Maragatham Stone

Maragatham or Maragatha, another name for Emeralds, is a gemstone belonging to the mineral beryl family. The dark deep greens of these stones come from the presence of chromium or vanadium. One of the Navratans, astrology associates it with the planet Mercury aka Budh Grah - The Vaani Karak, meaning planet of communication. Hence, these gems are known to enhance the oratory skills of their wearer.

Birthstones for May, they are also known to bring luck and prosperity and symbolise riches and luxury. It is the longest-known gemstone and has a rich history. Because of their popularity, ancient record, beauty and astrological significance, they are one of the most expensive and valuable gems. Maragatham stone price per carat ranges between INR 2,000 to 5,00,000, based on its quality and origin.

How to Wear Maragatham Stone

Depending on personal preferences and astrological beliefs, it varies on how you should wear the gem. If you believe in astrology and want to gain the many benefits of the Margataham stone, you should follow the proper Vedic pooja process to energize your jewel/jewellery.

Subsequently, though, it is recommended to consult with a knowledgeable astronomer, whenever you are considering wearing the gem for celestial purposes. Based on your unique birth chart and horoscope beliefs, the recommended weight, quality, and form are determined.

Here is the complete procedure you should follow to activate your emerald or Maragatha gem:-

  • Ideal Weight - 1/12th of the body weight of the wearer
  • Best Day & Time - Early morning Hours of a Wednesday
  • Metal To Wear In? - Gold, Silver, Asthdhatu or Panchdhatu
  • Form - Wear the gem in such a form that it is always in contact with you like a ring, pendant or bracelet.
  • Which Finger to Wear Maragatham Ring In? - On the tiny finger of the dominant hand—the right hand for naturally right-handed individuals or the left hand for lefty people. Sometimes, astrologers also advise wearing it on the index finger.
  • Purification - To purify your gemstone and cleanse the negative energies, dip it in Gangajal or Panchamrity with Tulsi leaves for a few minutes.
  • Energization - On an auspicious day, purify your stone, then sit in your temple, pray to god and chant the mantra ‘Om Budh Budhaye Namah’ 108 times.

Who Should Wear ?

The ruling planet of the Margatham stone is Mercury, also known as Budh Grah, as per Vedic astrology. So, people who have mercury in a weak position in their birth chart should wear this gemstone. It will bring you positivity, growth, luck and protection.

Zodiac signs Virgo and Gemini will also benefit from wearing the Maragatham gemstone. Ascendants of Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius and Taurus sun signs can also wear it.

As for Western astrology, it is a May birthstone, so people born in May can take advantage of wearing the gem. Indeed, it is considered a gift for the 55th wedding anniversary.

Consult with an expert astrologer or Pandit before you wear a powerful gemstone such as Maragatha to ensure its suitability with your birth chart.

Benefits of Maragatham Stone:

  • Increases Creativity - The gem will expand your mind, and increase your imagination and creativity skills.
  • Improves Communication - Due to the connection with the planet Mercury, it is known to enhance the communication skills, speech, self-expression and oratory skills of the wearer.
  • Boosts Mental Clarity - It sharpens the mind, clears confusion and helps to be more decisive.
  • Brings Growth - It will attract growth, renewal and prosperity into your life. Margatham will improve your memory and attention as well as analytical reflection, which will help you professionally and gain success.
  • Heightens Intuition - Your intuition will enhance, and guide you in the right direction. Also, it will make you more aware, give spiritual enlightenment and assist you to connect with your inner self.
  • Opens Energy Center - Green Emeralds are known to align the energies of your heart chakra and open this energy centre, instilling forgiveness, compassion and love in the wearer.
  • Bring positivity - I will bring you luck and happiness, and protect you from harm and negative energies, which is why ancient people often used to wear it as Talismans.
  • Healing Properties - The gem stimulates the circulatory system, maintains neurological functions, helps with the treatment of ailments related to the heart and kidneys, and cures depression.

Origin of Maragatham Stone:

Margatham stones are found in the continents of South America, Australia, Africa, and Asia. More particularly, the countries of origin are Columbia, Brazil, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Bulgaria, Canada, Norway, China, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Nigeria, and the US.

