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Gems and Art Objects

Many people treasure gems for their brilliant colors and for the alchemical or even magical properties some have. Works of art and their value, meanwhile, vary as widely as the concept of beauty between cultures. They may be more elegant versions of useful items, or exist solely to be admired and envied.

Much like coins, gems and art objects are valuable currency worth their full Price when sold. When making a treasure hoard, you can choose gems or art objects you like, or roll randomly using percentile dice.

Gems

Gems are naturally occurring minerals, typically in a crystalline form, or, in a few cases, organic material such as amber, coral, and pearls. All but the largest gems weigh about half as much as a coin, so about 2,000 gems is 1 Bulk. Unworked gems are worth half the Price of a finished gem and can serve as the minimum raw materials necessary to Craft the finished gem. Lesser semiprecious stones are level 0 items, moderate and greater semiprecious stones are 1st-level items, lesser and moderate precious stones are 4th-level items that require expert proficiency to Craft, and greater precious stones are 7th-level items that require master proficiency to Craft.

Table 2—23: Gems
d% Lesser Semiprecious Stones Price
1–7 Agate 1d4×5 sp
8–14 Alabaster 1d4×5 sp
15–21 Azurite 1d4×5 sp
22–28 Hematite 1d4×5 sp
29–35 Lapis lazuli 1d4×5 sp
36–42 Malachite 1d4×5 sp
43–49 Obsidian 1d4×5 sp
50–56 Pearl, irregular freshwater 1d4×5 sp
57–63 Pyrite 1d4×5 sp
64–70 Rhodochrosite 1d4×5 sp
71–77 Quartz, rock crystal 1d4×5 sp
78–84 Shell 1d4×5 sp
85–92 Tiger’s-eye 1d4×5 sp
93–100 Turquoise 1d4×5 sp
d% Moderate Semiprecious Stones Price
1–7 Bloodstone 1d4×25 sp
8–14 Carnelian 1d4×25 sp
15–21 Chrysoprase 1d4×25 sp
22–28 Citrine 1d4×25 sp
29–35 Ivory 1d4×25 sp
36–42 Jasper 1d4×25 sp
43–49 Moonstone 1d4×25 sp
50–56 Onyx 1d4×25 sp
57–63 Peridot 1d4×25 sp
64–70 Quartz, milky, rose, or smoky 1d4×25 sp
71–77 Sard 1d4×25 sp
78–84 Sardonyx 1d4×25 sp
85–92 Spinel, red or green 1d4×25 sp
93–100 Zircon 1d4×25 sp
d% Greater Semiprecious Stones Price
1–10 Amber 1d4×5 gp
11–20 Amethyst 1d4×5 gp
21–30 Chrysoberyl 1d4×5 gp
31–40 Coral 1d4×5 gp
41–50 Garnet 1d4×5 gp
51–60 Jade 1d4×5 gp
61–70 Jet 1d4×5 gp
71–80 Pearl, saltwater 1d4×5 gp
81–90 Spinel, deep blue 1d4×5 gp
91–100 Tourmaline 1d4×5 gp
d% Lesser Precious Stones Price
1–25 Aquamarine 1d4×50 gp
26–50 Opal 1d4×50 gp
51–75 Pearl, black 1d4×50 gp
76–100 Topaz 1d4×50 gp
d% Moderate Precious Stones Price
1–25 Diamond, small 1d4×100 gp
26–50 Emerald 1d4×100 gp
51–75 Ruby, small 1d4×100 gp
76–100 Sapphire 1d4×100 gp
d% Greater Precious Stones Price
1–25 Diamond, large 1d4×500 gp
26–50 Emerald, brilliant green 1d4×500 gp
51–75 Ruby, large 1d4×500 gp
76–100 Star sapphire 1d4×500 gp

Art Objects

These pieces of artwork have listed values, but might be more valuable to a collector or someone with a personal connection. When including art objects, consider whether the PCs could discover this information and secure a greater reward. For instance, a dwarven crown might be worth 1,000 gp for its exquisite crafting, but even more to the dwarves who lost the crown of their first queen long ago.

This could also be a plot hook for a later adventure.

On the other hand, the materials used to make an art object, such as the paint and the canvas of a painting, are worth far less than the finished object. Some art objects on Table 2–24 include uncommon or rare precious materials, though usually not in large enough amounts for other crafting purposes. If you’re rolling randomly and don’t want to give out an uncommon or rare material, roll again or modify the description (for instance, you might change the mithral crown in the major art objects list to a gold crown).

