Toenail, 2.9 x 2.9 x 2.5 cm
Fenghuang Mine, Hunan Province, China

Classic China cinnabars that started to come out in the early 1980s were these dark, sharply twinned crystals on nice quartz matrix. We paid prices at the time as if they were gold, when they first hit the Western market! New finds at new Chinese locales produce a different style