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Very different from this stone is hyacinthos,1 though partaking of a colour that closely borders upon it. The great difference between them is, that the brilliant violet which is so refulgent in the amethystos, is diluted in the other stone. Though pleasing at first sight, its beauty fades before the eye is satiated; indeed, so far is it from satisfying the sight, that it almost wholly fails to attract the eye, its lustre disappearing more rapidly than the tints of the flower2 known by the same name.

1 It is considered very doubtful whether the modern Hyacinth or Zircon is one of the number of stones that were called "Hyacinthus" by the ancients. Jameson appears to have thought that they gave this name to the oriental amethyst or violet sapphire.

2 See B. xxi. c. 38.

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