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Blue Sapphire

The Blue Sapphire (Neelam, Neelmani) is a gem of the corundum family. Sometimes white sapphires, rubies, and blue sapphires are found in the same mine, and that is why there is a mixture of colors in the crystals of these gems. Ruby is harder than white sapphire (known as Pukharaj), and blue sapphire is harder than ruby and it is the hardest of all.

General Properties of the Gemstone --
Planet : Saturn
Cosmic Color : Violet
Sign : Capricorn
Element : Air
Time : Sunset
Day : Saturday

Signs of well-placed Saturn
(1) Govern leadership and perfection, highest human qualities
(2) Wisdom, integrity, discipline, spiritual achievement trough humility, patience, dedication and non-attachment.
(3) Long life
(4) The gemstone helps to prevent the following diseases: Paralysis, asthma, rheumatisms, teeth problems, bones problems.

(1) Uniformity in color
(2) Solid and compact body
(3) High specific gravity
(4) Transparence
(5) Smoothness
(6) Good cut and nice shape
(7) Color similar to that of the neck of a peacock, or a velvety corn-flower-blue
(8) Brilliance, exhibiting a star-like effect from inside when viewed in reflected light, emitting rays of light from inside.

(1) Depression, cavity - causes boils and ulcers and increases poisonous material in the body
(2) White lines, capillary, hair-like or thread-like inclusions - bad for the eyes; gives pain in the body
(3) Greenish in shade - causes financial loss
(4) Having white, red, black, or honey-colored spots - makes one leave one's house and is injurious for one's personal health and progeny (especially sons)
(5) Opaque - powerless; harmful for the body
(6) Multicolored - increases anxiety and mental problems
(7) Double colored - harmful for progeny and one's spouse; creates fear of enemies
(8) Dull (without luster or devoid of brilliance) - harms friends, brothers, and near relations
(9) Milky - brings poverty
(10) Film like a cobweb - brings disease
(11) Fissure or cracks in its structure - causes accidents, injuries caused by weapons, and financial crisis.

(1) A real Blue Sapphire picks up bits of straw because of its electrical property; that is why it is called "Trin grahee" in Sanskrit (Trin means a small piece of straw and Grahee means that which accepts or holds).
(2) A real Blue Sapphire emits blue sparks when placed in a glass of water.
(3) A real Blue Sapphire emits blue light and, if placed in a glass of cow's milk, the milk appears to have a bluish tinge.
(4) A real Blue Sapphire emits blue light in sunlight, and if placed on a white piece of cloth, it makes the cloth appear blue on the spot where the reflected light falls.

All tests mentioned under the section "Identification of Real Rubies" are also applicable to Blue Sapphire, because Ruby and Sapphire belong to the same corundum family and, as mentioned above, are sometimes found at the same site.

A Blue Sapphire should be bought on a Saturday when Saturn is posited in Capricorn, Aquarius, or Libra, or on a Saturday in Shravan, Dhanishthaa, Shatabhishaa, P-Bhaadrapad, U-Aashaadhaa, Chitraa, Swaati, or Vishakha Nakshatra.

The gemstone should be bought in the evening hours and given to the jeweler on the same day, who should prepare a ring from a mixture of gold, iron, and silver. For Saturn, the following mixture of 5 metals is best: 1 part gold, 2 parts silver, 3 parts lead, 4 parts iron and 1 part copper. The ring also should be made in the evening hours of a Saturday when either Saturn is in the zodiacal signs mentioned above or the Nakshatras mentioned above are present. The ring should be taken from the jeweler on a Saturday evening, and the best time to wear the ring is evening.

The back should be open to allow the gemstone to touch the skin of the finger.

When the ring is ready one should - on a Saturday when the above-mentioned zodiacal signs or Nakshatras are present - first immerse the ring in cow's or buffalo's milk or water, then wash it with Gangaa-water, or spring water, or rainwater, or water kept overnight in a copper pot.

