Blue Sapphire - (Neelam/नीलम)

Blue Sapphire, commonly known as Neelam/नीलम in Hindi, is a blue colored precious astrological gemstone associated with Saturn (shani) planet. Blue Sapphire (Neelam) is considered as the most powerful stone and helps gain sharpness of the mind and self-confidence, prosperity in business and wealth.

Blue Sapphire - (Neelam/नीलम)

Can I wear Blue Sapphire?

Blue Sapphire, being the birthstone for Virgo and the rashi ratna for Capricorn (Makar) and Aquarius (Kumbh), it strengthens Saturn (Shani) and helps attain growth and wellness in life. Ascendants of Taurus, Libra, Gemini and Virgo can also wear the Blue Sapphire gemstone. Vedic astrology’s detailed analysis as per horoscope ascendance and birth chart are available here.

Procedure to Wear Blue Sapphire / Neelam?

Day-Time:- Blue Sapphire should be worn only and only on the middle finger of the working hand and it should be done only on Saturday at 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. 

Metal:- Platinum or silver should be the first choice of metal which should be used for a Blue Sapphire Ring or Pendant. According to astrologers, Gold should be avoided.

Weight:- Ideally, minimum weight of Neelam which should be worn is calculated according to your body weight. (15 – 18 kgs of body weight denotes 1 carat)

How to Wear:- After the ring or pendant is prepared in silver / Gold or platinum, the procedure to wear it, should be followed as below:-  
Place the ring in a metal bowl. Add gangaajal, raw cow milk, honey, tulsi leaves and ghee. Recite “Om Shan Shanishcharay Namah” (ऊँ शं शनैश्चराय नमः) and immediately remove the ring, clean it with water and wear it on the working hand middle finger.

The Blue Sapphire you own and are going to wear should have been gone through the Pran Pratishtha before sending to you and it includes East, North and North East facing Matt placed on an auspicious day and nakshatra for performing pooja. Grams placed on Black cloth and Gangaajal washed, Kumkum and Sandal applied gemstone placed on the thaal. After lighting an incense stick in front of the gemstone the mantra “Om Shan Shanicharaya Namah” (ऊँ शं शनैश्चराय नमः) is enchanted to create a live energy inside the stone. 

Blue Sapphire Benefits:-

  • It gives Names, Fame and a Formidable Reputation.
  • Build Confidence
  • Beneficial in Business & Trade
  • Health
  • Wealth & Good Luck
  • Removes Negativity

What will I gain by wearing Blue Sapphire?

  • As Saturn (shani) is known as the Lord of Justice (Nyaayadheesh) in Hindu mythology, Blue Sapphire is very beneficial for people who are lawyers, judges or hold important decision-making positions.
  • Blue Sapphire is extremely beneficial in business and trade. If worn, it will shower riches and prosperity in your life.
  • Blue Sapphire helps in extracting the maximum out of every situation, which helps in sending fortune and luck in your way.
  • People dealing with Oils, fuel, paint, iron, tools etc. receive the maximum astrological benefits of Blue sapphire.
  • It ensures the overall health and strength of the knees, legs and hair of its wearer.

Price of Blue Sapphire (per carat / per ratti)

  • Blue Sapphire price per carat depends upon Weight (carats/ratti), Treatments and Quality (Cut, Clarity and Color).
  • Natural Blue Sapphire price in India is between rupees 1,000 per carat to rupees 40,000 per carat and above.
  • While it is absolutely normal and acceptable, as per the current industry standards, to have some minor inclusions present in a natural gemstone. However, if these inclusions affect the clarity of the crystal then the astrological influence of the gemstone as well as the price gets reduced dramatically. 
  • Blue Sapphire stone prices per carat can be converted into Neelam stone price per Ratti by multiplying it by 0.9 (so, Rs 10,000/ct = Rs 9,000/ratti).

Blue Sapphire Quality:-

Mainly three things (3C’s) are considered while deciding quality of astrological Blue Sapphire namely Cut Colour and Clarity.

Cut:- Cut is normally misunderstood as the shape of the gemstone, but it actually refers to the faces on the gemstone's surface. These cuts allow the light and colour to pass through and shine to the fullest.

