In ancient times Cinnabar (Vermilion) decorated Mayan’s burial chambers, Roman’s painted their statues with it, and the Chinese used it in their inks and famous red lacquers (China Red). It was in cosmetics and candy! Problem? It contains Mercury! Thankfully modern cinnabar jewelry is not toxic. Rather is it carved and laquered wood or an impression is made into the lacquer that evokes the allure of the Orient. Here an Art Deco repurposed brooch/pin with a Chrysanthemum design (symbolic of a life of ease and good luck) joins with Onyx (for helpful decision making and intuition) on Sterling chain and findings.