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Uparatnas: Alternative Gemstones for Jyotish & Vedic Astrology
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In addition to the nine main, astrological, Jyotish gemstones, Vedic gemology uses alternative gems as well (in Sanskrit Uparatnas), especially to substitute those main gems that are very costly in two or three carats sizes ( namely diamonds and rubies). It is found, however, that an alternative gem has a milder, astrological effect than the correspondent main gem. See The Nine Jyotish Gems page to know more about the main and alternative gems used in Jyotish gemology.

Important: Important: The following pictures are highly magnified (30X) and do not show the gems' real size.  Color and brilliance can greatly vary from computer to computer, depending on your monitor's settings. Color will also, naturally, vary from sunlight to indoor, incandescent light. Dark and lighter areas are effects from the digital camera. See description for accuracy on clarity grade, color and exact dimensions in mm.


Mesmerizing, diamond-like luster,  top finest white, untreated, Madagascan phenakite.

 


$110/ct           $1,214/gem

If you want a rare, completely natural gemstone, here is a most gorgeous, Madagascan phenakite, weighting 11.04 cts., top finest white (colorless), magnificently executed, "antique" cushion, mixed cut, and measuring 13.90 x 13.39 x 10.09mm, eye flawless, VVS1 from the Lanapera emerald deposits, Southern Madagascar. Usually phenakite are found in association with emerald pockets. A relatively included material, clean pieces of good size are always a rare occurrence. Here is a super gorgeous one, with finest cutting, clean clarity and marvelous eye appeal. Bad pic...see it in real life to understand what we mean.


Absolutely delightful, perfectly cut, top finest white, untreated, Madagascan phenakite.


 

$100/ct           $404/gem

The limitation of digital photography! Both of these two natural phenakites shows a lot of grays and dark areas in the pics. Rest assured..., these are top, finest white, colorless gemstones. This one weights 4.04 cts., again, completely colorless without tints, masterly executed, oval, "flower" cut, and measuring 11.22 x 8.68 x 7.28mm, eye flawless, VVS2 from the Lanapera emerald deposits, Southern Madagascar. Beautiful & lustrous, phenakite makes a great diamond alternative because of its naturalness without treatments, great hardness, (It is an 8 in the Mohs hardness scale). Clean pieces are always difficult to come by as it is a relatively included gemstone. This one is just great.


Emerald alternative. Truly beautiful, ideal pendant gem, well cut & flawless, untreated, Madagascan green tourmaline. Nice one.
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$120/ct                  $650/gem

A very beautiful, untreated & natural green tourmaline, weighting 5.42 cts., medium to medium-dark, bluish green to one end blending to yellowish green to the other end, well executed long emerald, "scissors" cut, and measuring 20.40 x 5.71 x 4.67mmn, flawless gem, IF-VVS1 from Anjanabonoina area, central highlands, Madagascar. A compelling green tourmaline with awesome color, flawless clarity and undeniable cool eye appeal. The cutter retained the long, natural crystal shape and faceted accordingly, producing an unique gemstone. Ideal for a one-of-a-kind pendant, perhaps spoused by trillion cut white sapphires on top and bottom...infinite possibilities here.


Emerald alternative. Very lovely, well cut & flawless, untreated, Madagascan green tourmaline.

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$90/ct                  $512/gem

This absolutely lovely, untreated & natural, green tourmaline hits the scale at 5.68 cts., deep, intense, "forest" green color, perfectly executed, emerald, "scissors" cut, measuring 10.00x9.03x6.70mm, eye flawless, IF-VVS1 in clarity, from Anjanabonoina area, central highlands, Madagascar. The trend in 2012 was a predicted spike of all untreated and unheated colored gemstones present & available on the international markets. Unheated green tourmalines were no exception. However, we are still be able to offer the available ones at great prices. Here is a beautiful one that is basically flawless, well cut and definitely auspicious.


Diamond alternative. Uniquely imposing, very pure & flawless, untreated Mexican damburite. And what a great cut.

 

$90/ct                   $315/gem

Well, we guarantee this damburite much, much nicer than pic. It weights 3.94 cts., top finest white (colorless...not as grayish pic might suugest0, masterly executed, round "flower" cut, measuring 10.68mm  in diameter by 6.40mm deep, flawless gem, IF-VVS1 from the the San Luis Potosi area, Charcas region, Mexico. This is an adorable, untreated gem that shows so much purity & luster, that this low price is simply a give away. When you will see it, you will agree. Round calibrated size, this will mount easily a 11mm round setting.


