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by Richard S. Brown, PG

Taoist Scholar Daniel P. Reid wrote the following…

“I just realised something about the three lines you put at the bottom of all your rings, your distinctive logo.

“In ancient Taoist iconography linked to the classic “Book of Change” (the I-Ching), there are eight symbols known as the “Eight Trigrams” (Ba Gua). They are enduring symbols of eight basic forces that form the planet, such as Heaven & Earth, Fire & Water, Mountain & Lake. The first and most powerful force is, of course, Heaven and is called Chian, and the trigram symbol for Heaven is three unbroken horizontal lines, exactly as on all your rings and in precisely the same proportions. If you look at the lines on the ring so they are horizontal, you are looking at the trigram called “Chian,” which is Heaven.

“This is remarkable and very auspicious for the person wearing the ring. I think a lot of people would be interested in this connection to ancient Taoist cosmology.”

By | January 29th, 2018|Categories: Gemology|Comments Off on AGT’s “CHIAN” (HEAVEN) TRADE MARK LINES

Blue Sapphire In the Legend of Devi Shakuntala

by Richard S. Brown, PG

Let’s examine Blue sapphires as described in ancient Sanskrit literatures. First we look at Sapphire in Vedic Legend

Blue Sapphire In the Legend of Devi Shakuntala

The ancient Sanskrit scriptures known as the Puranas contain a well-known story regarding the astral powers of blue sapphires.

One day, the great King Dushyanta was hunting in the forest when he met and instantly fell in love with a young girl named Shakuntala, who was the daughter of a powerful sage living as an ascetic yogi in the wilderness. Wishing to marry her, the King gave her a beautiful blue sapphire ring to mark their engagement, and he told her to come to his palace whenever she felt ready to marry.

One morning a few month later, as she stood by the river bank drawing water for her father, the sapphire ring slipped off her finger, fell into the river, and was promptly swallowed by a fish. When later she went to visit the King at his palace to consent to his proposal, the King did not recognize her, nor could he recall his promise of marriage. Deeply distressed, she returned sadly to her father’s hut in the forest.

A few months later, the fish which swallowed the ring was caught by a local fisherman, who found the precious sapphire inside its stomach. Thinking that this might be important, the fisherman took the ring to the King. The moment the King set eyes on the stone he immediately remembered Shakuntala and his proposal of marriage to her. He sent for her, and soon they were married and lived a long happy life together, thanks to the precious gem which consummated their destiny.

Now we look at Sapphire in Vedic Gemology

Blue Sapphire In the Vedic Literature Sri Garuda Purana

Summary translation from Sanskrit

The eyes of the great demon Vala were colored and shaped like the blossom petals of the blue lily flower. His eyes transformed into the seeds of blue sapphire gems and fell down on the sacred land of Sinhala (Sri Lanka) and the surrounding tropical areas of Southeast Asia. These sapphire seeds fell in such abundance that these lush and beautiful lands glowed with dazzling splendor.

The finest color of blue sapphire is compared to the blue mountain flowers which grow wild in Sri Lanka. These flowers are so sweet that they attract hoards of bumblebees and parrots eager to drink their nectar. blue sapphires of fine, evenly distributed color, free from flaws and cut to proper proportions for brilliancy are the most valuable.

When blue sapphires have a green or violet tint, are slightly grayish or darkish-blue, or are colored light-blue like the sky, they are of medium value.

Blue sapphires that are excessively dark, light, or uneven in color, possessing a pronounced grayish tone, internal inclusions, external blemishes, visible black spots or internal feathers, are of low quality. Sapphires lacking brilliance due to poor proportions are also less valuable.

Both ruby and blue sapphire are of the same mineral species, corundum, with only the coloring agent differing. Therefore the same methods of identification established for ruby also apply to blue sapphire.

Blue sapphires of all types should never be subjected to burning for improving their color and clarity, as misfortune will certainly befall anyone doing so.

Blue glass, lapis lazuli, blue spinel and other gems occasionally look like blue sapphires, but are easily detected by testing for hardness, specific gravity, and brightness.

