When rubbed it becomes electric, and remains so for a considerable time.
best Oriental rubies come from China and India. They are found in the
island of Ceylon, in the mountains of Capelan, in Pegù, ten days'
journey from Syrian, at Cambaja, and at Lahore. Those from China are
procured in the mountains of the province of Ya-nan.
mines of Burmah, which produce the best, have been known for many
centuries. Being a government monopoly, they are rigorously guarded,
and no European can even see them. It is said that the king of that
country possesses some of the most beautiful, and he numbers amongst
his titles that of Lord of the Rubies.
the superintendent in those mines sends notice to the Court of the
discovery of an extraordinary gem, the king orders an immense and
sumptuous procession of soldiers, lords, and elephants to go and take
The rubies of Ceylon, which are those most prized, are gathered on the shore of a river which flows to Sittivacca.
The red corundums of Australia, hitherto found, are of a bad quality. None have yet been found in America.