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Gemlore : Ancient Secrets and Modern Myths from the Stone Age to the Rock Age.

Author/Creator:
Morgan, Diane.
Publication:
Westport : ABC-CLIO, 2008.
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Book
1 online resource (230 pages)
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Subjects:
Gems -- Folklore.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
Every culture has developed its own lore of rocks. From the stones of Aaron's breastplate to the foundational rocks of the New Jerusalem, from the creation tales of South America to the blood stones of Burma, gems have taken their place in the mythology and magic of the human race. This book details the lore attached to particular gems. Each chapter covers a particular stone and discusses the gem's geological, historical, mythical, and legendary qualities. A valuable resource for anyone researching symbols, myth, history, or literature, this book also helps science students understand the humanistic context of gemstones and offers social studies students a fascinating view of gems in world cultures. Each chapter covers a particular gemstone, such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. It also covers organic gems, such as pearl, coral, and amber. The chapters discuss the natural history of the stone, including where the gem is found, its value, and its use; the role the gem has played in history, especially for certain famous stones such as the Hope Diamond; and the myths, powers, and legends that have attached to the stone over the centuries. Science students will appreciate the humanistic context the book offers for gemstones, while social studies students will appreciate its consideration of gems across times and places. Students of literature and the arts will welcome the book's attention to gems as symbols, and general readers will find it a fascinating guide to the lore and legend of precious stones.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
Preface
Introduction
Agate: Goodness and Grounding
Amber: Sun, Seas, and Trees
Amethyst: Temperance, Royalty, and Spirituality
Aquamarine: Sea Nymphs, Tears, and Treasure
Bloodstone: Blood, Men, and Martyrs
Carnelian: The Mecca Stone
Cat's-Eye: The Cry of the Demon
Chalcedony: The Beautiful Weapon
Chrysoprase: Grace-Giving Green
Citrine: Happiness and Wealth
Coral: The Antidote to Tempests
Diamond: The Invincible
Emerald: Peace, Wisdom, and Immortality
Garnet: The Magic Bullet
Hematite: Blood and Iron
Jade: The Dragon Seed
Jasper: Rejoicing the Hearts of the Gods
Jet: Symbol of Sorrow-and Virginity Tester
Lapis Lazuli: Blue Heaven and Golden Stars
Malachite: Eye of Peacock, Eye of Horus
Moonstone: The Goddess Within
Onyx: The Lonely Stone
Opal: The Rainbow Stone
Pearl: Cultured and Pure
Peridot: Zabargad's Secret
Rock Crystal: The Visionary Rainmaker
Rose Quartz: The Heart of Love
Ruby: Precious, Passionate, and Powerful
Sapphire: The Stone of Heaven
Sardonyx: A Cure for Stupidity
Smoky Quartz: Dark Magic
Topaz: Containing the Demons, Controlling the Winds
Turquoise: The Balancing Stone
Zircon: The Renegade Gem
Selected Bibliography
Index
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E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
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P
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Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Morgan, Diane Gemlore
ISBN:
9780313344060
9780313344053
OCLC:
416229235