Gemstones are biome-specific gems introduced with Biomes O' Plenty, with the exception of Emerald which is native to Minecraft. They appear as ores, items, and decorative blocks.


Gemstone Ores can be discovered below y = 32 in their associated biomes:
Amber is found in Forest Biomes.
Emerald is found in Mountain Biomes.
Malachite is found in Swamp Biomes.
Peridot is found in Plains Biomes.
Ruby is found in Arid Biomes.
Sapphire is found in Ocean Biomes.
Tanzanite is found in Cold Biomes.
Topaz is found in Lush Biomes.


An Iron Pickaxe or better is required to mine Gemstone ores. A Silk Touch Pickaxe can be used to collect the blocks of ore rather than the Gemstone drops. The ores drop one gem with an unenchanted pickaxe. With fortune, the ores can drop up to four gems, one extra per level of fortune. Amber Ore cannot be smelted.


Gemstones can be crafted into a Terrestrial Artifact. They can also be crafted into their corresponding Gemstone Blocks.

Crafting Ingredient Edit

Name Ingredients Crafting Recipe Description
Terrestrial Artifact Ruby, Topaz, Amber, Peridot, Malachite, Sapphire, Tanzanite, and Emerald
Artifact Recipe
A crafting component used in the Biome Finder, Enderporter, and Wanderer Music Disc
Gemstones forms

Gemstones in their ore, item, and block forms.

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