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Gems Qualities and Defects
Dr. Badri Raj Joshi, B.A., M.S.C. (Predictive Astrology), Ph.D., PGA
to western interpretations, astrology is derived from aster
a star, and logos reason or logic whereas
astrology is also called as jyotish or the knowledge of light. The
jyoti or light is the root cause for all known creation
in this universe. There are certain mysterious or subtle power, derived
from nature, pervades the entire universe and the earth we inhabit that
is evident to all. The various elements including all matters are altered
by the motions of this spiritual power. The acts of creation, protection
and destruction are embedded in the womb of the overall powerful time
and these variations are brought about as a consequence of this subtle
power. The Sun as the central figure predominates over the entire arrangement
of the celestial system and the other planets and stars are directed
by his rays.
immemorial, the gems and jewels are worn by person not only as an expression
of make up, or ornamentation but also to display the wealth. The gems
sport on fingers, wrists and neck are more than mere decoration but
even as a status symbol. Gems carry mysterious powers, which can affect
your physical health, wealth and emotional well beings.
scriptural references such as the Garud Purana and Indra
Purana have mentioned about the uses of the 9 primary gems and
their particular planetary rays based on their color, carat, clarity,
cutting and the qualities. How these gems are actually recommended and
their specific effects are not found in any of these scriptural references.
However, Varamihira has acknowledged the supra sensitive or miraculous
entity of the gems and jewels apart from the ornamental beauty and utility
Any unique thing that stands out of other average equals are also called
the Gems or in Sanskrit ratna. Gem is a natural pearl, coral,
shell, or mineral, not only valued for beauty, perfection but it has
astrological metaphysical influence on human kind. An ancient kings
and emperors used to call the best and the most talented people of their
assembly as ratnas or gems. In the metamorphic world, the three special
qualities transcend in one object to the level of a gem because of its
qualities: glow, durability and rarity. The intrinsic influence of the
gems which is also called as the theory of science of the rays, has
always been the subjects of the astrologers so often used for treatment
of disease, fashion and assumed to be having spiritual power which gives
good luck, mental peace and happiness .
All the planets have their own individual colours, jewels, gems and
signs. Whatever impacts we get from gems are due to the capacity of
vibration of the light rays of the colours of the planets. The gems
act as filter in the body of the human being. For example the ultraviolet
rays of the sun are considered very dangerous for a human life. If a
fellow puts on a piece of ruby, the ruby emits rays that prevent the
ultra violet rays entering the human body directly. As a result the
human circulatory system and its arteries and veins would function very
well. This effect impacts on the sensory feelings. The piece of ruby
emits invariable rays which enter in the human body and affect his mind,
brain and thought process. In consequence, it would flourish him in
his personality and professional activities.
In the Ratna Pareekshadhhaya of Vrihatsamhita has mentioned that the
kings wear favourable gems and jewels to insures the power and prosperity.
If they wore unfavourable gems, they get bad results. That is why it
is said that before putting on a gem or a jewel, one must get adequately
tested for its qualities and the defects and certain rituals need to
be done before wearing the gems depending upon the horoscope.
The creative world of the universe has three qualities such as light,
motion and colour. Every luminious body emits radiation, which travels
through space in the form of waves and pulses at a certain frequency.
Gems are the manifestation of the cosmic light. Each gem has a special
colour that works as a prism to concentrate and focus light into ones
body. The gems also have magnetic powers and some of them also have
the powers to heal. The vibrations and frequencies that the gems emit
rays which influence human beings in a very powerful way. They create
strong energy fields that are absorbed by the body.However, it has been
proved that 84% of the Planetory Gemology Adviser (PGA) and Planetory
Gemologist (PG) recommend gems based on the favourable planets system
according to his horoscope, which should be take real care before choosing
the gems (Directory and Journal of Planetory Gemology Association, 2004).
However, synthetics gems are claimed (but NOT proven) to exhibit no
transmission of cosmic color when viewed through an equilateral glass
prism claimed to be used to see the cosmic color transmitted by gemstone.
None of this is provable to the mundane Scientific Community, yet it
is claimed they do not exhibit any noticeable auric energy when photographed
through the use of kirlin photography (Beckman, 2001).
