Blue Sapphire (Neelam)
Blue Sapphire is also known as Neelam. It is a naturally occurring gemstone usually found in igneous rocks and in alluvial deposits. Its quality can be determined by its cuts and transparency. Blue sapphire is a precious gemstone related to the family of corundum. According to Vedic astrology, The Blue Sapphire gemstone is related to the planet Saturn.
Mining area: Srilanka (Ceylon, Burma, Thailand)
Associated planet: Blue sapphire is associated with the planet Saturn.
Birth Stone: September.
Benefits of wearing Blue sapphire:
~ Blue sapphire relates to the planet Saturn, therefore, blessed the wearer with mental clarity, clears confusion, improves focus and concentration and blesses the wearer with correct decision-making ability.
~ Blue sapphire helps in removing negativity and blessed the wearer with health, wealth, good luck, fortune, promotion etc.
~ Blue Sapphire or Neelam is the fastest acting gemstone as it protects from enemies, jealousy etc.
~ Blue sapphire blessed the wearer with multiple sources of income and gives the direction of work.
Facts about Blue Sapphire
The dazzling blue sapphire possesses incredible power that can turn a pauper into a king or a king into a pauper as it influences its representative planet – Saturn, the karmic planet that rules our fate. This beautiful blue stone is assigned as a birthstone to those born in September and can be also worn by zodiac signs Capricorn and Aquarius.
What are the properties of Blue sapphire?
Colour: Blue, Strongly Greenish Blue, Violet Blue
Hardness: 9 (in Mohs Scale)
Nature of solid: Trigonal Crystal
Refractive Index: 1.760 – 1.779
Birefringence: 0.008 to 1.00
Specific Gravity: 3.99 - 4.0
What is the most desirable colour of Blue Sapphire?
The colour of Neelam varies from velvety blue to blue with a tint of violet. The colour zoning in this blue stone plays a role to determine the exact colour of the gemstone. The most desirable colour of Neelam is velvety blue with a milky appearance. There may be inclusions in these gemstones. However, a gem quality Neelam is expected to be free of any inclusion.
From which origins can you get Blue Sapphire?
The blue sapphire stone has abundant sources in different parts of the world. India is said to be one of the biggest wholesalers of this blue gemstone as the Kashmiri Blue sapphire is the finest quality gemstone in the whole world. There are some more origins of Neelam in Salem district in south India. Sri Lanka serves as another important source of Neelam with main locations like Ratanpur, Rakbaana and Gaunda from where the fine quality of this gemstone has been excavated over the years. Russia and Burma are some other popular origins of blue sapphire stone. Some dark coloured fine quality of Neelam has also been excavated from the mines of Queensland and New South in Australia.
What is the price of a Neelam stone?
The price of blue sapphire depends on a number of factors like color, cut, quality, weight, origin, clarity and treatments. A natural rich velvety blue sapphire free of inclusion renders a high value in the market of gemstone. Certain factors like inclusion, tint of violet, color zoning can lower the price of the Neelam stone.
A multi-faceted or fancy cut of Neelam bears a higher charge that the normal round, oval or rectangular cut.
A natural Blue sapphire stone is of higher value than a synthetic one that has undergone a lot of chemical treatment.
Natural Blue Sapphire price per carat in India ranges from 2000 INR to 40000 INR or ($30 to $600 approx)
A fine quality Blue sapphire of Kashimiri origin has a higher value followed by Sri Lankan Neelam stone. The Neelam from other origins renders a lower price in the market like Thailand Blue Sapphire.
How should it be worn?
When it comes to adorning a powerful gemstone like Neelam, one should keep the following points in his mind.
The first and foremost thing that one should take care about Neelam is that while making the purchase one should buy a legit authentic Neelam stone. No matter whether the purchase is made online or offline, a synthetic Neelam can call for immense sorrows and bad luck. Hence one should take care that the Neelam he/she is going to adorn is a genuine one.
One should wear this gemstone on Saturday between 5 am to 6am, a Shukla Pakha during this hour can be more advantageous.
The Blue Sapphire stone should be embedded in Silver ring in such a way that the stone touches the body after wearing in order to transmit the positive energy of the stone.
Before adorning the Neelam on Saturday, it should be plunged in cow milk and the wearer should burn 11 incense sticks around the ring in a circle to expel any negative energy. During this procedure, the wearer should face the west direction as it is referred to as the direction of Saturn.
The closure of this procedure is done by chanting the Shani mantra 108 times before adorning the gemstone. The mantra is “ॐ शं शनिश्चराय नम:”
The last thing to do in this ritual is donating mustard oil, salt, soap, tea leaves and money at the base of Peepal Tree for achieving the best results of wearing this gemstone.
What are the benefits of wearing Neelam?
Neelam, the stone of Saturn is known for its instantaneous visible effect within the first month of adorning it.
It blesses the wearer with wealth and success which are visible within a short span after wearing a Neelam.
Adorning a blue sapphire clears all the mental blockage and brings mental clarity by eliminating all confusion improving the decision-making ability.
The healing powers of Neelam balances the Sahasrara chakra/crown chakra and provides the wearer with gift of good health.
The blue sapphire works as a protective stone and keeps the wearer away from the effect of evil eye and negativity in the surrounding environment.
The energies of this gemstone provide calmness and equanimity that soothes the senses and enhance the spirituality of the wearer.
The powers of the blue sapphire can blow away all the distraction and improve the focus and concentration of the wearer.
Its power can bless the wearer with name, fame and formidable reputation with an impeccable increase in his level of finances.
One is blessed with Benefic Saturn which can make native disciplined and enhance mental and moral courage, foresight and make him a higher order thinker. One will have good intuitive power after adorning a Neelam.
The impeccable Power of blue sapphire can make or break the life of the wearer. Just like how a Neelam can take you to the peaks of your life, a Neelam if worn wrongly can destroy your life forever. Hence, one should analyze if a blue sapphire is recommended in his birth cart before wearing it. Another important thing that should be taken care of is that while making the purchase of the gemstone, be it through an online site or from a trusted local jeweler, one should make sure that the blue sapphire he/she is buying is a genuine and authentic one. Since the power of a Neelam stone is immense, one should be very sure before adorning it.