Database of luminescent Minerals


Chemical Formula: Be3Al2Si6O18

Familly: Silicates

Status: IMA-GP

Crystal System: Hexagonal

Mineral for Display: No

Associated names (luminescent varieties, discredited names, synonymes etc.):  aquamarineemeraldmorganitegoshenite


UV Type Main color Intensity Observation Frequency
Long Waves (365nm):      Orangy yellow
Short Waves (254 nm):      Orangy yellow
Other colors SW:                    
Bluish White , Dark Orange /Tawn , Blue , Bluish ,

Phosphorescence (in the common meaning of the term) seen by naked eye:

No phosphorescence seen by naked eye whatever the type of UV

Main Activator(s) and spectrum:

Most Common Activator: Cr3+

Other activators:            Fe3+ , Mn4+ , V2+ , VO43- ,

Peaks in the spectrum (nm):

(VO4)3- : Broad band peaking at 433 nm 

Mn2+ tetrahedral  : Broad band peaking at 480nm

Mn2+ octaedral  : Broad band peaking at 570nm 

Fe3+ or V2+ or Mn4+ : Broad band peaking at 720 - 745 nm (140nm half-width) 

Cr3+ or V2+ : Lines at 692 and 694nm 

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


  To the spectrum gallery (3 spectra in the gallery)

Comments on activators and spectra:

Band peaking at 730 nm associated with Mn4+ (or Mn3+)
Broad band peaking at 480 (Mn2+ in tetrahedral) and 570 (Mn2+ in octaedral coordination).
Broad band peaking at 720 - 745 nm (Fe3+ or V2+ or Mn4+).
Lines at 692 and 694 (Cr3+).
Broad band peaking at 433 nm (VO4).

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