What Makes Jyotish Gemstones
BEAUTIFUL, BRILLIANT, AND SATTVIC?
THEY ARE NATURAL
They are not treated or enhanced by man. They are neither heated
or chemically colored. They are quite rare. It is estimated
that approximately 97% of all gemstones today are treated or enhanced
by man. This is to be avoided for Jyotish purposes.
The Beauty of Fine Gemstones Comes From Color, Clarity and Cutting
Each gem species has a wide range of color. Directly related to
the desired effect is the gem's quality of color, its tone,
and modifying shades.
The size, type, and placement of included material or "flaws" within a
gemstone can greatly influence its value. Each gem species has its own
allowable tolerance for inclusions; but we look for freedom from
eye-visible flaws and freedom from black inclusions even at 10-20 times
magnification. However, not all included material is undesirable.
Within these parameters, some types of inclusions are highly desirable,
such as: inclusions used to determine if a material has been enhanced
or is natural; inclusions helpful in separating natural-mined gemstones
from man-made synthetics; and inclusions used to establish country of
The skill of the lapidary artist in fashioning the rough gemstone into
the finished shape, size, and cut is critical to its beauty and value.
The cutting of the gemstone maximizes its display of brilliance, dispersion,
and color. A Jyotish gemstone should be a well-cut jewel whose sparkle
delights the eye, and pleases the heart.
"SWEET, SATTVIC FEEL"
You can't spot this visually, even through a microscope. Yet it is one
of the most important attributes of a fine Jyotish gem. The sweetness
or sattva of a particular gemstone is a combination of all the qualities
we've listed above, PLUS the "life" quality of the gem itself which goes
beyond its physical or optical properties.
It is more than the sum of its parts. It is the essence of the gemstone
which shines through color, clarity, and cutting. One naturally desires
Our buyer, Jay, will fill your Jyotish prescriptions accurately and with
that extra perception that spots the difference between a good gem and
an outstanding one.
A 1981 honor graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, Jay has
spent 26 years developing his expertise in the selection of rare,
but reasonably priced gemstones. He frequently travels to the gem
source countries and buys as close to the mines as possible. He
currently makes 5-6 overseas buying trips per year.
In addition to his impeccable professional qualifications, Jay's
31-year involvement with meditation and inner work has cultivated an appreciation
of the finer aspects of selecting gemstones with that sattvic "feel."
You can have complete confidence when you allow him to fulfill your Jyotish
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