Carved Cinnabar & Onyx Necklace
Carved cinnabar and twisted onyx ovals with macrame loop closure. Length 23″
Cinnabar is a mineral that has been used as a pigment & been carved into jewelry for thousands of years. People began using cinnabar for pigments thousands of years ago in Italy, Greece, Spain, China, Turkey, and the Mayan countries of South America. Through time, people in almost every country where volcanoes are present discovered cinnabar and realized its utility as a pigment. Cinnabar is one of a very small number of minerals that was independently discovered, processed and utilized by ancient people in many parts of the world.