Vintage Chinese Cinnabar Bead Bracelet Red Crystal, Gold Clasp
Vintage Chinese black carved cinnabar beads 1970, Red Crystal , Gold
Fabulous vintage hand carved Chinese black cinnabar beads measure approximately 16mm or 5/8" ( there are 25 mm to the inch ) and were purchased by us in Hong Kong during the early 1980s.
You can see from all the photographs that the carving is also exquisite with a lot of high relief and great detail.
► Genuine cinnabar beads are made from a lacquer which is derived from a tree sap found in China. The tree is tapped like a maple and the resulting gum is purified by heating and then made into lacquer by adding a solvent. This resulting lacquer is slowly added in many layers over a wood base. The lacquer can be colored in various hues including black, red, green, yellow and brown although most people are only aware of the red cinnabar.
These many layers of lacquer are then hand carved with intricate designs representing various symbols or images found in nature such as birds and flowers.◀
In this instance , layers of black lacquer have been added on top of a deep 'cinnabar 'red color to create this stunning two toned effect!
These elegant cinnabar beads are separated by 4mm red crystal beads - gold plated pewter spacers also help set these sparkling beauties apart from the cinnabar.
This bracelet measures approximately 8 " long and has been finished on an antiqued gold plated pewter toggle clasp.
Please note that all the cinnabar beads that I use in any of my jewelry is genuine vintage cinnabar that we purchased in Hong Kong. Many people sell 'cinnabar' beads made out of plastic so be sure of what you are purchasing!
◉ If you love cinnabar but prefer it in a different color, I have a cinnabar bracelet listed in a rare green color : https://www.etsy.com/listing/239761386/vintage-chinese-green-cinnabar-bead
This bracelet will arrive in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse all ready for gift giving.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2020
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $4.00 covers any first class shipment up to 15 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $16.50 for any package weighing from 1-5 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $16.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.
All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!
All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.
All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.
If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order (assuming we have more in stock), issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
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Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem
Love my beads! The coloring in the epidote was not as intense as illustrated, but it is certainly a good example of the mineral. The colors in the unakite beads are wonderful. The quality of the carving I would rate as good to excellent.
Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.