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 गोमेद (Gomed)


The Mystic Fire of Rahu

"गोमेदो मणिरथ नागकुलजमयम्।"

"Hessonite, the gem born from the serpent's family."

This verse, found in ancient texts, hints at Hessonite's mystical origins and its association with serpentine energies


The name "Hessonite" is derived from the Greek word "hesson", meaning inferior or lesser. However, its name doesn't diminish its mystical beauty


In Sanskrit, Hessonite is known as "Gomed" or "Gomedhaka", signifying its earthy and enigmatic character.


Hessonite, the gem of mystery and spirituality, is associated with the shadow planet Rahu (also known as the North Node of the Moon). It symbolizes protection, spiritual growth, and the unseen forces of destiny


Hessonite is revered for its ability to protect from negative energies, enhance intuition, and stimulate spiritual growth. It is believed to bring clarity to one's path and shield against malefic forces

  • Protects from negative influences and malefic energies.

  • Enhances intuition and spiritual awareness.

  • Aids in overcoming obstacles and challenges.

  • Promotes clarity in decision-making.

  • Attracts success and prosperity


Hessonite is a variety of Grossular Garnet, with its chemical composition being calcium aluminum silicate (Ca3Al2(SiO4)3) with manganese impurities that give it its distinctive color


Hessonite is typically not treated because its natural color and clarity are highly valued. However, it may be cleaned gently with a soft cloth and mild soapy water


Hessonite quality is evaluated based on the "Four Cs":

  • Color: Deep, rich honey or reddish-brown is prized.

  • Clarity: Fewer inclusions result in higher quality.

  • Cut: A well-cut Hessonite maximizes its brilliance.

  • Carat Weight: Larger Sapphires are rarer and more valuable.

Quality levels range from low to exceptional, with exceptional Hessonites displaying an intense color, minimal inclusions, excellent cut, and substantial size.


The finest Hessonites come from Sri Lanka, followed by India, Tanzania, and other regions. Sri Lankan Hessonites are renowned for their intense color and clarity


Color: Honey to reddish-brown

Hardness: 6.5 - 7.5 on the Mohs scale.
Lustre: Vitreous to resinous
Transparency: Transparent to translucent.
Refractive Index: 1.735 - 1.760.


  • Protect from scratches and hard impacts.

  • Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and extreme heat.

  • Clean with a soft cloth or a mild soapy water solution.

  • Store separately to prevent scratches.

  • Periodic re-polishing may be necessary

Hessonite, the mystic fire of Rahu, is believed to protect and guide its wearer on a spiritual journey. When worn with reverence and belief, it can bring clarity, protection, and spiritual insight into your life, making it a gemstone of profound significance

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