Colour:- Blue Sapphire comes in range of purple, violet & green color touch. The best chosen color for a perfect astrological Blue Sapphire is Bluish-Purple (Indraneelam).

Clarity:- “Eye Clean” Blue Sapphire is considered as a good choice which means the gemstone is completely clear to the naked eye. Natural gemstone can't be free of inclusions which mean crystal & feathers are typically discovered in Blue Sapphire. Only man made synthetic stones are flawless.

Blue Sapphire Stone Product Specifications:-

Blue Sapphire commonly known as Neelam is basically a corundum mineral species gemstone which comes in different colours such as Yellow, blue, red, purple, orange, and green. Colour variety in corundum is basically due to the presence of elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper or magnesium.

Blue Sapphire Product Properties:-

Content:- Aluminium oxide, Al2O3

Crystal System and Class:-  Hexagonal scalenohedral (3m) H-M symbol: (32/m)

Crystal Habit:- crystals, massive and granular

Hardness:- 9 on Moh’s scale

Specific Gravity:- 3.94 - 4.0 3

Refractive Index:- 1.768 - 1.772

Origin:- Srilanka, Thailand, Burma, Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, China, Columbia, India, Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam.


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1. Best place to buy Blue Sapphire?

Main points you should consider to finalize buying place.

Organization should have larger presence across the market. Small dealers will prefer to fool you by selling treated or synthetic Blue Sapphire at the price of a genuine one. Larger organizations care about the brand and avoid unethical practices.

Lab Certification:- Ensure that the certificate provided with the gemstone is from a government certified lab. The organization should also provide a certificate of a reputed lab of your choice (if required).

Catalogues:- Do check the catalogues available online on different websites to buy Blue Sapphire.

Refund Policy:- Read the refund policy (if any) carefully. Every authentic astrological gemstone purchase should have a refund policy.
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2. Best Blue Sapphire Origin for Astrological Purposes?

Commercial mining locations of Sapphire include Srilanka, Thailand, Burma, Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, China, Columbia, India, Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam. Currently Ceylon Srilanka originated Sapphire are considered as best astrological Neelam and they are called Ceylonese Blue Sapphire, but due to market expectancy the price of Srilankan Neelam has gone up substantially and thus the Thailand Sapphire, which are next to Ceylon Neelam in colour tone quality and price, are widely accepted and considered astrologically and look wise Neelam substitute. While buying Blue Sapphire online, make sure to get a lab report stating the origin and treatment (if any) of the gemstone as the gemstone shouldn’t get any treatment beyond slight heating of first degree, as severe treatments including dying and glass filling alters the basic astrological properties of Blue Sapphire.

3. Which Blue Sapphire Gemstone Should I Buy?

  • Ideally, minimum weight of Neelam which should be worn is calculated according to your body weight. (15 – 18 kgs of body weight denotes 1 carat)
  • Preferably it should be of high clarity with mid to deep Blue in color. 
  • It shouldn't be chemically treated. 
  • Ceylonese Blue Sapphire & Burma Blue Sapphire are considered to be the Best Blue Sapphire for Astrological purposes.

4. What is the Substitute for Blue Sapphire?

Any gemstone which is used as a substitute of Blue Sapphire is never as astrologically effective as a Blue Sapphire. Amethyst Gemstone is widely used as a substitute for Blue Sapphire gemstone.

5. What should I look before owning Blue Sapphire?

Points you should consider before buying Blue Sapphire.

  • In rare cases a clear and transparent stone can be real, even the top quality Blue Sapphire will have inclusions although it will be very less. If a stone is flawless, then it is synthetic.
  • Certificate of originality by a government lab or government certified lab
  • Complex shape with crispy edges: Blue Sapphire stands 9 on hardness scale holding third position after Diamond and Moissanite. If the gemstone is more than one carat then it can't have smooth edges.
  • Scratches on surfaces: As Blue Sapphire is 9 on hardness scale it can't be scratched with any other object. Should be clear any scratches you can check the purity by rubbing it on a hard surface.
  • X cut or scissors cut or ridges on facets: If you see an ‘x’ mark at the base of gemstone it is not real. Synthetic stones may also have grooves on facets.

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