Gomed Stone (Hessonite Garnet)
Gomed stone is also known as Hessonite Garnet. It is associated with the planet Rahu; this is why it is also called Rahu ratna. It comes in a yellowish-reddish to deep brown colour. Gomed helps to keep us away from the harmful effects of Rahu and helps us cope with the negative energies around us.
Physical properties and chemical composition
The chemical composition of gomed is calcium aluminium silicate (CA3 AI2), and its hardness is 7 on the Mohs scale. The specific gravity (S.G.) ranges between 3.40 and 3.78, and the refractive index (R.I.) lies between 1.73 to 1.76.
Origin place or source country
Hessonite garnet or gomed stone mainly comes from Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar (Burma), and Madagascar. These countries are commercial producers, while Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Kenya are other parts of the world where this ratna is mined. It belongs to the grossularite garnet group. Garnet comes in wide varieties, from its chemical composition to its color.
Synthetic, duplicates, or copy
Synthetic hessonite garnet, spessartite, malaya garnet, yellow beryl, natural zircon, topaz, synthetic glass, etc.
Buying guide – How to value?
It is mostly honey-yellow to brown-red. It is also known as “Cinnamon stone” because of its color and primary origin in Sri Lanka (land of spices). It sometimes also occurs in pink. A substantial increase in the popularity of different shades of garnets has been seen in recent times.
Like its color, inclusion is another vital quality factor for Gomed Stone. When seen under magnified vision, it becomes less transparent, which helps in distinguishing it from Gemstones of the same color. It has inclusions that look like scattered islands or flat bubbles. Inclusion affects the Price much.
It is a relatively firm stone. Generally, these are cut in cabochon.
Its price ranges from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2500 per carat and above. It depends on size, shape, durability, color, and other properties. Demantoid and Tsavorite are the two most expensive garnets. The price per carat increases significantly as the size becomes larger.
Use for which rashi / zodiac?
It is associated with Rahu. Rahu is the shadow planet, not a part of the solar system but having a malign aura. It has highly destructive powers and holds great significance in astrology.
People over the age of 25 can use this. As it is associated with Rahu, wear it only in specific conditions of the horoscope. So consult an astrologer before wearing it, as Rahu is malefic and disruptive.
Benefits / effects
1. Healing Power
This has excellent therapeutic qualities. It is beneficial for healing cancer, boils, leprosy, asthma, and blood pressure. One can overcome mental disorders, anxiety, and depression by wearing the gomed stone. It also provides calmness and mental clarity.
2. Karmic Benefits
Wearing this ratna helps get rid of the wheel of Karmic desires. By achieving this state, one gets ahead on the spiritual path. People have been using garnet for spiritual purposes since ancient times. It is one of the most potent spiritual gems.
3. Concentration and Focus
It helps with concentration, focus, and goal-setting by providing clear guidance. People who conduct research can benefit from gomed stone.People in the IT sector, politics, the government sector, lawyers, and scientists also benefit from its power. Public speakers wear it to win over crowds.
4. It protects against negativity.
A person wearing them cannot be affected by black magic or negativity. It helps to fight enemies and get victorious. The gomed stone calms the wearer’s fears and aids in the resolution of problems and disputes. It has the power to turn enemies into friends.
How to wear?
Weight – 1/10th of the body weight in carats
Colour – Medium to dark red is preferred
Metal – Silver Ring
Finger – As suggested by an astrologer
Day & Time – Saturday Early Morning
Chanting Mantra – Om Rang Rahave Namaha (108 times)
Identification Tips / how to check?
1. Color Test.
Suppose you have two Ratna, with one being real. How would you differentiate?
Some people have difficulty distinguishing between the two. So if you want to differentiate between Ruby and Gomed stone, closely observe them and look for colors. Suppose you are getting an orangish or earthy tone in this. In that case, it’s a Gomed where Ruby shows a brilliant red hue with bluish or purplish secondary shades.
2. Impurities Test.
We can distinguish natural gomed by looking at their clarity. The greater the symmetry of natural Gomed stone, the more valuable it is. Natural Gomed jewelry with superb clarity is extremely rare.
3. Reflection Test.
One can clearly distinguish between a real one and a fake one by seeing its reflection. Place this near your eyes and closely observe; look inside this with light coming from a remote source. It will probably be authentic if the light is reflected inside the stone. Also, look through the axis of the stone in some way; you’ll see a rainbow pattern inside if it’s natural. If you do not see any reflection, then this is a fake one.
4. Boil Test.
Put your Ratna in boiling water. If they have no effect on boiling water, they are real ones. Natural Ratna is challenging and very unlikely to be destroyed by heating. The fake stone will melt down quickly.
Heat wave effect, transparent rounded crystals, fluid inclusions, etc.
Distinct Hessonite garnets with varied chemical compositions may have different magnetic susceptibilities. Consider the Spessartine and Tsavorite Garnets, which are the most and least magnetic.