2.8" Vibrant Red Cinnabar on Rock - Cahill Mine, Nevada

This 2.8" rock matrix is encrusted in a layer of striking red cinnabar. The specimen was collected from the Cahill Mine of Humboldt County, Nevada. Comes with an acrylic display case.

Cinnabar is a mercury sulfide mineral with the chemical formula HgS. It is a vibrant red color and is an important ore of mercury. It is primarily found as fillings within gaps of rocks and coating rocks as a result of ascending hydrothermal activity. While cinnabar is typically massive in habit, large crystals have been found on rare occasions. The striking red color of cinnabar made for an attractive pigment, but its use as a pigment was halted following discovery of its toxic properties.

Toxicity Warning: The mercury content of cinnabar can be harmful if absorbed into the bloodstream by inhalation or ingestion. The crystals do not pose a health hazard just sitting on a shelf, but it is highly recommended that you wear gloves and/or wash your hands after handling.
Cahill Mine, Poverty Peak, Humboldt County, Nevada
2.8 x 1.4"