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In Hinduism we consider Karma as supreme and your good/bad mainly depends on karma, then how do wearing certain gems can impact destiny/trouble/good/bad etc. ?

Is it only a marketing strategy by certain people or there is some solid reference provided in the scripts regarding this that how do they slow down or distract the bad things to happen ?

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Scriptures do not describe how they do it, but they do describe that wearing certain gems give benefits like destruction of sin, protection from snakes, etc. For example, consider the following verse of the Garduda Purana:

teṣu rakṣoviṣavyālavyādhighnānyaghahāni ca
prādurbhavanti ratnāni tathaiva viguṇāni ca
[GP - 1.68.8]

Among the gems some protect against poisons, snakes, diseases and expiate sins. And some others also contain demerits.

Just like in Ayurveda certain herbs and plants are known to have beneficial effects, so also in astrology certain gems and stones are known to have good effects. But scriptures describe they must be delicately prepared and should be genuine in order to work. So good gems may not change fate or destiny of a person, but they do have some level of positive influence upon the bearer as per the scriptures.

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A gem is wore according to your position of the stars. Many people believe that gem can prevent bad things from taking place and hence, many people wear it. Not everyone believes in gems and its powers. But, a certain amount of people do believe in gems and have felt the results too.

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Then it means it has no religious importance and nothing documented in any sculpture or book(apart from astrology) ? – Trialcoder Aug 1 '14 at 9:36
True! It has no relations with religion. – Abhishekstudent Aug 1 '14 at 9:48
Would you like to add something to this ? solutionastrology.com/gemologydetails.asp?gemologyid=211 – Trialcoder Aug 1 '14 at 10:06

I am not sure if Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, which is a foundational text of astrology has any such references. Although, Upaya or providing remedial measures is considered a part of Jyotisha. Many astrologers do recommend gems as a remedy. I believe they do have some minimal effect but not a lot. Also, this might provide some insights:

Q: In astrology many astrologers recommend wearing certain gem stones and rings. Do you recommend wearing those things and if you are on the spiritual path do you need to wear those things?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: No you don’t need to, of course everything has some influence on you but you know you are much more powerful than a piece of stone. So if you like you can do it. Otherwise chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, that is most powerful mantra which takes care of all the bad effects of any planets.

Reference used: http://wisdomfromsrisriravishankar.blogspot.in/2011_05_01_archive.html

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