Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fancy Stones, base 100gp value

Occasionally one can find insects entombed in this fossilized tree resin.  What if that fly was a shape-shifted devil?


Only three alexandrites are depicted here.  The top row shows the gems in sunlight, the bottom row in artificial light.

There's a bright green variety of garnet called Uvarovite.

Green is the most common color for jade but it comes in a variety of other colors.

Jet is actually a form of fossilized wood that decayed under great pressure.

Rose-hued spinels are sometimes called Balas Rubies.

Pink tourmalines found in nature have been subjected to radiation at some point in the past.


Yellow zircons are sometimes called Hyacinths.

Previous installments in this series:


  1. Thanks for doing the legwork on this Jeff, great series :)

  2. Exquisite, really.

  3. Anonymous2:50 PM

    One of my favorite parts about getting treasure in AD&D 2e was rolling for art work or precious gems. These posts bring back happy memories :)

  4. That would be Nephrite Jade, correct?

    Capcha: Spermids. Not sure I want to know what those are...