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Gems are small stones that can be socketed into a variety of player equipment, augmenting the piece of gear with additional modifiers. There are four different kinds of gems in Diablo III: Amethysts, Emeralds, Rubies and Topazes. Each gem type bestows different bonuses depending on what kind of gear they are socketed into. Diamonds and Sapphires, present in Diablo II, were originally in the game as well, but were cut after a gem overhaul by Blizzard during the Beta.

Gem Mechanics[edit]

The four different gems provide a specific bonus depending on whether they're socketed into a helm or another piece of equipment. These stats do not vary from gem to gem but will be identical. Higher level gems provide higher bonuses.

Gems, once socketed, can be removed by the Jeweler. This will cost gold but will return both the gem and the item to the player. This is a change from Diablo II, where socketed gems were destroyed upon removal. Gems can also be recovered from gemmed items if the item is salvaged at the Blacksmith.

Gems can also be stacked in the player's inventory, making them much easier to carry around. This also means they will be sold as stacked items in the Auction House.

Socketable Items[edit]

Confirmed items:[1] [2]

An unconfirmed list based on the Jeweler preview:[3]


Helms have percentage-based bonuses, weapons grant bonuses that depend on the gem color, while other equipment slots provide numerical improvements to one of the four base stats.

Quality Levels[edit]

There are 14 different quality levels of gems, ranging from Chipped, the lowest quality gem, to Radiant Star, the highest quality. The higher the quality of the gem, the greater the bonus bestowed on the item. All gems, regardless of quality, have no level requirements. This means that new characters can be given significant starting bonuses if a player is wealthy and can buy powerful gems for them at creation.

Only the first eight quality levels can drop from monsters, the remaining five must be created through the services of the Jeweler. Two gems of a lower tier can be upgraded into one gem of a higher tier for ranks 2 through 8, with the remaining tiers requiring three. (Originally, three gems were required to create a higher tier in all cases.)[4]

No. Level Required for Radiant Star Cumulative Gold Cost
14 Radiant Star - -
13 Perfect Star 3 400,000
12 Flawless Star 9 1,000,000
11 Star 27 1,900,000
10 Radiant Square 81 4,060,000
9 Perfect Square 243 8,110,000
8 Flawless Square 729 15,400,000
7 Square 1,458 15,472,900
6 Radiant 2,916 15,596,830
5 Perfect 5,832 15,800,950
4 Flawless 11,664 16,121,710
3 Normal 23,328 16,588,270
2 Flawed 46,656 17,171,470
1 Chipped 93,312 17,638,030

Upgrading only Chipped gems to Radiant Star quality is an impossible task for one person, and while upgrading Perfect gems also seems hard for one player, it is much easier for the millions of Battle.net players. Blizzard intends for top level gems to be hard to acquire and a long-term goal for people to work towards if they want to push their character just a little bit further.

Gem List[edit]

