As many are aware India has been one of the most important sources of gemstones for centuries. The Karur-Kangayam and Hole-Narsipur belts, in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, respectively, are famous throughout the subcontinent for their gemstones, including sapphire, moonstone, iolite, aquamarine, garnet, sunstone and corundum. These gemstones have played a big part in the culture, being used in the adornment of spiritual deities and for mystical practices among every stratum of society, from the very poor to royalty as well as. Today I will focus on a particular type of Royalty and their passionate love of gemstones. The Bollywood star. For many, gemstones contain much more than their physical beauty and are used as a talisman to encourage safety, health, success and to fight against negative forces and disease.
This brief introduction to just five of India’s movie stars AKA Bollywood stars reveals a list of beloved gemstones as well, that can be as intriguing as the celebrities themselves.
Amitabh Bachan, 75, an Indian film actor, producer, television host, and former politician, known as Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema as well as world cinema. According to the India Times … a few years back, ‘Big B’ was in huge debt. His company was on the verge of shutting down and his career was in a downturn. An astrologer advised him to wear a Blue Sapphire ring. The publication continues that he ‘came back with a bang‘, as the host of the Indian version of ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’. Mr Bachan also wears an Opal and Emerald, to alleviate his health problems. Opal has been used in many cultures as a talisman for the healing and relieving of eye disorders. According to Vedic astrology, this talisman is also worn for the personal charm of the owner. The soft, calming colour of the emerald helped early lapidaries rest their eyes after an extended period of concentration. Today, emerald is still thought to relax and relieve eye strain.
Aishwarya Rai, also known by her married name Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant. Aishwarya may be one of the most beautiful women in the world, but all was not going well in her life, according to the Times article until she started wearing a Blue Sapphire ring!
When it comes to gemstones, tv and film producer Ekta Kapoor wears a couple of them together, including Emerald, Red Coral, Pearl and Yellow Sapphire. A staunch believer in the power of gems, Ekta has often been heard saying that ‘they turned her life around’.
Sanjay Dutt‘s name has always been surrounded by controversy. Sanjay Balraj Dutt is an Indian film actor and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. He has appeared in over 100 Hindi films. According to the Indian Times, his life has seen innumerable up’s and downs. However, now Sanjay is a believer in Gemology and is seen constantly sporting a Pearl and Yellow Sapphire.
Emraan Hashmi, born 24 March 1979, is an Indian film actor who appears in Hindi films Through his successful career, Hashmi has received three Filmfare Award nominations and has established himself as one of the most popular and highest-paid actors of Hindi cinema. The serial handsome actor may have proved to be a bankable star. But it took him a long time to reach where he is now. If you look closely and you will see Emraan is often sporting a Yellow Sapphire, a Red Coral, and of late a Ruby and an Opal as well. India Times
<h2>Do You Have A Talisman?</h2>
Did You Know?Do you believe in lucky charms? Language reflects the fact that many people do. We might have borrowed talisman from French, Spanish, or Italian; all three include similar-looking words for a lucky charm. Those three terms derive from a single Arabic word for a charm, tilsam. Tilsamin turn can be traced to the ancient Greek verb telein, which means “to initiate into the mysteries.” While the word talisman, in its strictest use, refers to an object, even a human being can be considered a talisman<—such as a player on a team whose mere presence somehow causes magical things to happen. Meriam Webster
<h2> The Divine & Royal Sapphire<h2>
To some religions, the blue colour of the sapphire represents the heavens. Kings have worn Sapphires for protection and strength. King Solomon wore a sapphire ring. Notorious and glorious. Sapphire will always be a gemstone Rockstar.