At one time when
you said "jewels" to a lady of fashion in New York, you meant
diamonds—nothing less. There are, however, other stones which are not
to be despised. The emerald has come into fashion, and pure flawless emeralds of one to two carats are worth nearly as much as diamonds.
stones other than diamonds are emerald, ruby, and sapphire.
Semi-precious stones are topaz, spinel, garnet, zircon, and peridot.
The softest of all gems are pearls, which are not stones at all, but a
kind of cancerous growth in oysters. Rubies, sapphires, and emeralds
will also stick to the tables as the diamonds, but all other minerals
flow down over them and are washed away. The greased tables save
DeBeers more than 400,000 dollars a year in time and labor.
emeralds of a bright green, well proportioned, are as rare as diamonds.
The emerald possesses a history older than that of the diamond. There
was a fine emerald in the breastplate of the Jewish high priest. It is
certain that Nero, who had weak eyes, used spectacles made of