- Richterite var. Winchite (superb TN)
- Thumbnail, 2.1 x 1.6 x 0.6 cm
- Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
- Ex. Herb Obodda
Richterite is a rare amphibole group silicate, very rarely seen in sharp, gemmy crystals. This is sharp, lustrous, very gemmy, yellow Richterite crystal (often labeled simply as the varietal species Winchite in this shape and color from this particular locality, by analysis according to Herb Obodda), which had never been seen in such quality from anywhere in the world until this small find of the mid-2000s (around 2005). Richterite of this quality has not appeared on the market for a few years now in any significance, and has never matched that first pocket which was brought to market by Obodda at the time. This is a competitive level thumbnail of a very common rock forming species, that only very rarely gives us such nice crystals and beauty!