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Vintage Cinnabar & Black Agate Necklace

$125.00

This vintage cinnabar & black agate necklace is locally made here in the Blue Mountains of NSW. The 7 vintage cinnabar beads are approx 2cm and the unpolished onyx beads vary in size and have a matte patina ending with a silver metal clasp. What makes this necklace special is the hand carved cinnabar beads which are vintage as today cinnabar is made from dyed resin and in moulds not carved.

Cinnabar also known as Chinese lacquer was originally created by painting multiple layers of lacquer onto an item. Once the many layers & coats were dry they were carved resulting in layers of lacquer with beautiful patterns. Cinnabar gets its name from the toxic red mineral mercury sulphate which was once used to give the distinctive red colour. this practise has not been used for over a century.

Today cinnabar is formed from a dyed red resin that contains no harmful cinnebar.

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