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While traveling in Italy last summer I found this rock for sale at this small store. I had the owner of the store write down the name of the stone for me. When I came back to the states I was curious to read more about the stone. I found nothing about this stone under the name they gave me. I made one cabochon out of the material and it polishes to a beautiful shine. Any information would be appreciated.

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What was the name they gave you? Sometimes they give different names for the same rock only because it's from a another location. The other thing I wanted to say is be real careful about cutting and polishing anything with red in it that you're not familiar with. Could contain cinnabar.

Steve

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I don't have the name of the stone he gave me. I do remember he said it came from china, but even then I'm not sure. Thanks Steve. Not sure what cinnabar is but I'm going to find out. Thanks again

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And don;t forget that some arsenic is blood red also.....as in poison !!!!!

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And don;t forget that some arsenic is blood red also.....as in poison !!!!!

Yes arsenic can be red (Realgar) or yellow (Orpiment) and care should be taken when working with any unknown rock or mineral. My favorite agate is Trent which had a nice combination or realgar, orpiment and stibnite but don’t drink your grinding water when done. If you are ever grinding a rock and you experience a sweet or metallic taste in your mouth you need to stop.

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