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- Gems

The Sims 3 Walkthrough and Guide

by Mike Hazleton  

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The Sims 3 Guide - Sunset Valley

Collectibles - Gems

While gems may not sound as interesting as Butterflies or Beetles, they can be even more valuable. They take a little more work to make them ready for sale in your inventory. You would be wise to get a gem cut, as this increases its value, possibly tremendously – though it costs a lot in itself. As you collect more and more gems, more highly specialised cuts become available, with the most advanced increasing the value of a gem five times over, though it does cost 1,000 Simoleons. You send the gem to be cut via the mailbox on your house's lot. You can then sell it by dragging it into the sell section of your inventory (marked by a faint Simoleon symbol).

Sending a gem off to be processed.

Below is a list of the gems and their value before they are cut. You can then send them off to be processed and it will increase their price. Clearly however, for the more common gems the price of the professional process is far greater than the value of the gem, so be careful. Price also varies by the weight of the gem, though never by more than about fourty-percent of the prices listed below.

Aqua: 21 Simoleons
Smoky: 25 Simoleons
Emerald: 30 Simoleons
Ruby: 35 Simoleons
Yellow: 60 Simoleons
Tanzanite: 95 Simoleons
Diamond: 200 Simoleons
Special: 350 Simoleons
Rainbow: 700 Simoleons
Pink: 1,650 Simoleons

The Pink Gem is only found in one place, and that is at the start of the cliffs on the eastern part of the beach. It must be accessed from the road above, the one that goes past Little Corsican Bistro heading out of town to the east.

The Rainbow Gem can be found in the deposits by the Summer Hill Springs, among the cliffs between Pinochle Pond and Fort Gnome Military Base, and the cliffs by the beach, below the coastal road.

Finding a gem

The Special Gem can be found in the deposits on the coastal road going out of Sunset Valley to the east, down the hill from Crystal Springs.

Gems can turn out to be Mysterious Mr. Gnomes, when analysed.