The most rare and valuable of all blue sapphires is the maha-nila, which, when immersed in 100 times its own weight of milk, can tinge the milk blue.
Astrologically, fine blue sapphires are as powerful as excellent rubies, but monetarily they are valued at one-quarter the price of a ruby of equal quality. — Sri Garuda Puranam: Chap. 72

By | January 29th, 2018|Categories: Gemology|Comments Off on Blue Sapphire In the Legend of Devi Shakuntala

Gems & Rudraksha Puja Instructions

AGT’s simple version initiation ceremony before first wearing talismans.

The AGT certificate, which describes your numbered talisman, is either with the talisman or is coming by airmail, and it contains the essential mantra, day and time.

Here I will describe how to first wear it.

1. On the appointed day (Such as Sunday for Sun [ruby] or Monday for Moon [Pearl], and for any Rudraksha either Monday or Saturday. As specified in your certificate on page two.

2. Rinse the talisman in clean water (Ganga jala if available)

3. If the talisman includes a Rudraksha seed then rub Sandalwood oil (or another scented oil) on the

talisman (the seed will look shiny and remain fresh if you do this often)

4. Offer incense to God, in accordance with your tradition. (If you are an atheist then just follow the

following ceremony anyway (well, if it can’t help then it can’t hurt neither; but if it CAN help then that’s awesome).

5. Keep incense in holder

6. Hold the washed talisman in your right hand so it is being bathed in the rising smoke of the incense.

7. Recite “Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah!” – 10 times.

8. Recite specified mantra the suggested number of times. (For example, the mantra for Venus [Shukra]

is “Om shum shukraya namah!”—16 times. Or for any Rudraksha [Shiva], recite “Om namah shivaya namah Om!” – 10 times)

9. Begin wearing

OIL SEED: Apply scented oil (best is Sandalwood oil or Jasmine oil) on the Rudraksha once a week by rubbing on with your fingers – this will keep the seed fresh and shiny.

WASH TALISMAN: Wash in normal water with a toothbrush (not over the drain pipe, please).  Talismans are waterproof.

SILVER: By nature real silver will often tarnish – that is why silver polish is sold worldwide. So if the silver gets tarnished just use a little silver polish once a month with a soft cloth. You can also wash the talisman in water

RUDRAKSHA: Rudraksha seed is waterproof.

Om svastyastu!!!

By | December 9th, 2017|Categories: Gemology, Indology, Jyotisha, Vedanta|0 Comments

Why do gems have value?

 By Richard S Brown, PG

Why do gems have value? Why does any “thing” have value? If we analyze the factors we can see four factors at play, and with a 5th factor also coming into play as the case may be. These 5 value factors are:

  1. Beauty
  2. Rarity
  3. Durability
  4. Portability

And in some cases involving sacred objects an extra consideration would be…

5. Power

In progress…

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Gemology|Comments Off on Why do gems have value?


by Richard S Brown, PG

•Sun: Core self, central energies, relations to government 

•Moon: Emotions, overall nervous makeup, way of relating to life 

•Mars: Raw energy, aggression, lower side 

•Mercury: Intellect, communication ability, diplomatic nature 

•Jupiter: One’s higher knowledge, wisdom, relations with divine law/higher truths 

•Venus: One’s pleasures, refinement and grace in actions, beauty 

•Saturn: One’s obstacles, sorrows, great challenges 

•Rahu: One’s oddity, foreign elements, unexpected events 

•Ketu: One’s lack, separations, spirituality

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Jyotisha|Comments Off on MAIN MEANINGS OF 9 PLANETS IN JYOTISH

Benefics & Malefics by Lagna (Rising Sign)

By Richard S Brown, PG

By nature planets are benefic, viz., Moon, Mercury, Jupiter & Venus; while other planets are malefic, viz., Mars, Saturn, Rahu & Ketu; and Sun is mixed. But the same planets will also be either malefic or benefic for each person depending on their Lagna or Rising Sign.

