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Brandon Sanderson / Re: The value of spheres in WoK (no spoilers)
« on: October 02, 2010, 12:30:45 AM »
I've trying to figure out the sphere value system, here's what i've come up with so far.

diamond is the cheapest gem
emerald is the most valuable
garnet is worth 5 x diamond
sapphire is worth 25 x diamond
emerald is the most valuable gem, and is worth 40 x diamond
therefore, emerald is worth 1.6 x sapphire (i think this would make sapphire the 9th most valuable)
ruby is probably a bit less than sapphire (a ruby mark is a week's pay for a sailor, a sapphire mark is a week's pay for a soldier) but i can't imagine the difference is huge, so ruby is probably 8th or 7th most valuable

when Shallan thinks about 9 colors of gems, i'm sure she includes diamonds. But, garnet and ruby might be considered to be the same color. Also, we don't know what color the zircons in this system are (real zircons have lots of colors).

it's implied that a gem's value is directly related to the usefulness of what can be Soulcast with it (emeralds are valuable because they can make food). but that doesn't totally make sense. if that's true, why are diamonds, which make glass/crystal/quartz, so much less valuable than the rest? why are sapphires, which make air, of all things, the 2nd most valuable?

also, the gems themselves never get directly used in Soulcasting, because they can't be put into Soulcasters. So, they must just transfer their stormlight to the gems set into Soulcasters. Does this mean that stormlight can only be transferred between the same gems? or is the whole value-related-to-Soulcasting thing a mistake?

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