Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 6.0 x 5.5 cm
Tongren, Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China

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 luster, 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