Emerald alternative.  Pleasing, very well cut & clean, untreated, Madagascan green tourmaline.

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$80/ct                    $310/gem   

A compelling, completely untreated, natural, green tourmaline, weighting 3.88 cts., deep, intense, "forest" green color, masterly executed, emerald, "scissors" cut, measuring 8.82x8.71x5.68mm, eye flawless, IF-VVS1 from Anjanabonoina area, central highlands, Madagascar. If you are on a budget, and needing a Mercury gemstone, this green tourmaline is the perfect choice. Flawless, well cut & completely natural, with untreated color, it is also calibrated for easy setting. Old stock offered at cost.


Ruby alternative. Adorable, auspicious & super clean, untreated, new find, Orissa rhodolite garnet.
 

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$100/ct               $397/gem

A delightful, completely natural with no treatments, rhodolite garnet, this one weighting 3.97 cts., medium-dark, saturated, ox-blood red color with strong purplish tones, masterly executed, oval, mixed cut, and measuring  10.79x8.27x5.87mm, flawless gem, IF-VVS1 from a new 2012 find, Orissa state, India. Cannot afford a natural, unheated ruby? Well, this purplish blood red rhodolite is the perfect alternative. Beautiful, powerful, flawless & well cut. While there are cheaper qualities out there, and even for more money, we are the source for beautiful, well cut & clean,  natural, untreated gemstones for Vedic & Jyotish astrology. Buy with confidence.


Emerald alternative. Imposing, the very best color, very well cut & clean, untreated, Pakistani peridot. 


 

$160/ct                $877/gem

Wow, what a color! Much nicer than the pic. This superb, untreated peridot weights 5.48 cts.,  medium to medium-dark, vivid, intense "apple" green color, superbly executed in an "antique", rectangular cushion shape, measuring 11.88x8.48x6.60mm, eye flawless, VVS2 from the Suppatt region, Pakistan. Absolutely ravishing Pakistani peridot of fine color. Cut marvelously in an "antique" rectangular cushion shape, great size & clean, this is a perfect astrological alternative to the emerald. Definitely auspicious, & visually stunning.


Emerald alternative. Mesmerizing, clean & well cut, awesome color, untreated Pakistani peridot. The best available.

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$170/ct                 $876/gem

Absolutely ravishing peridot! The very best in a 5 cts. stone. This top class Pakistani peridot weights 5.15 cts., medium to medium-dark, vivid, intense "apple" green color, masterly executed, oval, mixed cut, and measuring 13.18x9.41x6.36mm, eye flawless, VVS1 from the Suppatt region, Pakistan. While in Sri Lanka the past November, we bought a nice parcel of super vivid green Pakistani peridot. We even re-cut to perfection few pieces. This is as good as it gets, color wise and cutting wise. A very gorgeous & auspicious gem indeed.


Diamond alternative. Incredibly lustrous, flawless, superb size, untreated, crystal clear, Mexican damburite. Rare nowadays.

 

$110/ct             $1,057/gem

A crystal-clear and immensely spell-binding, untreated damburite, this one weighting a whopping 9.61 cts., top finest white (colorless), perfectly executed, oval "flower" cut, and measuring 14.82x12.13x8.94mm, flawless gem, IF-VVS1 from the San Luis Potosi area, Charcas region, Mexico. Damburite is an untreated gemstones that vary from colorless to light yellow to light pink. It is very brilliant when clean, and makes a sparkling & delightful jewel. Of course, big size & clean pieces are seldom available. Get this one if you want an one-of-a-kind gemstone that will mount stupendous.


Ruby alternative. Delightful, well cut, untreated, Orissa rhodolite garnet. One-of-a-kind.
 




$100/ct                $610/gem

A most auspicious, untreated, Orissa rhodolite garnet, weighting a great 6.10 cts., fine "blood red" color, very slightly purplish in undertone, masterly executed, "antique" cushion, mixed cut, & fashioned for large appearance,  measuring 11.83x10.08x5.75mm, flawless gem, IF-VVS1 from a new discovery in the Orissa state, India. We picked the 4 most flawless & well cut rhodolite garnets from a Tamil Indian dealer in Beruwela the last November. As per his words, the 1 to 2 cts. stones produced in this new mine, have a color so intense, they put some rubies or spinels to shy off. Here is a great specimen of great size & superb flawlessness.


Ruby alternative. Imposing, rare huge size, untreated, Orissa rhodolite garnet. One-of-a-kind.
 



