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Gemstones

Precious gemstones found throughout Skyrim. Based on value, from the top in clockwise order are: Diamond, Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby, Amethyst and Garnet.

For other uses, see Precious Gem.

Gems are items found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They are a key component for creating Jewelry.

LocationsEdit

General locationsEdit

  • With the acquisition of the Prowler's Profit ability, Precious Gems of all sorts and all qualities will appear in a large number of places, 100% of the time. The Prowler's Profit ability spawns Gems of varying qualities in any container permanently, from only one gem to rarely up to 10 gems in Boss Chests and Dragons.
  • Giants will always carry gems, mostly Sapphires and Emeralds it seems.
  • Dragons have a chance to carry gems. Legendary DragonsDG have the highest chance of dropping Flawless Diamonds.
  • Burial Urns will supply a lot of these gems, along with a small amount of Gold. Found in Nordic Ruins and various tombs and dungeons, Urns are the most common replenishable supply of Gems and small gold.
  • The corpses of Draugr sometimes have them. Draugr that are are static containers (I.e., the only possible interaction is to loot them) also have a chance to carry gems. With the addition of Dragonborn, Stalhrim deposits contain Draugr when mined out, and are a good source for both the valuable crafting material and gems.
  • Sometimes bandit leaders will carry Precious Gems, very rarely of the Flawless Quality. 
  • Boss Chests, miscellaneous chests, chests found in homes and other areas around Skyrim have a good chance to carry at least one gem, regardless of the NPC that owns or guards the chest.

Fixed locationsEdit

  • Gems may be found while mining. There is roughly a 10% chance of receiving a gemstone per piece of extracted ore.
  • There is a Flawless Sapphire and a Flawless Amethyst in the Temple of Dibella in Markarth, inside the Inner Sanctum on a shelf. These gems will respawn after a week in-game.
  • When you've collected the Jagged Crown in Korvanjund, there are two Flawless Diamonds, two Emeralds, two Flawless Garnets, a Flawless Amethist, Flawless Ruby and a Flawless Sapphire in bowls above the bookcases and in the rafters to the left of the throne. Stand facing the bookcase on to the left of the throne and use Unrelenting Force (or Voice of the Emperor if you're playing an Imperial) and the Gems (along with a Honed Ancient Nord Sword of Cold and a Spell Tome for Conjure Flame Atronach) will fall from the roof. Make sure you save first in case you can't find them after they fall. If you didn't get these gems when you collected the Crown, you can return to Korvanjund and they will still be there.
  • A Flawless Emerald can be found within the ruins of Valthume. It is located sitting on a plate which rests on a shelf in a room that can be accessed from the first room that Hevnoraak's spirit is seen.
  • Amaund Motierre carries a Sapphire, an Emerald, and a Diamond.
  • There is a Flawless diamond, three flawless garnets, a Flawless Ruby and a lockbox on a boat directly north of Reachwater Rock just southwest of Sky Haven Temple. Follow the map to the mine and follow the stream across from the cave downstream a bit and it will be on the right.
  • The miscellaneous quest received at Merryfair Farm rewards randomly generated gemstones. The gems rewarded can be of the Flawless quality if the player character's level is high enough.
  • A Flawless Ruby can be found in the Emperor's bedchambers on board The Katariah.
  • A Ruby or Flawless Ruby can also be found in the throne room in South Shriekwind Bastion.
  • In Mercer Frey's house, there's a bowl filled with one of each type of gem. Each gem has approximately a 50% chance to be flawless.
  • In Anuriel's room in Mistveil Keep, there is a Sapphire, Ruby, and a lesser value gem. Grabbing these gems is considered a crime.
  • Sapphire in Riften, usually found near The Bee and Barb, carries two sapphires that can be pickpocketed.
  • A Flawless Diamond can be found in Kagrenzel, sitting atop the second archway from the exit to Stony Creek Cave. Jump or use Whirlwind Sprint to access it.
  • A Flawless Diamond can be found in Skuldafn Temple in the room right before the end, along with a Flawless Amethyst and a Flawless Emerald underneath a linen wrap in a bowl on the bottom bookshelf.
  • 2 Flawless Sapphire can always be found in the Ruins of Bthalft, at the end of the Lost to the Ages quest. They are in the chest, near the Aetherium Forge.
  • In Cidhna Mine. The Dragonborn must be arrested and the Hold Guards need to have confiscated at least 2000GoldIcon in stolen goods.
  • The Ebony Warrior carries one flawless gem of each type upon death. However, the player must be at least a level 80 in order to be faced against him.
  • One Diamond in a nook of the Orichalcum ore vein underneath Froki's Shack in The Rift. The ore does not need to be mined to obtain the gem, it sits in an alcove of the vein and can be picked up.

MerchantsEdit

Merchants throughout Skyrim also buy and sell gems; many of the merchants that buy and sell jewelry will also buy and sell gems. General goods merchants can also buy gems.

TypesEdit

Name Weight WeightIcon Gold GoldIcon Level ID
Skyrim amethyst Amethyst 0.1 120-150 1 00063B46
Skyrim diamond Diamond 0.1 800-1000 32 00063B47
Emerald Emerald 0.1 600-700 24 00063B43
GarnetFlawless Skyrim Garnet 0.1 100 1 00063B45
Skyrim ruby Ruby 0.1 200 8 00063B42
Skyrim Sapphire Sapphire 0.1 400 16 00063B44
TESV Flawless Amethyst Flawless Amethyst 0.1 180 12 0006851E
Skyrim flawless diamond Flawless Diamond 0.1 1000 40 0006851F
Flawless emerald Flawless Emerald 0.1 750 36 00068520
Flawless garnet Flawless Garnet 0.1 150 4 00068521
Flawless ruby Flawless Ruby 0.1 350 20 00068522
Flawless sapphire Flawless Sapphire 0.1 500 28 00068523

UsesEdit

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Precious Gemstones should not be confused with Soul Gems, which serve an entirely different purpose.
  • Flawless gemstones appear slightly different from normal gemstones. Gemstones have a somewhat irregular surface, while flawless gemstones are symmetrical.
  • Flawless Diamonds have the highest value per weight unit in the entire game, thereby offering the most efficient way to rack up GoldIcon especially since they're fairly easy to come by with the Prowler's Profit ability. There is a value of 1,000 GoldIcon for 1 unit of Flawless Diamonds. This mantle has since been overtaken by the Exquisite Sapphire, included with Dragonborn, with a worth of 5,000 GoldIcon, while only weighing 0.2 pounds.

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