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Posted by Dr Ananda Weerakkody  
Dr Ananda Weerakkody May 04, 2006 08:37AM
Hello friends,
I would appreciate very much if somebody can give me information as to how and where I can buy some bulk pure CINNABAR Mineral.
Who ever gives this information to me would be rewarded with some thing great to remember.

I am at; or
William G. Lyon August 10, 2006 01:43PM
Are you looking for actual mineralogical cinnabar in some concentrated ore form, or would the synthetic pigment, vermillion suffice? Single crystal or powder? Some massive cinnabar specimens might be available from a few localities.

There probably are some University researchers out there who have prepared single-crystal synthetic cinnabar also; one would have to do a detailed search. The chemical, HgS, mercuric sulfide is readily available from Alfa Aesar.
Cesar Menor-Salvan August 10, 2006 03:51PM

I have a lot of massive cinnabar mineral from Almaden (Spain). Maybe interesting for your purpose? how much you need?
Tara March 28, 2007 09:48PM
I want to buy on good size cinnabar mineral. Email me
Anonymous User April 22, 2007 08:22AM
I have some large Cinnabar crystals in pure white dolomite if any of you are interested in a trade.
Robert A Santee May 01, 2007 10:43PM
Hi craig what would you like to get in trade for the cinnabar crystals in the dolomite.Also how big are the pieces thanks bob.
Anonymous User May 04, 2007 05:23AM
Hi Robert,

I'm not sure just another medium size specimen of something else...make me an offer post a picutre of something.


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Alex Robinson March 02, 2012 02:32AM
Hi there, I have a few Kg's of rough cinnabar from New Zealand if your interested. Cheers
STEFANO DEL MAGRO March 02, 2012 09:20AM

I have the samples of Cinnabar from:

Ripa mine xx TN size - Almaden xx MM s. - Bagnore (Monte Amiata-Italy) and Cerreto Piano (Grosseto) massive MM s.

If you are interested please send a mail to

davoud tisheh April 29, 2012 02:44PM
Hi; I am interested in your cinnabar specimens,i have lots of specimens from Afganistan,Pakistan,India,mexico,lots of nice geods and so on to trade.send me some picturesto hand and cabinet sizes please
STEFANO DEL MAGRO May 29, 2012 04:29AM

I have not pictures and cabinet sizes. Sorry.

I can offer you Micromount size and Cinnabar of Ripa is (xx), Thumbnail size.

Evan Johnson (2) May 29, 2012 09:15AM
Dare I ask to what end someone needs "bulk" cinnabar?
Rock Currier May 29, 2012 07:49PM
I don't know his name, but here is a picture of a buyer of pure cinnabar in a little town near the cinnabar mines in China. The bowl is full of cinnabar "gravel".

Cinnabar buyer, Hunan, China

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Hemant May 30, 2012 06:27AM
Dear Sir,

I am in Spain for a few days(Malaga at the moment) and am interested in a few kilos of Cinnabar to take back with me as a sample.

Once this is approved, there may be further requirements. please let me know if it is possible to get 1-2kgs of Cinnabar and how I can contact you. My email address is

Best Regards,
Evan Johnson (2) May 30, 2012 09:27AM
Thanks Rock for yet another interesting picture. I still wonder what the purpose of it is- as a pigment, it has been superseded by other compounds (and in any case, synthetic HgS would probably be better). My basic worry is it is eventually destined for human consumption in some manner- cinnabar itself isn't so dangerous, but intake of mercury in any form is not especially healthy.
Evan Johnson (2) May 30, 2012 09:29AM
And Hemant,
I am not sure that getting a few kilos of Spanish cinnabar is very realistic unless you are willing to pay quite a high price for it. There are still quite big reserves there, but there is to the best of my knowledge no current exploitation, and so production is nothing. Prices for material on, for example, eBay are relatively high for what are essentially ore samples compared to Chinese material.
Rock Currier May 31, 2012 11:04PM
I think there is still a certain amount of cinnabar lacquer work done in China, and that undoubtedly is where some of it will wind up. In addition, little square flat cleavage "tiles" of cinnabar are sold in the Chinese medicine market. Cinnabar has a very good cleavage, and from some of the larger crystals 1cm plus size? are broken down into little flat cleavage tiles. These are placed wall to wall in little bamboo double sided glass topped boxes that look a little bit like Reker mounts boxes. The ones I saw in china are small perhaps 3x3 inches, perhaps a little more. There were ones with large cinnabar tiles and ones with smaller ones. The larger ones were all over $100 each. I bought one of the ones with smaller cinnabar cleavages for about $60. I was told that the a person would take one of the little tiles and put it in tea, and the tea then acquired "healthful properties" Eventually the cinnabar tile would turn black and then all the "energy" had gone from it, and a new tile would have to be added to the tea. I suppose I could try and run down a source for cinnabar gravel, But I am sure that the cost would be in the $100 a pound range, and I am sure that they would not want to sell a small quantity of it. Then the cost of making an air shipment would be a minimum of $200 to $300 alone. Almost certainly not worth the trouble. If you could deal directly with the guy in the picture you could probably buy the cinnabar gravel for less than $20 per kg. But that's just a guess. I did not question him about the price or what he was paying the miners for it.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Evan Johnson (2) June 01, 2012 03:50AM
Thanks, as always, for the interesting insight, Rock.
Jai Kumar December 16, 2012 05:42AM
Dear Cesar Menor,

We are very interested on Cinnabar ore from Almaden.
Pls advise us your detail spec and furnish us your offering for this item.

Best Regards,

Jai Kumar
Email :
Alfredo Petrov December 16, 2012 01:34PM
Reiner, it will probably get used to make drinkable "elixirs" (not kidding) :-S
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