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7 specimens found
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Cinnabar- twinned elongated crystal
stock #6.2-054
Chatian Mine, Fenghuang
Hunan Province, China
6.3 x 5.5 x 3.2 CM (cabinet)
price: $475
Late Summer 2018

A long (2.7 CM) terminated twin Cinnabar on a crystallized Dolomite vug. A strong piece with esthetic structure, the back has been sawn to aid collecting this piece, the saw marks are not visible on display. With strong light the crystal is quite translucent and glows a deep cherry red. The termination shows the complex re-entrant angles (drill bit type) of twinning. There is a crack near the base of the crystal that looks like an old repair, checking with Acetone did not reveal any problem but we have priced this as if it was repaired (a previous price of 1100.00 was a very good value if not repaired). The better Chinese Cinnabar crystals are well known as the worlds best and were eagerly sought for more than 150 years. For a while in the past two decades these were more available but now the old mines are closed. We will hope that the future produces more.
Cinnabar -elongated crystals with Dolomite, Quartz
stock #13.1-047
Tongren Mine, Wanshan District, Tongren Prefecture
Guizhou, China
8 x 5.1 x 2.9 CM (cabinet)
price: $690
Late Summer 2018

Free standing elongated crystals of Cinnabar in a well protected vug lined with small crystals of Quartz and Dolomite. Excellent bright red color and very translucent. The largest crystals have sharp terminations with distinct re-entrant notches, so they are in fact twins. Slender elongated crystals like these are much rarer than the blocky type and since the mines are closed for a few years, any good quality Cinnabar is now very scarce. In fine condition and with bright luster, Chinese Cinnabar crystals have always been respected and desired as the worlds best for the specie.
Cinnabar
stock #ALEC-12-063
Tongren Mine, Wanshan District, Tongren Prefecture
Guizhou, China
5.8 x 5.5 x 4.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $200
Post Tucson 2015

Twinned "drill bit" habit Cinnabar crystals on Quartz matrix with some Dolomite. A Chinese classic, for over a century Cinnabar was the only Chinese mineral seen in the western world. These were prized specimens in top collections and were the worlds best examples of the specie. Things have changed and these are no longer priceless but they are still quite fine and this habit is the most desired. Crystals to 1.8 CM most of which are fully perfect however a small one has a backside cleave not seen on display. The dark color and habit are typical of older material that is not like any of the recent finds.
Cinnabar (twinned crystals on Quartz and Calcite)
stock #6.2-640
Yanwuping Mine, Wanshan, Tongren
Guizhou, China
5.3 x 3.8 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $290
Spring 2014

A textbook example of twinning is well displayed on this unusually attractive specimen. The matrix is also unusual and contrast well with the Cinnabar. This comes from a small, little known mine in the Tongren area of Guizoh Province. Just 30 years ago such specimens were only known in the West from collections built well before 1909, they were legendary and unavailable. Even today with excellent sources this quality is far better than what is normally on the market. Far better in person.
Cinnabar on Dolomite
stock #7 CNA 522
Chatian Mine, Fenghuang
Hunan Province, China
6.5 x 5 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $220


A very fine gemmy 1.3 cm main crystal of Cinnabar sits well in an exposed vug of crystallized Dolomite. It is rare to find this form, tabular and untwinned in any but micro crystals. The color is the richest possible red and is in good condition. Close examination shows a hairline crack in the prism but it seems solid and does not detract at all. This is far above the usual quality!
Cinnabar (fine twinned crystals) on Dolomite, Quartz
stock #9.1-233
Tongren Mine, Wanshan District, Tongren Prefecture
Guizhou, China
6.9 x 5.6 CM (cabinet)
price: $400


Not long ago when China was closed to the west, the only fine minerals we knew from there were twinned Cinnabars. They were the worlds best. They were also unobtainable, only seen in old collections or museums, and worth a fortune. That has changed! This is a fine classic style Cinnabar with good translucency nested in dolomite crystals. Well better than average, this displays well with great contrast. The quality is better than a piece that sold in the early 70's for 20K!
Cinnabar on Dolomite
stock #6.2-053
Chatian Mine, Fenghuang
Hunan Province, China
7.2x4x6 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $400


A sawn matrix block shows an open vug with several forms of cinnabar crystals, some are gemmy and very sharp reaching 1 cm. Some damage to crystals at the edge of the pocket but not excessive. This relatively dense coverage (there are about 10 crystals here) is not common and the best crystals here are very good indeed.
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