Then one should write a Shani (Saturn) Yantra on a black cloth with red sandalwood paste, rice-paste, or Rolee. Then an engraved Yantra or idol of Saturn made in iron or steel should be placed on the black cloth upon which the Yantra of Saturn is drawn. Before placing the idol or Saturn Yantra engraved on the iron or steel plate it should be given a bath and dried with a clean black, green, or white cloth. Then a Tilak of Roli or white sandalwood paste with a pinch of saffron and organic camphor should be given to the engraved Yantra and the ring to honor both, and the engraved Yantra and the ring should be placed on a black cloth on which the Yantra has already been drawn. Then one should light a lamp and offer flowers and incense to the engraved Yantra and the gemstone embedded in the ring. Both should be regarded as symbols of Lord Saturn, and then the Mantra of Saturn.

Mantra: "Aum Sham Shanaishcharaaye Namah Aum". The Mantra should be recited either 108 or 23,000 times. The worship should start two hours before sunset. After recitation of the Mantra one should meditate on Saturn, whose color is black and who is seated on a vulture.

After meditation one should wear the ring on the middle finger of the right hand, which is the Saturn finger. One should pray to Saturn for bestowing the best results and providing help in overcoming difficulties.

The Yantra to be written on the black cloth is the same as that to be engraved on the steel or iron plate, as follows:

4 9 2
3 5 7
8 1 6

A ring worn in this way brings good luck, relieves poverty and suffering, provides vitality, vigor, life force, longevity, happiness, peace, and prosperity. It also cures problems caused by an afflicted, ill-aspected, or wrongly posited Saturn. Blue sapphire is the most powerful of all gemstones and shows its effect within a short time. One should not use it if one does not need it.

(1) Kashmir: The finest variety of blue sapphires comes from Kashmir. Today, Kashmir blue sapphires come from an area near a village called Khan Sumzam.
(2) Salem: A new mine of sapphires is now operating in Salem in southern India. These sapphires are similar in color to the sapphires found in mines of Bangkok, Thailand, but they have a deeper greenish tinge that comes from the fusion of blue and yellow colors.
(3) Burma: Sapphires from Mogok, Burma, are fine in color and luster and are found in all sizes. They are free of foreign matter and are good for preparing medicines.
(4) Thailand: The sapphires found in Thailand are darker than others and have a mixture of greenish hues. They are the hardest and toughest sapphires, and are as smooth as silk.
(5) Others: Fine qualities of blue sapphires are also found in Sri Lanka, Australia, Cambodia, USA, Russia and South Africa.

Blue Sapphire/ Neelmani (Saturn): This is normally faint or dark blue in color. Sapphire or Neelmani is a very cold gem. They are yellow or blue in color. Removes evil effects of Saturn. It should be tested before use. It brings wealth, name and fame. Also gives good stamina, longevity and security in life. Can improve fertility in a barren woman. Best suited for joy, love and happiness. It cures fainting, fits, virility, mental disorder, deafness and baldness. It should be used on 2nd finger of right hand in gold or Panch-dhaatu on Saturday and the weight is 5 or 7 grams.

Blue Sapphire (Neelam)
Shani or Saturn represents longevity, discipline, authority, ambition, leadership, honesty, perfection, humility, elders, denial, delays, misery, adversity, accidents, conservatism and dutifulness. It's role is often symbolized as a servant. It's influence is often seen as restrictive or obstructive yet its influence also seeks to bring balance. It's influences may be harmonized by the blue sapphire. Shani is at the farthest distant from the Sun. Shani or Saturn in the human physiology is expressed through the activities of the putamen. The putamen, like Shani in the solar system, is placed at the outer edge of the "Basal Ganglia". It's influence, like Shani, is that of a servant. It receives major input and instructions that it transmits to the "Basal Ganglia". Has the color of red smoke or honey. Also Zericon, chemically it is silicate of zirconium and crystal and occurs either as a four sided prism or as water pebbles. To be consider auspicious, the stone should reflect a pure color, be homogenous and soft to touch. If it shows a blackish color, is rough to touch and looks like a piece of yellow glass, the Gomed is not auspicious. The best Gomed comes from Sri Lanka. In India the stone is found in Kashmir, Bihar, Kullu, Shimla and Koimbatore. This is a very strong gem and its' use can be adverse sometimes. It's wearing purifies the mind. The mind is charged with virtuous thoughts and positive attitude. Sapphire is worn to protect one from evil effect of Saturn.



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Created on 05/18/2008 and Updated on 08/23/2011