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The Magic and Science of Jewels and Stones

The Magic and Science of Jewels and Stones
Title: The Magic and Science of Jewels and Stones
Release Date: 2018-10-04
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The Great Opal “The Flame Queen”
Kelsey I. Newman Collection



The Knickerbocker Press
IIICopyright, 1922, by
G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Made in the United States of America
IVTo My Dear Wife
This Book is
Affectionately Dedicated


In these pages a sincere attempt is made to blendmodern science with the ancient and occult philosophyof the precious, semi-precious and commonstones of the earth. It will be shown that many of theseemingly absurd narratives of old authors are butcunningly concealed truths, the unravelling of whichcan be followed with interest and profit along the linesherein indicated. The ancient masters held that theinfluences exerted by the heavenly bodies entered intoharmonious relations with various terrestrial substances.Hence we have the venerable philosophy of fortunatestones, planetary gems and “stones of power,” whichform a part of the vast department known as talismanicmagic. It is the philosophy of sympathy and antipathyprevailing through nature—atom for atom, stonefor stone, plant for plant, animal for animal, man forman. This observation was subjected to an orderlyscientific arrangement which for completeness of detailwould compare, in some cases, more than favorably withthe most careful synthesis of modern science. Inorder to make easily understood the matter treated andto secure pronunciations as nearly correct as possible,it has been considered advisable to render all foreignwords, ancient and modern, in familiar letters.

I have to express my grateful thanks to the friends whohave, in various ways, been helpful to me in regard tothis work.

viTo Mr. Kelsey I. Newman, for the use of his uniquecollection of opals and precious stones, including thewonderful opal, “The Flame Queen,” and especially forhis co-operation, without which this book could not havebeen published.

Likewise to The Right Honorable the ViscountessAstor, M.P.; Lieutenant Sir Edward Mackenzie-Mackenzie,Bart.,Bart., for his original Heraldic drawings ofthe horoscopes of royal and notable persons from mycharts; Professor Sir William Ridgeway, Sc.D., LL.D.,Litt.D., F.B.A., of Cambridge University, England;Miss Kathleen Watkins, for her help in preparing thesheets for the press; Mrs. Beatrix Colquhoun, for herpaintings of the Flame Queen and other gems from Mr.Kelsey I. Newman’s collection; Mr. and Mrs. C. G.King, Melbourne, Australia; Mr. and Mrs. Henry T.Seymour, New York City; Mr. William Howat, Melbourne,Australia; Mrs. S. Kozminsky, Melbourne,Australia; Mrs. Alice Walker, Melbourne, Australia;Mr. G. S. Brown, Melbourne, Australia; Mr. G. A.Osboldstone, Melbourne, Australia; Mr. James Mackenzie,Adelaide, Australia; Mr. M. Susman, Hobart,Tasmania, and to my wife to whom this book is dedicated.

Isidore Kozminsky.

Melbourne, Australia,

January, 1922.

Another, ere she slept, was stringing stones
To make a necklet—agate, onyx, sard,
Coral, and moonstone—round her wrist it gleamed
A coil of splendid colour, while she held
Unthreaded yet, the bead to close it up—
Green turkis, carved with golden gods and scripts.
Edwin Arnold—“The Light of Asia.”


I.— Study of Precious Stones in Early Times 3
II.— The Most Ancient Science 6
III.— The Ephod of the High Priest 9
IV.— The Breastplate of Judgment 12
V.— Interpretation of the Breastplate According to Ancient Philosophy 18
VI.— The Stones of the Breastplate and the Zodiac 57
VII.— Old Legends 61
VIII.— Stones in Various Mythologies 72
IX.— Stones and Their Stories 83
X.— The Greatest Charms in the World 104
Precious and Semi-Precious Gems Arranged in Alphabetical Order
XI.— Agate-Amazonite 111
xXII.— Amber-Azurite 121
XIII.— The Beryl Family 137
XIV.— Balas-Crysocolla 151
XV.— Chrysolite-Crystal 166
XVI.— The Diamond 184
XVII.— Some Famous and Wonderful Diamonds and Their Stories 204
XVIII.— Dichroite-Iolite 226
XIX.— Jacinth-Lodestone 242
XX.— Malachite-Nephrite 260
XXI.— Obsidian-Onyx 276
XXII.— The Opal 286
The Great Australian Opal
XXIII.— The Flame Queen 300
XXIV.— Various Kinds of Opal 302
XXV.— Pearl 307
XXVI.— Pearl 322
XXVII.— Peridot-Ruby 333
XXVIII.— Rutile-Sapphire 351
XXIX.— Sardonyx-Succinite 362
xiXXX.— Titanite-Topaz 374
XXXI.— Tourmaline-Zircon 382
XXXII.— Stones in Shakespeare’s Plays 396
XXXIII.— Forms, Compositions, Characteristics, Zodiacal Classification, and Places of Origin 412
XXXIV.— Gems in Heraldry, Magical Squares of Abra Melin the Mage, Charubel’s Gem Influences, Gems of Countries 420
XXXV.— The Inevitable Law of Transmutation 431


The Great Opal—The Flame Queen (In colour) Frontispiece
  Kelsey I. Newman Collection.    
Rare Opals (In colour) 40
  Kelsey I. Newman Collection.    
Hieroglyphics 55
A Perfect Specimen of the English Gold Noble (1344) 96
  In the Kelsey I. Newman Collection. Traditionally stated to have been made from Alchemical Gold.    
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