In this connexion the name Abraxas and the Abraxas gems must be remembered.
Abraxas-stones were so called from having the word Abraxas or Abrasax engraved on them.
Abraxas stones, stones with cabalistic figures on them used as talismans.
To the abraxas succeeded the talismans, which were of the highest estimation in the East.
Not all abraxas stones, however, are of gnostic ...