Richterite

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Richterite, named after a famous German chemist and co-discoverer of the element indium, is member of the amphibole group of minerals. Typically, richterite is near colorless to brown, however, if richterite is dominantly composed of potassium, it can be blue. In South Africa, it is associated with another blue mineral of similar chemical composition, sugilite.

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Richterite Classification
Common Name Richterite
Species Amphibole
Richterite Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent - Opaque
Dispersion Strength: Strong Fire
Refractive Index 1.615-1.636
Birefringence 0.021
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Negative
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Pleochroism Trichroic, strong, varying shades of body color
Richterite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 5-6
Streak white
Specific Gravity 2.970-3.450 Typical:3.100
Toughness Poor
Luster Vitreous, Dull
Fracture Conchoidal, Uneven
Cleavage Perfect, in one direction
Richterite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name sodium calcium magnesium iron silicate hydroxide
Chemical Formula Na2Ca(Mg, Fe, Al)5(Si, Al)8O22(OH,F)2
Crystal System Monoclinic
Chemistry Classification Silicate

Richterite Colors

  • Green Richterite Green
  • Brown Richterite Brown
  • Red Richterite Red
  • Blue Richterite Blue
  • Gray Richterite Gray
  • Yellow Richterite Yellow

Countries of Origin

Myanmar; Afghanistan; Angola; Madagascar; Kazakhstan; Paraguay; Oman; Austria; Sweden; Malawi; China; Russian Federation (the); Brazil; Poland; Slovakia; France; United States of America (the); Japan; Kenya; Switzerland; India; Spain; New Zealand; Canada; Turkey; Norway; Namibia; Finland; Denmark; Italy; Uganda; Antarctica; Australia; Germany; Indonesia; Yemen

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.