Miniature, 4.0 x 3.7 x 2.2 cm
New Idria Mine (New Idria group; New Hope vein), Idria, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito Co., California, USA
A very APTLY named and showy specimen of cinnabar "strawberry ore" from the famous and rich New Idria Mine of California. The brick-red, strawberry-colored, moderate luster botryoid looks just like a strawberry. It is nearly 100 percent cinnabar and is hefty for its size at 97 grams or 3.4 ounces. Cinnabar has a higher density than galena. This is OLD material. Specimens of this richness and quality are probably 50 years old or older. Ex. Charles Hansen Collection, a well-known California collector.