E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
These are my treasures; meaning the sick and poor. So said St. Lawrence when the Roman prætor commanded him to deliver up his treasures. He was then condemned to be roasted alive on a gridiron (258).
One day a lady from Campania called upon Cornelia, the mother of the Gracchi, and after showing her jewels, requested in return to see those belonging to the famous mother-in-law of Africanus.
Cornelia sent for her two sons, and said to the lady, These are my jewels, in which alone I delight.