The purpose of using gems would depend on the characteristics, color
and qualities, as most of the important primary gems can be attributed
to one of the Planets. The color and the size of the gems also play
a major role and influence the person who wears the gems in the form
of ring, bracelet or the necklace.
Every gem has the power to absorb the radiation emitted by a particular
planet. Therefore, in order to receive its benefits, the gem pertaining
to the particular planet should be worn. Wearing gemstones according
to ones horoscope is a fundamental theory of Vedic astrology and
the majority of people wear gems on their hand or around their neck
or wrist. It is appropriate to use the gem which is related to the strongest
planet of the horoscope and the person should not use the gems related
to malefic planets in the natal horoscope. This is applicable even during
the Mahadasa and Antardasa of the malefic planet.
Along with the Navaratna (nine primary gems), there are many other natural
gemstones which can be chose based on their characters. The secondary
gems are less costly, and yet they conduct same astral energy of their
associated planets. They are easier to find without flaws or treatment
(Brawn, 2001).The gems should be flawless because the ancient Vedic
wisdom suggested to use only eye clean gems.
The ancient gemological philosophy has given prime importance on the
colour and the quality of gems. The colour determines the nine planets
rules the gem and the quality determines gemstone transmits the positive
or negative energies of its associated planets for example clear colourless
gems such as Diamond and quartz crystal transmits the energy and astral
influence of the planet Venus, while red gem crystal such as ruby and
garnet attract the energy and influence of the Sun. Almost all gemstones
are crystals and the keys to their astral powers are colour and clarity.
The person should only wear gems which transmits the planetary energies
appropriate to ones individual birth chart. The Western view is
based on commercial considerations while the Eastern view considered
ancient theories such as puranas, Vedas and sastras.
It is advisable to wear the birthstone. The general practice now followed
is to wear the gemstone that corresponds to the lord of the first house
or the ascendent, which is the most important house of a horoscope.
By which the person strengthens his image, confidence, well-being, self-esteem,
good luck and the ability to gain recognition. However, if the lord
of first house is weak, the effect of the gem related to that lord could
not be strong. The effects of gemstones are less effective. Therefore,
it is very important that it is always better to strengthen the most
favourable planet or planets based on the horoscope. This is also a
decision taken at the recent voting session of the Planetary Gemologists
Association for favourable (Anukula-vad) system (PGA, 2004).
The relationship between 9 types of Gems and 9 Planets recognized as
most important in vedic astrology. Thus planetary gemology is the ancient
therapy and protective measure ensured by Vedic astrologers. The effect
of gems will depend on the nature of the Planet, its strength and placement
in each individual horoscope. There are two types of planets in every
horoscope, known as favourable planets, and unfavourable planets. Gems
will act accordingly. For example, Sun (Surya) is well-placed in your
horoscope then Suns gem, ruby, will also act positively; but if
Sun is ill-placed in your chart then the Suns gem will acts negatively.
Therefore, a Gemologist or astrologer are only the qualified person
to recommend Gems based on Vedic Astrology. It is advisable to follow
the favourable planet system to recommend Gems that represent the favorable
planets in the horoscope.
Regarding the quality of Gems that we often used for astrological purpose,
the first criterion is that the Gem has to be hundred percent natural.
This means that the Gem should not be imitation or synthetics. It is
also advisable to select if possible a large stone closer to 2 carats
or more and also try to select a clean Gem if possible, a flawless Gem
without cracks, impurities and defects. These natural Gems are costlier
and difficult to get it. Therefore, one should substituate buying a
Secondary Gem (Uparatna) which is similar in colour to the initially
recommended astrological Gem.
