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Anyone Recognise Cinnabar


#1

I think this is cinnabar.
The shiny metalic purple area rubs off easily onto fingers (yes I quickly wash off), the rock is damp from river. What you see is inside of a fresh broken piece.
Can anyone who’s more familiar with it confim my guess?
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#2

I thought cinna bar was a hot chick that was called cinna and worked behind the bar. don’t tell my wife that I’m chasing cinnabar


#3

Becareful, both can be dangrous. :grin:


#4

Ngawha was mined for cinnabar


#5

Couldn’t find any pictures of Ngawha cinnabar.
Did find some pictures of Puhipuhi cinnabar:

Mine does have some yellow in the back (sulphides)
Perhaps I only have some Ferrous rock :confused:
It only appears to have minute quartz.

I’ll do some chemistry on a small bit and put it under a microscope - see if I can find the gold :wink:


#6

And there I was having flashbacks to the Whittakers Cinnamon Chocolate coated toffee bars 5c each from the corner dairy


#7

It does look a little like Waitahuna cinnabar so one never knows but there will be tests that you can do. If it is then it’s a nice specimen and I would be almost prepared to bet that it is richer than the Puhipuhi samples which are nice looking but not near as rich as the Waitahuna Heights samples.


#8

That chunk was about the size of my fist. I broke it off a much larger piece.
Found another large piece too, not quite as good looking.


#9

Aw if it’s cinnabar then me is jellyarse. Is it quite heavy for it’s size. If so then that might increase the possibility as the only larger size piece I saw from the Waitahuna Heights mine at Waipori was heavy for it’s size.


#10

Nah, it’s light. I reckon I’ve got some pretty ferrous rock :unamused:
Oh well ferrous with a possibility of sulphides is still a good rock.


#11

I saw some Coromandel rocks the other day that soemone had and I for one would go gaa gaa if I found them - truly amazing specimens.