Much has been written or suggested regarding recommendations of astrological birth stones and such birth stone recommendations are often printed in the back pages of yearly calendars. In 1912, many of the traditional gemstones used as birth stones were substituted for more commercially viable stones by the American National Jewelers Retail Association to suit their own commercial needs. If you are taking recommendations for your own birth stone from such a source, then you are being deceived and led astray.
Histories, tales, Biblical events and Vedic scriptures all enumerate the usage and value of gemstones. In old accounts, entire robes worn by kings were said to be covered with brilliant stones. The Turks attached amber to the tips of their pipes to prevent infection when smoking. The Greeks believed that to drink wine from an amethyst goblet would prevent intoxication.
Stones must be cleaned regularly (once a week) so that their power, purity, strength and vibration is not impeded. Stones will absorb your negative energies which is part of their function. And that will reduce their potency or cause them to stop vibrating altogether.
Nava-ratna or Nava-mani refers to the nine gemstones related to the nine planets used in Vedic Astrology. These nine planets are Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. Nava means ‘nine’ and ratna or mani means ‘gem’ in the Sanskrit language. .