Cinnabar is a toxic mercury sulfide mineral that is highly prized for its mercury content and color. It exhibits a trigonal crystal system and is the most important ore of mercury. Hypercinnabar and Metacinnabar are the two polymorphs of Cinnabar.
Cinnabar symbolizes love, wealth, wisdom, vitality, dignity, passion, power, excitement, intense emotion, and sensitivity.
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Cinnabar is a naturally occurring form of the mercury mineral that resembles Quartz in its symmetry. It can be transparent, translucent, and opaque and is typically found in large mineral chunks.
Cinnabar can assist you in balancing and awakening the root, sacral, and third-eye chakras. It helps to heighten one's creativity, connect us to our internal intuitions, release fear and resentment, enhance your foresight, and improve relationships.
The word "Cinnabar" is likely to be derived from the ancient Greek word "Kinnabari". This name was used by Theophrastus, a Peripatetic philosopher, as a bright scarlet to a brick-red form of mercury(II) sulfide (HgS). These minerals have been mined and used throughout the world as a precious resource since at least the 10th millennium B.C.
Cinnabar commonly occurs as a vein-filling that is associated with recent volcanic activities and alkaline hot springs. Most of the time, these minerals form in rocks surrounding geologically recent volcanic activity. It also forms near hot springs and fumaroles. It can be found in association with other minerals like Opal, Quartz, Chalcedony, Calcite, Pyrite, Barite, and Dolomite.
The chemical formula of Cinnabar is HgS (Mercury(II) sulfide). It has a hardness of 2-2.5 on the Mohs scale.
Corallinerz is the curved lamellar variety of hepatic (impure) Cinnabar.
The value of Cinnabar can vary anywhere from $10-$70 according to its color and quality.
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