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 the planet is auspicious and well-placed, results from gemstones tend to be easy and straightforward. If the planet is auspicious but afflicted in the birth chart, gemstones help to neutralize and overcome the karma of those afflictions.
2.) A planet with predominant rulership of a dusthana, or inauspicious house (6th, 8th, or 12th) will usually produce challenging results when strengthened with gemstones. It’s best to chant mantras to appease malefic planets rather than wearing gems for them, or to neutralize their negative influence through remedial actions and conscious corrective behaviors in one’s day-to-day life.
3.) With some exceptions, planets with predominant rulership of mixed karma houses (2nd, 3rd, 7th, 11th) tend to produce mixed results when strengthened with gemstones, so caution is advised with these combinations. More dedication and mindfulness is required to navigate the effects of gems for maraka and upachaya (mixed karma) rulers than is needed for trikona (most auspicious) rulers.
4.) Wear only gems that are natural, top quality, as close to flawless as possible, properly cut, good color, and free of significant treatments. (Read more about what makes a gemstone Jyotish quality here.)
5.) Don’t get too hung up on a suggested size or carat weight. The most important factor is always quality. Bigger gems are only more powerful if stones of equal quality are being compared. (Read more about the best astrological gemstone sizes here.)
Now let’s review the best gemstones for each ascendant, as assessed by the results our customers have experienced over the last 30 years.
(Note: Rahu and Ketu gemstones (hessonite/gomed and cat’s eye) are not recommended as a casual planetary remedies unless one is aware of the side effects that may occur from wearing them. For more information, you can read our Rahu/Ketu article here.)
Aries gemstones: Aries ascendants do best with yellow sapphire for Jupiter, ruby for the Sun, red coral for Mars, and pearl for the Moon. Yellow sapphire and pearl almost always guarantee quick and auspicious results, promoting inner harmony and abundance. Red coral should be tested for side effects before purchase if the chart holder is prone to anger or aggression or if Mars is already very strong in the birth chart. Ruby should be tested for side effects if any significant planets are combust (uncomfortably close by degree to the Sun) or if Sun is already very strong in the birth chart. If properly prescribed, red gemstones are great for empowerment, strength, courage, brilliance, and success. Avoid blue stones, green stones, and diamonds.
Taurus gemstones: Diamond or white sapphire for Venus, emerald for Mercury, and blue sapphire for Saturn. Large powerful diamonds should be tested for compatibility before purchase as sometimes they can be overwhelming to the Taurus physiology. White sapphire is an earthier energy that almost all Taurus ascendants do really well with. (I suspect that white sapphire connects most with Taurus and diamond most with Libra.) Most Taurus people report great results in areas of health, relationships, and overall success with white sapphires. Emeralds and green tourmaline almost always produce quick and beneficial results relating to good luck, income, clarity in communication, efficient mental processing, and consistent creative output. Blue sapphires can be great for spirituality and career development and do not need to be very large to be effective for this sign. If Saturn is poorly placed in the natal chart, blue sapphire should be tested for compatibility before committing to the purchase. Avoid red and yellow stones. Pearls aren’t particularly harmful but aren’t strongly recommended either.
Gemini gemstones: Emerald for Mercury and diamond/white sapphire for Venus. These two gemstones almost always produce wonderful results for this sign and do even better when worn together. A very light blue sapphire can also be worn to increase focus and self-discipline. Darker blue sapphires are usually fine but it is wise to test for compatibility before purchasing. Yellow sapphire for Jupiter is somewhat neutral in effect for the Gemini ascendant, showing best results if Jupiter is well-placed or if the wearer is in their Jupiter mahadasha. Pearls aren’t harmful but aren’t strongly recommended either. Avoid red stones.
Cancer gemstones: Pearl for Moon, red coral for Mars, and yellow sapphire for Jupiter. Pearl virtually always produces excellent results – the bigger the better! I personally have more Cancer friends/family members than any other sign and have gifted nearly all of them large pearl pendants. The positive effects are quite noticeable as pearl promotes peace and stability in every area of life. Strengthening Mars with a red coral can take a Cancer’s career to the next level, giving them a great boost in motivation and empowerment. Red coral can occasionally produce overheating side effects but this can be minimized when the coral is worn with a good pearl. Yellow sapphire usually produces positive results for Cancers, but its effects are best when Jupiter is well-placed in the natal chart, the Cancer person is open to experiencing deep personal growth, or the Jupiter gemstone is paired with a pearl to keep results balanced. (Jupiter’s lordship of the 6th house must be taken into consideration when predicting the results of a yellow sapphire.) Avoid blue stones, diamonds, and emeralds.
Leo gemstones: Ruby for the Sun, yellow sapphire for Jupiter, and red coral for Mars. Yellow sapphire almost always produces auspicious results for this sign. The effects are best seen over time (abundance, growth, good fortune, return on investments) since Jupiter is a slow moving planet. Ruby and red coral usually produce the most immediate and noticeable results. They support success, brilliance, and empowerment. They work wonders when Sun and Mars are well-placed but weak by degree or otherwise in need of an energy boost. If Mars and Sun are already very strong, placed too close to other planets, or the Leo person has a tendency for pitta imbalance or overheating, mindfulness should be exercised in wearing large red stones. Lighter red coral, or a small and sweet pinkish ruby, produce milder but auspicious results. Avoid pearls, blue stones, green stones, and diamonds.
