Timeless Traditions: How Dosha Influences Jewelry Design and Selection


When Shirley MacLaine came out with her notion of using crystals to enhance personal energy levels, Western sensibilities dismissed the idea out of hand. However, even in the West her idea wasn’t new. Jewelry and fashion designers know that some people vibrate in earthy warm colors, while others dazzle with fire or soothe like cool water. That is, online jewelry designers know that it’s true on a primal or fundamental level and they design to suit the wearer.

Although the West enjoys a long fascination with crystals of its own, perhaps the longest thoughtful tradition traces to Yogic practice. Although which civilization lays the strongest claim to the observation that different people look better in different jewelry and that remains a factor in modern Egyptian metalwork, with its 5,000 year history of natural healing, Ayurveda represents the longest unbroken tradition of matching the wearer’s personality to personal adornment.

How It Works
Oddly, many of the same people who would agree that dating sites like eHarmony.com make it easier to find a compatible partner would disagree that people show their personalities through their style. But after all adornment is not just a form of self-expression. It can also be a subtle form of advertisement. Skilled jewelry designers understand both ideas implicitly and take them into consideration when crafting both one-of-a-kind pieces and matching suites. Even the major jewelry makers and their associated retailers are forced to follow suit to at least a limited extent to market their own integrated lines.

Ayurveda: The Three Doshas
In traditional Ayurveda combinations of five metaphorical elements: earth, air, fire, water, and ether, compose the three Doshas Kapha, Vata, and Pitta. Everything from personalities to the times of the day fall within the three Doshas. To Western ears that sounds a bit superstitious at first but it’s actually very practical.

For example, earth-and-water Kapha expresses the need for stability, survival, and perseverance in the real world, so it governs the work day, evening relaxation, and deep, restful sleep. Likewise, air-and-ether Vata represents periods of meditation and thoughtful exercise, and the transformational power of fire-and-water Pitta dominates creativity, emotional expression, Intelligence, and action.

The Tridoshas of Personality
As a purely practical matter, whether the circumstance is a work environment or a cocktail party anyone that fails to understand that some forms of adornment and attire are inappropriate pays an immediate price. Subconsciously, everyone notices the mismatch. Likewise, people can invite trouble by misrepresenting themselves.

Of the tridoshas, Ayurveda holds Vata, that is meditation, spirituality, and exercise, most important to good health. Vata personalities and those with a Vata imbalance favor aquamarine, emerald, beryl, onyx, peridot, red garnet, ruby, yellow sapphire, and yellow topaz.

Unfortunately for most people making it through life requires more than meditation and yoga. Practical earth-and-water Kapha types tend to favor blue sapphire, cat’s eye, red garnet, red tourmaline, and ruby.

Last but not least, life is also a banquet. Maintaining good health mandating a place in life for creativity, transformation, and dreams. For Pitta types and those with a Pitta imbalance, Ayurveda recommends aquamarine, diamond, emerald, lapis lazuli, natural pearl, opal, red agate, red coral, and red carnelian.

Just as an overlapping mix of five elements compose the tridoshas so too, the Ayurveda gemology overlaps. Maintaining balance is key. Remember to stay mindful of the true objective—the maintaining of a sense of balance.