Navaratna Jewellery is a balanced coming together of jewellery art and astrological beliefs. Conceived in the Vedic ages, ‘Navaratna’ means nine gems in Sanskrit. Thus, ornaments comprising of the nine gems of Navaratna comprise of the range of Navaratna jewellery, which includes intricately carved necklaces, rings, amulets and bangles. Believed to possess mystical powers that brings about good health, peace and prosperity to its wearer, the Navaratna jewellery forms a major cornerstone of the Indian cultural faith and heritage. The nine gems are diamond, ruby, emerald, coral, pearl, yellow sapphire, blue sapphire, hessonite and cat’s eye.
Each gem is believed to be symbolic of some mystic deity and believed to possess protective powers, similar to astrological rings. Ruby for the sun-god Surya, emerald for Buddha, pearl for the moon Chandra, yellow sapphire for Brihaspati or Jupiter, red coral for Mangal or Mars, diamond for Shukra or Venus, blue sapphire for Shani or Satan, hessonite for Rahu and cat’s eye for Ketu. An important mandate for Navaratna jewellery is the purity and nigh flawlessness of the gems used. In most Hindu cultures, these gems are purified through a religious ritual, a process called Suddhi, and then worn by the wearer. In history, often kings were found wearing Navaratna amulets and necklaces to protect themselves against evil and invite good karma into their lives.
In present days, jewellery artisans have been making exquisite ornaments, ranging from necklaces to statement rings on the basis of Navaratna jewellery. The designs are both traditional or chic, and fitted with an array of the navratan gems on a gold or silver base. Several brides of India have also incorporated Navaratna jewellery as part of their trousseau in honour of their religious beliefs while also enjoying their bridal aesthetics as well.