[Sca-cooks] Precious stones to ward off evils

Daniel & Elizabeth Phelps dephelps at embarqmail.com
Mon Nov 26 20:45:19 PST 2007

A rumored little jade Buda found in an early Norse grave not withstanding it 
is my understanding that jade was relatively unknow in Europe through out 
all but late period as it was a gem of the orient and the new world.

I suggest that diamonds would have been of less value as a gem stone in 
period compaired to stones more easily worked and of more vivid hues.  Its 
value would have been that it would scratch all other stones and metal as 

It is my conjecture that a persona of 15th century Christian Spain would 
intersect with Moslem and Jewish traditions but would not yet have direct 
access to the orient or the new world.

The only direct "period" reference I have would be to a translation of a 
period Arab book of gems and my notes on that are on a hard drive that I 
cannot access presently.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Suey" <lordhunt at gmail.com>
To: <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 9:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Precious stones to ward off evils

> Daniel wrote:
>> Regarding the believed properties of stones it seems to me that there 
>> were several intersecting belief sets related to religions.
> Never thought of that before as my only sources are Christian Spain
> until now.
> He continues:
>> Be that as it may there are some stones that are relatively region
>> specific, jade is specific case in point.
> I disagree, I think? We are dealing with nobility. Logic as I see it is
> that the more valuable the stone the more powerful it would be against
> evils. So jade would be important for the lower nobility of a specific
> region but not for the upper class nobles who could afford diamonds.
>> The Christian se[c]ts also intersect directly, albeit in late period, 
>> with those of India, China and Japan and in early period the Pagan.
> Now I want to know your sources. My first reference is Spain 15th C but
> I shy away from other European countries. Please enlighten me.
> Suey
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