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cinnabar - one man's poison is a another taoist's gold...


turquoise necklace with cinnabar pendant

compositionmercury sulfide
name sourcefrom the Persian zinjifrah, meaning "dragon's blood," alluding to its red color
other accepted namescinnabarite
historical aliasesminium (Pliny); zinnober ("blood of the earth"); mohetka ("red earth")
color cinnamon to scarlet red
significant sourcesItaly, Spain, US (California -- Almaden Valley)
MOH scale2 - 2.5
care and treatmentWipe with a clean damp cloth. Because cinnabar is a very soft material, store away from sharp objects or anything that could scratch the surface.