Double Dragon Scarlet Cinnabar Bangle

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This scarlet cinnabar bangle is elaborately carved with a sinuous double dragon design. In Chinese symbolism dragons are a symbol of power, great luck, and strength. Double dragons must be doubly powerful. Circa 1960.

Cinnabar is a toxic mercury sulfide mineral. Because of its bright red color, it has been used as a pigment and carved into jewelry and ornaments in many parts of the world for thousands of years. Is cinnabar dangerous to wear? Mercury is definitely toxic. However, mineral experts argue that the mercury contained in cinnabar is not very “bioavailable," meaning that it is hard for the mercury in cinnabar to be absorbed into the human body. If you choose to wear cinnabar jewelry it is recommended that you do not heat it, wash in it, or sleep in it. Or eat it, I suppose.

Details.....The cinnabar bangle measures 3.1" in diameter,11.4mm wide, with a 7.4" inner circumference. In Very Good Vintage Condition. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique jewels, we consider it part of the charm.

Item #JJ618