Cinnabar, Teardrop Shape 17x8mm, with Floral Design, Set of 8


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  • Priced and sold by the set of 8 beads
  • New Chinese cinnabar teardrop shapes 17x8mm with floral decoration
  • These beads are priced and sold individually
  • Cinnabar elephants, these are the larger of 2 sizes we carry, 15x20mm
  • Excellent detail.
  • Elephants in Chinese culture represent auspiciousness and good luck
  • In Thailand they're a symbol for longevity and strength
  • And in India they are known for wisdom and intelligence
  • Real cinnabar comes from mercury bearing ore and has been used for hundreds of years as a pigment for coloring various substances, especially lacquer. Cinnabar products including beads used to be made of wood covered by many coats of this red lacquer, which was then carved with floral, geometric designs or auspicious symbols.
  • Both because of the health dangers of mercury and the high cost of the lacquering and carving process, today’s cinnabar beads are made from a substance like polymer clay.