A “dasha” is a planetary period in Vedic Astrology. Throughout our lives we go through various cycles ruled by the planets of our Jyotish charts. There are mahadashas (main periods) and antardashas (sub-periods) and they behave somewhat like the chapters of a book. Whatever planet is ruling a dasha will offer a predominant theme for that… Read More Should you always wear a gemstone for your mahadasha?
Learn ways to test a gemstone for personal compatibility before it’s officially purchased. … Read More 8 Ways to Test An Astrological Gem
Astrological gemstones are a powerful Vedic remedy as long as they’re the proper quality and ethically sourced. That said, their potency and purity can be further enhanced by blessing, clearing, and activating them. Below is a review of how we cleanse and charge our Jyotish gemstone inventory as well as tips you can use to… Read More How To Bless, Cleanse & Activate Gems
In this article we’ll be discussing the best Jyotish gemstones for every Vedic rising sign to wear. Before we begin though, let’s review the most important rules of Jyotish gemstone recommendation: 1.) Strengthen your most auspicious planets first. With some exceptions, these are usually the rulers of the trikona (1st, 5th, and 9th) houses. If a planet… Read More The Best Gemstones for Every Vedic Sign
Almost every day, I receive a request for a very large Jyotish gemstone, as many astrologers believe that bigger gems automatically translate to an increase in benefits for the wearer. Browsing through my inbox, here are the size requests I’ve gotten in the past week: 3-carat diamond 4-carat emerald 9-carat white sapphire 12-carat red coral 10-carat unheated Burmese ruby… Read More Size doesn’t matter as much as you think it does.
Many effects of an astrological gemstone can be anticipated. Some results are subtle and abstract. Others are very specific and can be predicted by studying the wearer’s astrological chart.… Read More What to Expect from an Astrological Gem
When shopping for Jyotish gems, always remember the golden rule of Vedic Gemology: The quality of an astrological gemstone is the most critical factor in determining whether or not any planetary effects will be acquired from wearing it. It is always better to buy a top quality secondary gemstone, or uparatna, than to buy a cheap, poor quality, heavily included (flawed), or heat-treated… Read More Uparatnas: How to Buy a Gemstone on a Budget
By Tiffany April Raines, Certified Gemstone Advisor of Astrological Gem International When it comes to buying astrological gemstones, it’s important to make an informed purchase. Because the quality of the gemstone is the primary factor in determining how effective it will be for Vedic Astrology, being able to delineate between a top-quality and a poor-quality… Read More What Makes a Gemstone Jyotish Quality?
Precious gemstones have been used throughout the world for thousands of years to promote healing, fortune, and good luck. Research conducted at Astrological Gem International has determined that high quality natural gemstones can significantly influence people’s lives when correctly worn for Jyotish. The right gems promote harmony, the wrong gems promote discord, and poor quality… Read More How do Astrological Gemstones Work?
A lot of people I speak to, deep in the throes of multiple astrology readings and endless late-night Googling sessions, get lost in all the conflicting opinions out there related to Vedic Gemology. Frequently I get a call from someone asking me for advice, only to receive a second call asking me to explain why… Read More The Importance of Self-Referral
Do astrological gemstones really work? How do we know it’s not just a placebo effect?… Read More Is Gemstone Therapy Just a Placebo?
A common belief in the astrological community is that Jyotish gemstones diminish in effect over the years. Some people are concerned about investing in a gem if it won’t be as powerful after it’s been worn for a while. It’s time to examine this belief in further detail. Adaptation to Energetic Influence The first place… Read More Do Jyotish Gems Stop Working Over Time?
The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show is the largest of its kind in the United States, hosting over 4,000 vendors in several locations throughout the city every February. The two most prestigious shows we visit are not open to the general public, requiring advanced approval and identity verification to be allowed inside. Sapphires, emeralds, rubies,… Read More Tales from the Tucson Gem Show
I trust it’s quite evident that I love what I do. Connecting people with top-quality astrological gemstones is a unique and rewarding line of work. One of the not-so-fun parts of my job, however, is correcting false information about our customer’s purchases coming from well-meaning “experts” in the jewelry business. In an attempt to help… Read More When Jewelers Are 100% Wrong About Gems
A muhurta is a specific date and time selected by a Vedic Astrologer to maximize the auspiciousness of an event. Muhurtas can be used for buying homes and vehicles, for signing business contracts, and even for when you first begin wearing your astrological gemstone. Some people like to get a muhurta for when their gem… Read More Vedic Muhurtas: When To Begin Wearing Your Astrological Gemstone
Did you break the rules and take your astrological jewelry off for a minute? For an hour? For an entire day?! Here’s the most important thing to do in this potentially scary situation: Don’t panic. Everything is perfectly fine. The common belief, and rule of thumb, among Vedic Astrologers is that a Jyotish gemstone must… Read More Do I *have* to wear my gemstone 24/7?