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Carpathian carbuncle, Hungarian ruby and their relatives – legends, misconceptions and facts about Slovakian garnet occurrences in 17-18th century sources.

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Abstract

Legends related to carbuncles found in the Carpathian Mts., reports about gem quality garnets mistaken as ruby and data on common garnets from 17th–18th century printed sources and manuscripts are reviewed. Special attention is paid to the “Carpathian carbuncles”, to the occurrence of almandine in the Velická dolina Valley in the High Tatras and to the so-called “Hungarian ruby” from Michalová but data concerning other occurrences, including doubtful and false ones, are also discussed in detail.

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