In 1988, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Maharaja, the 9th Rama, graciously bestowed the rare Nopparat Rajavaraporn (the Ancient Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems) on H.E. General Prem Tinsulanonda. This Honor is highly esteemed through out Siamese history The ancient origin of the 9 Gems - called Nopparat in Rajasaap (Royal Thai), Navaratna in Sanskrit, Hindi & Nepalese, Navaratne in Sri Lankan, and Nopparatana in standard Thai - is impossible to trace.

Yet such importance is given to the nine gems that they are recognized as sacred and royal in most all the countries of Asia, including Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Malaysia, regardless of religious and cultural differences. Mostly all Asians have the 9 Gems in common
These 9 gems are listed in the ancient Thai poem which translates as, Good (quality) diamond, ruby, emerald, yellow sapphire, gomeda, blue sapphire, Moon gem, red coral, and cats eye. These are the 9 Gems.

Late great Thai astrologer Horacharn Thep Sarikabutr has given the meaning of these nine gems in his Parichad-Jataka (chapter 2, verse 21, pages 35-36 ) as follows:

“Top quality and flawless ruby is the gem for the Sun, natural pearl for the Moon, red coral for Mars, emerald for Mercury, yellow sapphire for Jupiter, diamond for Venus, blue sapphire for Saturn, hessonite for Rahu (ascending lunar node), and cats eye for Ketu (descending lunar node).”

The Correct setting arrangement for these 9 gems is shown in the illustration below. Ruby for the Sun is always in the center, surrounded (clock wise from the top) by diamond, natural pearl, red coral, hessonite, blue sapphire, cats eye, yellow sapphire, and emerald.

Traditionally no gem other than ruby or red spinel for the Sun is set in the center of a nine gems arrangement. To do so would be bad geomancy going against the flow of nature. The Sun is the center of the solar system and therefore the Sun’s gem is always positioned in the heart of a Navaratna Astral Talisman.

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