Database of luminescent Minerals


Chemical Formula: Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6

Familly: Carbonates

Status: IMA-GP

Crystal System: Monoclinic

Mineral for Display: Yes


UV Type Main color Intensity Observation Frequency
Long Waves (365nm):      Orange Weak
Short Waves (254 nm):      Bluish White Very Strong

Daylight Picture


Photo and Copyright: James Hamblen
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Short Waves Pictures (254nm)

Photo and Copyright: James Hamblen
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Phosphorescence (in the common meaning of the term) seen by naked eye:

No Data


Beautiful effect when in association with red fluorescing calcite;

Main Activator(s) and spectrum:

Most Common Activator: Pb2+

Peaks in the spectrum (nm):

Pb2+ replacing Zn2+ in octahedral coordination (Gaft): Broad band  peaking at +/- 430-450 nm

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

Comments on activators and spectra:

Lifetime: 1μs

Best Locality for luminescence(*):

(*)Data are not exhaustive and are limited to the most important localities for fluorescence

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