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Astrological Gemstones verses Ornamental Gemstones

Astrological Gemstones verses Ornamental Gemstones

19 Aug, 2023 | Gemstone | Gem Selection

The distinction between astrological gemstones and ornamental gemstones lies in their purpose and characteristics. Gemstones, cherished for their rarity, beauty, and mystical attributes, form over millions of years beneath the Earth's surface or within its depths, including oceans. These captivating creations showcase an array of colors and possess energies and qualities that can interact with human auras, potentially influencing their lives in positive ways. Gemstones have fulfilled various roles throughout human history, from adorning crowns and religious symbols to serving as amulets and charms for good luck. Their allure spans across societies, from royalty to commoners, and they find mention in cultural texts such as the Bible and Vedas. Even in the modern era, gemstones retain immense value and significance, classified into two primary categories: ornamental gemstones and astrological gemstones, based on their intended use.

Ornamental Gemstones

Ornamental gemstones, prized for their aesthetic appeal, can be incorporated into jewelry, decorative items, or acquired as collector's pieces. These gemstones, chosen primarily for their outward beauty, offer diverse splendor. Aquamarine, reminiscent of ocean hues, and Moonstone's enchanting milky glow, exemplify their individual charm. Opal, celebrated for its captivating play of colors, and Agate with its distinct patterns, further demonstrate the variety within this category. Additionally, some individuals consider factors like rarity, historical significance, and popularity when selecting ornamental gemstones, often using them as status symbols akin to luxury items such as high-end watches or designer wear.

Astrological Gemstones

In contrast, astrological gemstones possess a deeper purpose: aiding individuals in overcoming obstacles, navigating challenges, and experiencing prosperity and contentment. These gemstones are believed to influence various aspects of life, bestowing positive energies related to success, wellness, happiness, and mental clarity. The selection of astrological gemstones is based on birth charts (kundli) or zodiac signs (rashi). However, it's important to note that not all gemstones within a certain type serve the same purpose. For example, Blue Sapphire can be both a desired ornamental gemstone and a powerful astrological gemstone, but the considerations differ significantly.

 

Astrological gemstones require strict criteria for their efficacy.

·       They must be pure, natural, and untreated, as treated stones lose their natural properties and take on characteristics of artificial stones. Factors like quality, size, and origin become paramount. These gemstones must have optimal weight and comfortable size for wear, ideal color intensity, pure hue, attractive tone, and medium saturation. Clarity and inclusions also play a significant role in astrological gemstones, differing from ornamental counterparts.

·       Origin contributes to gemstone quality; for instance, Blue Sapphire from Sri Lanka is recommended for astrological purposes due to its ideal blue hue and clarity, while Blue Sapphire from Bangkok is often treated and unsuitable for astrological use. Furthermore, an astrological gemstone must be unused, as used gemstones may carry negative energy from previous owners, hindering desired outcomes.

·       Astrological gemstones necessitate specific procedures for wearing and activation, aligned with associated planets, metals, days, times, fingers, and mantras. This meticulous process enhances their effects. Conversely, ornamental gemstones lack these requirements, and ownership changes naturally.

·       The distinction between astrological and ornamental gemstones is profound. While ornamental gemstones prioritize appearance, astrological gemstones emphasize their metaphysical significance. Factors like purity, color, clarity, and origin significantly impact astrological gemstones, whereas ornamental gemstones are primarily chosen for their visual appeal. Both categories have their place, and while all astrological gemstones can be ornamental, the reverse is not true.

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