Richterite with Sodalite (var: Hackmanite)

Unnamed Richterite occurrence, Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e-Sang, Koksha Valley, Kuran wa Munjan District, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 8.3 x 7.4 x 5.2 cm
Start Time: 11/17/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/29/2022 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

A striking display specimen featuring several sharp, lustrous, gemmy, soft golden- yellow colored Richterite crystals (originally labeled as Winchite) measuring up to 2.8 cm associated with purple dodecahedral crystal of Sodalite (var: Hackmanite) measuring 9 mm on matrix. You can see in the photos that both the Richterite and the Sodalite show a beautiful fluorescence under UV light. An attractive overall specimen of this material which has not appeared on the market for a several years now in any significance. Don't miss out on this one as the locality might be nearly exhausted since very few new specimens have found their way out of the ground. A good overall small display specimen for any collector of rarities. Valued at $1,750-$2,500. From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#89AP), a well-known German collector all over Europe with worldwide contacts to dealers and collectors. He started collecting seriously at the age of 14 and his great and varied worldwide collection reached over 6000 pieces. He was very active mineralogically until shortly before his passing in 2020 at the age of 82. Considering his collection had a large number of pieces, it still had an unusually high standard of quality from most worldwide localities. He particularly specialized in all classics as well as minerals of the Black Forest, where he spent much time collecting. His Black Forest and German subcollections went to his good friend Wolfgang Wendel. We at The Arkenstone have the privilege of offering the remainder of this great worldwide collection over the next two to three years through our various platforms.