Dims: 2.4 x 2.1 x 1.7" (6.1 x 5.3 x 4.3 cm)
Wt: 3.8 oz. (107.4 g)
Tongren, Guizhou Province, China
This small hand specimen consists of a single trigonal prismatic Cinnabar crystal that rests on a dolomitic limestone base. It has visible dimensions of 0.5 x 0.2" (1.3 x 0.5 cm) and is in excellent condition- the only noticeable damage appears to be partly healed, and thus occurred prior to the mining of the specimen. Its edges are well-defined and its faces are clean, possessing an adamantine, submetallic luster. It has the standard deep red coloration of this mineral and is dimly transparent in halogen light. The crystal extends out of a hollow in the host rock that is line with many small, dull, cream-colored dolomite rhombohedrons and a few tiny quartz crystals. When looking down into the crevice, one can see another, incomplete Cinnabar crystal that is heavily intergrown with both the first crystal and the dolomites.