Quality Item Level Amethyst Emerald Ruby Topaz
Chipped 14
Chipped Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +5% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +2 Life
  • Other: +6 Vitality
Chipped Emerald.png
  • Helm: +5% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 10%
  • Other: +6 Dexterity
Chipped Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increased Experience Rewarded per Kill by 5%
  • Weapon: +2-4 Damage
  • Other: +6 Strength
Chipped Topaz.png
  • Helm: 5% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 2 damage per hit
  • Other: +6 Intelligence
Flawed 22
Flawed Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +6% Life
  • Other: +10 Vitality
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +3 Life
Flawed Emerald.png
  • Helm: +7% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 15%
  • Other: +10 Dexterity
Flawed Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increased Experience Rewarded per Kill by 7%
  • Weapon: +4-8 Damage
  • Other: +10 Strength
Flawed Topaz.png
  • Helm: 7% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 3 damage per hit
  • Other: +10 Intelligence
Normal 30
Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +7% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +6 Life
  • Other: +14 Vitality
Emerald.png
  • Helm: +9% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 20%
  • Other: +14 Dexterity
Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increased Experience Rewarded per Kill by 9%
  • Weapon: +8-16 Damage
  • Other: +14 Strength
Topaz.png
  • Helm: 9% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 6 damage per hit
  • Other: +14 Intelligence
Flawless 36
Flawless Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +8% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +10 Life
  • Other: +18 Vitality
Flawless Emerald.png
  • Helm: +11% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 25%
  • Other: +18 Dexterity
Flawless Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increased Experience Rewarded per Kill by 11%
  • Weapon: +10-20 Damage
  • Other: +18 Strength
Flawless Topaz.png
  • Helm: 11% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 10 damage per hit
  • Other: +18 Intelligence
Perfect 42
Perfect Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +9% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +15 Life
  • Other: +22 Vitality
Perfect Emerald.png
  • Helm: 13% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 30%
  • Other: +22 Dexterity
Perfect Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increased Experience Rewarded per Kill by 13%
  • Weapon: +11-22 Damage
  • Other: +22 Strength
Perfect Topaz.png
  • Helm: 13% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 15 damage per hit
  • Other: +22 Intelligence
Radiant 48
Radiant Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +10% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +25 Life
  • Other: +26 Vitality
Radiant Emerald.png
  • Helm: 15% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 35%
  • Other: +26 Dexterity
Radiant Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increased Experience Rewarded per Kill by 15%
  • Weapon: +12-24 Damage
  • Other: +26 Strength
Radiant Topaz.png
  • Helm: 15% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 30 damage per hit
  • Other: +26 Intelligence
Square 54
Square Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +11% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +35 Life
  • Other: +30 Vitality
Square Emerald.png
  • Helm: 17% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 40%
  • Other: +30 Dexterity
Square Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increased Experience Rewarded per Kill by 17%
  • Weapon: +13-26 Damage
  • Other: +30 Strength
Square Topaz.png
  • Helm: 17% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 50 damage per hit
  • Other: +30 Intelligence
Flawless Square 60
Flawless Square Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +12% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +65 Life
  • Other: +34 Vitality
Flawless Square Emerald.png
  • Helm: 19% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 45%
  • Other: +34 Dexterity
Flawless Square Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increased Experience Rewarded per Kill by 19%
  • Weapon: +14-28 Damage
  • Other: +34 Strength
Flawless Square Topaz.png
  • Helm: 19% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 100 damage per hit
  • Other: +34 Intelligence
Perfect Square 61
Perfect Square Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +13% Life
  • Weapon: Each hit adds +105 Life
  • Other: +38 Vitality
Perfect Square Emerald.png
  • Helm: +21% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 50%
  • Other: +38 Dexterity
Perfect Square Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increases Experience Rewarded per Kill by 21%
  • Weapon: +15-30 Damage
  • Other: +38 Strength
Perfect Square Topaz.png
  • Helm: 21% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 200 damage per hit
  • Other: +38 Intelligence
Radiant Square 62
Radiant Square Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +14% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +190 Life
  • Other: +42 Vitality
Radiant Square Emerald.png
  • Helm: +23% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 60%
  • Other: +42 Dexterity
Radiant Square Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increases Experience Rewarded per Kill by 23%
  • Weapon: +16-32 Damage
  • Other: +42 Strength
Radiant Square Topaz.png
  • Helm: 23% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 350 damage per hit
  • Other: +42 Intelligence
Star 63
Star Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +15% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +300 Life
  • Other: +46 Vitality
Star Emerald.png
  • Helm: +25 Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 70%
  • Other: +46 Dexterity
Star Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increases Experience Rewarded per Kill by 25%
  • Weapon: +17-34 Damage
  • Other: +46 Strength
Star Topaz.png
  • Helm: 25% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 600 damage per hit
  • Other: +46 Intelligence
Flawless Star 64
Flawless Star Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +16% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +400 Life
  • Other: +50 Vitality
Flawless Star Emerald.png
  • Helm: +27% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 80%
  • Other: +50 Dexterity
Flawless Star Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increases Experience Rewarded per Kill by 27%
  • Weapon:
  • Other: +50 Strength
Flawless Star Topaz.png
  • Helm: 27% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 900 damage per hit
  • Other: +50 Intelligence
Perfect Star 65
Perfect Star Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +17% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +500 Life
  • Other: +54 Vitality
Perfect Star Emerald.png
  • Helm: +29% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 90%
  • Other: +54 Dexterity
Perfect Star Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increases Experience Rewarded per Kill by 29%
  • Weapon:
  • Other: +54 Strength
Perfect Star Topaz.png
  • Helm: 29% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 1250 damage per hit
  • Other: +54 Intelligence
Radiant Star 66
Radiant Star Amethyst.png
  • Helm: +18% Life
  • Weapon: Each Hit Adds +600 Life
  • Other: +58 Vitality
Radiant Star Emerald.png
  • Helm: +31% Extra Gold from Monsters
  • Weapon: Critical Hit Damage Increased by 100%
  • Other: +58 Dexterity
Radiant Star Ruby.png
  • Helm: Increases Experience Rewarded per Kill by 31%
  • Weapon:
  • Other: +58 Strength
Radiant Star Topaz.png
  • Helm: 31% Better Chance of Finding Magical Items
  • Weapon: Melee attackers take 1800 damage per hit
  • Other: +58 Intelligence

References[edit]

  1. http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/gem/
  2. as seen in-game
  3. DiabloFans: Diablo 3 Jeweler Preview
  4. D3 Battle.Net Blog: Patch 1.0.3 Now Available