Table 2—24: Sample Art Objects
d% Minor Art Object Price
1–5 Elegant cloth doll 1d4 gp
6–10 Scrimshaw whale bone 1d4 gp
11–15 Illustrated book 1d4 gp
16–20 Brass statuette of a bull 1d4 gp
21–25 Carved wooden game set 1d4 gp
26–30 Set of six ivory dice 1d4 gp
31–35 Engraved copper ring 1d4 gp
36–40 Lapis lazuli pendant 1d4 gp
41–45 Hand mirror with decorated frame 1d4 gp
46–50 Colorful velvet half mask 1d4 gp
51–55 Set of decorated ceramic plates 1d4 gp
56–60 Leather flagon with holy symbol 1d4 gp
61–65 Bronze bowl with wave imagery 1d4 gp
66–70 Brass anklet 1d4 gp
71–75 Iron cauldron with gargoyle faces 1d4 gp
76–80 Silver religious symbol 1d4 gp
81–85 Bronze brazier with religious artwork 1d4 gp
86–90 Plain brass censer 1d4 gp
91–95 Simple sculpture 1d4 gp
96–100 Simple painting 1d4 gp
d% Lesser Art Object Price
1–5 Silk ceremonial armor 1d4×10 gp
6–10 Inscribed crocodile skull 1d4×10 gp
11–15 Illuminated manuscript 1d4×10 gp
16–20 Simple silver circlet 1d4×10 gp
21–25 Copper statuette of a salamander 1d4×10 gp
26–30 Alabaster and obsidian game set 1d4×10 gp
31–35 Silk fan decorated with turquoise 1d4×10 gp
36–40 Ceremonial dagger with onyx hilt 1d4×10 gp
41–45 Amphora with lavish scenes 1d4×10 gp
46–50 Colorful pastoral tapestry 1d4×10 gp
51–55 Chrysoberyl symbol of an evil eye 1d4×10 gp
56–60 Alabaster idol 1d4×10 gp
61–65 Silk mask decorated with citrines 1d4×10 gp
66–70 Set of decorated porcelain plates 1d4×10 gp
71–75 Etched copper ewer 1d4×10 gp
76–80 Brass scepter with amethyst head 1d4×10 gp
81–85 Bronze chalice with bloodstones 1d4×10 gp
86–90 Iron and rock crystal brazier 1d4×10 gp
91–95 Quality sculpture by an unknown 1d4×10 gp
96–100 Quality painting by an unknown 1d4×10 gp
d% Moderate Art Object Price
1–5 Porcelain doll with amber eyes 1d4×25 gp
6–10 Marble altar 1d4×25 gp
11–15 Parade armor with flourishes 1d4×25 gp
16–20 Silver coronet with peridots 1d4×25 gp
21–25 Moonstone and onyx game set 1d4×25 gp
26–30 Gold and garnet ring 1d4×25 gp
31–35 Ceremonial shortsword with spinels 1d4×25 gp
36–40 Silver statuette of a raven 1d4×25 gp
41–45 Porcelain vase inlaid with gold 1d4×25 gp
46–50 Enormous tapestry of a major battle 1d4×25 gp
51–55 Gold necklace with peridots 1d4×25 gp
56–60 Virtuoso silver flute 1d4×25 gp
61–65 Coral idol of an elemental lord 1d4×25 gp
66–70 Silver mirror with gilded frame 1d4×25 gp
71–75 Silver flagon inscribed with fields 1d4×25 gp
76–80 Copper and spinel puzzle box 1d4×25 gp
81–85 Small cold iron cauldron with onyx 1d4×25 gp
86–90 Silver and jade censer 1d4×25 gp
91–95 Life-size sculpture by an expert 1d4×25 gp
96–100 Wide landscape by an expert 1d4×25 gp
d% Greater Art Object Price
1–5 Gilded ceremonial armor 1d4×250 gp
6–10 Ancient dragon skull etched with mystic sigils 1d4×250 gp
11–15 Original manuscript from a world-famous author 1d4×250 gp
16–20 Gold and aquamarine diadem 1d4×250 gp
21–25 Gold dragon statuette 1d4×250 gp
26–30 Jet and white gold game set 1d4×250 gp
31–35 Gold rapier with amethysts 1d4×250 gp
36–40 Gold urn with scenes of judgment 1d4×250 gp
41–45 Splendid lyre of world-famous lyrist 1d4×250 gp
46–50 Platinum-framed monocle 1d4×250 gp
51–55 Gold mask of a high priest 1d4×250 gp
56–60 Crystal dinner set, fine silverware 1d4×250 gp
61–65 Gold and opal bracelet 1d4×250 gp
66–70 Intricate silver and gold music box 1d4×250 gp
71–75 Jeweled orrery of the planes 1d4×250 gp
76–80 Gilded scepter with sapphire 1d4×250 gp
81–85 Fine gold spyglass 1d4×250 gp
86–90 Gold chalice with black pearls 1d4×250 gp
91–95 Towering sculpture by a master 1d4×250 gp
96–100 Famous portrait by a master 1d4×250 gp
d% Major Art Object Price
1–5 Jewel-encrusted gold altar 1d4×1,000 gp
6–10 Saint’s bone with lost scriptures 1d4×1,000 gp
11–15 Previously lost volume 1d4×1,000 gp from a legendary author
16–20 Jeweled mithral crown 1d4×1,000 gp
21–25 Platinum dragon statuette 1d4×1,000 gp
26–30 Diamond ring with platinum band 1d4×1,000 gp
31–35 Star sapphire necklace 1d4×1,000 gp
36–40 Darkwood violin by a legend 1d4×1,000 gp
41–45 Platinum image of a fey noble with a bit of orichalcum 1d4×1,000 gp
46–50 Jeweled gold puzzle box 1d4×1,000 gp
51–55 Crystallized dragon heart 1d4×1,000 gp
56–60 Living flame shaped into a phoenix 1d4×1,000 gp
61–65 Phasing ether silk tapestry 1d4×1,000 gp
66–70 Solidified moment of time 1d4×1,000 gp
71–75 Legendary tankard 1d4×1,000 gp
76–80 Thought lens of astral essence 1d4×1,000 gp
81–85 Divine art piece created by a goddess 1d4×1,000 gp
86–90 Chandelier crafted from dreams 1d4×1,000 gp
91–95 Enormous chryselephantine sculpture by a legend 1d4×1,000 gp
96–100 Major painting by a legend 1d4×1,000 gp
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