Yellow Sapphire also known as Pukhraj Gemstone (in Hindi) is considered as the birthstone for the Sagittarius sun sign (22 Nov-21 Dec). According to the Indian Astrology, Pukhraj gemstone is considered as the Rashi Ratna for Sagittarius and Pisces.
Sapphire is derived from the Greek word, sapphirus or sappheiros, meaning ‘blue stone’, whereas sapphires are usually found in bright hues of yellow. It is considered as a very precious gemstone with its prices varying to great extent has a lot of benefits for its wearer.
Effects and Benefits
Along with bringing status, wealth, prosperity and respect and creates auspicious timing for higher educational qualifications and specialization. Being the symbol of Jupiter, it is considered to be highly beneficial for people who are in the Education sector like, lecturers, scholars, teachers etc. It also cures many chronic diseases and helps in curing obesity and liver ailments. The major benefit of Pukhraj is to childless couples as it helps the women in conceiving children.
Price and Quality
Prices of Yellow Sapphire per carat depend upon its weight, quality and treatment. In India prices of Natural Yellow Sapphire varies from Rupees 1300 to Rupees 2,00,000 per carat and above. The cost of Yellow Sapphire also dpends on where it is bought. For example: the price of Ceylon Yellow Sapphire, per carat, in India is between rupees 16000 to rupees 26000, depending upon its quality. Most of the gemstone dealers sell heated and treated Yellow Sapphires and thus the value of the stone falls.
Basically the quality of the Yellow Sapphire depends upon its color, cut and clarity. But for the Astrological purposes its quality mainly depends upon its clarity than its color and cut, as the cut does not hold any ornamental or astrological significance.
Substitute and Availability
As for the substitution of the Yellow Sapphire, Yellow Topaz and Critine are mostly preferred, although substitutes have less effect in consideration of the primary stone they are still advised by the astrologers.
One must be very careful while purchasing the Yellow Sapphire as sealers usually sell synthetic or artificial stone. Before purchasing a Yellow Pukhraj or Yellow Sapphire, be sure to get a Certificate stating its authenticity from a reputed Lab. Ask the dealer to get the gemstone certified from the Lab of your choice.
Prefer buying the Pukhraj gemstone from a big organization as they would not sell artificial stones as it would harm their market image and also be sure of refund policy. Yellow Pukhraj is also available online but be sure of its quality, certification and price.
Procedure (How to Wear)
The most preferred metal for Yellow Sapphire is Gold, whereas the next preference of astrologers is Silver or Panchdhaatu.
Yellow Sapphire or Pukhraj Gemstone is usually worn in the index finger, the left handed people wear the Pukhraj in the Index finger f their left hand whereas the right handed people wear the Yellow Sapphire in the Index finger of the right hand. It is suggested by the astrologers to wear the Yellow Sapphire or Pukhraj gemstone on Thursday morning before 12 pm as it is called the Shukle Paksh or Waxing moon, the most suitable and fruitful time to wear Pukhraj.