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Red Cinnabar and Black Onyx Bead Bracelet
Lovely black and red bracelet made of carved 3/4" cinnabar discs and black onyx beads. Gold-plated toggle clasp and spacer beads. Bracelet measures approximately 8" long. 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