Cinnabar is a deep red crystal with a long and storied history. It was used in China for centuries as a pigment for paintings and pottery, and it is still used today in some cultures for its supposed magical properties.
Cinnabar is also the primary ore of mercury, and it was once used in the production of various items, including hats, mirrors, and teeth fillings. The name cinnabar comes from the Latin word for cinnamon, which is fitting given its reddish color.
Cinnabar can be found all over the world, but it is most commonly found in Spain, Italy, and Mexico.