What are the cinnabar beads?

The cinnabar beads are a mineral whose main form of presentation is rhombohedral crystals with holes or in the form of granular mass. It is the main ore of mercury and has very diverse uses, having been used for a long time for the development of orthodontics and dental appliances.

Uses of cinnabar beads

Cinnabar beads is the main source or main ore of mercury, which in turn is a metal that is used to make electrical appliances, also instruments of industrial control, to prepare chlorine electrolyte, for caustic soda and also for mode of waterproofing for mildew. In many cases, years ago it was used to make orthodontics, and also for scientific instruments, even as an amalgamator for gold. But the jewels and gems on the practical side are not always observed, since they are always focused on their value, their price, the choice of the color of the gem . A jewel very often is simply a pleasure. For some of us certain jewels have a special value because they have been given to us on particular occasions and represent a very personal meaning. For collectors they become objects of worship.

Never leave jewelery exposed to chemical products, avoiding endorsing them if tasks that foresee the use of these products are carried out. Avoid wearing jewelry during physical activities that require effort: gymnastics, training, sports activities, etc. Dedicate time to polish and care for the jewel itself paying attention to the different micro-components of the jewel. Choose the right place to clean your jewelry: if they are made up of small elements, avoid doing it in a place where the parts can fall and get lost or run off. To remove any residues always use a very soft brush and never pointed objects. Any resistant residues or obvious imperfections must be treated with suitable instruments and products. In this case consult a trusted expert jeweler.

The semiprecious stones have a very different value among them and it is much easier to get semiprecious stones of great size and purity (clean) than precious stones of such characteristics. The oscillation of its value or cost will depend on the same conditions that influence the precious stones: hardness, rarity and beauty and perfection (purity, color, brightness and transparency). There are approximately 130 mineral species cataloged as semiprecious, in addition to amber, which is a fossilized vegetable resin. Let’s see below the most important and those used in jewelry.

Cinnabar beads beauty and perfection

When we talk about the beauty and perfection of a stone, whether precious or semiprecious, we refer to its color, brightness, transparency and purity. A pure gemstone, without imperfections and with a radiant color, can have a value even higher than that of cinnabar beads with similar characteristics.

But unlike a car or appliance, or even a pet, when purchased or received a gift a jewel, few are those who care about how one should behave in merit. With this I want to tell you that it is not usual to find out about the maintenance, the treatment or the measures to be adopted so that our beloved jewel remains without losing its splendor or deteriorating. On our website you can find a section dedicated to the care of jewellery. As our readers are numerous and show great interest in this topic we will repeat here a series of useful tips for the correct care of your jewelry:

  • First of all you should be very attentive to the use of lotions, cosmetics, lacquer and perfumes: as much as possible use these items before putting your jewelry, letting go a few minutes before doing so.
  • After using a jewel as much as possible, wipe it with a soft and clean cloth to remove traces of sweat, oils or any residues.
  • It has also been widely used for years as a bone preserver. It is from this belief that, in the Middle Ages, the idea arises of using it as an elixir for longevity from the alchemists. In addition, it has also been used as a colorant for a solid mixed with beeswax that was brittle and was used to seal documents or letters of royalty, called sealing wax.

How to recognize cinnabar beads

If you want to recognize a cinnabar, you should bear in mind that it usually crystallizes in rhombohedral forms with penetration twins and is presented in granular masses. Normally, when it is very hard, it is called cinnabar de labra because a long time ago figures were carved with this variety in Almaden (Ciudad Real), and on many occasions it appears impregnated with calcite. It can be easily recognized because it has a red vermilion color, with a scarlet stripe. Normally it has a high weight and forms perfect prisms, with a characteristic silver shine.

Where are the cinnabar beads?

Here is the largest deposit in world production of cinnabar, and it has collected copies of high quality in terms of colorations and crystallizations.

Interesting facts about cinnabar beads

As interesting facts about cinnabar, it is worth mentioning its interesting legend. It is a mineral that many years ago; when it was considered that deceased people returned after death and many people felt dread to leave their homes at night to avoid encountering “zombies” was used to avoid it, for which people placed very heavy stones on the bodies.

Besides this, the bodies were always covered with a reddish powder, which was nothing else from cinnabar. It was considered that the larger the cinnabar stones and dust, the greater would be their magical power to keep the dead from rising. There were also many cases in which people who had lost their loved ones took away the stone to see them again, but the legends told that in doing so a soulless being arose, and from that point many stories emerged.