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Author Topic: Cinnabar Jewelry  (Read 4871 times)

Mephansteras

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Cinnabar Jewelry
« on: January 26, 2009, 03:44:43 pm »

They seriously make and sell cinnabar jewelry. This strikes me as a bad idea.
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009, 03:50:27 pm »

Nahhh Mercury is a healthy metal!
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009, 03:51:11 pm »

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The substance referred to on this site and throughout the jewelry industry as Cinnabar (because of its resemblance to the mineral and the way it was carved in ancient times), is actually a heavy, molded, resin-based polymer.

Response to next post: You didn't catch it because I didn't get it from that site. Now that I read deeper into the site in the OP, it looks like I was wrong. It clearly says cinnabar and red bloodstone.
« Last Edit: January 26, 2009, 03:53:44 pm by Mephisto »
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009, 03:51:47 pm »

Oh, good catch. I missed that!
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2009, 03:54:27 pm »

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The substance referred to on this site and throughout the jewelry industry as Cinnabar (because of its resemblance to the mineral and the way it was carved in ancient times), is actually a heavy, molded, resin-based polymer.

Response to next post: You didn't catch it because I didn't get it from that site. Now that I read deeper into the site in the OP, it looks like I was wrong. It clearly says cinnabar and red bloodstone.

I like this from the wiki In particular, the Romans used convict labor in their [cinnabar] mines as a form of death sentence.
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009, 11:34:20 pm »

This carries on the long-standing Chinese tradition of enthusiastically trying to sicken or kill yourself in the name of good luck, health, or just for ****s and giggles  :P
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2009, 02:08:09 am »

Hey, it's not just the Chinese. *rage*

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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2009, 02:11:49 am »

In hindsight it seems like a really poor idea to make a Giant cinnabar floor decoration.

Might need to get back to replacing it with realgar.
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2009, 04:11:06 am »

Wow, look at that price. At least you can get your poisoning cheaply.
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2009, 04:49:14 am »

In hindsight it seems like a really poor idea to make a Giant cinnabar floor decoration.

Might need to get back to replacing it with realgar.

Quote from: Wikipedia
Realgar is very poisonous.
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2009, 06:46:56 am »

In hindsight it seems like a really poor idea to make a Giant cinnabar floor decoration.

Might need to get back to replacing it with realgar.

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Realgar is very poisonous.

Quit being the screen door on my Submarine.  Now what am I supposed to use?  Hematite?
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2009, 08:51:20 am »

Quit being the screen door on my Submarine.  Now what am I supposed to use?  Hematite?

Damnit... that isn't toxic. Hmmm this is the best I can do.

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In 2001, Egyptian government archaeologist Zahi Hawass was the first to enter a previously undisturbed tomb, believed to be that of an ancient regional mayor, in the Bahariya Oasis below the town of Bawiti. Upon entering the burial chamber, Hawass discovered a booby trap consisting of 8 inches of finely powdered hematite dust covering the floor and sarcophagus. When disturbed by a tomb robber, the sharp, metallic dust was intended to become airborne and irritate the skin, eyes and mucous membranes, eventually causing lethal siderosis if exposed for long enough. The archaeological team was forced to retreat and don full body suits and respirators in order to confirm the identity of the mummy. Hawass cites the ancient Egyptians' experience with powdered hematite as a paint pigment as proof that they were aware of its irritating properties.
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2009, 08:51:36 am »

Pitchblende.
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2009, 09:12:23 am »

It's not red. But petrified wood is, and it's perfectly safe.
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Re: Cinnabar Jewelry
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2009, 09:35:33 am »

Ortoclase is alos poisonous and pretty enought  :P thought its not red either.
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