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The Curious Lore of Precious Stones

The Curious Lore of Precious Stones

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THE
CURIOUS
LORE
OF
IOUS
STONSS
Being
A
Description
of
Their
Sentiments
and
Folk
Lore,
Superstitions,
Symbolism,
Mysticism,
Use
in
Medicine,
Protection,
Prevention,
Reli-
gion,
and
Divination,
Crystal
Gazing,
Birthstones,
Lucky
Stones
and
Talismans,
Astral,
Zodical,
and
Planetary
BY
GEORGE
FREDERICK
J^UNZ
A.M.,
PH.D.,
D.SC.
WITH
86
ILLUSTRATIONS
IN
COLOR,
DOUBLETONE
AND
LINE
HALCYON
HOUSE
:
NEW
YORK
 
Ikefate
love
of
precious
stones
is
deeply
implanted
in
the
human
heart,
and
the
cause
of
this
must
be
soughtnot
only
in
their
coloring
and
brilliancy
but
also
in
their
durability.
All
the
fair
colors
of
flowers
and
foliage,
and
even
the
blue
of
the
sky
and
the
glory
of
the
sunset
clouds,
only
last
for
a
short
time,
and
are
subject
to
continual
change,
but
the
sheen
and
coloration
of
precious
stones
are
the
same
to-day
as
they
were
thou-
sands
of
years
ago
and
will
be
for
thousands
of
years
to
come.
In
a
world
of
change,
this
permanence
hasa
charm
of
its
own
that
was
early
appreciated.
The
objectof
this
book
is
to
indicate
and
illustrate
the
various
ways
in
which
precious
stones
have
beenused
atdifferent
times
and
among
different
peoples,
and
more
especially
to
explain
some
of
the
curious
ideas
and
fancies
that
have
gathered
around
them.
Many
of
these
ideas
may
seem
strange
enough
to
us
now,
and
yet
when
we
analyze
them
we
find
that
they
have
their
roots
either
in
some
intrinsic
quality
of
the
stones
or
else
in
an
in-
stinctive
appreciation
of
their
symbolical
significance.
Through
manifold
transformations
this
symbolism
has
persisted
to
the
present
day.
The
same
thing
may
be
said
in
regard
to
the
various
superstitions
connected
withgems.
Our
scientific
knowl-
edge
of
cause
and
effect
may
prevent
us
from
accepting
any
of
the
fanciful
notions
of
the
physicians
and
as-
trologers
of
the
olden
time;
nevertheless,
the
possession
of
a
necklace
or
a
ring
adorned
with
brilliant
diamonds,
fairpearls,
warm,
glowing
rubies,
or
celestial-hued
sapphires
will
to-day
make
a
woman's
heartbeat
faster
 
vi
PREFACE
and
bring
a
blush
of
pleasure
to
her
cheek.
Life
will
seem
better
worth
living
to
her;
and,
indeed,
this
is
no
delusion,
for
life
is
what
our
thought
makes
it,
and
joy
is
born
of
gratified
desire.
Hence
nothing
that
con-
tributes
to
increasing
the
sum
of
innocent
pleasures
should
be
disdained
;
and
surely
no
pleasure
canbe
more
innocent
and
justifiable
than
that
inspired
by
the
posses-
sion
of
beautiful
natural
objects.
The
author,
who
possesses
what
is
believed
to
be
the
most
comprehensive
private
library
on
this
subject,
has
obtained
many
references
from
material
which
he
has
been
gathering
during
the
past
twenty-five
years.
Many
of
the
types
exist
in
the
collection
of
folk-lore
precious
stones
exhibited
at
the
World's
Columbian
Exposition
in
1893,
and
now
in
the
Field
Museum
of
Natural
History
in
Chicago.
Other
typesare
drawn
from
the
Morgan
Col-
lection
exhibited
at
the
Paris
Expositions
of
1889
and
1900,
which,
with
additions,
is
now
in
Morgan
Hall,in
the
American
Museum
of
Natural
History,
New
York
City.
Other
prominent
references
are
the
collection
of
pre-
cious
stones
in
theCalifornia
Midwinter
Memorial
Museum,
in
Golden
Gate
Park,
San
Francisco;
the
Tiffany
collection
of
precious
stones,
exhibited
at
the
Atlanta
Exposition
of
1894,
now
in
the
National
Museum
in
Washington;
the
collection
exhibited
at
the
Pan-
American
Exposition,
and
presented
to
the
Musee
d'Histoire
Naturelle,
inParis,
by
the
late
J.
Pierpont
Morgan;
the
collection
exhibited
at
theexposition
held
in
Portland,
Oregon,
in
1905
;
and
the
collection
of
gems
and
precious
stones
exhibited"
at
the
Jamestown
Ex-
position,
1907.
All
of
these
collections,
either
entirely
or
very
largely,
have
been
formed
by
the
author.
Some
references
to
sentiment
connected
with
precious
stones
are
embodied
in
the
little
work,
now
in
its
21st

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