The Magic and Science of Jewels and Stones
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The Great Opal “The Flame Queen”
Kelsey I. Newman Collection
THE MAGIC AND SCIENCE
JEWELS AND STONES
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, 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.
|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|
|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|
|XIII.—||The Beryl Family||137|
|XVII.—||Some Famous and Wonderful Diamonds and Their Stories||204|
|The Great Australian Opal|
|XXIII.—||The Flame Queen||300|
|XXIV.—||Various Kinds of Opal||302|
|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.|
|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.|