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CHAP. 43.—CHRYSELECTRUM.

Though it has now altogether gone out of use for jewellery, there is a precious stone known as "chryselectrum,"1 the colour of which inclines to that of amber;2 but only when viewed by a morning3 light. The stones of Pontus are known by their lightness. Some of them are hard and reddish, while others, again, are soft and of a soiled appearance. According to Bocchus, these stones are found in Spain as well; in a spot where, according to him, fossil crystal has been discovered, in sinking to the water-level for wells.4 He tells us also that he once saw a chrysolithos twelve5 pounds in weight.

1 Supposed to be yellow-white Hyacinth. See Chapter 12 of this Book.

2 "Electrum."

3 See Chapter 76 of this Book.

4 See Chapter 9 of this Book.

5 Yellow quartz crystal probably, or False topaz.

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