The Gem is best to touch the skin and one must give attention to the
importance to the quality, colour, size and the purity and it is true
that Gems can enhance the strength of planets, provided we select the
correct Gem. According to the vedic astrology, however, it is important
to understand that the Gems alone can not give the necessary power unless
we perform rituals, ethical practice, believe in spirituality and by
adopting good moral values to provide peace and happiness to all human
Table 1. showing the relationships between Gems and Planets
No. / Planets / Colour / Metal / Gemstones
1 Sun / Red / Gold / Ruby and red spinel, red garnet
2 Moon / Milky / Silver / Pearls, white coral and moonstones
3 Mars / Orange / Copper / Red corals, and red carnelian
4 Mercury / Green / Gold / Emerald, green tourmaline and tsavorite
5 Jupiter / Yellow / Gold / Yellow sapp. yellow topaz, tourmaline
6 Venus / Indigo / Platinum / Diamond, white sapphire and quartz
7 Saturn / Violet / Iron / Blue sapphire, iolite, indicolite
8 Rahu / Reddish / Alloy / Hessonite-Spessertite, orange zircon.
9 Ketu / Mixed / Alloy / Cats eye chrysoberyl, fibrolite
There are differences in concepts of using birth stones in western and
eastern philosophy. As western system is govern by solar calendar and
eastern calendar is based on lunar system.
Table 2. Displaying Zodiac signs and recommended gems according to eastern
No. Signs / Lords / Recommended Gem
1 Aries / Mars / Coral
2 Taurus / Venus / Diamond
3 Gemini / Mercury / Emerald
4 Cancer / Moon / Pearls
5 Leo / Sun / Ruby
6 Virgo / Mercury / Emerald
7 Libra / Venus / Diamond
8 Scorpio / Mars / Coral
9 Sagittarius / Jupiter / Yellow sapphire
10 Capricorn / Saturn / Blue sapphire
11 Aquarius / Saturn / Blue sapphire
12 Pisces / Jupiter / Yellow sapphire
Navaratna or nine primary gems:
In Sanskrit, ruby has been called by various names such as Manikya,
Padmaraag, lohit, Shohnratna, rabiratna, shohnopal, kookbinda, sougandhik,
It has light red or rose colour. Its colour is considered to be of high
quality like that of a Piegeons eyes or the seeds of pomegranate.
As it is the gem of the Sun, and the Sun is consider as the king of
all planets. Ruby too is considered the king of the navaratnas. In a
ring of Navaratna, the ruby is placed in the centre surrounded by other
gems. (According to western concept, the native born in july must wear
ruby. Similarly, the Sunday born too find ruby benefic to him or her.)
Ruby ensures raj yoga or high public honour. (Refer table 4)
(b) Chief Characteristics of the ruby:
The ruby has four semi jewels such as Laal (Jaram or jarad ), Mysorean
ruby (singlee), Garnet(Taamrha), and suryakanta (sun ruby). The Padmaragmanhis
or rubies have a smooth skinned glow, fresh red tinge, rays radiating
from the centre , sometimes deep red.
(c) The qualities:
A real ruby would give the cool if put on the eyes, in real rubies,
the cut will not shine or glaze, it will be simple, natural and irregular
and rather zigzag, however a glass made or imitation of the ruby would
soon become warm.
The specific gravity of the real ruby is higher than the imitation piece
of the equal weight.
If bubbles are seen or the gem weights light, then it should be an imitation
If the piece of the ruby has a whitish spot in it, and that is bluish
and not moving, then it has to be an imitation product.
In the glass made of imitation ruby, the point will be generally round,
rough, and white and sometimes yellow. In a real ruby, that would be
of the same colour but never round. Such a spot is seldom in the real
gem. But in the real ruby the layer is straight. This is the important
point of the difference. But in a piece of real ruby, the flesh is smooth
The best quality ruby is beautiful like red lotus petals, pure, round,
with uniform length, refreshing in look and shining. The layer in the
imitation piece would generally be half circle. In the imitation piece,
the gems also contain some kind of fire in the flesh, which is whitish
(d) The defects:
There are various defects in the rubies. They are Shineless, milky white,
dual coloured, crisp or crunchy, opaque or less transparent, having
nets or cobweb impression or opacity, crack, blemished in colour, smoky
in colour, blackish or white spotted, honey coloured or having honey
coloured spots, bluish, broken, having holes, mud, stones etc not beautiful
and depressed stone. These rubies are considered inauspicious according
to Vedic astrology.
