Cinnabar Carved Guan Yin Pendant


100% natural cinnabar exquisite chinese hand carving Bodhisattva statue x116

size: 6.5×5.5 cm weight: 40 g

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Cinnabar carved Pendant of Guan Yin the Goddess of Mercy

100% natural cinnabar exquisite chinese hand craving

Cinnabar is found near volcanic activity and hot springs.  It a soft mineral with a Mohs scale of around 2-2.5 and a gravity of 8.1, quite soft when compared with Jade at between 6-7.5.

It is bright red in colour causing people to use it as a pigment and carve it into jewellry and ornaments for thousands of years in many parts of the world.

cinnabar in sediment porosity

Cinnabar in sediment porosity: Cinnabar sometimes precipitates from fluids moving through the porosity of a sediment or a sedimentary rock. In those cases it can infill the pore spaces as a weak “cement.”  Photo © iStockphoto, only_fabrizio.

Cinnabar’s geological occurence is that of a hydrothermal mineral that precipitates from ascending hot waters and vapors as they move through fractured rocks. At temperatures less than 200 Celsius it forms at shallow depths generally forming in rocks from recent volcanic activity but can also form near hot springs and fumaroles.

Cinnabar precipitates as coatings on rock surfaces and as fracture fillings. Less often, cinnabar can be deposited in the pore spaces of sediments. It is usually massive in habit and is rarely found as well-formed crystals. It can be found in pyrite, marcasite, realgar and sibnite.

Gangue minerals associated with cinnabar include quartz dolomite calcite and barite.

Small droplets of liquid mercury are sometimes present on or near cinnabar.

cinnabar crystals on dolomite

Cinnabar crystals: Bright red cinnabar crystals on a dolomite matrix. Crystals are about 1.3 centimeters in height, from Hunan, China. Specimen and photo by Arkenstone /

Properties of Cinnabar

The most striking property of cinnabar is its red color. Its bright color makes it easy to spot in the field and is a fascination for those who discover it. It has a Mohs hardness of 2 to 2.5 and is very easily ground into a very fine powder.

The luster of cinnabar ranges from dull to adamantine. Specimens with a dull luster are usually massive, contain abundant impurities and do not have the brilliant red color of pure cinnabar. Adamantine specimens are usually the rarely-found crystals.