Ratna (Gemstone or Precious Stone)
Ancient Vedic scriptures and teachings have mentioned RATNAS or gem stones as one of the 6 pathways to alter the negative karmic life map and remove obstacles and emerge in life with the feeling of happiness and fulfilment.
The Vedic gems are also believed to of a therapeutic value. The Garuda Purana and Agni Purana have discussed the Science of Gemology and characteristics of Gemstones that bring about auspicious changes in life.
The Brihat Samhita has also discussed the healing properties of the various gems. And in many ancient cultures too gemstones have always been believed to have metaphysical powers.
Every sign of the zodiac is ruled by a planet and every planet has an associated gemstone, which in turn has the powers to harness the power of the cosmic rays associated with that particular planet and elevate a individuals emotional, mental and materials status. Even the days of the week are associated with planets.
The gems are also allocated with metals to be set in to give the best results of the planets. Even the fingers in which to wear a gem have been stated!
Gems in sidereal astrology
According to Hindu astrology, life on earth is influenced by the navagrahas, or nine influencers. The placement of the navagrahas in one's horoscope supposedly have an influence throughout an individual's life. Wearing the nine gems is said to provide an astrological balance and benefit to the wearer. Hindu astrology also says that these gems potentially may have both positive or negative influences on human life, and that astrological gems should be worn only after consulting a Vedic astrologer, who is also conversant with gems. Based on an individual's sidereal horoscope, either a single gem or a combination of compatible gems is advised to be worn to harness beneficial planets or counteract harmful planets.
The nine gems are associated with the nine planets of the zodiac and each stone has its own powers to heal people. The important nine gems are Diamond, Ruby, Emerald, Blue Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, Red Coral, Pearl,Hessonite and Cats Eye.
Planets & Gems
|Planet||Rashi / Sign||DayWeek||Metal||Primary/ Secondary||Finger|
|Sun||Gold||Ruby (Manak), Red Garnet||Ring|
|Mon||Silver||Pearl (Moti) / Moon Stone||Ring/little|
& Scorpio (Vrishchik)
|Tue||Gold/Silver||Red Coral (Moonga)||Ring|
& Virgo (Kanya)
|Wed||Gold/Silver||Emerald (Panna) / Peridot, Green Tourmaline||Little|
(Brihaspati / Guru)
& Pisces (Meen)
|Thu||Gold||Yellow Sapphire (Pukhraj), Heliodor, Golden Topaz||Index|
|Venus||Taurus (Vrish) &
|Fri||Gold||Diamond (Heera), White Sapphire, White Topaz||Ring|
& Capricorn (Makar)
|Sat||Silver/ Five Metal||Blue Sapphire (Neelam), Iolite, Amethyst||Middle|
|Rahu||Sat||Silver/ Seven Metal||Hessonite (Gomed)||Middle|
|Ketu||Tue||Silver/ Five Metal||Cats eye (Lahsuniya)||Middle|
- Gems must be a certain number carat weight, above 1 carat
- must touch the skin
- small or tiny gems are less powerful
- gems should be selected for harmful planets
- gems can be worn for favorable planets
- very flawed gems are not acceptable
- a cultured pearl does not acts like a real pearl
- beholed pearls are useless
- heat-enhanced gems have less or minimum power
- donating gems is beneficial
- to attain the best of gems, they must be set in certain metals