleuren lange golven:                                                                 
Blauw wit , Gelig wit , Roos wit , Bleek geel , Geel , Bruin oranje , Rood , Zalm roos , Groen geel , Groen , Blauw , Groen wit , Geelachtig ,

Daglicht foto

Diamant, Congo;
Photo et col. G. Barmarin

Lange golf foto (365nm)

Diamant UVLW (superbright 2000), Congo;
Photo et col. G. Barmarin


Foto galerij:


     Naar de volledige galerij (14 beelden in totaal)

Fosforescentie (in de algemene betekenis) zien met het blote oog:

UV Type Kleur Intensity Observation Frequency
Lange golven(365nm): Blauw wit SterkSoms
Korte golven (254 nm): Rood SterkHeel zelden

Triboluminescencie: Ja

Thermoluminescencie: Ja


Probably the earliest phosphorescent mineral known after exposition to the sunlight.


In 1663, Robert Boyle first noted the triboluminescence of diamond when broken.


Blue or red Triboluminescence can be observed when sawing a diamond during the cutting process. 


Mrs. Kunz wife of the well-known mineralogist possessed a prodigious diamond that was phosphorescent in the dark for some minutes after just being exposed to a small pocket electric lamp.

Kunz in 1895 attributed the fluorescence and phosphorescence that is shown by some diamonds to the presence of a hypothetical hydrocarbon, for which e gave the name tiffanyite. 


About One natural diamond upon four is luminescent.


Natural blue diamond are semi-conductors and emits light when electrical current is passed through it (electroluminescence).


Activator en spectrum:

Voornaamste Activator: N (Stikstof)

Andere activatoren: B (Boron) ,

Pieks in het spectrum (nm):

N3 center: 442, 507 nm
H3 center: 520nm 
A-band center: 452nm
N3 center: 415, 428, 439, 452, 731nm

Spectrum: Michael Gaft, Petah Tikva, Israel. Plot: Institute of Mineralogy, University of Vienna, Austria, with permission of the authors.


  Vers la galerie de spectres (12 spectres au total)

Commentaar over activators en spectra:

From more than 100 detected centers only for seven the models are determined, mainly based on EPR interpretations. The model includes identification of the impurity, vacancy, interstitial atom, their aggregations and their crystallochemical position together with quantum-chemical and spectroscopic description. (Gaft)


Luminescence of diamond is related to various defects in its structure, almost always related to N (Nitrogen) atoms.  It is logical, because the atomic radii of C and N are nearly equal (approximately 0.77 Å).


N3 center: color and luminescence center attributed to 3 Nitrogen atoms bounded to the same Carbon atom or a vacancy.  The luminescence spectra of this center is associated with a large peak at 440-450nm with a fine structure (peaks around 415, 428, 438 and 451nm) a lifetime: 30-40ns and an absoption energy of 2,985eV but other centers (Al imputity for exemple) contribute to this spectrum even if it is not possible aboce 170K to discriminate their contribution.


H3 and H4 centers: 496, 506, 512nm ; two Nitrogen atoms coupled with a vacancy in two different configurations. Absorption energy: 2,463eV. Decay-time: 15-20ns


S1 center: a combination of one vacancy with one Nitrogen atom,  541nm


S2 center: a combination of two vacancies with one Nitrogen atom, 565nm


S3 center: a combination one vacancy with several Nitrogen atom


H3, H4, S2 and S3 centers are characterized by broad bands at 520-545nm with very weak lines at 489nm and 523nm (S2), 498nm (S3) and 503nm (H3)


A-band at 480nm observed in natural diamond of type I 

A-band with a maximum at 440 nm in natural diamond of type II (low Nitrogen diamonds)


Some  blue diamonds exhibit a remarkable red phosphorescence such as Hope or Wittelsbach-Graff (both of Indian origin) and Blue Moon (South Africa Cullinan Mine);


All natural, untreated type IIb blue diamonds (diamond without Nitrogen but containing some uncompensated Boron) show a phosphorescence with two emission bands: one at 660 nm and another at 500 nm but for those three diamonds, unlike usually, it is the blue that decreases more quickly than the red causing this magnificent red phosphorescence.


Type IIb diamonds with orange-red phosphorescence are more commonly originated in India or Venezuela but not in the case of the blue Moon coming from the Cullinan Mine in South Africa where diamond are normally found with a more typical brief bluish phosphorescence.


After exposure to short-wave ultraviolet light, the Blue Moon display orange-red phosphorescence (around 660nm) that remain visible for up to 20 seconds. (see bibliography: Eloise Gaillou, Gems and Gemmology, Winter 2014)


Beste vindplaats voor fluorescentie(*):

(*)Gegevens zijn niet exhaustieve, ze zijn beperkt tot de meest belangrijke plaatsen voor fluorescentie

Referentie voor fluorescentie:

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