Wine Drinking and Making in Antiquity: Historical References on the Role of Gemstones
Gemstone Cups (religious and medical history)
Wine Making in Antiquity
Tiny crystals on the cork or at the bottom of the wine bottle are a sign of a high quality wine; rich in minerals. Such residue is Tartaric Acid also called "Weinsteine" (German)
What are Weinsteine ? (links outside Farlang)
How were Weinsteine used in Antiquity: from the Greeks to the Middle Ages ?
The Greeks added Gypsum and Lime to their wines against acidity. Greek philosopher Theophrastus wrote extensively about wine making
Medical and Talismanic applications
Alcohol was long ago recognized to revive the nerve centers after an animal bite. Many different recipes with ingredients were developed to enhance these effects of which the most famous ones were with so called "Snakestone" which most likely was banded Agate.
Drinking Pearls in Wine
Drinking pearls (dissolved pearl powder ?) in wine had a very powerful (medical) meaning. Read about Cleopatra's claim of drinking the value of a province in ONE GLASS OF WINE. (bottom page).