Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: How do I order a gemstone from your website?
A: Like most importers and wholesalers, we do the majority of our business on the telephone. We discuss selection and pricing with you, and then send gemstones out to you for your approval and purchase. Contact us for further details.
- Q: Can wearing a gemstone prescribed by a Vedic astrologer really effect my life?
A: Yes! Based on our experience (from our personal results as well as the testimonials of many hundreds of satisfied customers), a well-selected, properly described, Jyotish Quality gemstone can have a remarkable effect on one's life. See the Testimonials section of our website for unsolicited experiences written by our customers.
- Q: Can I see the gemstone before I buy it?
A: Absolutely. If you live in the United States, we can send you the gemstone(s) if you have a valid Visa, Mastercard, or Discover card. Typically, our customers are very pleased with the selection of gems we send and decide to purchase within one to two days. However, if you require more time, arrangements can be made.
- Q: Can I buy just from looking at the gemstone pictures?
A: Photographs just do not capture the essence of a gemstone's beauty, or accurately represent the color. For these reasons, we like to do this the "old fashioned" way. While you are welcome to purchase a gemstone just from looking at the photograph, please keep in mind if you live in the United States, we are happy to send you any gem(s) to see, touch, and experience before you are asked to purchase. Because our customers are buying gemstones for Vedic Astrological reasons, we encourage the see-it, touch-it, love-it approach to buying a Jyotish gemstone.
- Q: How much does this cost?
A: The cost of the gemstone will vary according to the type, size and quality of the gemstone recommended. In some cases, an Uparatna (secondary gemstone) can be used with excellent results if one is on a budget. Custom astrological jewelry settings can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,500, depending on the type of jewelry made and the metal used.
- Q: What kind of gemstone should I wear?
A: Usually the type of gemstone you should wear is recommended by your Vedic Astrologer. (Our expertise is in the selection, acquisition, and inventorying of "beautiful, sweet, sattvic, Jyotish Quality gemstones" at very attractive prices.) Once you know which Jyotish gemstone you have been prescribed, we can help you select the right gemstone for you.
The science of Vedic astrology (Jyotish) and the proper recommendation of gemstones for remedial effects is best done by an in-depth analysis of your astrological chart by an expert Jyotish astrologer. While there are some general rules for prescribing gemstones, we feel you are best served by getting an astrological gemstone recommendation by a master Jyotish astrologer. Upon request, we can provide you with a list of master Jyotish astrologers with whose work we are familiar with. Contact us for further information.
- Q: Is the quality of Jyotish gemstones important?
A: Our personal experience and research, plus feedback from hundreds of satisfied customers over the years tells us the quality of the astrological gemstone is very important. Over the past 34 years, Jay, our chief graduate gemologist and overseas buyer, has continually refined his personal buying tastes. Jay is known and respected around the world as one of the very best "intuitive" colored stone buyers. The qualities he considers critical for a "Jyotish Quality gemstone" are the color, clarity, cutting, and the "life" of the gemstone which Jay describes as the "sweet, sattvic" quality of the gem - the essence of the gem. (Click here for a more in-depth explanation of what makes a gemstone Jyotish Quality.)
- Q: I understand these gemstones are of a special quality, but am I paying a premium price as well?
A: No. Although these natural gems are quite rare and special, we are able to offer them to you at very competitive prices. In fact, we believe that for the quality of gemstones we sell for this purpose, our prices can not be beaten. Our position as long time, frequent, overseas buyer, purchasing directly from the source countries, has allowed us to hone in our buying skills and develop the valuable contacts that make this possible. Also, by buying at the source, then importing and distributing directly to you, we are able to sell at or near wholesale prices.
The reason jewelers usually sell gemstones for high prices is simply because of the number of middlemen the gems have to pass through before they reach the consumer: the importer, the manufacturer, the wholesale jewelry dealer, and the retail jeweler each add a mark-up that the consumer must pay. By buying through us, you are able to bypass these middlemen, and therefore these mark-ups as well.
- Q: Can I buy Jyotish Quality gemstones in a jewelry store?
A: The short answer is no. In our experience, the vast majority of jewelry stores do not have Jyotish Quality gemstones. We can make this statement because for years we have sold to jewelers throughout North America, and are quite familiar with jewelry markets in many other foreign countries as well. We estimate that fewer than two percent of finer jewelry stores have this quality gemstones in stock.
- Q: Do you sell ready-made jewelry?
We do not carry ready-made jewelry, instead, we have custom jewelry made for our clients. Each piece of Jyotish jewelry is created to accomodate the gemstone purchased, as well as the preferences of our customers- the type of jewelry they would like to wear, the size of it and the type of metal used. We work with our jewelers to have your custom astrological jewelry made according to Jyotish tradition - any design may be used, as long as the gemstone lightly touches the skin of the wearer. Click here to see photos of jewelry we have had custom made for our customers, as well as to learn more about the Jyotish jewelry-making process.