In its original form, cinnabar is crystallized red mercuric sulphide, the main ore bearing mercury. And it is extremely poisonous.
Cinnabar has been used for thousands of years as a coloring agent because of its intense red-orange color and is commonly referred to as vermillion or Chinese red. One of the most popularly known use of cinnabar is in Chinese carved lacquerware, a technique that has its origins during the Song Dynasty.
In the modern jewelry industry, the toxic pigment is replaced by a resin-based polymer that approximates the appearance of pigmented lacquer.
A beautiful vermillion cinnabar is carved with the stylised Chinese character for happiness. It is framed by Japanese Delica beads in a simple bezel. A richly embellished silky tassel hangs from the focal cinnabar to swing gracefully and gently with every movement.
The pendant is hung from a pentagonal right angle weave rope woven from hundreds of black beads. The clasp is a small cinnabar bead carved with a traditional lotus motif.