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King, 1885), PRECIOUS STONES. _ .. " This is made evident by the lines attributed to Mrecenas on the departure of Horace, for the loss of whose devoted companionship not even the sight of his darling Jewels could console him :.. Lugens, 0 mea vita! " Medical practice among the ancient Jews consisted chiefly in Amulets used externally. And even still, modem Jews are remarkably given to entertain such beliefs, and practices. Some wear an Amulet which consists of a small piece of parchment with a few cabalistic words written upon it by one of their Rabbis.
Wolfganogus Gabelschoverus relates the following incident: "On the fifth day of December, 1600 after the birth of Christ Jesus, as I was going with my beloved wife (of pious memory) from Stutgard to Caluna, I observed by the way that a very fine Ruby which I wore mounted in a gold ring (the which she had given me) lost repeatedly, and each time almost completely, its splendid colour, and that it assumed a sombre blackish hue, which blackness lasted not one day, but several; so much so that, being greatly astonished, I drew the ring from my finger~ and put it into a casket.
Church, of Oxford; Professor of Chemistry in the Royal Academy of Arts,"-it is stated (in Chapter I), "As Precious Stones have simply to be looked-at, and worn, or used in decorative work, it will be readily understood why no occult property is of much moment in determining their value! " "Still, from the Mineralogical, and Chemical points of view, it is perhaps legitimate to import some elements of interest when appraising the right of a Stone to be called ' Precious' for its place in the list of Gems" !