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Gordon Campbell

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online October 2008 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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Name variously applied to precious stones of a red or fiery colour; the carbuncles of the ancients were probably sapphires, spinels or rubies, and garnets; in medieval and early modern usage, it denotes the ruby and a mythical gem said to emit a light in the dark; in modern lapidary usage it denotes the garnet when cut en cabochon.

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Subjects: Art

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