As per history, these stones were first mined in Egypt, Pakistan and Austria.

Today, Colombia is known to produce the best quality of Maragatham or emeralds and is the most famous origin, also, the world leader in their production. Colombian emeralds sell at higher prices and have set world record prices per carat. The Muzo mines in Colombia are historically world-famous for producing the finest of emeralds.

The second most important producer is Zambia, where exists the world’s largest mine of these gems.

Quality & Price

The price of Margatham stone starts around INR 2,000 to 5,00,000 per carat, depending highly on its quality and origin. The quality of the gem is dependent on the 4C’s which are cut, colour, clarity and carat.

Colour: A saturated green colour gem which has a more intense hue and vivid saturation have higher prices. Sometimes, these gems also feature secondary hues like blue and yellow tint which costs less compared to the ones with uniform green colour distribution, high transparency and darker tones.
Clarity: Inclusions are very common in the Margatha gems, although rarely they are found will fewer inclusions that are invisible to the naked eye. The ones with less flaws are considered to be of good quality and sell at higher costs.
Cut: A fine and precise cut increases the price as it will perfectly show its colour, brilliance, and clarity. The stones are mostly shaped into oval, round, pear, marquise, or cushion cuts.
Carat Weight: Larger gems are very rare, hence they have higher values than those of small-size stones, hence the weight also fluctuates the price.
Treatment Process: Treatment of emeralds enhances their clarity and colour but the untreated ones are original and rare, hence they are more in demand and sell at higher amounts.
Origin: Found almost all over the world, the stones still have some origins which are more famous than the others. Like the Muzo mines from Colombia are known for producing the premium quality of Maragatham stones. Hence Colombian Maragatham stone's price range is around INR 30,000 to INR 85,000 per carat and can go up to millions of rupees.

How to Care & Cleaning Tips!

With a hardness of 7.5 - 8, the stone is pretty durable, however, to maintain its beauty and preserve its shine, it requires adequate maintenance.

  • Remove them while going in heated tubs or swimming in chlorine pools.
  • Exposing them to extreme sudden changes in temperature or in high heat or cold can damage the gem.
  • You should remove them while cleaning, cooking, gardening or any similar activities as it might expose them to chemicals and damage.
  • Remove the gems before taking a bath and avoid getting them in contact with cosmetics, hair sprays or perfumes as well.
  • While storing your gem jewellery, always ensure that they don't get mixed up or scratched by other accessories. Store them in separate boxes and keep them wrapped in soft cloth or cotton.
  • Do not put pressure on them or clean them on a hard substance.
  • Never use any harsh chemicals, acids, or cleaning agents to wash them.
  • To prevent spontaneous loss, make sure the gemstones are firmly secured in the setting.

Cleaning Process

Cleaning your Maragatham stone frequently is essential to preserve its lustre and colour. Use warm water with a light, diluted soap as a soft disinfecting agent for a thorough cleaning. Scrub its surface gently with a soft brush (baby toothbrush or make-up brush) to get rid of any bits of dirt. You can also use a baby wipe or cotton cloth to remove dirt.

Do not wash in a sink, use a bowl or a plate, now rinse with clean water and use a delicate, lint-free cloth to carefully dry it.

Note: You can send your jewellery for Regular inspections, which will enable prompt maintenance and repairs, preserving the appeal and worth of your Maragatham gemstone jewellery.

Quick Gemstone Guide

Q. What is the maragatham stone ?

Ans. The Emerald gemstone is additionally referred to as the Maragatham stone. This priceless green stone is renowned for its exquisite grandeur and a variety of occult and eerie powers.

Q. Where is maragatham stone found ?

Ans. There are several places on the globe where maragatham stone may be found, including Colombia, Zambia, Brazil, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar.

Q. What are the benefits of wearing maragatham stone ?

Ans. Maragatham stone benefits include better interpersonal abilities, intellectual growth, psychological wellness, improved instinct, mental growth, and the ability to bring about monetary success.

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