Database of luminescent Minerals


Chemical Formula: / (cire organique / organic wax)

Familly: Organic


Mineral for Display: No


UV Type Main color Intensity Observation Frequency
Long Waves (365nm):      Yellowish White Medium
Short Waves (254 nm):      Yellowish White Weak
Other colors LW:          
Bluish White , Greenish white ,
Other colors SW:          
Bluish White , Greenish white ,

Daylight Picture

Borislaw, Russie;
Col. G.Barmarin; Photo: G. Barmarin

Long Waves Picture (365nm)

Ozocerite, UVLW
Borislaw, Russie;
Col. G.Barmarin; Photo: G. Barmarin

Short Waves Pictures (254nm)

Ozocerite, UVSW
Borislaw, Russie;
Col. G.Barmarin; Photo: G. Barmarin


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

No Data


Natural paraffin wax of dark color. Mostly composed of alkanes: CnH2n+2 n=20 to 40; melt around 50-60°C.

Natural hydrocarbon mixtures of ozocerite and hatchettite as well as the terpenoid minerals fichtelite (norabietane) and hartite (α-phyllocladane) seems to have a luminescence under UV LW. Some of these hydrocarbons occur in soil and peat environments of Holocene age. However, hartite occurs in lignite, in fossilised Glyptostrobus (Taxodiaceae) trees and in pelosiderites of the Bílina Miocene series (about 20 Ma); it represents the accumulated and crystallised product of diagenetic transformation of precursor biogenic terpenoids. Raman spectra of earth waxes investigated confirm their dominantly aliphatic character and oxidative degradation (related to weathering and/or subaerial alteration in museum cabinets).

Some quartz from Middleville, Town of Newport, Herkimer Co., New York, USA contain yellow inclusions of ozocerite strongly fluorescent.

Main Activator(s) and spectrum:

Most Common Activator: Intrinsic organic material

Peaks in the spectrum (nm):

Broad band centered around 607nm with curve change at 525nm, 567nm, 607nm and 649nm

Col. G. Barmarin; Spectre: G. Barmarin

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