Substitutes of Rubies: red spinel, red garnet, and red tourmaline (rubellite)
2. Natural Pearl:
(a) In Sanskrit, pearl is known by many names such as mukta, muktaphal,
shuktija, bhouktika, shasiratna, chandraratna and shasipriya. Pearl
is a pure white shinning gem. Among the great gems, the place of pearls
is the second. As the sun is the king of the planets. Similarly, the
moon is the king of the constellations. The moon is considered as a
woman, hence in many places it is also called a queen. According to
Jatak Prijaat, chapter1, sloka 21, Vimlang muktaohalang sheetagoh
that means the gem of the Moon is the white fresh pearl. Like the Moon,
which exudes cool pleasing rays, the pearl too ensures peace of mind
Moon is a good and well meaning planet. So it is the gem which would
never give opposite result.
The natives born with Cancer as their sign have their choice gem pearl.
According western thoughts, the natives born in the month of June must
wear pearl on person.
(b) Characteristics of natural pearl and the qualities:
There are two semi gems of for natural pearl: shinning Oyster
and Chandrakanta (moon stone). According to Varahamihira, the oyster
shells were derived from the bodies of the elephant, snakes, conch-shells,
fish, boar, bamboos and the sky.
According to Vrihatsamhita chapter 81, sloka 27 page 494, pearls also
quell in humans the fear of death by venom, who also win over all hardship
in life, demolish their enemies. Wearing a Gajamukta means the native
is ensured of all happiness in life, would get an heir, victory in all
difficult ventures and diseaseless lifetime.
During Varahamihiras time, pearls were found at eight places and
got different names according to the uniqueness of the regions.
Singhalak region: these pearls used to be of different shapes, smooth,
white like geese and massive.
Taamraporny: there used to be some kind of pearls in the rivers red
and white in colour and serene in look.
Parlok region: these pearls were black, white, yellow, mixed with granules
Swourashtra region: these pearls were neither much massive nor quite
small but used to be smooth like butter and fatty.
Parshav region: these pearls were bright in look, white, heavy and of
Heem region: these pearls were tiny, easily breakable into pieces, soft
like curd, big and the best quality.
Kauber region: In this land, the pearls were found uneven, black, white,
light as well as very bright coloured.
Pandya region: these pearls used to be found as big as margosa seeds,
smaller than that and also there used to be some very minute in size.
(c) The defects of pearls:
The pearls, which have cracks, should be avoided.
Those having fissures should also be avoided.
Joined pearls - These pearls look like joined, should be avoided. Such
pieces have lines all around the body of the pearl.
Roughness pearls such pearls having rough surface should not
Some pearls have marks as if the pocked. These should be avoided.
Full of blisters should be avoided.
Blotted ones should be avoided.
Those which are soiled having soil inside the pearls are actually defective
Some pearls have wood like hardness in the core. These are defective
pearls. Hence should be avoided.
(d) Substitutes of pearls: moonstone and white coral
(a) The coral has given many names such as Pravalak, Praval, Bhoumaratna,
Vidrum, Angarak mani and Sinduja. A pure coral is red or orange in colour
and known by its colour itself.
The natives born with Aries and Scorpion as their signs have their choice
gem coral. According to western philosophy, those born in the month
of January get coral as their birth stones. Coral ensures invincible
success in life.
(b) Characteristics of the corals:
Coral is generally opaque but also found as semi transparent. The corals
are found in red, white, pink, orange, and black colours.
(c) The qualities:
The auspicious corals are round, or elongated, or straight, smooth and
spotless and voluminous coloured like vermillion. There are also some
corals white in colour and brilliantly shinning and considered auspicious.
Owing to its attractive glow and the colour the coral has been included
in the navaratna , though it is not precious stone.
(d) The defects of corals:
The corals should not be spotted, white dotted, pierced, split, double
coloured and with any depression.
(e) Substitutes of corals: Carnelian, Bloodstone,
(a) The diamond has been named in sanskrit as heerak, bajra or the thunder,
heer, abhedya, sridoor, pavi, bhargavapriya. In English, the word diamond
is a derivative of the latin word admas which actually means
Its colour is generally white. It is a representative of hard carbon.
However, in the nature seven coloured diamonds are found mostly pure
and transparent. They are white, blue, red, black, light red, and yellow.
The natives born in the Taurus and Libra have this gem as their principal
gem for life.
(b) Characteristics of the diamond:
Among the jewels and gems, the diamond is the hardest or it can not
be broken by anything, brightest, transparent and the most precious.
