against it the marginal note, " or Sardonyx ; " as different a stone as
possible. Once more, against " Jacinth," " or Amber " has been
needlessly put; whereas Amber is not a precious stone at all.
allied, in certain important respects, to herbs, and medicinal plants,
Precious Stones have been aptly, and happily termed, " blossoms of the
rocks," also, " the flowers of the caves, and torrent beds."
herbalists of old knowingly selected their healing plants on the "
doctrine of signatures," or, a distinct correspondence of features, and
effects between the manifest attributes of the herb or plant, and the
positive symptoms of the malady which it was found to cure. Similarly,
according to the same doctrine, it may be told by the attributes of not
a few precious stones, (such as their colour, shape, and lustre,) for
what illness, or bodily ailment, each of such stones is innately
calculated to benefit, and protect its owner, and wearer.
Precious Stones as considered remedially, we will now epitomize their
several aptitudes, and their respective claims for selection to be worn
against this, or that infirmity of body, or mind.
The Diamond, because
of its pure carbon, (highly-subtilised " Charcoal,") is of excellent
avail against a disposition to acid, flatulent indigestion. It is
furthermore a heart-cordial; and inspires courage. It rallies the
strength in old age.
the Ball given by Milly Fane, of Lutrell Court, ("Comin' thro' the
Eye," Mrs. Peeves: Helen B. Mathers, 1875), we are told:—" Here come
the Listers :— Lister mere—in a low (save the mark !) black velvet dress,