Use of Gemstones in Vedic astrology

Since a jewel (gem) endowed with good characteristics ensure good luck, prosperity and success to kings, and one with bad ones, disaster and misfortune, connoisseurs ought to examine their fortune depending on jewels (gems)- Brihat Samhita, 80.1-3 

Inward luster, transparency, illumination with rays, sparkle, free from impurities and good formation of the shape are the characteristics of good gems- Agni Purana, 246.13-14

Gems are not good if they are sandy, cracked within, scratched, stained, if they are lusterless, rough, dull or mixed with mineral substances even though they may have all the characteristic features of their familyGaruda Purana, 70.18

If anyone wears a gem of many flaws out of ignorance, then grief, anxiety, sickness, death, loss of wealth and other evils will torment him– Garuda Purana, 70.19

The gems allotted to the various planets are as under:

Sun – Ruby ( Manikya )

Moon- Pearl ( Moti )

Mars – Coral ( Moonga )

Mercury – Emerald ( Panna )

Jupiter- Yellow sapphire ( Pukhraj )

Venus – Diamond ( Vajra or Heera)

Saturn – Blue Sapphire ( Neelam)

Rahu – Hessonite Garnet (Gomedha)

Ketu – Cat’s eye ( Lehsuniya )

Sri Yukteshwara in the famous book “Autobiography of a Yogi” mentions – The sages discovered that pure metals emit an astral light which is powerfully counteractive to the negative pulls of the planets and the most effective of all are faultless jewels of not less than two carats.

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