Varahamihira has termed the diamonds as vajarmani and defined its characteristics
as the jewel which is as severe and hard as bajra , that radiates rays
when put into a shallow water and the rays float, which is as pure and
genuine as electricity, which ensures happiness to all, like the rainbow
and fire does naturally.
If the diamonds are sized like three spots or triangular like water
chestnuts or the paddies then such diamonds would be as much auspicious.
However, wearing the inauspuicious looking diamonds might cause estrangement
with friends, wealth and even life. Whereas wearing the auspicious diamonds
would ensures relief from the fear of thunder or unexpected misfortune,
poision enemies and would also increase wealth. In contrast, the diamond
piece with the look oa caret or a fly, having hairlike lines, with the
blotches of clay in the mass, stray granules of solid dust, burnt, blemished,
without lustre, and brittle type diamond would seldom ensure happy results.
Similarly, the diamond pieces spotted with water bubbles are also not
(c) The qualities of the diamond:
As the diamonds are the hardest, no object can scratch or broken through
its mass. (Its refractive indices are the highest, which is why the
rays that penetrate its mass very easily can return in total after some
time and the effects in its dazzling power is the greatest among all
other gems.) or It can be floated like rays in swallow water, clear,
like thunder, fire and rainbow. The radiation power in the diamond pieces
are so great that if you look down from its peak into the depth of the
jewel the entire vibgyor or the sun would be easily visiable in full
colours. According to Garud puranas, if the sides of a piece of diamond
are broken yet there remain some points and lines and the rings of rainbow
still visiable, that piece is auspicious enough to bless the native
with prosperity and heirs.
(d) The defects of the diamond:
The gemologists have identified many demerits which should enlighten
the native about the authenticity of a diamond piece. There are paleness,
yellowishness, lined, full of depressions in the mass, oily, glazeless,
extremely hard, dotted with black bubbles, having white dots, and having
the sign of a crows claws. also the diamond piece having red dots
are highly injurious.
Spots The diamond pieces with spots like water marks made the
piece defective. If the spots are red that must always be rejected.
Black signs If the diamond pieces would have the black stamps
like the cluth of a crow, that is said to have been as inauspicious
as the life takers.
If the diamond pieces were having the island type imprints on their
masses, which could be of four colours such as white, yellow, red and
black were considered inauspicious. However, those which used to have
white spots on them were acceptable any how, though the others were
If the diamond pieces had acquired many unwanted elements in their sides,
cones and middle of their masses, those were considered inauspicious.
The lines If there were any of the four types of lines such as
i) lines going through the left side, ii) lines going through the right
side, iii) crossing the line or iv) crossing the line and going upwards
then of these four the first one is considered of good quality.
Others apart from these, the pieces with oiliness, yellowish paleness,
grayness, depression on the masses, cracks, lack of shine, and high
roughness are all considered defective diamonds.
v) (some marks in the diamond, there is a line like a hair, mix with
metals and soils or mud, possible to scratch by stones, irregular angels
visible in the diamond, can be destroyed by fire, not emitting lights,
no sparkles, not attractive to eyes. Broken like water holes in the
front, flat surfaces, long length size.)
If you wear the diamonds having defects, it will harm to friends, wealth
and even death may occur. If you wear the diamonds having above mentioned
qualities, it will protect from firearms, poisons and enemies.)
(e) Substitutes of the diamond: white (colourless) sapphire, white topaz,
zircon, and colorless quartz
5. Yellow Sapphire:
(a) Yellow Sapphire is known in Sanskrit as Pushparaag, Peetaman, Guru
ratna, Guru priya, Pusparaaj and in english, as Topaz. It is naturally
bright yellow coloured, just like the flower Amaltas.
The natives born in the Sagittarious and Pisces have this gem as their
principal gem for life. According to the western philosophy, those born
in the month of November get their birth stone as Yellow Sapphire. According
to the Parijat Jataka, devejyasya chau pusparaagam that
means the Yellow Sapphires are the gem of the divine guru Jupiter. Yellow
Sapphire ensures blesses with divinity.
(b) Characteristics of the yellow sapphire:
These Yellow Sapphires are also found in a few other colours such as
gray, slate, light blue or light green. However, one cannot get the
red or pink Sapphires from the nature.
