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Jacinth is a red transparent variety of zircon used as a gemstone. Jacinth is also a flower of a reddish blue or deep purple (hyacinth), and hence a precious stone of that colour (Revelation 21:20). It has been supposed to designate the same stone as the ligure (Hebrew leshem) mentioned in Exodus 28:19 as the first stone of the third row in the high priest's breast-plate, the Hoshen. In Revelation 9:17 the word is simply descriptive of colour.
Additional recommended knowledge
"Jacinths" are mentioned as decorating the city of Iram in Richard Francis Burton's translation of the Arabian Nights.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson used the word 'jacinth' in his epic Morte D'Arthur, describing the jewelled hilt of Excalibur:
J.R.R. Tolkien used the word 'jacinth' to describe the deep-blue wall of space in his poem, The Happy Mariners:
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