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Promotional art for Bejeweled Stars, featuring all the gems

A Gem is a crystal-like object found in the Bejeweled series. Gems come in many colors and shapes, and consist the basis of the Bejeweled games. The gameplay region is full with gems, and the player must clear them by swapping other adjacent gems or by rotating the Gem Rotator. Gems can be swapped with 4 directions (up, down, left and right), while the Gem Rotator can be rotated clockwise (or counter-clockwise). In many modes, the player will have to swap as many gems as they can to advance to the next level.

Overview[]

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All 7 gems

The gems are static objects that appear in the Bejeweled series. They appear in 7 different types: a red square ruby, an orange hexagonal gem, a yellow rhombus gem, a green round emerald, a blue diamond, a purple prism, and a white crystal sphere. When a gem is selected by the player, the gem begins to spin around until unselected, though this does not occur depending on the game/version. The gems are collected when 3 or more of them are lined up horizontally or vertically. Gems can also be shattered using Special Gems.

The appearance of the gems has changed throughout several entries in the Bejeweled series.

Normal Gems

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Red Gem

The Red Gem has a flat, quadratic shape. In the Palm OS version of Bejeweled 2, the Red Gem is also referred to as the [Garnet] from the code.

In Bejeweled, the Red Gem featured a tiny chute in the center of the Red Gem, with 4 edges. The gem becomes bulged in Bejeweled 2, with a big bulge side in the center of the gem and 4 small edges at the corner, with had a quadratic shape. Following Bejeweled Twist, the gem received smoothened edges. In the Bejeweled Board Games, the Red gem becomes cube-shaped.

In Bejeweled 3, the Red Gem becomes a focus point of the Balance mini-quest. The Red Gem becomes the focus for some Rare Gems in Bejeweled Blitz, including the Kanga Ruby.

In the constellations of Bejeweled Stars, Red Gems are also known as Ruby Gems.

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Orange Gem

The Orange Gem resembles an icosahedron. In the Palm OS version of Bejeweled 2, the Orange Gem is also referred to as the [Citrine] from the code and the name of Rare Gem.

In Bejeweled, the gem originally had a flat, hexagonal shape appearence, but became an icosahedron starting with Bejeweled 2.

In Bejeweled 3's Diamond Mine game mode, the Orange Gem is completely absent from gameplay. In Bejeweled Stars, the Orange Gems begin to appear after several moves in certain levels. In the game's constellations, Orange Gems are also known as Amber Gems.

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Yellow Gem

The Yellow Gem resembles a rhombus. In the Palm OS version of Bejeweled 2, the Yellow Gem is also referred to as the [Jade] from the code. It is tilted at a 45 degree angle and is also a tad bit "sharper" than the Red Gem. The size of the center edge differs between games. In Bejeweled Blitz, the Yellow Gem becomes the focus for the type of gem to be used for collecting coins.

In Bejeweled Stars, the Yellow Gem appears instantly or begin to appear after several moves in certain levels, similar to the Orange Gem. In constellations, Yellow Gems are also known as Topaz Gem.

In the Bejeweled Board Games, the Yellow Gem becomes round shaped, with the side edges becoming much smaller.

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Green Gem

The Green Gem resembles a round decagon. In the Palm OS version of Bejeweled 2, the Green Gem is also referred to as the [Emerald/Peridot] from the code.

In Bejeweled, the gem appears as a flat octagonal similar to the Red Gem, but becomes a decagon beginning with Bejeweled 2. In Bejeweled 2, the gem featured four edges and a rhombus face in the center. Beginning with Bejeweled Twist, the gem would become flatter, with the center of the gem now having only two edges, while the top and bottom parts of the gems having six edges and a hexagon face. The gem's shape becomes rounder in Bejeweled Stars.

In the constellations of Bejeweled Stars, Green Gems are also known as Emerald Gems.

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Blue Gem

The Blue Gem resembles a diamond. In the Palm OS version of Bejeweled 2, the Blue Gem also is referred to as the [Diamond/Sapphire] from the code.

In Diamond Mine and Bejeweled, the gem was originally colored cyan/light blue, but became blue starting in Bejeweled 2. The gem is usually seen from a perspective in games such as Bejeweled 2, Bejeweled Twist, Bejeweled 3, Bejeweled Blitz, and more. In promotional art of Bejeweled 3, Bejeweled Blitz and Bejeweled Stars and other media, the Blue Gem features extra triangular edges on the top of the gem.

In Bejeweled 3, the Blue Gem becomes a focus point of the Balance mini-quest, like the Red Gem. The Blue Gem becomes the focus for some Rare Gems in Bejeweled Blitz, including the Blue Thunder.

In the constellations of Bejeweled Stars, Blue Gems are also known as Sapphire Gems.

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Purple Gem

The Purple Gem resembles a flat prism. In the Palm OS version of Bejeweled 2, the Purple Gem is also referred to as the [Agate] from the code.

It's design has remained consistent throughout entries of the Bejeweled series. In the Bejeweled Board Games, the Purple Gem's prism shape becomes rounder. The Purple Gem becomes the focus for some Rare Gems in Bejeweled Blitz, including the Hocus Topaz.

In the constellations of Bejeweled Stars, Purple Gems are also known as Amethyst Gems.

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White Gem

The White Gem resembles a buckyball. In the Palm OS version of Bejeweled 2, the White Gem is also referred to as the [Pearl] from the code.

