are incorporated into all religions, being made to represent the
noblest meanings, and the divinest attributes. Savage, and civilised
nations alike hold them as among the most precious circumstances of
human life. These morsels of ordinary materials, these mere crystals,
composed of the commonest clays, and earths, have been deemed even
sometimes by wise men more precious than liberty or life : who have
felt themselves more richly endowed through the gift of gems than if
they had become possessed of half the virtues, and all the knowledge
possible to man. Perhaps we shall some day know the full meaning of
this universal fascination, and learn the secret of the mysterious
affinity so evidently existing between man and jewels.
is more than possible, indeed, highly probable, that what the advanced
mental science of to-day terms, after a pedantic fashion, "
Psychometry," is largely concerned in this universal fascination
exercised by precious stones. The said scientific art implies a
supposed power of the human mind to discern the past history of
inanimate objects by occult telepathic perceptions. The double
constitution of the human mind, as recognised nowadays by all
authorities, bears immediately upon this fundamental question. Broadly
speaking, every man has two minds : the one " objective ; " the other "
subjective." The former (objective) takes cognisance of the ordinary
daily outside objective world, through the five bodily