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Nov 12th 2013 Guest
Does this happen to anyone else?
If you sell collectibles like wildflowers, gems and seeds from your sims inventory on their home lot they reappear on their lawn or in their house. Then you can sell them again. Then if you go up a level to see upstairs, they reappear again and you can sell them again. You can keep switching levels and reselling them until you hit play then they disappear for good.
ID #319172
Feb 11th 2013 Guest
So once I get a gem cut, I got a diamond cut, what do I do with it? I read somewhere you can buy a thing to keep them safe. That ill regret selling them...
ID #253172
Nov 17th 2012 Guest
if you get sims pets and create a dog,teach it the hunting skill up to about level 5-6 and the dog should bring back a raimbow gem
ID #209423
Nov 4th 2012 Guest
i found a raibow gem at the crimanal werehouse. go on to it shows you all the places
ID #205045
Oct 27th 2012 Guest
Is martial arts, art or karate as well as all these other comments I still cannot find it i have one child and have three toddler triplets who have a toy i have done everything explored the catacombs but the is nothing there please help i have been looking for ages, so long that i have to keep reseting how long they will live, i will take any imformation. i really want to know aslo my friend cant find it! xxx :(
ID #201535
Oct 26th 2012 Guest
I saw a pink gem and before I could click on it, it disappeared :'(
ID #201338
Sep 20th 2012 Guest
If u have sims pets u can train ur dog to hunt for gems or u can make the imaginary friend potion urself with the chem lab(dont remember what exspansion u get it in though)...but i have also found the rainbow gems on the footpath to the mine in Apaloosa Valley . Hope this helps some of you out..
ID #187594
Sep 11th 2012 SimsFreak2182
What about in Moonlight Falls? I need a couple rainbow gems to have my kid's imaginary friends come to life. Any hints?
ID #185189
Jul 23rd 2012 Guest
I found five rainbow gems! I'm in Apaloosa Plains and I put a house next to the criminal base, then made my sim family move in. At first it only had a LOT of iron, but when my sim girl was told to bring a rainbow gem to the science factory, it started having loads of rainbow gems! I also found one rummaging throught the trash, and I also found a pink gem there too!
ID #167541
Jun 27th 2012 Guest
actually it is testingcheatsenabled true because i always usee it!
ID #157683
May 6th 2012 Guest
okay, i have bought to collection helper and picked up every gem everyday. i still CANNOT find the rainbow gem. i want my imaginary friend to become real. HELP?
ID #139994
Mar 15th 2012 Guest
Um i still cant find a rainbow gem i need it to turn my imaginary friend real
ID #123066
Mar 10th 2012 Guest
i problem you may have about hte buy debug and unkowncomand is 'testingCheatsenabled on ' nope not true or enabled or whateer
ID #122051
Mar 1st 2012 Guest
I found a pink gem in my house! Wow!
ID #119481
Feb 13th 2012 Guest
which item do you purchase after useing the cheat code to get the rainbow gem
ID #114798
Jan 23rd 2012 Guest
The easiest way to get a rainbow gem is to have a Sim with a Martial Arts skill maxed. Just chop those space rocks and there you go! Glad to help.
ID #108584
Jan 16th 2012 Guest
I also need a rainbow gem for a child. Help Chuppa Chup become real!!! I've spent days looking, dropped grades, missed field trips and still nothing. Getting fed up now.
ID #106529
Jan 10th 2012 Guest
Are luminorious and rainbow gems the same or are they different?
ID #104739
Dec 12th 2011 Guest
How do I sell Gems? And relics and whatever I may find? please help. :(
ID #94721
Oct 23rd 2011 Guest
i found a rianbow gem in one of the other places and its in a tomb you have to clear a path to get to it first i only got one and i have had this game since it got out.go to egypt look around in all of them if you can or havent done it.
ID #82241
Oct 14th 2011 Guest
do cut gems still count?
ID #80168
Sep 29th 2011 Guest
The rainbow gem spawns on the road near the beach. It is between an out of place looking boulder and a pine tree. Check on it every day with your camera and it will spawn eventually.
ID #77262
Aug 17th 2011 Guest
if you have world adventures when your sim is skilled enough in karate they can breck the space rock this gives of gems
ID #67896
Aug 10th 2011 Guest
I used testingCheatsenabled true and then BuyDebug. Once I did that I piled all the gem spawners on top of each other and then put a fence around them so I knew where they were when I wanted them Smile
ID #65777
Aug 1st 2011 Guest
i have the collection helper and i picked up every gem and rock around town, and i didn't get one rainbow gem. i need a rainbow gem for my kid!
ID #63169
Jul 29th 2011 Guest
whemever i go through ppls trash it says rummage for scrap and i get nothing!
ID #62475
Jul 22nd 2011 Guest
Hey theres actually pretty simple way to get all gems without looking for them at all if you have world adventures installed. Need to go to China and buy board breaker smash 150 oak or tougher boards and after that your sim will get them when breaking space rocks. Least every second braked space rock spawnes a gem. Only need is to look that you have enough room around Board breaker so gems can spawn. I've got all gems that way including rainbow pink soulpeace and tiberium whats most valuable as it is growing bigger if placed on floor and will cost around 40k after that.
ID #60142
Jul 20th 2011 Guest
Can anyone please help me to find a flourite gem?? im playing on Twin Brook but cant seem to find one?? been looking for aaaaages!!!! :( . . . can anyone help???
ID #59530
Jul 18th 2011 Guest
my husband sims was up all night look for the rainbow gem and he went in the catacombs and found an emernald in it. he was up all night rummaging through the garbage and he hasnt found nothing :( all hes got is a teddy garlic, and other bits and loads of trash.