The glow of the Yellow Sapphire is an essential scientific quality that
determines its originality.
Its outer shape and form is equal to its inner shape and forms as this
metamorphic crystal does not have any different identity from its inner
(c) The qualities:
There are five very highly esteemed qualities of the Yellow Sapphire.
They are just like the guru Jupiter always thinks of every bodys
welfare and actually embarks upon changing every persons bad times
into good, it exudes good results to all, for the benefic and welfare
of the native and all. The gem induces the native to do religious things
and think religious only, unites the estranged lovers, tender conjugal
bliss among the couple, ensures heirs, and thus is considered as the
most pious gem world over.
It has felt heavy when put on ones palm.
Its look must be smooth, transparent, there should be no spot on it.
It should have uniform surface that means there should be no layers
It should be graceful like a blossomed flower exuding many hues and
when touched it must give the sense of smoothness in it.
It should sharpen its shine all the more after being rubbed against
a piece of a touch stone.
(d) The defects:
1. The Yellow Sapphire piece, whose shine does not bloom its beauty.
2. It gives sand like roughness when touched.
3. Coarseness dominates.
4. Blackish tinges of bubbles are seen amidst its yellow colour.
5. It gives uneven surfaces - high and low
6. It has different hues and colours such as red yellowish or like a
large current fruit, pale like yellow and white things.
(e) Substitutes of yellow sapphire: Golden topaz, Yellow beryl (heliodor),
6. Blue Sapphire:
(a) In Sanskrit, the Neelam or Blue Sapphire has been named as Nelashma,
Neelaratna, Shaniratna, Shanipraya, Indraneel. In English, it is called
Blue Sapphire. The colour is clear by its very name, a smooth transparent
shining stone in blue having tremendous power to attract.
According to Jataka Paarijaata, Shaneyh neelang nirmalam
that means Saturn has its favourite gem in the Blue Sapphire. Among
the five great gems it has its special place to ascend.
For natives born under the Capricorn or Aquarius signs, the Blue Sapphire
works as the gem for life, auspicious. It ensures them long life.
(b) Characteristics of the blue sapphire:
The blue sapphire as a stone is actually a compound of aluminium and
oxygen. There is a small compound of cobalt mixed in the compound that
gives it the blue colour. These are found comparatively more in numbers
than any other star gems. These are found as burning, mixture and step
(c) The qualities:
It shines other by its own rays and does not borrow others and found
in the same colours.
Must be very smooth
Must have special force of its own
Must have transparent shine
Have a mass which is well built
Gives soothing feel when touched by skin, and
Which have rays emerging from its core.
(d) The defects:
The defective Blue Sapphire are generally those which have various tinges,
stripes, milky white, cracked, double hued, burnt, depressed, blemished
and having windows.
(e) Substitutes of blue sapphire: Tanzanite (blue zoisite), Blue spinel,
(a) In Sanskrit, Emerald has been called Gaoortyat, Haridraratnag, Taakshyat,
Marakat, Souperna, and Soumya. In Bengali, it is called Paannaa. Emerald
that ensures intelligence.
Its colour is green, shinning, and transparent. It is a bright, soft
and beautiful like the fresh grasses and the lotus flowers, a very attractive
and enchanting precious stone.
According to the Jataka Paarijaaata Marakatang soumyasya gaarutmakam.
The Emerald is the gem that Mercury loves. It is one of the great five
gems known as pancharatna. The Mercury is considered the prince in the
council of the planets, one that ensures intelligence, presence of mind,
and success in any educational and career pursuits. For the native born
under the signs of Gemini and Virgo, the emerald is known as their gem
for life. Similarly, for the natives with ascendants as Gemini and Virgo,
the gem ensures not only the long life but also fame.
(b) Characteristics of the Emerald:
According to the records cultured over a span of about one decade, it
has been found that the gems are given very careful and delicate cuts,
polishes and calibration for proper identification and use.
(c) The qualities:
Emeralds, if defectless, always catch ones heart by its look.
Emeralds are one of the rarest groups of the precious gems of the beryl
family, especially known for their rich green colour.
If the piece is looked at through the Chessus filter, the piece would
appear pink in case of Emerald.
