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History and Mystery of Precious Stones.

History and Mystery of Precious Stones.

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BY WILLIAM JONES, F.SJi,


PREFACE.
THERE is a strange fascination in precious
stones, arising, no doubt, from the beauty
and rarity of these FLOWERS OF THE
Mineral World.
BY WILLIAM JONES, F.SJi,


PREFACE.
THERE is a strange fascination in precious
stones, arising, no doubt, from the beauty
and rarity of these FLOWERS OF THE
Mineral World.

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HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF PRECIOUS STONES. BY WILLIAM JONES, F.SJi, PREFACE. THERE is a strange fascination in precious stones, arising, no doubt, from the beauty and rarity of these FLOWERS OF THE Mineral World. It is not surprising that they should have been held in peculiar veneration by the ancients, when objects infinitely less important and attractive were supposed to be endowed with super-natural attributes ; but it is a matter of wonder that the mysterious properties ascribed to them should have survived the growth of ages, and still find believers in some countries. In the elastic region of faith among our fore-fathers, a man, fortified with the protecting aegis of a charmed jewel, would brave the greatest perils, and, probably, by the force of his conviction of its efficacy, would pass unscathed through dangers, where b
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vi PREFACE. a person without such imaginary influences would succumb. There is a rich vein of romance and poetry con-nected with precious stones, throughout the strata of older and modern literature (especially the former). I have extracted some of the precious ore, but the wealth is exhaustless. I have hot ventured on the territories of the Mineralogist There are many excellent treatises on the composition, structure, etc., of precious stones, by able and experienced writers. CONTENTS.
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CHAPTER I. SUPERSTITIONS. Origin of the fictions about predous stones from the East. Credulity of the Jews. Prodigies ascribed to Solomon. Mys'tic virtues in the jewels on the breastplate of the Mosaic high-priest. Interpreta* tion of the various shades and coruscations of gems. Precious stones corresponding to the different months. Rabbinical legend of the worm Saroir. The twelve Apostles represented symbolically by precious stones. Planetary stones. Druidical doctrines of the virtues of gems. Arabian tradition of the Kaaba. Super-natural effects of precious stones in the Koran. Serpent stones. Mory by Matthew Paris. Serpent stones used for conjuring. Mode of extracting the precious stones in the brain of dragons. Efficacious in cases of lunacy. Stocy of an Abbot of St Alban's. Wonderful brilliancy of emeralds. Miraculous solution of their origin. The Shah of Persia's enchanted emeralds. Potent car-
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