Here are the guidelines for planetary Benefics by Lagna (Rising Sign)

*Aries Ascendant: Mars, Sun, Jupiter and Moon are functional benefic. Rahu, Ketu and Mercury are malefic.

*Taurus Ascendant: Saturn, Venus and Mercury are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Moon, Mars and Jupiter are malefic.

*Gemini Ascendant: Venus and Saturn are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Mars, Jupiter and Sun are malefic.

*Cancer Ascendant: Moon and Mars are benefic. Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury are malefic.

*Leo Ascendant: Sun, Mars and Jupiter are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Moon, Mercury and Venus are malefic.

*Virgo Ascendant: Venus and Mercury are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Moon, Mars and Jupiter are malefic.

*Libra Ascendant: Saturn, Venus and Mercury are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Sun, Jupiter and Mars are malefic.

*Scorpio Ascendant: Moon, Jupiter and Sun are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Mercury and Venus are malefic.

*Sagittarius Ascendant: Mars and Sun are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Mercury and Venus are malefic

*Capricorn Ascendant: Venus, Mercury and Saturn are benefic. Rahu, Ketu. Mars and Moon are malefic.

*Aquarius Ascendant: Venus and Saturn are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Moon, Mars and Jupiter are malefic.

*Pisces Ascendant: Moon and Mars are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Sun and Venus are malefic.

—Ideally one should seek to harness a planet that is both a functional benefic as well as a natural benefic.

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Jyotisha|Comments Off on Benefics & Malefics by Lagna (Rising Sign)

Puranic Quotes AGAINST very flawed gems

Compiled by Richard S Brown, PG

Ref. Sri Garuda Puranam 
by Paramahamsa Sri Suta Goswami

NATURAL RUBY: Sri Suta Goswami said, “A ruby, although genuine, should not be worn if it has strong color banding, excessive inclusions within like numerous internal cracks, a sandy appearance, a rough surface, or is dull and lusterless. Anyone using such a flawed ruby, even out of ignorance, will suffer from disease, or loss of fortune.” Chap. 70 

NATURAL PEARL: Sri Suta Goswami said, “A pearl of the auspicious quality should be white, translucent, round in shape, lustrous, and of good weight and size.” Chap. 69 

NATURAL YELLOW SAPPHIRE: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Yellow sapphires must be evenly colored, flawless and well shaped in order to be considered auspicious.” Chap. 74 

NATURAL HESSONITE (Karketana): Sri Suta Goswami said, “Hessonites which are flawed, lack luster, or white or bluish in color are considered inferior and inauspicious.” Chap. 75 

NATURAL EMERALD: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Emeralds considered inauspicious are blackish, devoid of luster, appearing dirty inside or dried and brittle. Anyone concerned with their own well-being should never purchase or wear any oiled, dyed, or treated emerald. Also, emeralds of mixed colors are strictly forbidden.” Chap. 71 

NATURAL DIAMOND: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Anyone wearing a seriously flowed or clouded diamond which refracts a reddish glimmer from defective facet edges, will surely be abandoned by the goddess of fortune. A diamond containing red spots will bring ruin.” Chap. 68/2  

NATURAL BLUE SAPPHIRE: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Blue sapphires and all other gems should never be subjected to burning for improving their color and clarity, as misfortune will certainly befall anyone doing so.” Chap. 72 

NATURAL RED CORAL: Sri Suta Goswami said, “A well polished, bright coral with rich, soothing dark-red colors and without flaws is considered very auspicious. It possesses power to increase the riches and wheat supplies of its wearer and also removes obstacles and dangers.” Chap. 80 

NATURAL RED GARNETS: Sri Suta Goswami said, “As with rubies, garnets colored like the petals of the red lotus are considered the rarest and most beautiful and possess the mystic virtue of increasing both the wealth and progeny of their owners.” Chap. 77 

NATURAL GREEN JADE: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Among all gems, fine quality jade has the greatest ability to remove negative karmic reactions.” Chap. 79 

NATURAL QUARTZ CRYSTAL: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Knowledgeable gemologists advise that flawed varieties that are included, fractured, or discolored should be completely avoided.” Chap. 76

NOTE: Although in Sri Garuda Purana, Sri Suta Goswami has said nothing about gem choosing methods nor planetary associations (except for alluding to gems for the Sun and Moon),  WHAT HE DOES REPEAT IS: “Clarity, quality, purity!!!” Over and over Sri Suta Goswami says to use top quality, flawless gems ONLY! As well as repeating that very flawed gems are actually considered to be harmful!

