Hyacinth

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Pink hyacynth

Description

1) A dark, yellow-red zircon crystal that has been used as a gemstone. Hyacinth is also known as jacinth. The zircon crystal is brittle with a high refractive index. Many catalogs of ancient gemstones mislabel hessonite as jacinth (Ogden 1982).

2) A plant, Hyacinthus orientalis, that grows from bulbs and produces blue-purple flowers. It is also called jacinth.

Synonyms and Related Terms

hyacynth; jacinth; Hyacinthus orientalis; Hyazinth (Deut.)

Additional Information

J. Ogden, Jewelry of the Ancient World, Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 1982.

Comparisons

Properties of Common Gemstones


Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Jack Odgen, Jewellery of the Ancient World, Rizzoli International Publications Inc., New York City, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998