ex. Dr. Edward David
Until the early 1980’s, fine twinned cinnabar specimens from China were all but unheard of. In the last few years fine, untwined cinnabar specimens have come available. This magnificent specimen features a cluster of pristine, frosted, very lustrous, translucent, cherry red cinnabar crystals, to 2.0 cm across, aesthetically perched on ivory colored dolomite. These large untwinned crystals are actually LESS common than the twins we all wanted when they first came out, and often overlooked. This one is world class in color, size and aesthetics!
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Classic Cinnabar: twinned, superb metallic luster, and a rich red color that glows under the light, not even backlit. This is a HUGE crystal, and complete all around! There is minor bruising and, of course, it is contacted in the bottom from where it grew on matrix, but really its as complete as you can expect especially given the size. These large twins came out in the early 1990s.
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Complex single crystal on matrix, with good luster and color. Complete but with slight bruising. It may not be as gemmy as many of the smaller crystals you find from China nowadays, but how often do you find a 1 cm crystal of Cinnabar from Spain, either?
ex. Marilyn Dodge
Very nice thumb consisting of several intergrown crystals, each with very good luster and, of course, superb color. RARE OLD LOCALITY!
A superb, unusually sharp, 3.5-cm-long cinnabar twin sitting perfectly exposed upon contrasting matrix. Seldom do you get such a nice display on one of these twinned crystals, which generally were found in the late 1980s and early 1990s here. Furthermore, the lustre, and consistency of color, are both outstanding. No damage! Joe Budd photos. NOW DONATED TO THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TO REPLACE SPECIMEN LOST IN THE 2011 EARTHQUAKE
Classic China cinnabars that started to come out in the early 1980s were these dark, sharply twinned crystals on nice quartz matrix. We paid prices at the time as if they were gold, when they first hit the Western market! New finds at new Chinese locales produce a different style…and this remains the classic, for most of us. The large central crystal is pristine except for teh tiniest of minute dings if you look with a loupe, although some small crystals below have minor damage. This attractive small miniature features a sharp twinned crystal to 2.7 cm. It could be considered a toenail or "boxbuster" sized thumbnail.
ex. Richard Barstow
This is a very old classics, rarely seen in such large size! The piece dates to at least 1895 by the label - but the date could as easily mean 1795 because the label does itself look old enough, and I have seen other specimens from this ancient locale with labels dating to the 1700s in the Robert Ferguson collection, in the past (1769-1840). The specimen has some damage, to be sure, but also has a very rich and colorful display face with lots of good, gemmy crystals. It survived into modern times and ended up in the noted classics collection of Richard (Dick) Barstow of England, by the 1960s-70s. His label also comes with it. Upon his death, it was sold by his widow Yvonne to Eric Asselborn, in whose collection it remained until recently. This is a highly important, historic specimen , overall.
5.1 x 2.9 x 2.5 cm. A fine scalenohedron of calcite from a place not much known for fine mineral specimens! These turn up only occasionally on the market. To boot, this translucent crystal has a very sharp PHANTOM inside of it! The phantom is caused by inclusions of cinnabar (this is a famous locality for cinnabar and mercury species).
9.5 x 6 x 4.7 cm. A superb 1 cm crystal of Cinnabar from the great Chinese locality. The luster, color, and complex habit of this single crystal are first-class. Nestled in a pocket of Dolomite blades, the aesthetics of this piece are outstanding. Ex. Charlie Key stock.
6.9 x 5.6 x 4.9 cm. A gemmy, cherry-red crystal of cinnabar, with glassy luster, measuring 1.3 cm, is embedded in the stark white contrasting quartz matrix. It is intergrown with a smaller crystal.
6.2 x 5.6 x 3.8 cm. Two gemmy, deep red crystals of cinnabar, each about one centimeter (with a smaller one nearby), nestled in the stark white contrasting matrix.
4.9 x 4.5 x 3.9 cm. A GEM of a cinnabar crystal, transparent and ruby-red, measuring 1.2 cm; well-exposed in the matrix, with a few other smaller crystals - from the locality that has always produced the best cinnabar specimens around.
7.3 x 4.3 x 3.5 cm. Gemmy, blood-red crystals of cinnabar from the prime locality for this species. They measure to one centimeter; there is some damage to the ones at the periphery.
8.1 x 7.1 x 6.7 cm. A super-lustrous, fine red, gemmy crystal of cinnabar with a very attractive crystal habit, nicely sitting on Dolomite on matrix, measuring 0.8 cm. Very pretty piece with good color, and they aren't as common as they once were. Ex. Brian Kosnar.
6.7 x 5.3 x 5.2 cm. Two crystals of cinnabar, the larger 1.8 cm, isolated on a matrix with sparkly quartz. These crystals are actually a gemmy deep red color, which you can readily see under strong light (we shot them under normal light).
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