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Gemology, Indology|Comments Off on Puranic Quotes AGAINST very flawed gems

Syamantaka Ruby OR Shyamantaka Sapphire?

By Richard Shaw Brown

The following is my all-time favorite gemstone story. This legend is derived from the 10th Canto of the great Bhagavata Maha-purana : Book 10, Chapter VII. Over 5,000 years ago, at the end of the Dvarpara-yuga or the “Copper Age,” the 8th Incarnation of Lord Vishnu appeared on the Earth as Lord Krishna. During the latter part of His sojourn on this planet Krishna was involved in a misunderstanding over a wonderful ruby known as the Syamantaka gem.

There was a King named Satrajit who was a devotee of Surya, the Sun-god. After many years of worship King Satrajit was finally blessed by the Sun-god who gave him a fabulous ruby as a reward for his dedication. This ruby was named “Syamantaka” and it had the power to produce 1.5 tons (8 bhara) of gold daily for it’s owner. Such was the great brilliance of this gem that people mistook King Satrajit to be the Sun-god himself where ever he wore the jewel. One day Satrajit went to visit Lord Krishna on His island Kingdom of Dvaraka. Krishna, understanding Satrajit’s inflated ego and attachment, asked him to give the gem to the Yadu King Ugrasena. When Satrajit refused, Krishna relented and said nothing further about the matter. But the devoted denizens of Dvaraka were surprised and soon gossip spread throughout the Kingdom.

Later, the brother of Satrajit, Prasena, borrowed the gem and went boldly into the forest to hunt. Unknown to anyone, Prasena was killed by a great lion who was in turn killed by Jambavan, the King of Bears, who took the Syamantaka jewel into his cave and gave it to his child to play with. Soon the news of the gems disappearance turned into ugly rumors that perhaps Krishna was responsible for the theft. Sensing the people’s doubt, Lord Krishna ventured out to search for the gem accompanied by a large group of followers. Later they found the dead bodies of both Prasena and the lion. Finally they came to the cave of Jambavan and Krishna entered the cave alone, leaving his associates out side. Seeing Krishna and not knowing his true greatness, Jambavan engaged Him in mortal combat. After the fighting had continued unabated for over 14 days and nights Jambavan began losing strength while Krishna was still strong and getting stronger. At this point Jambavan realized Krishna’s true identity and offered Krishna the jewel and his daughter in apology.

When Krishna returned triumphantly to Dvaraka the truth became known and the Lord returned the Syamantaka gem to King Satrajit. The legend of the gem continues, but the most memorable part of the legend involves Lord Krishna.

Of course most devotees already know this story, but a mistake of spelling wrongly as “Shyamantaka” has led to the incorrect idea that Syamantaka was a blue sapphire (Saturn’s gem). Even Amar Chitra Katha comic books in India, as well as BBT artists make this mistake, and they spell as Shyamantaka and show the Sun God is giving a blue sapphire to Satrajit. This is completely incorrect. If anyone looks at the Sanskrit they will see it is not spelled Shyamantaka, the real spelling is “SYAMANTAKA” which means the Ruby (Sun’s gem) after which this story is named. The story also describes how the people mistook King Satrajit “as the Sungod” whenever he wore the gem, so it was surely not a blue sapphire (Saturn’s gem).

I hope this is clear and the misconception, mistaken spelling, and wrong depiction can be corrected.

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Gemology, Jyotisha|Comments Off on Syamantaka Ruby OR Shyamantaka Sapphire?
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