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Jyotisha Traditional Remedial Ratana

Aum sham shanaiascaraya namah

Shani Ratna

Jewels for Shani

Dark Blue Sapphire

Neelamani * Nilam

Nila = "the dark one"

Regional Names for Shani-ratna:
  • Greek: sappheiros

  • Arabic: safir

  • Persian: nilam, nilubarg, nilupar

  • English: blue sapphire

  • Hindi: neelam




Nilam * Neela * Neelmani * Neela-Azman * Neel-opala * Neela-ratnaka

Sauri-ratuna * Shani-ratna


zani-priya = "dear to Saturn" refers to the dark-colored stones e.g. blue sapphire and emerald

Uparatna = Secondary Gemstone s for Shani

  • More Affordable but weaker

Metal setting

iron = Adrisaara - loha

-or- lead;

silver, or

5-metals (panch dhatu)

8-metals (Ashta Dhatu)

Possible Benefits

Jyotisha viewpoint = blue sapphire strengthens Shani's gifts of lawfulness, reliability, neutrality and maturity.

Because psycho-emotional conditions form the precursor to physical conditions, on the material plane the Shani-ratna may help to alleviate some discomforts related to lack of movement:

  • bones, ligaments, especially knees - ankles

  • constriction of all kinds, constipation

  • age, fear, overwork

  • coldness, restricted blood circulation

  • dryness, brittleness

  • resistance to movement, stuckness, stiffness

  • vayu-related disorders of"spaciness "and anxiety caused by fear


Blue sapphire is an excellent companion to Vrishabha lagna and Thula lagna nativities.

Not recommended for Karkata lagna or Simha lagna!

General advice regarding Jyotisha Remedial Gemstones

when the gem has no effect, Seva will help

For all remedial gemstones, be sure to cleanse the stone energetically with extreme attention to proper mantra.

Flawless gems are expensive and hard to find.

Use only a reputable and properly trained Jyotisha gemologist.

It might be easiest to start with single gem and combine them as your Vimshottari Dasha and your finances allow.

Corundum is a crystalline form of aluminium oxide (Al2O3) with traces of iron, titanium and chromium

  • white sapphire = white corundum

  • blue sapphire = blue corundum

  • ruby = red corundum

Natural Corundum colors include

  • Colorless, gray, brown; pink to blood-red, orange, yellow, green, blue to light-purple-blue, violet;

  • may be color zoned,"star-sapphire"asteriated

  • mainly grey and brown


Sanskrit Vocabulary for Shani Ratna


  • of a dark colour, (esp.) dark-blue or dark-green or black
  • dyed with indigo
  • the sapphire
  • the Indian fig-tree
  • A species of bird the blue or hill Maina
  • An ox or bull of a dark colour
  • One of the 9 Nidhis or divine treasures of Kubera
  • the mountain Nila or the blue mountain
  • the indigo plant (Indigofera Tinctoria)
  • A species of Boerhaviawith blue blossoms
  • black cumin
  • A black and blue mark on the skin
  • "blue-stone', a sapphire
  • blue stone, a sapphire


  • dark blue, deep black
  • dark-blue stone, a sapphire,
  • dark-blue like a jewel
  • black, dark-blue
  • Saturn
  • dear to Saturn, favorite of Saturn
QUOTATION from Dr. G.S. Kapoor. (1994). Gems and Astrology . Ranjan Publications, New Delhi. p. 117-118


the eight metals collectively, normally a mix of = gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, brass, iron, and steel

"Blue Sapphire is the gem stone ruled by Saturn. Blue Sapphire should be worn by the native of a birth chart in which Saturn rules auspicious houses.

If Saturn as ruler of an auspicious house is ill disposed or afflicted in any way in a birth chart, wearing of a Blue Sapphire will neutralise the evil effects of such disposition.

It is believed that Blue Sapphire gives very beneficial results but if it proves unsuitable it destroys the life of the native .

  • It has been experienced that some times a Blue Sapphire, which is suitable for a nativity, proves very harmful to the native . This is due to the fact that some stones are born unlucky.

