Named from Arabic and Persian words for "dragon's blood," cinnabar comes in a remarkable brick-red color and has been used as a pigment in China as far back as prehistoric times. Gem crystals are rare collector's pieces, but opaque material is often cut into cabochons. Natural cinnabar is a major mercury ore and is not used in jewelry making, but a resin product that closely resembles it, is used in jewelry. The red color is so fresh and vibrant that, in China, many people call it "China Red."
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Countries of Origin
Myanmar; Papua New Guinea; Malaysia; Kazakhstan; Portugal; Bosnia And Herzegovina; Greece; Austria; Mongolia; Korea (the Republic of); Morocco; Unknown; Brazil; Slovenia; Chile; Colombia; Ecuador; Argentina; United States of America (the); Hungary; Japan; Ukraine; Taiwan (Province of China); Bolivia (Plurinational State of); India; New Zealand; Canada; Turkey; Belgium; Namibia; Italy; South Africa; Georgia; Peru; Germany; Afghanistan; Fiji; Czechia; Sweden; China; Ireland; Russian Federation (the); Poland; Slovakia; Bulgaria; France; Serbia; Tunisia; Kyrgyzstan; Croatia; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the); Romania; Uzbekistan; Switzerland; Spain; Azerbaijan; Norway; Swaziland; Mexico; Zimbabwe; Philippines (the); Australia; Montenegro; Tajikistan; Indonesia
Gentle wear, avoid ultrasonics and high heat. Modern cinnabar is safe and does not contain mercury.