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Guide to Collecting Gemstones in The Sims 3

by: Sheri Newton ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

The Sims 3 lets Sims have fun collecting items such as gemstones, butterflies, beetles, space rocks, and seeds. Some gemstones can only be found in certain neighborhoods, and some have special cuts. Find out more about the gemstones that you can find and collect in The Sims 3 with this guide.

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    Collecting The Sims 3 Gemstones

    Gemstones can be found in The Sims 3 in their rough form. They look like a ball with colored gems coming out of it. The color is based on the type of gemstone that it is.

    Gems can be found pretty easily around town, but to really be able to find them quickly, it is well worth it to use your Sim’s lifetime happiness points to purchase the “Collection Helper." When using the Collection Helper, your Sim can set it to show where the gems and rocks are on the map, so you can quickly move around to find them. When you zoom in, it shows the gem as glowing, so it is easy to find.

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    The Sims 3 Gems in the Base Neighborhood

    The base neighborhood has many gemstones that are able to be collected by Sims that want to search for them.

    Sims 3 Gems in Town  

    The gems that can be found in the base neighborhoods include:

    • Blue Topaz – (Rarity: Common; Value in raw form: $9-21)
    • Smoky Quartz – (Rarity: Common; Value in raw form: $15-25)
    • Emerald – (Rarity: Common; Value in raw form: $20-30)
    • Ruby – (Rarity: Common; Value in raw form: $25-35)
    • Yellow Sapphire – (Rarity: Uncommon; Value in raw form: $35-60)
    • Tanzanite – (Rarity: Uncommon; Value in raw form: $65-95)
    • Diamond – (Rarity: Rare; Value in raw form: $100-200)
    • Luminorious Gem – (Rarity: Rare; Value in raw form: $150-350)
    • Rainbow Gem – (Rarity: Extraordinarily Unusual; Value in raw form: $450-700)
    • Pink Diamond – (Rarity: Extraordinarily Unusual; Value in raw form: $1,200-1,650)
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    The Sims 3 Gemstones Available with World Adventures

    The Sims 3: World Adventures expansion pack includes three new neighborhoods that Sims can travel to. While your Sim is there, they can search for gemstones to find new gems that they can take home and proudly display.

    The gems that can be found in China include:

    • Lapis Lazuli – (Rarity: Common; Value in raw form: $12-30)
    • Jade – (Rarity: Rare; Value in raw form: $120-240)

    Sims 3 Collecting Gemstones  

    The gems that can be found in Egypt include:

    • Alabaster – (Rarity: Common; Value in raw form: $9-55)
    • Turquoise – (Rarity: Uncommon; Value in raw form: $60-70)

    The gems that can be found in France include:

    • Amethyst – (Rarity: Common; Value in raw form: $18-24)
    • Citrine – (Rarity: Uncommon; Value in raw form: $35-53)
    • Opal – (Rarity: Rare; Value in raw form: $350-520)
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    The Sims 3 Gemstones Available with Ambitions

    Only one new gemstone was added with The Sims 3: Ambitions expansion pack. It can be found occasionally with using the “Sculptor’s Workbench."

    The single gem that was added with Ambitions is:

    • Fluorite – (Rarity: Rare; Value in raw form: $300-500)
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    The Sims 3 Gemstones Available with Late Night

    The Sims 3: Late Night expansion pack added two new gemstones that can be found. These are a little bit harder to find, but they are possible to find.

    Sims 3 Collecting Gemstones 2  

    The gems available from The Sims 3: Late Night include:

    • Smithsonite
    • Vampire’s Eye
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    Gemstone Cuts and Displays

    Once a gemstone in The Sims 3 has been collected, the Sim has the option of sending it off to the gem cutter to be cut into their desired shape.

    The types of cuts available include:Sims 3 Gems Collection Displayed  

    • Emerald – costs $10
    • Oval – costs $20
    • Pear – costs $35
    • Plumbbob – costs $50
    • Marquis – costs $75
    • Crystal Ball – costs $100
    • Brilliant – costs $250
    • Heart Shaped – costs $1,000
    • Polished Split – costs $45
    • Spire – costs $6,500
    • Sculptor’s Egg – costs $175
    • Skull – only available through Transfiguration

    After your Sim receives the gemstone back in the desired shape, they can then place the gem where they want it displayed at. Once it is displayed, you can then pick either a pillow or stand to display it on.

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