In Bejeweled, the gem resembles a round decagon similar to the Green Gem, but became a buckyball shape beginning with Bejeweled 2. It is the smoothest out of the 7 gems.

In the PC version of Bejeweled Blitz, the White Gem becomes the focus for the type of gem to be used for collecting coins during offline mode, similar to the Yellow Gem. The White Gem becomes the focus for some Rare Gems in Bejeweled Blitz, including the Panda-monium.

In the constellations of Bejeweled Stars, White Gems are also known as Diamond Gems.

Special Gems

See Special Gems.

Special Gems are type of gems that contain special powers, and are created usually by matching four or more gems in a row.

Rare Gems

See Rare Gems.

Rare Gems are type of Gems that appear in Bejeweled Blitz, and usually alter gameplay. The appearance of the Rare Gems varies between others.

SkyGems[]

See SkyGem.

SkyGems are type of gems from Bejeweled Stars which are used to make Powers or items in the PowerLab.

Collectable Gems (Bejeweled Stars)[]

Challenges come every once in a while where rewards are given for collecting 500, 5,000, 25,000- up to 35,000 gems.

Spreeshell

Spreeshells: Blue Seashells[]

Life's a Beach! Collect seashells to have fun in the sun and win fantastic prizes! Is your bucket full of seashells? Take advantage by using the 5x multiplier!

Other Gems[]

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Black Gem[]

A black, round-shaped enneagon gem with a pentagon face in the center. This gem only appears in the Chuzzle game mode BeChuzzed, and is the only gem to exclusively appear in a non-Bejeweled game.

Trivia[]

  • The Blue Gem is commonly seen as the symbol/primary gem of the Bejeweled series, as the gem is commonly used to represent the series in promotional material of the game.
    • There have been several occasions where the Blue Gem was not always the featured gem, such as Astraware's Bejeweled featuring the Red Gem as an icon.
  • At one point during the development of Diamond Mine, Gems were initially discarded as ideas for the playing pieces, but was eventually reused after Jason Kapalka made geometrical shape drawings with gem-like appearances.[1]
    • Fruits were also considered as playing pieces, but was rejected mainly because most fruits had a round appearance.
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      Gems created during Diamond Mine's development. Only the first seven were used in the final game and in later entries to come.

  • As shown in the GDC panel for the Bejeweled series in 2011, eleven different gems were created during the development of Diamond Mine (shown in the picture). Out of all the gems shown, only the first seven gems that were created were used in the final game and in later entries, with the remaining four becoming unused to this day.
    • The unused gems include:
      • A pink colored, flat-shaped diamond gem.
      • A gray colored, round pentagon gem.
      • A sepia colored gem, shaped identically to the green gem.
      • A magenta colored, round hexagon gem.
    • Three of the four unused gem sprites (pink, gray and sepia) can be found in the files of an early version of the Java version of Diamond Mine. The magenta gem is the only unused gem that is not included in the game's files.
  • Since Bejeweled released, gems appeared in several PopCap games as cameos. A few noted examples are:
    • In Zuma's Revenge!, a White Gem and a Red Gem can be seen in the statue of Serpent Scuffle (Zone 6). In the Nintendo DS port of the game, there is also a stage in the Daily Dungeon's Blitz mode with all of the gem colors present.
    • In Alchemy, different colored variations of the green gem (except the stage 5 marker is actually a green version of the white gem) appear as stage markers.
    • In some versions of Plants vs. Zombies, gems as they appear in Bejeweled Twist/Blitz/3 can be found under the achievements page after scrolling down the achievements. Other cameos from other PopCap games can be found as well, and the Diamond in Plants vs. Zombies resembles the Blue Gem. Some gems also appear in the game's leaderboards screen.
    • In Bookworm Adventures Vol. 1, a Red Gem is the stage marker in the chapter "Underworld". Most gem tiles may also be based on Bejeweled.
    • In Typer Shark, different colored gems from Bejeweled/Diamond Mine such as: The Green Gem, The Orange Gem, The Blue Gem, The Red Gem, The White Gem and The Yellow Gem can be found at the end of certain levels with different names.
    • In Insaniquarium, The Blue Gem is dropped by the Star Catchers, The Carnivores and The King Guppy/Crown Guppy.
      • Most gems in the series are based on Bejeweled, except for Topaz and Crystal.
      • There is also a big difference in how the gems move when matches are detected in some of the titles. In Bejeweled Blitz and Bejeweled 3, there is a noticeable difference when a cascade is given compared to the previous titles. Both games match the gems with instability, while the rest of the titles match with stability. With stability: the whole board settles before a match, while instability makes all gems move all over the screen.
  • There are instances where the gems do not spin when they are selected, as seen in specific games or versions of a game.
    • The following games that do not feature spinning animations include: Diamond Mine, the Flash version of Bejeweled, Bejeweled Twist, Bejeweled Blitz LIVE, and Bejeweled Stars.
    • Bejeweled Stars previously featured spinning gem animations, but was removed in a later update. They now shine and hop in place when they are selected.
  • Gems BJ2 PalmOS code names

    The codenames for the gems in the PalmOS version of Bejeweled 2

    In the PalmOS version of Bejeweled 2, there are some codes that was found to reference some names of the Gems.

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3D Models from Bejeweled 3[]

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Names in other languages[]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジェム
Jemu
Gem
Spanish Joya Jewel
French Gemme Gem
German Stein Stone
Italian Gemma Gem
Portuguese Pedra Stone/Gem
Chinese 宝石
Bǎoshí
Gem

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