Chinese Cinnabar Lacquer 0

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Cinnabar is a famous Chinese handicraft. It gets its name from the toxic mineral cinnabar (mercury sulfide) that was once used to give the distinctive red color to the lacquer used in the process. Today, cinnabar jewelry is formed from a dyed red resin that contains no mercury sulfide, but the look is largely the same. Pure red cinnabar items are very popular, as are items which have both red and black cinnabar. However, all black cinnabar is also available and is quite stunning.

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