Benefits of Blue Sapphire::Neelam::Astrological Gemstone of Saturn
Blue Sapphire is the astrological gemstone of Saturn or Shani Graha as known in Vedic Literature. Blue Sapphire comes from the family of mineral known as Corundum and has hardness of 9 on the Mohr’s Scale. It has a Specific Gravity of 4.03 and is dichromatic.Blue Sapphire is known as IndraNeel or Neelmani in sanskrit , Neelam in Hindi , Kabood in Persian and Asphar in Urdu.
Blue Sapphire mineral is essentially a compound of Aluminium Oxide (Al2O3) with traces of iron which impart it the blue color. Blue Sapphires are available in different shades from whitish to deep blue and from purplish to blackish blue. These colors also correspond to the four varnas or types of Blue Sapphires that are available .
Brahmin Varna – Blue Sapphires that are whitish blue in color belong to the Brahmin Varna and these are the ones that are truly known as Jal Neel in Sanskrit , since they resemble the color of water. These Blue Sapphires are suitable to be worn by those who are engaged in teaching , consultations and other spiritual practices. Wearing such white colored Blue Sapphires makes the person very peaceful in nature and gives spiritual inclinations.These are whitish and transparent from the centre and have blue edges.
Kshatriya Varna – Blue Sapphires that have a purplish tint in color are known as Kshatriya Blue Sapphires. These gems should be worn by those who seek power and position as wearing such gems gives administrative powers. These gems should be worn by people engaged in politics, administration , bureaucracy and by those who occupy high positions.
Vaishya Varna – Blue Sapphires that are deep blue in color or resembling the color of the peacock are known as vaishya varna. These gems are suited for those involved in trade , business and those who are self-employed and own some kind of business or organization. These kind of gems should be worn by people who only seek to amass wealth and are primarily engaged with finances, loans, mortgages and insurance. Such gems have very high prices since this is the optimal color for a Blue Sapphire to have. This variety of gem is known as the Indra Neel and are more expensive.
Shudra Varna – Blue Sapphires that are dirty blackish blue in colour with no radiance or lustre are known as shudra varna and these gems are the cheapest amongst all the Blue Sapphires. Such gems are worn by those who are engaged in some kind of service or to people who offer their services and talents on a professional basis. They must be worn by people working in financial institutions. Wearing such Blue Sapphires are very helpful for those who seek employment and require stability in life. These gems are very cheap.
Blue Sapphire gemstone should be free from blemishes such as dark spots , webs , sandy appearance , lack of luster and must not have extremities of color. Such gems fail to effectively transmit the cosmic radiation of Saturn and bring about undesirable results. Blue Sapphires should be free from any defects and must have uniform colour , good lustre , acceptable transparency and must be appealing to the eye. A minimum of 1 carat is enough to be worn as per astrological reasons and the gemstone must be set preferably in iron. A gemstone of 2-3 carats is good and a Blue Sapphire of 5-7 carats is most advisable and sought after. Since Blue Sapphire is a cold gemstone and governs the vata or air element in the body , ,silver can also be used to effectively transmit the energy of the gemstone.
Blue Sapphires are mined in Sri Lanka , India , Burma , Bangkok and Russia. High quality Blue Sapphires are rare and only gems that are not synthetic or man-made should be worn for astrological purposes .High quality, certified , natural and authentic Blue Sapphire gemstone are most auspicious.
Blue Sapphire should always be worn within 1 hour of sunrise on Saturday on the middle finger of the right hand. Alternatively it may also be worn on the 4th or little finger if such yogas exist within the horoscope. Blue Sapphire gemstone must always be worn if Saturn is favourable or benefic in the chart and is either exalted or placed in own signs or great friend sign and occupies a favourable navamsa. When such conditions exist , wearing a Blue Sapphire grants immediate favours and is very helpful.
On the contrary when Saturn is combust or occupies debilitation / great enemy navamsa or is conjunct Sun / Rahu / Ketu , devoid of rashmis then donation of Blue Sapphires greatly enhances the prospects of native and serves him good.