carved Coral and gold ornaments realized a high price: this probably
may be explained by its having belonged to so distinguished a person.
Fine specimens of carved Coral are not at all uncommon.
was formerly in great repute as a talisman against enchantments,
witchcraft, thunder, tempests, and other perils. It was consecrated to
Jupiter and Phcebus.
would not be wise to say that Coral either has lost, or will
permanently lose, its share of popularity. It was only as the
competitor of Wisdom that it was said, "No mention shall be made of
Coral, or of Pearls, for the price of Wisdom is above Rubies."
General Remarks upon the term "CARAT."
The word Carat is probably derived from the name of a bean, the fruit of a species of Erythrina which
grows in Africa. The tree which yields this fruit is called by the
natives " Kuara" (Sun), and both blossom and fruit are of a golden
color. The bean or fruit, when dried, is nearly always of the same
weight, and thus in very remote times it was used in Schangallas, the
chief market of Africa, as a standard of weight for gold. The beans
were afterwards imported into India, and were there used for weighing
The Carat is not of the same weight in, all countries, for instance :—'