Antique Navaratna 9-gemstone Jewelry. Post 93.
Imagine you can manipulate the entire cosmos to protect yourself against malevolent forces and to influence the powers of good to bless you and bring you good fortune and well-being. Antique Navaratna jewelry does just that.
Navaratna means 'nine precious gems'. Each of these gems represents a celestial deity, centered on the sun and radiating to the other planets. The magic is reflected not only from the realm of the cosmos and the personal world of the individual, but in the very number system itself and in the days of the week, each of which is named for one of these gems or planets. The gems are considered to have predated the planets and therefore have tremendous magical powers. Navaratna jewelry therefore functions as an amulet: to protect against evil and to bring about wide range of benefits.
***Antique Navaratna jewelry: finger ring with traditional grid scheme.
The same gem or planet might be beneficial or malevolent, depending on time. In order to know what and where the powers affecting your life lie, you need to know the exact time of your birth and to have access to a Hindu almanac. Ceremonies are performed to propitiate the powers and request particular blessings. The offerings made during a ceremony are arranged in the exact format as the gems in navaratna jewelry.
Just as time is an influence on the powers of the stones, spacial relationships, reflecting the planets' spacial relationship with the sun are of the essence. Navaratna jewelry is very often to be found in a grid of 9 squares. The ruby, representing the sun will always be in the center. The other stones each have their particular location in the scheme.
Jewelry can take various forms, depending on where it is worn on the body. The arrangement of the stones will conform to the shape, but will always conform to the primary arrangement of the planets.
**#5741. Navaratna Earrings. Different shape, but same gem arrangement.
Navaratna jewelry has enormous power to assist in the life of the wearer. It is not simply bought and worn, but the stones are carefully chosen and blessed by priests before it is taken to the goldsmith.
While we have lost touch with the significance of gemstones and their amuletic powers, it was not so long ago that our own cultures used gems for the same purposes as Navaratna jewelry. Most interestingly, Oppi Untracht tells us (in his book Traditional Jewelry of India, page 304), that the origin of the belief in the connection of gemstones and the celestial deities is Mesopotamia, where it existed in the 3rd Millenium BC. It seems that despite the distances, we don't have to dig too deep to find connections to our own worlds.
pair of bracelets. These have an extra two stones each, necessitated by the desired length of the bracelets. The extra gem stones have celestial significance.
List of gems in typical Navaratna jewelry, as taken from Wikipedia:
Ruby for Surya (Sun)
Pearl for Chandra (Moon)
Red Coral for Mangala (Mars)
Emerald for Budha (Mercury)
Yellow sapphire for Bhaspati (Jupiter)
Diamond for Shukra (Venus)
Blue sapphire for Shani (Saturn)
Hessonite for Rahu (the ascending node of the Moon)
Cat's Eye for Ketu (the descending node of the Moon)