By itself, cinnabar is a mercury sulfide mineral with a hardness of around 2.5 on the Mohs scale, that typically forms around volcanic vents and hot springs. When it is encased in quartz, the resulting combination takes on the hardness of quartz and can be used for jewelry pieces.
Cinnabar is found in a variety of places, including China, Spain, Mexico, and the United States. The name is derived from the Greek word “kinnebari,” although some sources suggest that the name comes from the Persian language word for “Dragon’s Blood,” which is a poetic portrayal of the blood-red appearance of cinnabar.
When cinnabar is inside quartz, the contrast is startling: bright red splotches against a white background.
Metaphysical theorists say that Cinnabar in Quartz is a stone of transformation. It is said to stimulate the first two charkras, and for that reason it is said to be a stone that can create prosperity. It is also said to stimulate the third eye, leading to visions of the future which can be grounded in reality through the first two chakras.
We have a very limited supply of pieces of Cinnabar in Quartz from Maricopa County, Arizona, on our Heart of Stone Studio website.