This Week I Love …

… carved cinnabar. Real or fake.

This common mercury ore has been used in Chinese carved lacquerware since the Song Dynasty (or so Wikipedia tells me), but I think it looks fabulously current. I love how the intricate designs and rich red play off of other colors and textures so beautifully.

Are you a fan of cinnabar? Which piece calls your name?

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  • Kelly @ blackdog finds

    I love that carved bangle. Gawjus!On a random sidenote- my brain keeps turning 'cinnabar' to 'cinnabon'.

  • Jane W.

    I love, love, love cinnabar. Those earrings do look good enough to bite into.

  • The Patersons

    Wow thanks for this. I really liked the Aida bracelet – the link seems to be broken though – when it goes to Etsy, the page can't be found.

    Do you remember who the seller was?

    Anyway, I did a search after reading this post and found this etsy seller polishedtwo. Did you come across this shop? I think you might like it. Anyway, love your blog as always.

  • EvaNadine

    i always wondered what that stone/material was called! i have a necklace made by a friend that has (i presume) faux cinnabar and i really love it. i dont wear the necklace a lot at the moment, but i think mayhaps after some restyling, it will work beautifully in my wardrobe!

  • Zoma

    I love the Diego necklace so much that I clicked on the link and bought it. Thanks so much for sharing the Etsy seller with us. I'm usually not quite this impulsive!

  • Sal

    The Paterson: Dangit! Usually when an item sells out, you just see the "sold" page. I'm afraid I didn't note the seller and can't seem to find any info from the numbers embedded in the URL – sorry!

    And yes, my turquoise/cinnabar necklace from the weekend's outfit post is from polishedtwo!

  • Velma Vex

    I have had great luck with this ebay seller, based in China:

    They offer carved cinnebar and jade items, among many other semi-precious stones. The items are nicely made of good quality materials, and shipping is very reasonable, especially if you are buying several things ($1 for each additional item).

    I own three necklaces, and I am waiting for three more for spring! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • FashionTheorist

    I'm a huge fan of cinnabar – I love the rich color and intricate carvings. I think I'm a little in love with all the pieces you posted. Each one is beautiful in a different way, and I'd wear them all!

  • Becky Syck

    My mother in law just sent me a gorgeous cinnabar cuff (among other things) for Mother's Day! Yeah, she's pretty cool. I don't know how to post a pic of it though…

  • Julie

    That last necklace with the blue beads is absolutely great!

  • Future Lint

    I love cinnabar too! I only have one bracelet, but pops of red are always a good thing! The Diego Necklace is gorgeous – I love how the rest of it looks like river stones and then there is just that one beautiful red one of the same shape and size!

  • closet365

    I am now! I reall love that Aida bracelet. It's stunning.

  • Sal

    The Patersons: OK something is funky in Etsy today. The Aida bracelet IS from polishedtwo – it's still showing up in my Etsy faves. But something is wrong with the listing. Maybe check again tomorrow?

  • La Belette Rouge

    The Aida is calling me.

  • angie

    Very fab. I think you need every piece you posted, Sally – starting off with the turquoise bracelet!

  • rb

    Wow, the bangle. And then I bought it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Annie

    I am all about the cinnabar… my favorite of the pieces wer showcased is the "Onyx and Cinnabar Necklace." Loves!

  • Anne

    The Captivate Necklace is gorgeous! I've been looking for something to go with a black dress, so your post is perfect!

  • Daisy Dukes

    Whoa! The earrings and the last necklace.

  • Sarah O.

    I have a bracelet from World Market that has a lot of different beads, but the Cinnabar bead is my favorite. Of all of the pieces you posted I like the Fragrant Fruit Earrings and the Captivate Necklace.

  • fashionflirt

    Oh man, oh man, that carved bangle is delicious. I love colourful jewelery.

  • Rosie Unknown

    The bangle and earrings are definitely my favourites ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Patersons

    Hi Sal,

    No worries at all. I think I will get something from polishedtwo, only problem is deciding which to get!

    Cheers from Down Under,

  • The Patersons

    OH, I just read your second comment about the Aida being from polishedtwo as well!

    Thanks for checking.

    Now I'm truly spoilt for choice.

    Oh yes, and love the Lane Bryant shirt dress too. You look great in that silhouette. I especially liked your green shirtdress (vintage?).

    Gotta run, sneaking a comment in at work!


  • Kasmira

    Oh, I DO love cinnabar. I have a fabulous pair of cinnabar earrings and I don't wear them enough. Cinnabar is heavy stuff! I can only take the earrings for a few hours.

  • WildBirdVintage

    I was just trying to construct a necklace of my own (a hobby that I have abandoned and now coming back to). The cinnabar pieces are calling to me….so this might be some very direct inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anna M

    Never knew what that material was called but yes, I love it! I love the Diego Necklace. Makes me want to go to the bead store and create one of my own!

  • Alli

    Ooh, I want those earrings!

  • Daily Joy

    The Aida bracelet calls my name. ๐Ÿ™‚