Mercury, Cinnabar
Idria Mine (Idrija Mine), Idrija (Idria), Slovenia
Miniature, 3.6 x 2.5 x 1.2 cm
An extremely rich ore specimen liberally covered with silver droplets of native mercury (quicksilver) to 1 mm and a few cinnabar crystals. Cinnabar alters to native mercury in the oxidized zone of deposits. This is an older piece from the John Ydren Collection and comes from an uncommon Italian locality.