Tests of Karketana |75||

1Suta said: -The nails of the deceased Vala, the paramount king of the demons, scattered by the wind in the lovelr tufts of the lotus plants, were transformed into the seeds of the gems known as the Karketanam, the most prized of all gems in the world.
2A Karketanam is usually found to be possessed of a hue like the colours of honey, blood, and the moon beam blended together, and shines with a peculiar dazzling effulgence of a yellowish copper-tinged shade. A Karketanam which is blue or white, or lustreless, should be looked upon as of inferior quality, or affected with the inauspicious traits, or with any disease, peculiar to minerals.
3Karketanas which are naturally coloured with an uniform shade of light yellow throughout their bodies, and are heavy, cool, glossy and devoid of all dreadful or inauspicious features as dullness of hue, cracks, fissures, etc., due to a deranged or defective (lit., diseased) process of crystalization in the course of its growth, should be looked upon as extremely rare and the holiest of the holies.
4A Karketanam, set in article or an ornament of gold, and appearing as if glowing with the blaze of a living fire, acts as the greatest Stones of inferior light, shade, lustre, known panaceas and should be regarded as endued with the mystic virtue of increasing the progeny and duration of life of its water, and of bringing propensities of his mind, which are the inseparable companions of the miscreant Kali (the lord or creator of all moral evils).
5Men who use such a Karketanam gem of high and wonderful virtues, whether for purposes of decoration, or otherwise, are sure to be the masters of untold wealth, and are glorified in the world, and enjoy universal fame and perpetual felicity amidst the unsolicited affections of many a true, tested and devoted friends.
6Stones of inferior light, shade, luster, weight and origin, may be found to simulate a karketana of the genuine species, which may be detected, at the first sight, by its high and inimitable excellence in respect of the foregoing points or attributes.
7A Karkefanam, clear and effulgent like the rays of the midday sun should be valu7d by a connoisseur at a poor and adequate price and according to its weight and native excellence.