How do Astrological Gemstones Work?

Precious gemstones have been used throughout the world for thousands of years to promote healing, fortune, and good luck. Research conducted at Astrological Gem 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 gems do nothing at all. Many people instinctively believe in the metaphysical power of crystals and gemstones, but how do they actually work?

The Relationship Between Light, Planets, Humans, and Gems

“Jyotish” is the Sanskrit word for “science of light.” We know that everything in the universe is comprised of matter and energy in some form or another, but today’s physicists are coming to a conclusion that the sages in ancient India likely already knew – that everything in physical reality is ultimately made of light.

9-jyotish-gemsHuman beings are not exempt from this rule. In our purest form we’re essentially light beings behaving as conscious physical matter. Even cosmic rays, which are highly charged photons of light, have been observed interacting with – and becoming – physical matter themselves.

We also know for a fact that planets emit energetic frequencies. These frequencies can be measured through infrared (a type of electromagnetic radiation) and translated into sound and color wavelengths.

It just so happens that certain precious gemstones, with their specific color frequencies, resonate on the same wavelengths as the celestial bodies in our solar system. This is how Jyotish gemstones work on a rudimentary level: they affect the influence of planets upon humans through specific beams of light and color wavelengths. Such wavelengths affect not only our energetic framework but our conscious and karmic patterns in this lifetime.

Gems are like tuning forks, they can align us to the greater good of the cosmos. When the frequencies of a flawless Jyotish gemstone are compatible with the wearer, they produce harmonious wavelengths – similar to the resonant effect of a pleasing musical chord played on a guitar.

When the frequency of a gemstone is not auspicious for the wearer, a lack of harmony occurs. Incompatible gemstones possess frequencies that aren’t resonant with the good in the wearer’s chart, producing discordant results that can affect our behavior and our karma in challenging ways.

Gemstones And The Human Energy Field

We know with certainty that humans possess strong individual electromagnetic fields, commonly known in the New Age community as auras, and that these fields can be influenced by the frequencies around us.

The wavelengths transmitted by gemstones can influence the human aura directly. This is where we usually see their initial impact: they affect the subtle energies within and around the physical body immediately upon being worn. Then, over time, we see that these influences affect the consciousness of the wearer and, subsequently, the karmic patterns observed in their astrological birth chart.

Aura Photography and Gemstones: Placing Jyotish gems on subjects whose eyes were closed (to eliminate conscious bias) showed significant influence when auras were photographed using specialized camera equipment. Jyotish charts were reviewed in advance and it was discovered that gems for malefic planets create dim and imbalanced auras (left) while gems for auspicious planets create auras displaying radiance, balance and harmony (right).

Light and Color Therapy through Jyotish Gemstones

You may have already heard that Jyotish gems should “lightly touch the skin” when set into jewelry. This is an ancient Vedic rule that was put in place to ensure that a gemstone’s frequencies are effectively transmitted – if the stone is set too high, or with metal underneath it, its beams of light and color won’t come through properly and the gemstone won’t produce results.

Light and color therapy in action: You can see the light beam of this yellow sapphire penetrating the skin of the wearer. The way Jyotish gemstones work therapeutically is quite similar to how lasers work: laser beams inherently align and unify energetic frequencies. Concentrated beams of light passing thorough gemstones do the same thing. (There’s a reason that gems like rubies are used in laser technology!)

Wear The Right Gemstones for the Best Results

For a gem to be effective for Jyotish, it must be untreated and as close to flawless as possible. Significant inclusions or treatments will prohibit it from working properly. Stones that are of optimal clarity, vivid color, and free of treatments are exceptionally rare and very powerful when properly faceted and worn on the body.

It’s ideal to wear a gemstone that vibrates to the same frequency as the most auspicious planets in your birth chart – often (but not always) the rulers of your 1st, 5th, and 9th houses. Strengthening auspicious planets with gemstones translates into receiving the best possible results for Jyotish, neutralizing old negative karma and redirecting conscious tendencies and behaviors for the better.

Contrary to some astrologers’ beliefs, a gemstone for a malefic planet does not appease its negative influence, it only strengthens it. This creates imbalances in the wearer’s energy field promoting discordant, stressful, and challenging karma moving forward.

If you are unsure if you should be wearing a particular gemstone, we recommend testing it for 2 or 3 days to make sure it feels right before it’s purchased. A vast majority of our clients can tell if a gemstone is resonant, harmonious, and beneficial to them within a day or two of wearing it.

Gemstones Can Uplift Humanity

Those of us who study Vedic Gemology believe that everything is deeply connected, no matter how big or small, no matter how visible or invisible. The metaphysical relationship between all things likely extends outward infinitely into the universe and inward all the way to the subatomic makeup of the human physiology. Through the science of light, and precious Jyotish gemstones, we can illuminate our consciousness and align our karmic potential to become the best versions of ourselves we can possibly be.


blogheadshotTiffany April Raines is the Head of Sales at Astrological Gem International. Trained at the American College of Vedic Astrology and certified as a gemstone advisor through the Planetary Gemologists Association, she has served thousands of clients in the Vedic Astrology community with research-based gemstone insight and advice since 2007. She can be contacted at

6 thoughts on “How do Astrological Gemstones Work?

  1. What a great explanation of Jyotish! Thank you for such a great article. My yellow sapphire that was prescribed for me, by you, has really made a positive change in my life.


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