$108/ct            $1,029/gem

An absolutely gorgeous, untreated, Orissa rhodolite garnet, weighting a conspicuous 9.53 cts., fine "blood red" color, very slightly purplish in undertone, masterly & perfectly executed, emerald, mixed cut, and measuring 12.17x10.33x8.20mm, superbly flawless, IF-VVS1 from a new 2012 find, Orissa state, India. Very positive & uplifting energy to be perceived in this auspicious, untreated rhodolite garnet. Rare flawless clarity, perfect cut with no windowing and a great size for an unique talisman. And priced at wholesale.  For the discerning person.


Ruby alternative. Ravishing, auspicious shape & perfect cut, untreated, Orissa rhodolite garnet. Perfect gem.
 

 


$110/ct                $536/gem

A very beautiful, untreated, red rhodolite garnet, weighting 4.87 cts., very fine "blood red" color, with a very slight purplish undertone, masterly executed, round, mixed cut, and measuring 10.32mm in diameter by 6.23mm deep, flawless gem, IF-VVS1 from a new 2012 find, Orissa state, India. A gorgeous stone indeed, emanating a ruby-like presence, this is possibly one of the most beautiful rhodolite garnets ever offered. An auspicious ruby alternative at a great price.


Diamond alternative. Spell-binding, incredibly lustrous, huge size, untreated/unheated Cambodian white zircon.

 

 

$100/ct            $1,374/gem

One of the most beautiful, untreated white zircon ever offered by our company. Superb & rare size, this stone hits the scale at 13.74 cts., top finest white (comparable to a D color diamond, superbly & perfectly executed, cushion, mixed cut, measuring 13.35x10.32x9.07mm, loupe flawless, IF-VVS1 from Cambodia. Amazing, completely natural, no treatments whatsoever, colorless white zircon. Very well cut & flawless, the brilliance that it delivers, is out of this world. Add high "fire" (similar to that of a diamond), and what you have here is a truly magnificent crystal clear gemstone, destined to amaze you forever.


Diamond alternative. Absolutely captivating, flawless, charming shape, untreated damburite. Super sparkling.

 



$100/ct                 $496/gem

Another great, natural, untreated damburite, this one weighting 4.96 cts., oval, checkerboard, flower cut, top, finest white (colorless), measuring 12.20x8.9x7.70mm, flawless gem, IF-VVs1 from the San Luis Potosi area, Charcas region, Mexico. What a lovely cut, with a rarely done, checkerboard top, and a "flower" pavilion that deliver outstanding scintillation & luster. And flawless in clarity, this is a superior, alternative gem for Venus for very little money. See it in person to be captivated instantly. Beautiful one...well auspicious.


Ruby alternative. One-of-a-kind, spell-binding, masterly shaped, untreated, Orissa rhodolite garnet. Beautiful.


 

 

$110/ct                $477/gem  

I love this one. A most perfect, untreated, rhodolite garnet, weighting 4.34 cts., fine, "blood" red color, v.slightly purplish in undertone, masterly executed in an slightly elongated, "fancy" cushion cut, and measuring 11.79x7.49x5.70mm, eye flawless, VVS1 from a new 2012 find, Orissa state, India. You will not be disappointed by this beautiful rhodolite. Great & unique cut, and the clarity is basically flawless. Simply beautiful, & a definitely auspicious ruby alternative. A real beauty!


Ruby alternative. Rare, clean, surely auspicious, great size, untreated Tanzanian orange-red spinel. No reserve.

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$500/ct              $1,250/gem

What a beauty. A most gorgeous red spinel, weighting 2.50 cts., medium-dark, fine orangey-red color,  masterly & perfectly executed, "antique" cushion, mixed cut, and measuring 8.90x7.22x4.86mm (Re-cut from a 2.94 cts. weight, retained same outer perimeter with a 5.20 original depth). Carrying a gemstone memo from the National Gem & Jewellery Authority of Sri Lanka. This has found a new home right away. Great price for a red variety that is gaining popularity and have seen prices skyrocketing as well. Great, great price for the quality.


Diamond alternative. Incredibly lustrous, conspicuous size, rare flawless, untreated damburite. A marvel of a gem.


