The Astral GemstonesOne Ratti = 120 mgOne Carat = 200 mgNatural Gemstones are found in the womb of the earth. Since time immemorial,Gemstones have been the valuable possessions of the rich and the kings. There aremany kinds of Gemstones found in nature. Some of them are precious stones, becauseof their rarity and subsequently their value. The others were categorized as thesemi-precious stones, because of their ample availability and subsequently theirprice. Each of these stones have their own quality and property, by way of colour,luster, clarity, and appearance.Here, I shall only describe the astrological Gemstones, their qualities,properties, appearance and merits. The value of these Gemstones will vary fromcountry to country, and it is generally difficult to fix a price for a particularGemstone, specially the precious ones. However, there is a general yardstick bywhich all the Gemstones are assessed and evaluated. They are the four C's. Namely
Colour, Cutting, Clarity, and Carat. A stone may generally be of some colour,
but the depth of the colour would make a difference. For example, an Amethyst isgenerally of a violet colour, but from some different mines, it may be of a deepviolet or purple colour. Then the cutting makes a difference. A Gemstone sparklesand reflects it's own light because of it's cutting. The cutting is called facets.These facets reflect the colours. Greater the facets, greater the reflection.Clarity means transparency. All Gemstones have some inherent inclusions and spots.Again, greater the clarity, higher the value. Lastly, the weight. All Gemstonesare measured in Carat weight. Therefore, bigger the Gemstone, bigger the bill!The quality of gems are graded on the basis of four qualities, known as the "fourC's." They are-1. Color2. Clarity3. Cut4. Carat (size)The foremost things to understand by gems are that they are graded on the basis oftheir rarity. What is best for a native may not be the top or rarest grade of agem. Hence the term "quality" does not necessarily mean that one gem is betterthan another.There are plenty of varieties found in a mineral deposit. So one of the firstthings to notice is the size variation. Conversely, simply being larger does notmean that it is better. For Purpose of astrological gems the most importantcriteria are as follows:Let us learn more about the 4 CsColorColors are described by three factors:Hue- (red, green, blue, etc.)Saturation- (strong or pastel, red or pink.)Tone- (light to dark.)Usually, stones with high values possess pure hues and strong rich colors. Withhigh value gems, subtle variations make a significant difference in price. It isnot possible for a layman to see the difference, but to the expert grader it isimportant. On moderate priced gems, color has less affect on value. It is theother factors of size; clarity and cutting that determine the gem's value.