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Author: whyi
Date:Mar 23 2005

Gem longdescs

A gem's longdesc almost always contains a block of text determined by its
color and material, followed by a block of text determined by its adjective,
possibly followed by the note "It is damaged.".

The interesting exception is star gems. I have seen the longdescs of star
rubies and star sapphires, and I believe that stars occur on quartz as well. I
do not know what other materials stars might appear on. Star gemstones have a
block of text determined by their star and their material, followed by the
adjective text and possibly a damage note.

Star:
This hemispherical ruby/sapphire is particularly interesting, because there is
a 'star' of light hovering just above its surface. The star seems to glow with
an inner light that comes from the gem, shining with a quiet white light in
contrast to the gem's red/blue color.

Adjectives

Beautiful: It is a beautiful specimen, without doubt a rare find and therefore
quite valuable for its kind.

Chipped: It has a small but unrepairable chipped section, making it damaged
and therefore less valuable.

Cracked: It has an unrepairable crack down the middle. That makes it far less
valuable.

Dull: While it has no major imperfections, it is lackluster and does not have
that sparkle that makes gems so valuable.

Flawed: It is obviously flawed, having imperfections both in shape and colour
that make it far less valuable.

Flawless: No matter how hard you look, you see no impurities of colour or
shape in the gem. Such a gem is very hard to find!

Gleaming: It practically gleams in the light, reflecting light in such a way
to make it appear to glow.

Huge: This gem is HUGE! It must be extremely valuable, a gem of this size
without any major flaws.

Large: It is larger than most gems, and is probably worth a fair amount of
money.

Lovely: It is just lovely, the way it refracts light into rainbow shards of
colours.

Magnificent: It is a magnificent example of its kind, having above-average
colour, shape, and shine.

Perfect: It is the perfect specimen of its kind. There are no flaws, the
colour is appealing, and the shape is just right. It could be worth a fortune!

Polished: It has a very smooth surface, and has been polished up nicely to
make it look valuable.

Shiny: It is reflecting light in a bright shine, almost as if it was a small
star.

Shoddy: The colour is not that pleasing and the shape is unattractive as well.
It's just not that good of a gem.

Small: It is a bit on the small side for a gem, and probably won't be worth
all that much.

Sparkling: Sparkles of light dance and play along its surface, even in the
dimmest of light.

Tiny: It is tiny. Such a small gem is probably not worth very much.

Colors and Materials

I have ommitted black sapphires. Black sapphires are rare (I estimate less
than 1/50 sapphires are black), and more valuable than other colors of
sapphire. There may be other rare colors (I can imagine black pearl, blue
topaz, or many colors of zircon), but I have no evidence that they exist. 

Note: Malachites are actually described as "geen" - I've typoed it, and it may
be fixed at some point, making this information wrong. Similarly, rubies do
have an additional space before the color, I have typoed it, and it may be
fixed at some point.

green alexandrite: This green gemstone is a single crystal and is transparent.

golden/yellow amber: This transparent golden/yellow gem has been cut cabochon.
It does not feel like a normal gemstone, for it seems both warmer and softer.

deep purple amethyst: This gemstone is a rich purple shade. It has been cut
into many facets to display its colour.

purple amethyst: This gemstone is a rich purple shade. It is a six-sided
crystal, left in its natural form.

blue-green aquamarine: This gem is transparent and has a blue-green colour to
it. Looking through it is like peering through glass tinted to the hue the
ocean is supposed to be.

mottled grey bloodstone: This opaque stone is a dark grey with small blotches
of dull red spread around its surface. It is cut cabochon.

clear/red/red-brown carnelian: This clear/red/red-brown gemstone is
transparent, like glass. It has been tumbled smooth.

green chrysoberyl: This green gemstone is clear as glass, and is cut into many
facets which reflect the light into olive-coloured shards.

blue-white/blue/pink/yellow diamond: This clear, blue-white/blue/pink/yellow
gem is cut into facets which reflect light into a dazzling shine. It almost
appears that there is a small rainbow of colours locked within the gem.

deep red/purple/reddish-purple/violet garnet: This deep red/purple/reddish-purp
le/violet gem looks like a marble that has had facets cut into it. Its colour
is very dark, making it hard to see through.
 
grey/grey-black/silvery/steel-coloured hematite: This gem is a shining
grey/grey-black/silvery/steel-grey colour and has been cut rectangular. You
can see the room reflected in its steel-coloured surface.

dark green/green/greenish-brown/light green/white jade: This stone is
completely opaque and has a smooth, almost waxy feel to it. It is dark
green/green/greenish-brown/light green/white and has no facets.

green malachite: This gemstone is geen with darker green stripes that run
through it. It is cut cabochon, and the edges show a deep mossy colour.

blue-white/white moonstone: This gem is mostly white, but its facets have been
polished so that they reflect light with a bluish tinge. It is opaque, so you
cannot see through it.

pink/white/yellow moss agate: This opaque pink/white/yellow stone has twisting
feather-like patterns of grey-green markings around its surface. It is a hard
stone, and has been cut into facets.

green olivine: This green gem is cut into facets and is transparent. There is
a slight tinge of yellow in the gem.

banded black and white onyx: This hard, banded black and white stone is
completely opaque. It is cut so the bands make concentric patterns, like rings
of a tree.

black/white onyx: This hard, black/white stone is completely opaque. It has
been tumbled smooth, so its uniform colour shows on all sides.

orange/pale blue/pale green/white opal: This gem is a translucent pattern of
orange/pale blue/pale green/white patches with darker mottling and gold
flecks. When you hold it up to the light, it creates an interesting design as
the different colours let different amounts of light through.

pink/white/yellow pearl: This smooth, spherical gem is a uniform
pink/white/yellow colour and has a reflective shine to it. It is completely
opaque, you cannot see through it.

blue/clear/rose/smoky quartz: This blue/clear/rose/smoky gem is a carved,
transparent stone, clear as glass. It is cut into facets which reflect light
like polished crystal.

pink/white/yellow rhodonite: This pink/white/yellow stone is facet-cut, and is
clear enough that you can see straight through it.

deep red/pale red/red ruby: This hard,  deep red/pale red/red gem is cut into
facets, so its red hue can be seen clearly from all angles.

blue/deep blue/pale blue sapphire: This hard blue/deep blue/pale blue gemstone
is transparent, although its hue makes it hard to see through. It is cut into
facets which twinkle like blue-white stars.

colourless/light green sunstone: While this gem is mostly colourless and
transparent, it has flashes of orange and red from within it. These give it a
overall golden colour. It has been cut into facets.

golden/pink/yellow/yellowish-brown topaz: This hard, golden/pink/yellow/yellowi
sh-brown gemstone is a large natural crystal. It is completely transparent,
and you can see straight through it.

aqua turquoise: This opaque, aqua stone has been tumbled smooth rather than
cut into facets.
It is all the same colour, uniformly hued across its surface.

mottled aqua turquoise: This opaque, aqua stone has been tumbled smooth rather
than cut into facets.
It has patches of darker blue on its surface.

light blue/pale blue zircon: This light blue/pale blue gem has many small
facets which reflect the light into blue sparkles. It is transparent, clear as
glass.


light blue zircon
This light blue/pale blue gem has many small facets which reflect the light
into blue sparkles. It is transparent, clear as glass.

golden/yellow amber
This transparent golden/yellow gem has been cut cabochon. It does not feel
like a normal gemstone, for it seems both warmer and softer.

blue-white/white moonstone
This gem is mostly white, but its facets have been polished so that they
reflect light with a bluish tinge. It is opaque, so you cannot see through it.



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