Cinnabar on Dolomite
Miniature, 5.0 x 4.0 x 3.0 cm
Tongren Mine, Tongren, Guizhou, China
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 the 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.