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Naturally grown groove or grooves, starting from the natural stalk point reaching the opposite point of the stalk point/the drill/hole having a definite boundary wall on both sides of the groove can only be termed as Mukhi/Face. Any kind of artificial modification by any means to complete the natural incompletely grown Mukhi/face or deepening the groove cannot be considered as Natural Mukhi/Face. Mukh/face in every Rudraksha irrespective to its origin is always raised above the thorns level.

 The mukhi will always start from the stalk point/drill/hole and follows a pattern like petals in a flower,

If the mukhi/face is not starting from the natural stalk point/drill/hole or the drill/hole is not present at the stalk point the bead will not be considered as natural Rudraksha and will be termed as Modified Rudraksha.

Generally most of the grooves called as Mukhi/face starts from the stalk point in U shape and ends in V shape at the opposite end of the stalk point. This generally helps us to identify the modification done on rudraksha especially in 1 Mukhi, 2 Mukhi, 3 Mukhi Rudraksha.

Most Rudraksha have a small opening* at the stalk point resulting from the extraction and cleaning process; which is further expanded by drilling to use the Rudraksha for its benefits.

(*opening might be limited to the surface or it might be present like a drill-hole)

There are many examples of undeveloped, naturally joined,not formed faces in Rudraksha from all the locations. Fully developed faces are the easiest one to count but undeveloped faces, joint faces, partially formed faces and not formed faces creates confusion among traders while counting the numbers of the faces to qualify the Rudraksha as per their cells and actually toss the price of the Rudraksha to a lot. To support the trade till today there is not a single standard describing the method of counting the faces.







GJSPC Laboratory Face Appearance/ Mukhi Appearance Grades as:

Well Formed Mukhi

Slight Infantile

Noticeable Infantile

Obvious Infantile



South India, Haridwar, Nepal will get Strictest Grading.

 Indonesia will have tolerance.


GJSPC Laboratory Grades for special Face Appearance/ Mukhi Appearance as:

Slightly Merged Mukhi

Noticeable Merged Mukhi

Obvious Merged Mukhi


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