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Cinnabar Disc and Onyx Bead Necklace

$72.00 Member Price

Lovely black and red necklace made of three carved 3/4" cinnabar discs and black onyx beads. Gold-plated spacer beads and lobster claw closure with adjustable chain. Necklace measures approximately 20" long when fully extended. Handcrafted in NYC.

Fun Facts about Cinnabar:

  • It is a mineral substance first used 9,000 to 10,000 years ago. 
  • It was used by the Taoist philosophers to create the "Elixir of Life", a supposedly magic potion for longevity
  • It was once believed Cinnabar was a transmutant mineral that would become a different metal every 200 years and after 1,000 years would turn to gold
  • Cinnabar beads are made of a hand-carved wooden base which is coated with many layers of cinnabar lacquer