There’s no shortage of gems and jewels in D&D but are they as fanciful as dragons? Are the economics behind the shinies grounded in any sort of sense? Questions like this don’t pop up too often in games but can be a real distraction when they do.
Thankfully gem and gemology channel JTV on YouTube took a quick look at the question.
There you have it. These are very expensive gems! If you had jewels of this quality in real life you would certainly not be trading them in for sharper bits of metal, stronger bits of metal or even room and board!