"Navaratna" refers to the nine gems that represent the Sun, Moon, and a selection of planets. These nine stones are considered culturally important in much of Asia, regardless of the religion. Navaratna jewelry typically comes in necklaces, pendants, and rings, but we're particularly partial to the necklace below that belongs to my incredible mom. The arrangement of the stones is incredibly important, and you will always find a ruby in the middle to represent the Sun. Here are the stones and what they represent:
Ruby for the Sun (red hot)
Pearl for the Moon (makes sense)
Red coral for Mars (also makes sense)
Emerald for Mercury
Yellow sapphire for Jupiter
Diamond for Venus (hello! Women are from Venus and diamonds are a girl's best friend!)
Blue sapphire for Saturn
Hessonite for the ascending node of the Moon
Cat's eye for the descending node of the Moon.
Because the Sun is the center of our universe, the sun must be in the center of Navaratna jewelry. If the ruby is placed elsewhere, it would go against nature. In Hinduism, it is believed that there are nine influencers on a person's horoscope, which of course are the nine stars and planets listed above. Wearing these nine stones is said to bring balance, prosperity and well-being to the wearer.
The stones must be of good quality and flawless in order to be considered auspicious. One thing I love about Navaratna jewelry is that it is absolutely the center of attention in any outfit, and because of that it is easily wearable with American clothes, a little black dress, or whatever you can think of! Here's a look at a gorgeous Navaratna necklace made by Gem Palace that I can't wait to borrow from my mom one day! What are your thoughts on Navaratna jewelry? Comment below!