Do I have to wear my gemstone 24/7?

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 be worn 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the wearer to receive their desired results. It’s true that a gemstone interacts with your energy field while it’s being worn and the interaction stops when it’s taken off. This is why it’s ideal to wear gemstones for protective, healing, and balancing purposes as close to 24/7 as possible.

That said, it isn’t the end of the world if you briefly remove your jewelry. The gemstone will simply be idling while it’s off of you, in standby mode, waiting patiently for you to begin wearing it again. You haven’t broken anything or ruined your investment if this happens occasionally.

Here are a few important points to consider:

1.) Taking off your Jyotish gemstone does not cause a “hard reset” of its benefits. This means that the accumulative results you have received thus far are still very real and relevant.

2.) If you’ve been wearing your gemstone for an extended period of time, and only removed it briefly, there’s no need to get a muhurta (auspicious date and time) to put it on again. You and the stone are well acquainted and have established history together. You’ll pick up where you left off once it’s back on. (That said, if you stopped wearing your gemstone for many months or even years, you might consider getting a muhurta when you resume wearing it as the benefits you once received have potentially diminished. You might even soak it in salt water before putting it back on to clear out stagnant energy and start again fresh.)

3.) Some people who are very energetically sensitive (especially those wearing heating and activating gemstones) like to take their jewelry off when they sleep. Some wearers report a more neutral and quiet rest at night with their invigorating gemstones placed on a nightstand or altar instead of their body. The more calming and cooling gemstones tend to promote a deeper and more restful sleep, so your personal mileage will vary. There is never a need to fear a bit of experimentation in this regard.

4.) If you are particularly worried about taking off your gemstone to go the gym or wash the dishes, consider the risk of it being chipped by a barbell or slipping off your finger and plummeting down the kitchen sink. (The latter happened to one of our clients and she accidentally ran the garbage disposal with her yellow sapphire ring in it. The stone was destroyed. Fortunately she had jewelry insurance coverage!) It’s better to keep the stone protected than to be concerned about not wearing it for a few minutes. Just always be mindful of where you’re placing your jewelry while it’s off of you.

5.) I personally like to take my red coral off when Mars is excessively powerful or even excessively weak in transit. I put it back on once Mars is more balanced. (That’s my left hand in the photo of this post.) While I enjoy the energy and motivation that my red coral gives me, I actually get quite irritable when Mars is irritated! That said, I never remove my Jupiter gemstones as they are balancing agents for me regardless of the transits and give me a sense of optimism that I benefit from in any circumstance. This is an example of me exercising my own inner judgment and responding to my unique sensitivities instead of getting bent out of shape over potentially “breaking the rules” of Vedic Gemology. Self-referral is a highly valuable tool.

Bonus story.

I once received a phone call from a highly distressed gentleman in India who was wearing a blue sapphire ring. His astrologer told him that he must never take it off for any reason, even for even a second, but his Guru told him that he absolutely must remove it before (in his own words) “using the restroom or having relations.”

He could not decide whose instructions to follow and spoke with the urgency of someone who was refusing to use the restroom or have relations until his dilemma was resolved. I gently reminded him of two important things:

1.) Nothing will break if he removes the ring for a minute. Just put it somewhere mindfully so it doesn’t get lost.

2.) Saturn holds no judgment over normal day-to-day activity. To use the restroom is to be human and to change his views on what is perceived as “dirty” will likely be quite liberating. Whichever route he decides to take, the wonderful news is that both of these options are perfectly fine.

He hung up the phone and was never heard from again, but my hope is that he looked inward to determine the right course of action for himself. This is, in my opinion, often the best place to turn when seeking simple spiritual guidance. (Read more about the importance of self-referral 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

Please note: In order to provide the most time and best service possible for our paying customers, we are no longer able to respond to all of the requests we receive for gemstone recommendations. We welcome you instead to try our Free Gem Report if you are still in the learning and research phase of your Jyotish gemstone journey. This can be found at

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