Having existed in India for at least 2,000 years, Ayurveda (Sanskrit, “science of life”) is one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine. A holistic tradition that integrates massage, exercise, diet and meditation, Ayurveda accords a special role to gemstones. According to ancient texts, the light of the Creator is transmitted to Earth by the planets; gemstones collect and then radiate this energy. If a person’s well-being is affected by in harmonious influences, an ayurveda healer can identify which planet is responsible and prescribe the appropriate gem to wear in order to correct the disruption.
The list below shows for each ayurvedic planet, the aspects that it represents and the principal gemstone associated with it.
Planet and gemstone correspondences
Sun (male aspects, vitality, success) – ruby
Moon (feminine aspects, peace of mind, comfort, well-being) – pearl
Mercury (education, intelligence, speech, humour) – emerald
Venus (love, beauty, art) – diamond
Mars (courage, confidence, physical strength) – coral
Jupiter (philosophy, spiritual growth, wealth, learning) – yellow sapphire
Saturn (fame, longevity, sincerity, justice) – blue sapphire
Rahu, the ascending node of the moon (restlessness, worldly success, force, selfishness) – zircon
Ketu, the descending node of the moon ( passivity, spirituality, non-attachment, selflessness) – cat’s eye chrysoberyl