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    Cinnabar
    Tongren Mine, Bijiang District
    Tongren, Guizhou
    China

    It is worth noting that Cinnabar is an inherently toxic mineral due to the presence of elemental mercury and can be dangerous to human beings, but it is generally considered rather safe to handle. as long as it is not heated or ground into dust that can be inhaled. This specimen of the red form of mercury sulfide, which can make for some very attractive minerals, exhibits a captivating reddish hue to a large singular crystal atop a matrix of snowy grayish-white crystals, with some secondary Cinnabar forms. The natural contrast of the association is visually magnificent, and the prominence and quality of the focal crystal is the highlight of this outstanding example from the collection of Dr. Steve Smale. Presented on a custom engraved acrylic base, the platy representation displays nicely and showcases the relatively huge crystal which measures 1.25 inches (3.175 cm) in length. The big formation has some duality to its coloration so has a dynamic nature to the red wine hue that is deeply saturated. The matrix has an abundance of nicer small clusters of Cinnabar as well as white, gray and off-white crystallization that provide lots of context.
    Measurements: 4.07 x 2.94 x 0.94 inches (10.33 x 7.46 x 2.38 cm)

    Provenance: Ex. Steve Smale Collection


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    September, 2021
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