[Sca-cooks] Precious stones to ward off evils
Sharon R. Saroff
sindara at pobox.com
Tue Nov 27 06:15:06 PST 2007
A number of years ago I did a research paper on bead lore. I
compiled information on every stone I could think of. Only part of
my research went into the paper. I remember that blue stones
protected againxt the evil eye. Lapis was the favorite in the Middle
East. Blue eye beads were also a favorite. I am more than willing
to e-mail information to anyone interested. It won't be before next
week though since I have a beadwork show on Saunday to prepare.
At 07:03 AM 11/27/2007, you wrote:
>I have done some research on jade, particularly as I wanted to use it
>as part of my heraldic title. Jade appears to have been encountered
>first by the Spanish in the Americas in the 15th century, where it was
>used as a specific against kidney disease. Because of this, the
>Spanish called the stone "ijada de piedra" or "stone of the kidney."
>The French began use of the stone in jewelry after that and
>transliterated the name into French...can't remember the French
>equivalent. It then passed over the Channel into English as "jade."
>This would have been the semi-precious jade, nephrite, which is what
>is mined in the Americas including central and South America as well
>as Alaska. I don't know of any instance, even close to period, of
>precious jade, jadeite, in Europe. This stone is found in China and in
>southeast Asia. All of the ceremonial jade implements in China were
>nephrite jade...and it was referred to as the "Stone of Heaven." The
>character/kanji for Emperor is, interestingly enough, the same as jade
>(a single vertical stroke with three horizontal strokes) with a single
>dot added on the bottom crosswise stroke.
>On Nov 27, 2007 2:12 AM, Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com> wrote:
>> Suey replied to someone:
>> > Be that as it may there are some stones that are relatively region
>> > specific, jade is specific case in point.
>> Jade appears to have been unknown in Europe and would have had to
>> have been imported in period. So it might well be the opposite of
>> what you detail. From the A-Lapidary-art file I mentioned earlier:
>> "jade and turquoise do not appear in the lapidaries."
>> Of course this is based on only four lapidaries and there could be
>> other problems as highlighted by Agnes deLanvallei:
>> The contents are freely "translated" by me, combining the 4
>> lapidaries, possibly adding errors of interpretation. This is
>> consistent with the work of the Medieval translators (especially
>> Manucript B above), whose translation of French or Latin works into
>> English was in places very badly done.
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