Do Jyotish Gems Stop Working Over Time?

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 we usually see the effects of a gem is on a client’s mood and overall energy levels. (Read more about how Jyotish gemstones work here.) People tend to report an increase in vitality, hope, and connection to their higher purpose when they first put on a powerful astrological stone. What a high!

When we consider the contrast between the state we’ve been living in and the result of introducing a powerful new energetic influence, it makes sense that we’re likely to notice the effects of a gemstone right away. (The gem testing process works really well for this reason. Many people can determine suitability of a stone within a day or two because such noticeable changes occur during that time.)

We’re likely to get used to the influence of our gemstones as the years go on quite simply because it’s no longer a new influence. We adjust to being our brighter, higher selves. I think it’s important to recognize that in this case the gemstones have not lost potency – it is actually us who have become more potent.

We’ll probably still encounter challenging circumstances in our lives, even when wearing the world’s most powerful gemstones, but we’re likely to handle these challenges with greater clarity and grace than we would have otherwise. Gems help us remain on a path of growth and evolution even if it’s hard to see the long-term upward trajectory and progress we’re making on a day-to-day basis.

Removal of Gemstones Indicates They’re Still Working

One of the easiest way to know if your gem is still working is to take it off for a while. I’ve heard many stories from customers who noticed a significant shift when their gems were removed, either circumstantially (like having a ring resized) or because they lost their jewelry. It’s as though a person’s “force field” becomes diminished when their gem is no longer being worn. (Read more about taking your gemstones off temporarily here.)

I recently stopped wearing my yellow sapphire ring as Jupiter was entering a difficult transit and I felt like I needed a bit of down time. (I wear enough gems to always be receiving an extremely high amount of energy from them.) While they were off I had a nice reset within my nervous system and got some good rest. My inner world was quieter and my outer world became subsequently quieter too.

When I felt ready for that Jupiter energy again I put my stones back on and the velocity and activity of my life, and my personal sense of power, was restored to its usual pace.

Gems are “Immortal”

Precious gemstones take millions of years to form within the earth. Sapphires from Sri Lanka are two billion years old! Their internal structure is defined during the period they’re actively (albeit very slowly) growing.

A plant or animal ends its life cycle relatively quickly but a gemstone follows a different course of fate. They’re more or less immortal if preserved properly: in other words, the inherent life force they possess does not age, decay, or decompose the same way it does for other living organisms.

To believe that a 2-billion-year-old gem will simply stop possessing life force after being worn by a human for a year or two is actually quite short-sighted if you think about it.

Coral and Pearl Do Age

Pearl and red coral are organic material, made of calcium carbonate just like our teeth and fingernails. This makes them different from the other Jyotish gems. They do have the capacity to age and they can even erode over time with daily wear. (There’s a term in the gemstone industry called “pearl death” which is when pearls become completely lifeless, losing their luster and glow when exposed to strong acids or stored in a lockbox for decades.)

Red coral loses its high polish fairly quickly after being worn but that doesn’t mean it’s lost its life force. The coral in my personal ring, for example, looks rather dull after 8 or 9 years of wearing it but it still has a very strong effect on me.

I have seen some red coral pieces that are definitely ready to retire though. They’re not only dull but they’re very pale, possessing no life force or sattvic energy after being worn on a pendant under clothing for 20 or 30 years. At this point it’s time to get a fresh red coral.

Upgrading Gemstones

When people get used to the effects of their gems and want more influence, they often come back to us to get a bigger or stronger stone. This is perfectly fine to do. Some exchange their old gem for a new one but I think it’s best to keep your original gemstone and get a second one to supplement if it’s feasible. Otherwise you’re losing your current gemstone’s influence, resulting in some loss in addition to the upgrade you’re making.

Gems that aren’t the right quality for Jyotish will also be unable to create significant and lasting results. If a stone isn’t working, make sure the material being worn is of optimal purity – you can learn more about what makes a gemstone truly Jyotish quality 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 served the Vedic Astrology community with research-based gemstone insight and advice since 2007. 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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