have had different astrologers recommend me to different astrological
gem dealers. How do you suggest I evaluate these recommendations?
people are naturally pulled toward different individuals for
karmic reasons. Here are some intelligent questions one needs
to ask oneself before making a discriminating decision in regard
to investing a large expense:
the gem dealer trained in being able to detect gem-enhancing
they certified in this science regarding the specific stones
you may want to buy?
they give you a money back guarantee, no questions
asked within a stated period of time, if you find the
purchase not competitive or unsuitable?
they offer an ongoing service of buying back the gem if you
want the luxury of trading up?
they specialize in this field and have an enormous stock to
they passionately interested in testimonial evidence and feedback
so that they can discriminate amongst all the seeming contradictory
claims by authors who haven't had extensive experience in the
they laid bare their understanding experience and operational
manner in writing for you to analyze and be educated by?
they have a variety of designs to offer that stress reliability,
durability and comfort?
they stressing the beauty of the jewelry rather than the actual
benefits of the gems for karmic mitigation?
they aggressively trying to sell to you or respectfully leaving
you alone to make up your mind?
gem dealers harp on about selling to you at very competitive
and affordable prices. They almost seem to be shouting from
the tree tops that theirs is the best deal. Sometimes they
may have a good deal on one stone but not the rest. I simply
can't be bothered with harking on that I try to make my business
ultra competitive. I rather, as far as possible, itemize the
prices of my gems and hope that potential customers will evaluate
them. Quality is always something that is very hard to describe
by the written word, so often a customer has to spend the time
viewing a shipped item and use the money back guarantee if
they are not happy. I am much more interested in lessening
my negative karmic bank balance than my financial bank balance.
This is probably why I was the first to research the navaratna
in the West and make it into being a viable service offered
to the general public. I am also the first to evaluate and
experiment with the lower cost navaratna crystals as well as
the facet cut stones. Financially this is definitely not a
business move but one of providing better service. A few are
trying to copy me and though it is a compliment in regard to
multi-gem bangles, they have nothing like my degree of quality
gems or extensive experience.
point I would like to stress regarding astrological gem dealers
is that if they are paying a commision to the astrologer, you
should ask them about this. It is becoming a very common practice
that astrologers get paid commissions for recommending clients
to gem dealers. This is unethical, if the client is not aware
of this unwritten agreement. I have a lot of information on this
subject, and don't want to go into it in great detail; except
to say that when I started doing astrological gemstones, many
astrologers approached me for a business arrangement. Generally
it was five to ten percent (some wanted more) and, though I entertained
the concept, and did initially pay two commissions to one astrologer,
I quickly came to realize that even though they could save me
advertising costs and were definitely helpful to my business
survival, it was obviously unethical not to tell the client.
The payments in question were very small and I did not pass them
on in the cost of the orders, but I would not, regardless, have
got into the situation if I had not been mistakenly persuaded
by the sentiment of my peers (gem dealers and astrologers) that
it was such a common practice. I haven't had any referrals from
that astrologer since I stopped paying secret commissions and
can leave the reason why to logical supposition. This is a practice
that will eventually become very unpopular within the astrological
community. It will attract scorn and justifiable ridicule upon
it which is sad as it is meant to be a spiritual science. It
is extremely widespread here as well as in India. But, rest assured,
any astrologer who recommends me will not be paid a commision
by me. I will be very willing to give them generous terms on
gemstones, should they want some for personal and family use,
but I will not pay cash, or send checks, as a paid commision
for business they have sent my way. It's as unethical as a doctor
recommending pharmaceuticals because he gets kick-backs from
believe in the corrupt practice that has developed in India of
astrologers selling gemstones. History has shown it to be a conflict
of interest that, because of all the questionable dealing, has
also badly sullied the good name of Jyotish (the study of light).
I'm very adamant about that. If an astrologer can't stand on
his/her own two feet as an astrologer, then by all means sell
gemstones; but get out of practicing astrology. Many astrologers
have been repulsed from investigating remedial gems because of
their justifiable suspicion and disdain for what they have seen
other astrologers do in regard to promoting them. Personally,
I feel it is a remarkable individual who has the time to travel
the world acquiring gems at their source, cutting out the middle
men and offering an efficiently competitive service, and still
have the time to keep up the practice of astrology. Few industries
are as smoke-screened as the jewelry and gem dealing industry.
I will be listing astrologers who I don't have a business relationship
with when I have fully evaluated their skills and integrity in
India, some astrologers are not paid when they give a reading,
but they would then sell the gemstones or the herbs to the client
as a remedial measure. In more recent times they often arrange
commissions from a highly recommended jeweler. In this arrangement
they would get his payment. The subject of astrologers selling
gemstones hinges on whether they become just another middle man
in the process of pricing up the stones. If that is the case,
they are not really helping the client. I certainly couldn't
keep competitive prices if I didn't spend several months a year
visiting the world's mining areas of gem supply to get very reasonable
prices through dedicated purchasing of high volume for low price.
if the astrologer has an extensive selection of stones to offer
the client, is it safe to assume the client will get the best
gem for his prescription? Let's put it this way-if an astrologer
has six different yellow sapphires in stock, does he recognize
the different gemological indicators for detecting heat treatment?
Will he compromise his recommendation in order to sell you one
of his lesser quality stones? If he only has certain sizes available
and cannot readily get other sizes, it would be too tempting
to compromise the weight recommendation or the color tone recommendation.
It's a full-time job searching for ayurvedic astrological gems.
I travel the world several times a year purchasing stones as
close to the source as I can to get at the best price and quality
range I can find. This is a very big part of my service, and
if I also practiced astrology I don't think there would be enough
hours in the day.
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