Three basic rules for healing stones:
1. For Jyotish colors to become part of your aura the stone must be of good clarity. In terms of grading they should be free of inclusions or slightly included. Too many inclusions disturb the transmission of rays and create an undesirable effect.
It is better to sacrifice size than clarity if you have a budget to mind. Exceptions are cat's eye and moonstone which are included but reorder light into the eye effect, red coral and pearl which have captured organic not cosmic energy. Furthermore hessonite shows swirls that are not inclusions but a unique internal structure.
2. For gemstones to transmit planetary colors and energy they must be natural. A healing gem needs millions of years of tectonic pressure, earth rays and planetary energy to capture the energy that it needs to heal or protect.
This rules out all lab-created, flux grown, flame-fused gems or any other commercial side products. Synthetic gems are created within days or weeks and are not effective as Vedic gems or healing stones whatsoever.
The same counts for treated stones like London blue topaz, citrine and most sapphire. In the best case treatments condense a process that requires millions of years into minutes of artificially heat or irradiation. In most cases treatments just mimic a natural process in his outcome and in the worst case a treated gem might be even harmful for your health.
Time is an essential part of all cosmic energy. If a gemstone has not had the time to absorb energy he will not be able to transmit it. Be aware that most red coral has been treated too.
Gemtrader have reported of healers who (hands-on) picked the untreated stones out of a parcel of mixed sapphires. This is quite a miracle, because an ordinary gemologist needs years of experience and thousand of dollars of high-tech equipment to test a gem on treatment.
We had a similar experience when we did Reiki on our stones. The Reiki-women (though she knew nothing of gems, and we didn't say anything) sensed a different energy level between treated and untreated stones.
In fact, the energy emitted by our untreated stones was so strong, that she nearly fainted sometimes. But when we smuggled in a treated sapphire, she hesitated, looked up, and asked:
"What is this?"
3. Furthermore one should be conscious of the karma connected to a gemstone. Healing stones shall not, unlike most gems, be tortured from earth or the people who mine them.
We cannot expect to cure ourselves while destroying nature and harming others or future generations.
To summarize: A healing gemstone...
... is very slightly or not included (except cat's eye, moonstone, pearl and coral)
... is not synthetic or treated in any way
... has not caused harm to nature or humans
To decide for a Jyotish gemstone you may consult a healer or an astrologer. They will prescribe you one or several gemstone varieties that positively influence your color balance.
If you practice the art of skillful living you will know how to use a gem to stay in the moment.
Ask us if you need advice on choosing a healing stone.
Indian astrology goes much further and cures physical illnesses with gemstones. If you are interested in this topic, here is a comprehensive introduction into traditional Indian gem astrology including an alphabetic list of common diseases, their traditional gemstone remedies. (1 rattu is 0.9 carat)
Learn more about gemstone therapy and medicine by visiting the Gemstone Therapy Institute.