Forgotten Realms Wiki
Forgotten Realms Wiki

Diamond was an extremely hard gemstone found primarily in the cold, mountainous region of Faerûn and anywhere on Toril that had seen volcanic activity, either active or dormant. Nearly all probable diamond locations were deep underground, making them accessible only to dwarves and the other subterranean races.[6][7]


A chart of diamond colors

Gem quality diamonds were translucent to transparent and came in a variety of colors. The most valuable hues were clear (also described as blue-white), canary yellow, pink, brown, and deep blue.[3][5][6][7] They were almost exclusively facet cut because, if done correctly, diamonds refracted ordinary light into beautiful flashes of color (known as "fire" in lapidary parlance). Diamonds were frequently worn for adornment.[7]

Very few substances were harder than diamond and all were just as rare and scarce, or more so. Diamonds could be used to engrave almost anything and were prized for making fine cutting and piercing tools for artisans.[7] A typical properly cut specimen had a base value of 5,000 gp.[1][2][3][4][5]


Diamonds had an affinity for divination magic, and in the crafting of spells or items that improved vision or located objects. Diamonds were the first choice for gems of seeing and were required components for a helm of brilliance. This stone was also useful in making or destroying poisons. Depending on the process and magics involved, diamond dust could be used to create a deadly poison or be used to create items (added to an immersion) or spell scrolls (used in the ink) that neutralized poison. More broadly, diamond dust was a viable substitute in the making of magical inks when more appropriate substances were not available. In all cases, according to Elminster, magical workings involving diamond worked best when done at highsun.[7][note 1]

A diamond jewel, placed directly against the skin of the head or neck, afforded the wearer some protection against spells of the enchantment/charm school and psionic influence or attack. Dreamless sleep could be achieved by wearing cut diamonds on at least two sides of the head.[7]

Ancient Mulhorandi gem magic associated diamonds with perfection, which was the source of diamond golems' obsessive personalities and innate sunbeam and true strike spells.[8]

Chultan gem magic could enchant small diamond slivers to be used as portable lightning bolt spell. Once the command word was uttered, the Tabaxi word for "lightning," the enchanted diamond shard turned into a bolt of lightning. The activation produced a blinding flash of light, to which the owner of the gem was immune. The lightning could be hurled at the enemies like a javelin.[9]


Diamonds were considered prized gems among the drow, albeit they considered only blue ones and even among them only those of rich hues such.[10]

Notable Diamonds[]



  1. "Noon", when the sun was directly overhead.


The Council of BladesThe Sapphire Crescent
Video Games
Baldur's Gate seriesIcewind Dale seriesNeverwinter Nights series

External links[]

Smallwikipedialogo.png Diamond article at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.