gem set

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My piece for @logdatezine2016! Lately I’ve been enjoying Peridot’s casual sampling of clothing in the show. She may not be able to shapeshift, but she can change her appearance in other ways! Also gave me an excuse to bust out the momswap au outfit I designed for her haha

I hadn’t drawn a full-color comic in ages at the time this was made and it was quite the ordeal…… But! I’m proud of how it turned out and am glad it could be my zine debut!

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WOO! Every gem and fusion :D whenever there’s anything new I’ll be adding more!

SET 1 | SET 2 | SET 3 | SET 4 | SET 5 | GEMS! | HUMANS!

Garnet | Amethyst | Pearl | Steven | Rose | Sugilite | Opal | Lapis | Alexandrite | Peridot | Stevonnie | Ruby | Sapphire | Jasper | Malachite | Young Gems |  Cluster | Rainbow Quartz | Sardonyx | First Garnet | Blue Diamond | Yellow Diamond | Blue/Yellow Pearls | The Cluster | Ruby Fusion | Centipeetle | Bismuth | Smoky Quartz | Jasper Fusion | Holly Blue Agate | 8XJ | Carnelian | Skinny | Eyeball | Navy | Aquamarine | Topaz | Zircon Defence/Prosecuting  | Padparadscha Sapphire | Fluorite | Rutile | Rhodonite |

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BABIES!!! LITERALLY! 

(also here we see holly FINALLY getting to hold her because 8xj wont jusT LEAVE HER ALONE, EVEN FOR A SECOND!!!)

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etsyfindoftheday 7 | 3.3.16

theme thursday: crystalline finds

cactus + succulent crystal terrarium stamp set by talktothesun

UGH. i need these stamp sets in my life. alone, the geometric stamps look like unique gems … add the succulent and cactus stamps in layers, and you’ve got filled terrarium composites. LOVE. see the 2nd pic for more options in this super-creative shop.

100 Art Objects, Historical Artifacts, and Miscellaneous Loot
  1. A marble bust of a large-nosed woman
  2. A richly woven carpet with nautical patterns
  3. Soft, clean bedsheets sewn with golden thread
  4. A portrait of a bashful looking tiefling
  5. Eight matching silver cups
  6. A ceremonial helm with a daisy motif
  7. A coil of silken cable, intricately braided and tasseled
  8. An ancient fertility sculpture
  9. A nautilus shell
  10. A stack of fine vellum
  11. Richly embroidered blue sleeping robes
  12. A huge tortoise shell
  13. A polished silver looking-glass
  14. A set of gem-encrusted cutlery
  15. Silk handkerchiefs
  16. A necklace thickly adorned with bright feathers
  17. A small dragon skull
  18. A collection of beautiful glass bottles of all colours
  19. A snake skin of tremendous length and quality
  20. Well preserved tapestries depicting an important historical event
  21. A set of fine jewelcrafting tools
  22. A chess set of excellent quality
  23. A set of non-magical but intricately etched daggers
  24. An ermine coat
  25. Soft doeskin boots beautifully crafted for small feet
  26. A collection of flags and banners once flown by nations now extinct
  27. White silk gloves
  28. A satchel made of glossy crimson leather
  29. A rattle made from a cloven hoof
  30. Paper pouches full of dried herbs and spices
  31. A red and silver scepter
  32. A porcelain doll garbed in a beautiful ballgown
  33. A large bismuth crystal
  34. A box containing several elaborately decorated animal masks
  35. A glass orb containing a tablespoon of quicksilver
  36. A vase containing numerous exotic feathers
  37. A golden ceremonial shield featuring an unfamiliar charge
  38. Ten large glass marbles of various colours
  39. A richly illuminated, leather-bound manuscript of local history
  40. A rare coin collection
  41. A massive scarlet crustacean claw
  42. Pots of powdered henna, turmeric, and indigo
  43. A long spiral antelope horn, polished and banded in silver
  44. Two oblong pearls of modest size
  45. An exquisitely preserved fish fossil
  46. A set of lavish quills and two pots of deep blue ink
  47. Three canopic jars, and the broken lid of a fourth
  48. A hand-carved, gold leaf frame, sans painting
  49. A masterful portrait of a stern couple, sans frame
  50. Beautiful horse tack
  51. A glass jar filled with layers of sand of various colours
  52. A snow leopard skin in fine condition
  53. A huge vanilla scented candle
  54. A wooden case containing two dozen bars of sealing wax
  55. A hand-carved mash paddle made from black wood
  56. A silver locket containing a lock of silver hair
  57. A crystal bottle of perfume
  58. A carving made from jet featuring the head of a gorgon
  59. Twelve fine drinking glasses wrapped in cotton
  60. A brass cast of a skull
  61. An ancient ceremonial sword of a powerful queen, its blade half rotted away
  62. A silver flask
  63. A wooden frame containing a complex gear mechanism of unknown purpose
  64. Pouches of very rare seeds that grow into valuable plants
  65. A geode
  66. A tome of forgotten ballads written by a legendary bard
  67. A terribly gaudy cuckoo clock elaborately inlaid with silver and gold
  68. A half-finished bolt of patterned cloth, still attached to the loom
  69. A large tangle of coral
  70. A church bell featuring a religious tale in bas relief
  71. Gold candleabras
  72. A brass statuette of a religious figure
  73. Two oak barrels of alcoholic spirits
  74. A sack of bathing salts
  75. A box of lace
  76. A folder stuffed with dwarven beer recipes
  77. Spools of excellent leather cord
  78. Medicated creams and ointments
  79. A box of colourful makeup
  80. A pouch full of glimmering pearlescent fish scales
  81. A silver dog whistle shaped like a howling wolf
  82. Ivory spice shakers
  83. A jar of herbal honey
  84. A large incisor on a leather thong
  85. Powdered animal parts
  86. Gold false teeth
  87. A bulk lot of mundane smithed items, including locks, hinges, etc.
  88. An empty silver lockbox with key
  89. Elegant red skates
  90. Blue suede shoes
  91. A dried caul
  92. A taxedermied platypus
  93. A censer
  94. Three wax likenesses, one slightly melted
  95. A telescope
  96. A set of tinkling hand bells
  97. Coffee beans
  98. Tortoiseshell combs
  99. Copper bottom cook pots
  100. A flanged steel plug of some kind

