Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name applied to any precious or semi-precious stone which is imagined, according to a long-cherished superstition, to protect the wearer from harm, ill luck, and the evil eye. Lists of “appropriate” birth-stones for different persons to wear are often printed.
“So firmly is this belief held, that if two men were fighting and one of them knew that the other carried a sacred birth-stone or stick while he himself did not, he would certainly lose heart and be beaten.”
“Thus in these Central Australian tribes every man, woman, and child has his or her sacred birth-stone or stick.”
“But though every woman, like every man, has her sacred birth-stone or stick, she is never allowed to see it under pain of death or of being blinded with a fire-stick.”
“Her birth had occurred in December, and therefore turquoise was her birth-stone and the blue thereof was her favorite color.”
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