An history of the wonderful things of nature set forth in ten severall classes wherein are contained I. The wonders of the heavens, II. Of the elements, III. Of meteors, IV. Of minerals, V. Of plants, VI. Of birds, VII. Of four-footed beasts, VIII. Of insects, and things wanting blood, IX. Of fishes, X. Of man
Jonstonus, Joannes, 1603-1675., Libavius, Andreas, d. 1616., Rowland, John, M.D.

CHAP. XXIV. Of the Ruby, the Carchedonius, Sandastrus, Chrysolite, and some others.

A Rubie is of an exceeding red colour; Sometime it is so great, that vessels are made of it, containing a Sextarius. A Carchedo∣nius is so called, because it was found amongst the Garamantes and Nasamones, amongst the gravel, and was brought to Carthage. It is otherwise called a Granate. It is said, that when they sealed, though in the shade, the wax would melt, Archelaus. It will not burn in the fire. Sandastrus hath red with a golden colour, golden spots shine within, as Stars in a transparent body; the more they are, the more costly is the Jewel. But because commonly it is marked with the 5. Stars called Hyades, both in their nmber and disposition, the Chal∣daeans were superstitious about it. The Chrysolite differs in the plura∣lity of its Stars. Bochus writes, he saw a Spanish one of 12 pounds weight. Agricola saw a clod dug out of the Mines in Germany, that was made of more than 60 Chrysolites, all of them four square. The greatest was an inch broad, and 2 fingers in length, it was too soft to polish: Asyctos, made hot in the fire, contains the heat for 7 dayes; it is black and ponderous with red veins distinguishing it. Calcophnes is black, but struck upon, it sounds like brasse; it is said to be good for Tragaedians to carry with them. Catochites is a stone of Corsica, wonderful, if report be true; it holds, your hand laid upon it, like Gum. The Medes send Gasidanes, it growes in Arbelis. They say it conceives, and being shaken, you may hear the noise of the Infant; it conceives in 3. moneths space.