is the primary gem for the planet Venus. Diamond is
by far the hardest mineral in existence, which is
a valuable property for durability and brilliance,
or the flashes of white light reflected from the facets
of the gem. Diamond also has high dispersion, the
quality of separating white light into the spectral
colors, giving you the flashes of violet, red, yellow,
etc. that you see when moving a Diamond. High dispersion
is also available in other gem and synthetic minerals
and was not really maximized in Diamond until rather
recently as modern cutting styles were developed.
Hardness and brilliance were the qualities that made
Diamond highly prized throughout history.
Vedic gems, one carat is the generally accepted size,
or weight, for Diamond. With our requirement of 'eye-clean'
for all of our Vedic gems, you could start with SI
or Slightly Included gemstones and if your eyesight
is very good, VS, or Very Slightly Included. There
are certain types of inclusions that you want to avoid,
mainly dark included crystals. Some of the written
sources go into great detail as to the calamities
that await the wearer of Diamonds with dark included
crystals. Even small Diamonds with these dark inclusions
are said to carry the power to harm the wearer. Once
the Diamond is studied without the use of magnification
to determine if it is eye-clean, it is then put under
magnification with a loupe and/or microscope to check
that no dark included crystals are visible at 10x
Venus ring above features flowers that appear to be
carved into the ring. It is shown set with a Colorless
(White) Topaz, which is over four carats.
Sapphire is a secondary gem for the planet Venus.
It is the gem that I see most commonly used to strengthen
Venus in the Vedic astrology community, perhaps owing
to the high cost of Diamond. It is generally accepted
that the weight of White Sapphire must be two carat.
Of all of the varieties of Ruby or Sapphire Corundum,
White Sapphire is the variety most likely to be heat-treated.
Most White Sapphire on the market is cut from crystals
that have been burned right at the mine to remove
light tints of blue and gray. Dark included crystals
are also common and ideally avoided.
(White) Topaz is the very affordable colorless
gem that I have chosen to work with for a number of
reasons. The other alternatives that I have seen suggested
are Colorless (White) Zircon, which is always heat-treated.
Rock Crystal Quartz (Colorless Quartz) is another
affordable colorless gem, yet Colorless Topaz has
the advantage of higher hardness and some other interesting
properties that make for a much more beautiful faceted
gem, in my opinion. There is the issue of cleavage,
a weak direction, or a grain like wood, with Topaz,
which leads to abrasion over time, as tiny chips appear
when the gem is knocked in just the right spot. If
Yellow or Golden Topaz is considered to be a secondary
gem for the planet Jupiter of almost equal potency
as Yellow Sapphire, I am assuming that Topaz versus
Quartz would be a much better alternative.
recently spoke with a Gemological Institute of America
professor who has a specialty of historic and esoteric
uses of gems and he had some very interesting information
to share. When I asked his opinion regarding the differences
of the uses of Rock Crystal Quartz versus Colorless
Topaz, he said that if the purpose is healing, Colorless
Topaz is more appropriate. Rock Crystal Quartz has
been used historically, he added, for the purpose
of contacting the ancestors.
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