I just found a fascinating website that I had to break my work-crunch blogging moratorium to post here: the Farlang Jewelry Online Rare Book Library. A page from one of their texts popped up as I was searching for “eagle-stones” (aetites) to annonate one of Lucan’s lines, and I was uber-impressed with their library of books on gem lore, from Agricola to Theophrastus. 

I’m still not sure what they are–geodes, I think–since google images so far has turned up nothing; I guess eagles don’t produce(?) or find them anymore…



From Pliny’s descrip, they are actually a kind of friable river stone. But still no pics.