The cultures of India and South-East Asia have revered the beautiful 9 gem talisman known as "Navaratna". Combining the gemstones representing each of the nine planets in sidereal astrology, the navaratna is esteemed by ancient tradition as a bringer of good fortune through its favorable influence on the planetary energies.
Navaratna- The Nine Divine Gem Stones
According to Indian Astrology , navaratna setting has the ‘Ruby’ representing the Sun in the center. Ruby is said to give name, fame and power to its user. Diamond in the East, representing Venus . Who wears a diamond leads a luxurious life. Diamond is also supposed to enhance the name, fame . Blue sapphire representing Saturn is in the west . Blue sapphire removes evil effects of Saturn . It is said that this stone has magical power to eleviate its user to a higher status . Cat’s eye representing Ketu is in the North, this protects its wearer from hidden enemies , mysterious dangers and diseases. Coral representing Mars is in the South. It is said that Red Coral instills courage . It also helps to cure blood related diseases. Emerald representing mercury is in the North East. Emerald improves faculties related to the brain such as communication, intellect and ability to learn . Gomeda or Hessonite garnet representing Rahu is in the South West. The shadow planet Rahu is supposed to be responsible for all sorts of delays or very late fulfillment of ambitions . This stone improves relations with people and protects the wearer from sudden misfortunes . Yellow sapphire representing Jupiter is in the North . This stone is one of the most widely used gems that help achieve better financial status . It improves vision, gives life security and protects a person from poverty and misfortune.
Ruby is said to represent the sun. The best rubies come from Burma. Besides Burma, rubies are also found in Thailand, Srilanka, Tanzania, Nepal and India. Good quality rubies having bright red colour, transparency, clarity and well- proportioned style of cut can demand exorbitant price.
Yellow Sapphire (Pushyarag)
Yellow Sapphire represents the planet Jupiter. It belongs to the corundum family. Yellow sapphire (also known as Pukraj or Guru) individually is very commonly worn on the index finger of the right hand to bring luck. There are many stones today to imitate yellow sapphire; the most recent deception is yellow colored Synthetic Cubic Zirconia.
Blue Sapphire (Indraneelam)
The blue sapphire is more common in the west than in the orient. The best sapphires originate from Kashmir with their cornflower blue colour. Innumerable superstitions are attached to this beautiful blue gem as it governs the planet Saturn (Shani). And there are many stones that imitate sapphire like Iolite, Spinal, Tourmaline, and Tanzanite etc. Sapphires of good quality are also found in Sri Lanka.
Represents the planet Mercury. The rich velvet green emerald is very soothing to the eye. It belongs to the mineral species beryl, which has other colored varieties besides emerald like aquamarine, heliodor etc.The best emerald comes from Columbia. Emeralds are also found in Brazil, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Russia, and India etc. The price of the emerald depends on the shade of green.
Cat's Eye (Vaiduryam)
The cat's eye effect is seen in many types of gemstones. The most popular and the prized one is the yellow variety of Chrysoberyl. Mythologically Chrysoberyl Cat's eye wards off the evil effects of the 'Ketu'. Large quantities of cats's eye are now being mined in Orissa.
The honey colored or the orange brown stone in the rice gems is the Hessonite garnet or Gomeda. It is supposed to guard the interests of Rahu.
Coral is an organic gem. It is created by the marine creatures called polyp. White coral is common whereas red gem variety is special. Coral represents the planet Mars.
Pearl is also an organic gem. The natural pearl is made completely of nacreous material. On the other hand man makes the cultured pearl by inserting a large shell bead in the oyster. Pearl represents the Moon
Diamond is nature's most precious creation. It represents the planet Venus. When properly cut it can reflect back 100% of the light falling on its surface. From late seventies the American diamond or synthetic cubic zirconia has become very popular as a simulant for diamond. Recently new stone called moissanite has hit the diamond market, which is very similar to diamonds. So these are the nine gemstones traditionally worn in India. It is said to bring good luck and contentment. It would definitely help you also. So go for a genuine piece.