Cinnabar Specimens From China


Cinnibar was one of the first important Chinese mineral specimens to reach the U.S. in the 1990s

                   Cinnabar on Dolomite


In the early 1990s the mineral world was shocked by the first Chinese cinnabar crystals.  They were, and still are, hands down the best of the species to be found to date.  They were initially outrageous in price.  Many thousands of dollars for any decent specimen.  Today we find them readily available in small specimens at a similar price.  The larger specimens are uncommon and still expensive.  They commonly form on white to cream color dolomites which allow for a wonderful color contract.  Crystals over a centimeter are becoming less common and ones over two centimeters are very uncommon and expensive.





OKN-771     Cinnabar on Dolomite      Fenghuang, Hunan Province, China.  Ex. Harold L. Dibble collection.  A good piece for this once prolific locale.  The primary crystal measures 1.2 cm across, is complex in form, transparent to translucent, and high in luster.  The entire piece measures 9.2 x 6.3 x 4.3 cm.  The main cluster is in good condition with the damage being peripheral from matrix rock attachments.  Excellent quality.  $200








OKE-240    Cinnabar on Dolomite and Quartz    Cha Tien Feng Huang, Hunan Prov., China.  This sixling, drill bit twin, of cinnabar measures 1.3 cm and stands up nicely off the matrix of dolomite and clear quartz.  The piece is a floater with no points of attachment…no damage either.  An outstanding and aesthetic example.  Good luster, form an display qualities.  These have become very difficult to find in this quality and they may represent the finest cinnabars to be found anywhere in the world.  3.3 x 2.6 x 2.2 cm.  probably fits in a perky box if you are a thumbnail collector.   $395








OKH-996    Cinnabar    Fenghuang, Hunan Prov., China.  Ex. Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  Small matrix plate with white dolomite showing a couple of deep red cinnabar crystals (to 1.3 cm each).  The color contrast is nice and crystal form is good (average).  The smallest crystal appears to have a VERY small abrasion when looked at with 10x, but this could be natural, otherwise in very nice shape.  2.9 x 2.4 x 1.7 cm.  $70








OKH-975    Cinnabar     Fenghuang, Hunan Prov., China.  Ex Paul and Dawne Dunning Collection.  A beautiful drill bit twin in calcite and dolomite.  The cinnabar is 1.3 cm in length and deep red in color (not reflected well in the images).  No damage tot his 5.2 x 3.1 x 3 cm specimen.  Nice quality miniature with a moderate sized crystal of excellent form.  $300








OKA-664 Cinnabar Yaogangxian, Hunan Prov., China. Red cinnabar crystals on white dolomite plates. These crystals have an almost melted effect or waxy appearance. Typically expensive and difficult to get in good specimens. 60$







OKA-321 Cinnabar Hunan Province, China. Deep red, gemmy cinnabar crystals on white dolomite. Super contrast. Small void with several well formed crystals to 1.4 cm. Fairly thick dolostone matrix (gray). 9 x 7 x7 cm. 58$








OKB-513  Cinnabar   Sichuan Prov., China.    This deep red cinnabar crystal is non-typical being as elongated as it is.  It measures 1.2 cm and stands up nicely off the matrix.  25$








OKB-514  Cinnabar   Sichuan Prov., China.    1.8 cm cluster of intergrown cinnabar crystals.  There is a very tiny (approx. 1 millimerter) ding.  20$