  • Therefore, Blue Sapphire should always be worn after a trial and it should be got set in the ring only when it does not do any harm during the trial period.

  • A trial for about a week should be sufficient.

... Blue Sapphire should be got set in a ring of steel. (If that is not possible Ashta Dhatus hould be used.)

  • On a Saturday (or Friday)

  • and after observing the usual rituals and reciting the following mantra 108 times,

  • the ring should be worn in the middle finger of the right hand on a Saturday two hours before Sunset.

    • Aum sham shanaiascaraya namah

    The Blue Sapphire should be of at least 5 carats.

    Important: Ruby, Pearl, or Yellow Sapphire should never be worn along with Blue Sapphire."

According to Dr. G.S. Kapoor (1994, p 91)
  • " It is very important for all gem stones that before wearing them they should be kept immersed for sometime in unboiled milk or Ganges water.

  • Afterwards the stones should be worshipped with flowers and incense, and the Mantras of the planets should be recited 108 times."

Shani ratna mixed with other ratna Under certain circumstances in the nativity, Shani Ratna compatible with Chandra Ratna (moti, pearl) - only, of course, if both Chandra and Shani are mutually well-disposed in the nativity.

It is fine to mix Blue stones for Shani with White stones for Moon during the major period of Chandra for example if Shani rules the lagna or Shani is the dharma pati.

If it is determined to mix Shani-ratna with Chandra-ratna, be sure that the TONE of the Chandra-ratna is a blue tone. For example, purchase a bluish pearl not a yellowish pearl and not a reddish pearl. Chandra has no enemies.

Functioning as bhavapathi, Professor Shani and Professor Surya can hold only a 7/7 or a 6/8 relationship to each other.

Naturally, it is not recommended to mix the Ravi-ratna with the Shani-ratna, and do not mix the Mangala-ratna with the Shani-ratna, except in very special circumstances. The Jyotishi may have some exceptional reason to prescribe an unusual combination, but in general do not mix inimical graha.

It is not recommended to purchase a Blue Sapphire or any other gemstone until after one has become suitably educated about the stones and their traits.

It is easy to purchase fraudulent stones, but with a bit of care one can avoid the pitfalls of resin-filled, dyed, or heat-treated gemstones.

Additional education available at:

Q: om gurave namah

Dear Madamji,

I have exchange of houses between Shani and Moon. SJC peoples says that If I wear Pearl for Moon then it will give result of Saturn vice vers.

In my humble request to you,What is your opinion?

A: Namaste,

If the radical lagna = Thula, Mithuna, Makara, or Kumbha, and Chandra does not occupy Karkata or Simha, then the Shani-ratna becomes an auspicious jewel for the native and should be worn during Vimshottari periods of Shani and possibly for the entire lifetime (a lifetime gem prescription requires detailed analysis).

Similarly if the radical lagna = Mesha, Karkata, Vrischika, or Meena, and Chandra does not occupy Kumbha or Dhanushya then the Shani-ratna becomes an auspicious jewel for the native and should be worn during Vimshottari periods of Chandra and possibly for the entire lifetime (a lifetime gem prescription requires detailed analysis).

Even if Shani and Chandra enjoy a parivartamsha yoga, the decision whether or not to wear the Shani-ratna should be based on the status of the bhava which are ruled by Shani.

If Shani rules any of the auspicious bhava 1-4-5-9 and He is not the ruler of either 6th or 8th-from-Chandra . lagna, then Shani may be considered a beneficial influence in the nativity.

When Shani rules auspicious bhava, His qualities of lawfulness, sobriety, frugality, and orderly personal conduct may be cultivated. He may be worshipped on Saturdays, and His stones and colors may be worn in a mood of mature and respectful self-discipline.

Wishing you best success in Jyotisha studies,

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha

Q: hello,

I was wondering, in what metal should blue sapphire be put in?, like in a ring?, should it be silver or gold?

A : Namaste,

Silver, platinum, iron, or steel are all OK for Shani-ratna.