Virgo gemstones: Diamond/white sapphire for Venus and emerald for Mercury. These gems work great when worn together and support health, clarity, career development, abundance, and loving partnerships. No other gemstones produce consistently beneficial results for the Virgo ascendant. We do not recommend blue sapphire for this sign anymore due to multiple reports of inauspicious results, likely due to Saturn’s role as a natural malefic and its predominant lordship of the challenging 6th house. They are less risky to wear of Saturn is well-placed in the natal chart and the Virgo person is very organized and disciplined already, but Saturn is best appeased for a Virgo through benevolent acts of service and an authentic spiritual routine. Avoid red stones and yellow stones. Pearl is neutral.
Libra gemstones: Diamond/white sapphire for Venus, emerald for Mercury, and occasionally blue sapphire for Saturn. Strengthening Venus almost always produces great results for this sign, promoting harmony, vibrant health, and cosmic support. Emerald is great for spiritual clarity and produces the best results when Mercury is well-placed in the Jyotish chart. Its lordship of the 12th house in addition to the 9th should be taken into consideration when predicting an emerald’s results. Blue sapphire is best prescribed in a sweet and gentle dose. A small stone or a light/lavender blue color is helpful for spiritual growth, creative discipline, and emotional stability. Avoid red stones and yellow stones. Pearl is neutral.
Scorpio gemstones: Yellow sapphire for Jupiter, pearl for the Moon, and ruby for the Sun. Even though Mars is the ruler of the Scorpio rising sign, we do not recommend red coral for this ascendant without careful consideration because of its predominant lordship of the 6th house. Red coral is safest to wear when Mars is well-placed and the Scorpio person is spiritually inclined and not prone to bouts of conflict or anger. (It is safest for Scorpio ascendants to assist Mars through committment to personal healing, conscious emotional regulation, and active cultivation of inner peace.) Pearls can be worn at any size, the bigger the better, to promote a sense of softness and inner harmony. They tend to work very quickly and almost always provide significant results. Ruby can assist with career success and personal empowerment. Yellow sapphire promotes abundance, spirituality, and good luck. Avoid blue stones, green stones, and diamonds. Read an in-depth analysis of Scorpio gemstones here.
Sagittarius gemstones: Yellow sapphire for Jupiter, red coral for Mars, and ruby for the Sun. All three of these gemstones produce consistently auspicious results for this sign, though care should be exercised to not cause any pitta imbalance (overheating) in the body with excessively large or powerful red stones. Sun and Mars gems work best when these planets are weak by degree or otherwise in need of strengthening, assisting in empowerment, authority, and overall success. Yellow sapphire, or yellow topaz, can generally be as large as desired without negative side effects. Strengthening Jupiter promotes health, spirituality, happiness, benevolence, and abundance. Avoid pearls, blue stones, green stones, and diamonds.
Capricorn gemstones: Blue sapphire for Saturn, emerald for Mercury, and diamond/white sapphire for Venus. These gemstones produce consistently beneficial results for almost all Capricorns. The benefits of blue sapphires are experienced quicker for those with a well-placed Saturn. The challenging qualities of an afflicted Saturn can be remedied with a blue sapphire too, though long-term bad habits and unhealthy tendencies may take a while to reverse given Saturn’s slow moving nature. The positive effects of wearing a blue sapphire should be studied over time. Capricorns enjoy the business success and quick mental processing that Mercury gemstones bring. Venus gems support career development as well and are uplifting and beneficial for inner creativity, children, and relationships. Avoid red and yellow stones. Pearls are not harmful but not recommended either.
Aquarius gemstones: Blue sapphire for Saturn, emerald for Mercury, and diamond/white sapphire for Venus. The most consistently auspicious gemstone for an Aquarius ascendant to wear is diamond/white sapphire for Venus to promote emotional peace, support of nature, divine grace, loving relationships, abundance, and creative expression. Emerald can be worn for clarity, heightened intuitionk, and business success but Mercury’s lordship of the 8th house should be taken into consideration when predicting the results of the stone. Blue sapphire is best in a smaller size or gentle color, providing grounding and stability for the Aquarius air sign. Pearls, red stones, and yellow stones should be avoided.
Pisces gemstones: Yellow sapphire for Jupiter, red coral for Mars, and pearl for Moon. These gemstones almost always produce auspicious results for a Pisces person, but a large red coral is not recommended if Mars is already excessively strong or dominant in the Jyotish chart. It is best worn when Mars is weak by degree and in need of assistance. Yellow sapphires and pearls can generally be as large and powerful as the wearer would like, assisting in improving virtually all areas of life. Mercury stones are mostly neutral. Emerald can be worn in a light dose and is best suited if Mercury is well-placed in the Jyotish chart. Avoid Venus stones and Saturn stones above all else.
Learn more about the 9 Jyotish gemstones, their corresponding planets, and anticipated gemstone benefits here.
View our complete collection of astrological gemstones here.
Tiffany 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 been serving the Vedic Astrology community with research-based gemstone insight and advice for over 10 years. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: In order to better serve our paying customers, we are no longer able to respond to all of the requests we receive for gemstone recommendations. For this reason, we have created a Free Gemstone Report for all to use. This can be found at AstrologicalGem.com.