The Emerald has paleness and fibrous residues.
Emerald have shinning like Pigeon, leaves of bamboo, banana and the
flower of Siris tree.
(d) The defects:
It has thick watery content.
Micaceous shines. Its transparency is generally very low.
Eterised or stillness.
Black or yellow spots.
Golden tinge, rough, shineless, and easily breakable.
(e) Substitutes of emerald: Tsavorite, Green tourmaline, Diopside, Peridot,
(a) In Sanskrit, the heassonite is known in many names such as Gomedak,
Pingasphatik, Tamomani, Rahuratna, Tranavar. In English, it has an other
name, cinnamon stone.
Its colour is mostly redish yellow, transparent, and a shinning gem.
Heassonite protects from Rahu or Dragons head.
(b) Characteristics of the Hessonite:
According to Jatakatatva, the hessionite is the colour of the Rahu.
It is one of the two most dangerous planets that cause irreparable injuries
to a natives life. Though it has a mathematical presence in Astrology,
yet it does not have any figure. The planet does not have any particular
choice gem or jewel of its own. According to Western Calculation, those
who are born in August get the hessionate as their birth stone. It is
said that the Uranus too has the hessonite as its choice gem.
(c) The qualities:
According to the contents of Ratna Prakash, that stone looks transparent
like the urine of a cow, smooth, having uniform mass, does not have
any layer in a piece, soft in touch and shinning is a high quality.
High grade zircons are generally popular as hessonites. Its surface
is four angled. Its double coloured look is very prominent, can be discerned
even in naked eyes. It cannot be cut easily. It has unique rays, just
a little lower than a diamonds.
(d) The defects of Hessonite:
It should not be rough, have blisters, depression, or cracks, spots,
double hues, red and white dots, fibres or corneal opacity or opaqueness
in the mass.
(e) Substitutes of Hessonite: Orange zircon, Spessertite, other Orange
9. Cat's Eye:
(a) In Sanskrit, it is called as Vaidurya, Hemavaidoorya, Keturatna,
Vidooraja, Vidalaksha and in English, is called as Cat's eye.
Available in yellowish white, blackish tinges, sometimes with bluish
and greenish mix are also found. The colours of the Cats Eye are
mostly grey. Its look like the eyes of a cat and is transparent too.
It has a unique catchy colour a mix of sun and shadow that attract
human towards it.
According to Jataka Paarjaata, kaitu rvaadooryakey or the
cats eye is a stone favoured by the Ketu.
(b) Characteristics of the cats eye:
In astrology, it does not have any imaginary existence like the other
planets. Nor does it have any sign under its dictates. As it is a shadow
planet, it enters well with almost all the planets; hence to appease
it one should wear the gems after consulting a learned astrologer for
guidance. The stone has become very attractive and popular.
(c) The qualities:
It is one of the hardest among the gems and jewels.
The Hem Vaidoorya is generally found transparent.
The stone has become very attractive and popular.
The Cats Eyes with yellow tinge, whitish thread of natural rays
are considered of very good quality, more straight the thread the better
It is a very soft encabomone cut stone.
It has natural greenish or natural green and gray mix look.
(d) The defects:
It would be depressed, cracked, micaceous, burnt, dotted, and a sort
of paleness as if etherized.
(e) Substitutes of cats eye: Beryl, Apatite, Tourmaline cats
The gems we often use in talismans/ ornaments are more than mere decoration
from centuries. If these gems are properly used as suggested by astrologers
and gemologists, it will found to have immense effect on human kind
in enhancing happiness, peace and prosperity in life due to its cosmic
effects. Although rare natural gems are not affordable by all, similar
effects can be obtained by using upratnas to some extent.
many theories related to use of gems, the consensus of astrologers and
gemologists have recommended gems based on the favorable planet system
of each individual birth horoscope in order to boost up the power of
that particular planet. It is imperative to consult the astrologers
and gemologists before use of gems for its therapeutic use to ascertain
potential effect. It is also advisable to wear gems after certain rituals
on auspicious time and is not gem remains as a piece of ineffective
stone. Due precautions need to be taken while using gems in terms of
getting holistic favorable effect, the gems should be natural and flawless,
if not it will be ineffective.
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