Cinnabar stone is a soft brick red in color composed of mercury sulfide. Developed in China as a lacquer which was applied to wood and then carved or painted, it was actually highly toxic and quite dangerous to handle! Today, jewelry called cinnabar is actually a heavy molded polymer made to resemble cinnabar beads, or the red lacquered wood from the cinnabar tree which also grows in Southeast Asia. Our selection of red cinnabar pendant beads are intricately detailed, eye catching and quite safe!
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