 

$120/ct              $1,040/gem

A superbly brilliant, untreated, natural damburite weighting a whopping 8.67 cts., top, finest white (colorless), masterly executed, oval, "flower" cut, and measuring a calibrated 14x12mm by 8.7mm deep, flawless gem, IF-VVS1 from the San Luis Potosi area, Charcas region, Mexico. Damburite is a very brilliant gem that is completely natural, without any treatment. When cut properly, it produces stunning results and it is often mistaken for a sapphire, such is the intensity of light and luster. This one is not only a size extremely difficult to get, cut to perfection and flawless. A most definitely auspicious gem to uplift Venus.


Ruby alternative. One-of-a-kind, rhodolite garnets set. Very low price.

 



$220/set

Super gorgeous and unique.  Here is a set of top rhodolite garnets, 4 stones, 3.96 ct. total weight, top, deep, intense purple-red color, three princess, graduating from 5.7 to 5mm and one trillion cut 5mm,  the colors also graduate a bit from darker to a bit lighter..., flawless gems, VVS type 2 from East Africa. This set is truly amazing and one-of-a-kind, with a total length of approx. 24mm. Ideally, it will need to be set as the "arrow" pendant design pictured. To match in color and size this quality is very, very hard., and this astrological alternative to the ruby is a fantastic, unique and unrepeatable deal!


Emerald alternative. Alluringly sensuous, finely cut, untreated, Pakistani peridot. Very auspicious!

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$140/ct                    $848/ct

We have been very lucky to purchase 4 gorgeous Pakistani peridots at a great price. This peridot weights 6.06 cts., finest, medium-dark, intense, "lime" green color,  perfectly executed, pear shape, mixed cut, measuring 12.15x10.65x7.2mm, eye flawless VVS type2 from the Suppatt region, Pakistan. Truly a beautiful gem, with awesome shape and in all possessing a very mystical and magical energy. Also, finest clean clarity, always very rare in a gem of this size. Great wholesale value for a beautiful gem quality peridot.


Emerald alternative. Spiritually compelling, finest color, flawless, Pakistani peridot. Beautiful.
 

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$110/ct                   $588/gem

Effulgent Pakistani peridot weighting 5.35 cts., finest, medium-dark, intensely vivid, "lime" green color,  perfectly executed, trillion, mixed cut shape, measures 11.55x11.1mm, eye flawless, VVS type2 from the the Suppatt region, Pakistan. Well, alluring gem quality peridot with a most gorgeous shape. Everything is good here, great color, flawless clarity, mystical trillion shape, and of course a great 5+ cts. size. A true wholesale value for a gorgeous gem.

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Ruby alternative. "Holy Buddha", orange-red, Tanzanian garnet carving. Excellent details....unique.

 


$300/piece

Holy Buddha, red garnet carving, 8.25 ct., deep orange-red color, measuring 11.5x24.2mm, flawless piece from Tanzanian rough, East Africa. Carved in Thailand. The details of the Buddha figure are gorgeous. Finely carved. Gorgeous piece for a holy pendant. Our suggestion is to frame it  with a row of accents such as bright sapphire melees, surrounding the piece. Or set it alone, in a simple, bezel, gold frame, as an inexpensive, yet auspicious, "Sun" talisman.


Diamond alternative. Round "flower" cut, flawless, untreated Mexican damburite. Classically mystical.

 


$90/ct                           $340/gem

A pure, untreated damburite in the classical round shape. This beauty weights 3.78 ct., top white, colorless crystal, comparable to a D color diamond, perfectly executed, round, flower cut, measuring 9.53mm in diameter by 7.18mm deep, flawless gem, IF-VVS from the Charcas region, Mexico. All of our damburites are flawless, with finest cutting and blasting brilliance. Do not settle for lower qualities. Guaranteed to amaze you forever!

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"Holy Buddha", Tanzanian garnet carving. Unique for an one-of-kind pendant.
 

 

 

$190/ piece

Holy Buddha, red garnet carving, 11.67 ct. deep orange-red color, measuring 13.2x17.7mm, flawless piece from East Africa. Carved in Thailand!  Gorgeous piece for a holy pendant. Our suggestion is to frame it with a row of accents such as bright sapphire melees, surrounding the piece! Or set it alone, in a simple, bezel, gold frame, as an inexpensive, yet auspicious, "Sun" talisman.


Emerald alternative. Enchanting, beautifully shaped, auspicious Burmese peridot. Hard-to-get.
 


 

$120/ct                   $457/gem

You have to see this one. When I saw it, I had already envisioned it into an one-of-a-kind pendant. A good 3.81 ct., medium, vividly intense, fine "lime" green color, excellent, "antique", elongated, cushion, mixed cut, measuring7.06x5.7mm, eye flawless, VVS1 type2 from the Pyaung Gaung mine, Burma.. A real beauty, in its slender cushion shape, this will make a perfect, ravishing Mercury pendant (of course with the length running vertically). Very lustrous gem and a real beauty!


