ex. Peter Bancroft
A single, twinned, gemmy, lustrous, bright red, crystal of cinnabar, measuring 1.8 cm in length, is perched on gem clear, colorless, quartz crystals to .3 cm in length and white dolomite rhombs to .5 cm across. Oddly, the whole underside of the specimen is covered in translucent, lustrous, tan crystals of calcite to .7 cm across. My gut feeling is that this piece dates back at least to the very early 1980s and was probably one of the very first cinnabars to come out in a trickle that shocked the mineral world. I could see htis being a $10k rock at the time....they were that astonishing! Of cours,e more were mined afterwards and came out in the mid 90s. But now, these large cyclic twins are very rare, and good combo specimens like this more so. They certianly dont "make em like they used to" !
ex. Richard Hauck
Classic old specimen of cinnabar on matrix with deep red crystals up to 8mm. THESE ARE VERY LARGE FOR SPANISH CINNABAR, at least for what I have seen on the market. The crystals are slightly bruised but have an outstanding luster and color. The matrix is so rich in cinnabar that it appears mostly red in color. These Spanish cinnabars came out decades or more ago and are not commonly available. Some date back over 100 years. this is one of the showiest I have had to sell
ex. David Stoudt
ex. Jean Behier
This is an old piece from the extensive collection of geologist Jean Behier, the "founding father" of modern Madagascar's georesources policies and a well known French collector. It came to market and drifted quickly into the Stoudt collection through dealers Alain Martaud and Dave Bunk, where I was stunned when I first saw it some years ago. I had no idea that Mexican cinnabar got so good! These sharp, gemmy crystals (some twinned) are cherry red and perched on contrasting white calcite matrix. You would think they were Chinese, but for the history and some subtle differences in matrix. I have never seen such large and gemmy cinnabars from any North American locale, though you see tiny ones from a few places (Texas, Alaska...rarely). The piece, as befitting its inclusion in this major display collection, is ALSO large and showy, as well as important. I value it highly, in part bsaed on what I paid for it and in part because it is just so obviously frigging important! When one considers how much even mediocre China cinnabar costs, here you have something that has to rank among the best of the species from Mexico, for a fraction of China prices. It seems crazy, how undervalued some Mexican specimens can be. Joe Budd photos.
This is an oldstyle specimen from finds in the early 90s or even the late 80s, with 1-cm TWINNED cinnabars perched upon matrix of sparkling quartz crystals! It is extremely pretty and the sparkle of the quartz makes for a wonderful contrast to the lipstick-red cinnabars. The crystals are very freestanding and 3-dimensional, rare in such quality.
This is a beautiful miniature from a new, small find, that has produced what many feel are the best cinnabars to date for outright quality. The crystals is glassy, and fairly gemmy. It glows a cherry red color when well lit. This crystal is 3-dimensional and isperched dramatically upon a natural pedestal of crystallized sark white dolomite, showcasing the full cogswheel-like termination of the 1.7 x 1.7 x 1.0 cm cinnabar around the top of teh piece, where it stands fully upright and exposed. There are other styles of cinnabar, and bigger crystals, and some even a bit gemmier, but no other pocket I have yet seen since the late 1980s combines the best features as this particular new find does in a single specimen to this degree. It is truly a world class competition level miniature.
ex. Eric Asselborn
Long before the availability of Chinese cinnabar specimens, the best crystals originated in Spain. This is a solid mass of crystallized cinnabar, to over 1.0 cm. It is accompanied by an old, possibly 19th. century, label on the back ; and another label from the collection of respected geologist Jean Behier. EXTREMELY RARE and fine specimen, for the locality!
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 except where it attaches! The termination is freestanding, complete 360 degrees. The crystal is 3.5 cm in height, and pristine except for a few teeny tiny rubs. At 3.5 cm, this is near as big as they got. The trim job is perfect, to make a balanced full miniature.From the style, my gut feeling is that this piece dates back at least to the very early 1980s and was probably one of the very first cinnabars to come out in a trickle that shocked the mineral world. I could see this being a $10k rock at the time....they were that astonishing and highly valued in the first few batches. Of course, more were mined afterwards and came out in the mid 90s. But now, these large cyclic twins are very rare, and good matrix specimens like this more so. Ex David Michaels collection
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