i cant find it :(
ID #58918
Jul 11th 2011 Guest
YOu can also find gems by rummaging through garbage I found a rainbow gem there once!!! Smile
ID #56812
Jul 7th 2011 Guest
How do you get the rainbow gem my sim needs it so he can turn his imaginary friend real!
ID #55670
Jul 4th 2011 Guest
Hi! I also need one for my child, I got the Collection Helper and looked everywhere ! Please, where is it ??
ID #54691
Jul 3rd 2011 Guest
ok this helps me with nothing!!!!!
ID #54425
Jul 2nd 2011 Guest
Is the Rainbow gem easy to find or not cause i need it for my little girl (in game) imaginary friend to make her real!!
ID #54217
Jul 1st 2011 Guest
i can't get 'buydebug' too. It said 'unknown command' even i had 'testingcheatsenabled true' up.
does it just work if i have installed ambition?
Mine is the sims 3 original without any expansion packs
ID #53789
Jun 27th 2011 Guest
u have to have testingcheatsenabled true up for buydebug to work Smile
ID #52783
Jun 17th 2011 Guest
I can't get 'buydebug' to work. Unknown command? did anyone else have this problem?
ID #49968
Jun 17th 2011 Guest
if you use a miner to find gems it doesnt count. you have to find them the hard way.
ID #49924
Jun 14th 2011 Guest
If there are people out there that need help finding the pink diamond
Then I can help (if you have world adventures that is). Firstly go to china
And then go straight to the relic merchant. Click buy items and browse through the list
There should be alot of different types of gems as well as the pink diamond!
Hope that helps;))
ID #49141
Jun 12th 2011 Guest
You can also find gems using a miner! If you have the ambitions expansion pack, you can invent the miner or you can use a cheat to get the miner. If you drill far enough you can find the pink diamond. Other gems can be collected by drilling with the miner too, but they can are also scattered everywhere throughout the town. If you have enough lifetime happiness points, you can buy the "collection helper," which will show you on the town map where all the rocks and gems are located. Hope that was helpful. Smile
ID #48802
Jun 4th 2011 Guest
I Found a rainbow gem near the garbage dumps at the criminal place too
ID #46979
Jun 1st 2011 Guest
Hmm, I need to collect all the different gems in order to get the heart-shaped cut in Ambitions. Just that.. I already HAVE 10 different gems (the ordinary ones plus luminorious, rainbow and pink) and even some fluorite(11th gem), but still I only have "82%" of the 'Unique Gems'. I've found all of my pink gems by using the miner so I've been thinking that maybe the point is to find all the gems from the woods or so? Does anyone know? And I need the heart-shape cut to finish my sim's opportunity(this master invention thingy..)! Annoying cause she's already got all of them! Maybe I'll just have to try to find all of them "tradiotionally" from the neighbourhood?
ID #46374
Mar 21st 2011 Guest
a good place is near the roaches at the criminal place
ID #33552
Feb 20th 2011 Guest
I found a pink diamond rummaging through the trash. XD
ID #29664
Jan 27th 2011 Guest
#There is a really rare one at the military base!#
ID #26982
Jan 16th 2011 Guest
You can get all the gems easily. at night time, get your sims to rummage through the trash cans of all the houses on the map. It helps if you have 2 sims cover each side of the town. After about 2 weeks you will have collected pretty much all the gems you need. I put them on display in case i get into money problems as they are a good way to save you when you get in debt
ID #25648
Jan 11th 2011 Guest
I found 3 pink gems by drilling with the miner, but can't find the rainbow gems anywhere.
ID #24969
Jan 10th 2011 Guest
I found a pink gem by drilling for it with the miner.
ID #24915
Dec 28th 2010 Guest
I can't find the pink gem. looked everywhere, but i need a certain sim to get it. another one of my sims found it in the catacombs. The catacombs is a good place to look for gems.
ID #22898
Oct 17th 2010 Guest
I have twenty pink diamonds and no rainbow gems?! I have two plutonium too! But where is the rainbow gem? I have been following what this site said for 5 sim weeks!!!!
ID #15396