Diamond alternative. Magnificently cut, flawless, amazingly one-of-a-kind, untreated Mexican damburite. A real mystical gem!
 


$110/ct                          $560/gem

A very rare and uniquely cut natural damburite, weighting 5.09 ct., top white, colorless, comparable to a D color diamond, perfectly executed, rectangular cushion, with concave pavilion ( a fairly uncommon, new gem design), measures 12.91x10.13x6.34mm, flawless gem, IF-VVS type2 from the Charcas region, Mexico. We have been lucky to get few more pieces in flawless clarity, but the future will be very uncertain. This one was cut in a gorgeous cushion , concave cut, which shows a very interesting and unique light return pattern. Truly  a mystical gem. Damburite is never treated.


Emerald alternative. Untreated peridot & white sapphire ensemble for pendant. No reserve.

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$700/set

Another great set. Arizona peridot, 2 squares of 7.1x7.1mm, total carat weight is 4.16 ct., medium dark, rich apple green, flawless from the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona. Six pieces of white sapphires, 4mm princess cut, all matching all flawless, for a total weight of 2.62 ct. could be set as seen in the picture. Don't you think it will make a fantastic, unique Mercury pendant? Do not delay on this one! Thank you D. The design is coming out just beautiful.....you will love it.


Emerald alternative. Sparkling, awesome shape, flawless, Burmese peridot. Gorgeous Jyotish gem.



 

$100/ct                          $297/gem

Wow, a really gorgeous peridot, weighting 2.97 ct., medium, bright, "lime" green color, excellent, "antique" square cushion, mixed cut, measures 8.5x8.5x5.75mm, flawless gem, VVS type2 from from the Pyaung Gaung mine, Burma. A most gorgeously & perfectly shaped peridot with perfect, flawless clarity that translate in a lustrous and very pleasing result. A feast to the eye, & surely your spirit will benefit too. Offered at a very, very low price.


Yellow sapphire alternative. Simply adorable, perfectly cut, rare African scapolite. Below wholesale.

 



$51/ct                 $300/gem

Here is something that can substitute affordably a yellow sapphire. Untreated & unheated yellow scapolite, weighting 5.88 ct., medium, golden color, masterly executed, trillion, mixed cut, and measuring 13.4x13.2mm, flawless gem, IF-VVS1 type1 from East Africa. Huge size, the cutting is so perfect and the brilliance and vibrational energy are fantastic. Super buy for a flawless gem. Pendant setting recommended because of fair hardness of this gem variety.


Emerald alternative. One-of-a-kind, awesomely cut, untreated, Brazilian green tourmaline. Flawless.



 

$90/ct                      $595/gem

A ravishing, unheated green tourmaline, 6.61 ct., medium dark, "steely" green color, very well executed, square step cut, and measuring 9.7x9.9x8.0mm, flawless gem from the Belo Horizonte area, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Right now, prices for green tourmalines (and in every color as well) is extremely high. All this due to the high popularity this gem variety has gained the past decade & the good hardness exhibiting, that makes it an every-day, very wearable gemstone. This beautiful specimen is totally under priced and a true wholesale value.


Ruby alternative. One-of-a-kind, rhodolite garnets set. Very low price.

 

 

$170/set

Beautiful and unique.  Here is a set of rhodolite garnets, 4 stones, 2.99 ct. total weight, intense pink color, three princess, graduating from 5 to 4.6mm and one trillion cut, 5.5mm,  flawless gems from East Africa. This set is very eye pleasing and one-of-a-kind, with a total length of approx. 21mm. Ideally, it will need to be set as the "arrow" pendant design, as pictured. To match in color and size this quality is very hard., and this astrological, milder alternative to the ruby is an unrepeatable deal!


Emerald alternative. Mystic, round shape, flawless, Burmese peridot.
 


 


$100/ct                     $260/gem

This awesome, untreated peridot weights 2.60 ct., medium, yellowish green color, excellent, round, step cut, measuring 9mm in diameter by 5.62mm deep, flawless, VVS type2 from the Pyaung Gaung mine, Burma. Of course, round stones are considered the quintessence of  perfection and eye appeal. This one is the classic example of a top clarity peridot in that ideal round shape and eye appeal. Great stone.

 

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