Carved Cinnabar, Onyx, & Brushed Gold Necklace
This strikingly bold piece is made of intricately carved cinnabar disks and black onyx rounds. The disks measure 1.25" which gives the piece a lot of look, but it is cinnabar, so it is not heavy. Cinnabar is a fascinating mineral from which a durable lacquer is created. Taoist philosophers used it to create “ The Elixir of Life”: a magical potion for longevity. It was also believed that cinnabar was capable of transmutation, becoming a different precious metal every 200 years and ultimately changing into gold after 1000 years. The cinnabar pieces in our collection have a carved wooden core that has been coated with many layers of wearable cinnabar lacquer. The necklace is 18" and has a 2.5" extension chain.
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