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
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
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 gemstones for each rising sign to wear in Vedic Astrology (Jyotish). Before we begin though, let’s review the five 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… 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?
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
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?
India is the motherland of the Jyotish tradition and the art of recommending gemstones based on one’s astrological birth chart. Vedic Astrology and Ayurveda were developed there thousands of years ago to help people acquire greater knowledge of the self, the cultivation of balance, and the promotion of lasting well-being. These sciences prove to hold… Read More Buying Gems in India: You Get What You Pay For
Tarah Sands, Inventory Manager, Astrological Gem International There are few things as exciting as a gemstone buying trip. Anyone who works in a wholesale industry will understand what I mean, and for those of you who don’t, let me explain. Imagine walking into your favorite store – only instead of your favorite store, there are… Read More Buying Trip Adventures with Jay
One of the most interesting skills I have developed over the past 10 years as an astrological gemstone advisor is the ability to sense which gemstones will be the most suitable for which people. I have no doubt at this point in my career that powerful Jyotish gemstones possess a unique form of consciousness, personality even, with distinct preferences as to who their… Read More When Jyotish Gemstones Speak to Me
Jyotish gemstones have the ability to impact our karma in a range of ways. Where you are at, karmically and consciously, when you first begin wearing your gemstone will determine the results you experience both immediately and over time. The right gemstones will also give you the ability to move through and neutralize old karma at a… Read More How to Tell if Your Gemstones are Working