  • (Do not use yellow-orange-aura metals, such as gold-aurum, tin, copper, or bronze.)

I prefer sterling silver or platinum to set the blue sapphire. Dr. Kapoor prefers steel , and I like blue steel, as well as silver. Steel matches the energy of frugal, cold, pragmatic Shani, and it is affordable too.

If you are going to add other Jyotisha ratna to the blue sapphire at a later time, however, choose silver because within a silver setting a diamond or emerald can be added later.

Sincerely, BP Lama Jyotisha

Q: Subject: sky blue aquamarine

Dear Madamji,

Whether sky blue aquamarine will work as gem saturn?

A: Namaste,

Aquamarine is a beryl that is similar in structure to Emerald. Traditionally aquamarine is a less expensive uparatna assigned to Professor Budha . Although very beautiful, aquamarine is considered lower power alternative to the main Budha-ratna = emerald.

~~ BPL Jyotisha

Q: You have suggested the following gem stones

1. Flawless diamond

2. Blue Sapphire

3. Pure emerald

  • I am wondering if all the above stones could be set in one ring?

  • If so, whether there is any difference in choosing sterling silver or platinum?

  • Which finger do I wear the ring?

  • What day/time of the week do I wear the ring (Fri/Sat/Wed)?


Yes these three ratna = emerald + diamond + blue Sapphire = mutually compatible. They can be very effective interactively when the nativity can properly utilize all of them and all three gemstones are set together in silver or platinum.

  • A skillful jeweler should be able to set all three in one ring. Alternatively one ratna or all may be worn in a pendant to touch the anahata chakra. Some people (for example surgeons) need sterile or jewelry-free hands and for their lifestyles the pendant works better.


  • Platinum is more expensive but platinum is often more free of impurities if you can afford the extra cost. However if the silver is of best quality then platinum and silver are equal.


  • If you wanted to join the three ratna together, apply the 3-stone ring to your longest (Shani) finger on the right hand. Of the three stones, the largest should be the diamond for Shukra lord of Thula-Chandra who at zero degrees is in the most serious need of strengthening (and who can produce some of the nicest benefits when He is reinforced by diamond); second largest = blue sapphire for Makara lagna and smallest relatively should be the Emerald.

Day of the week:

  • normally of course, emerald s must be applied on budhavara Wednesday, but in your case if you join the 3 stones together it is OK to apply the 3-stone ring on a Saturday. My reasoning is that BOTH your Budha and your Shukra accept a strong 10th graha-drishti from a very dignified digbala Shani-7 therefore shanivara sambar Saturday the day of Shani will be good for application of all three stones in a common setting.
Q: I have a large diamond of excellent quality along with a large blue sapphire inherited from my grandmother. The mahadasha of my uttama-Shani is about to begin in my present lifetime.

I'm looking for the best way to wear both of these gemstones in a way that conducts their energy with optimum effect.

One ring? Two rings? One pendant? What is the best way to wear both ratna?

A: Namaste,

If the stones are large, it can be more comfortable to combine then in a pendant. However you have several choices if you prefer a ring. The two ratna can be combined in a single ring setting. Or, two rings can be crafted to wear on two fingers - right and left hands.

In my opinion, it is OK to wear Shani-ratna on the Shani digit of the left hand, although astrologers from ethnic cultures which have a left-hand taboo (India, Nepal, Burma, Pak.) will find the left hand inappropriate for a remedial jewel. I'm from a leftie-loving culture (USA) and in practice I find that all of the blue-toned gems (Shani, Shukra, Budha) work fine on the left side.

(However do keep the ratna for Guru, Mangala, Chandra, Surya, and Rahu-Ketu on the right hand, for sure.) OK one in ring, one in pendant. OK both together in pendant. OK both in same ring. IMO, it's OK to have hira on middle right finger and Neelamani (dark blue sapphire) on middle left finger, but this is controversial in some cultures. The pendant is effective and solves the finger problem, it's also a solution for people who can't wear rings at work such as physicians and cooks, or men who for cultural reasons (western) prefer the ratna to be hidden under clothes.


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