Topaz is canonically a high-ranking gem and I honestly couldn’t be happier about that. 

To be perfectly frank, one of my least favorite ideas in the Steven Universe fandom is the idea that Homeworld is comprised of the “evil” upper crust gems and the “good” lower class gems, and the upper crust gems – or at the very least, the Diamonds – need to be shattered in order to free the lower class gems. But Topaz, who is completely unhappy with her lot in life, despite being one of the high-class gems, shows that the problem with Homeworld isn’t any one particular gem, or group of gems, but Homeworld’s society itself. A society that forces all gems into a niche. Rubies do this. Pearls do that. Aquamarines do the other. And so on, and so forth. 

But wait a minute, one might cry. Aren’t the Diamonds free of this? They’re in control, after all. They can get away with doing things that other gems can’t. On that point, I have to admit that there is a point. Blue Diamond is supposed to be a leader. But when she spends millennia mourning, all she gets is a lecture by an annoyed Yellow Diamond. Other gems might be able to slack off once or twice,  but not constantly like Blue Diamond did. But we don’t know who decided that the Diamonds were meant to be the leaders. Still, let’s assume it was all them. Let’s assume that they were the ones who set up Gem Society, and who set themselves up as the leaders of that society. 

Shattering the Diamonds would still do jack-squat to save any gems.  We can see this by observing what happened to one time that a Diamond, Pink Diamond, actually was shattered. How many gems did her shattering really free? Garnet says it was necessary for the Earth and the Crystal gems to be able to live freely. And it did give them some time of relative peace. That’s definitely something. 

I’ve seen it suggested that Pink Diamond allowed herself to be shattered so that other gems could see that it was possible to rebel against the Diamonds, and be whatever they wanted to be. But that’s silly. Let’s look at Garnet and Bismuth, for two examples. Neither one of them joined the Crystal Gems because Pink Diamond was shattered. They joined because the Crystal Gems allowed them the chance to actually be themselves

And the gem that Pink Diamond’s shattering has most greatly affected? Jasper. But instead of freeing her, it helped to drive her into becoming a self-hating person with an extremely toxic and abusive worldview. Pink Diamond’s death didn’t free her; it only imprisoned her even more. Jasper didn’t stop believing in Pink Diamond. Quite the opposite. As a martyr, Pink Diamond would forever be perfection incarnate to Jasper. Jasper’s love for her Diamond only increased in death. 

So now let’s look at the one case where we know how a gem became disillusioned with her Diamond. Peridot and Yellow Diamond. Yellow Diamond wasn’t shattered or anything like that. Rather, she revealed to Peridot that she, Yellow Diamond, was illogical and petty. With that, Peridot stopped believing in Yellow Diamond, because she believed in the image of Yellow Diamond, and Yellow Diamond did not fit into that image. 

Honestly, I think that’s what going to have to be necessary to save Homeworld. The Diamonds influence will have to be destroyed, not the gems themselves. The Diamonds will have to become, dare I say, human? They will have to show their weaknesses, show that they aren’t infallible gods. 

And it will be okay. A Diamond can be weak. A Pearl can be strong. Gems will be able to do what they do not because it’s what they were literally made for, but rather because it’s what they want to do. Because unless gems truly understand freedom and that they can be whatever they want, all shattering the Diamond will really succeed in doing in creating a power vacuum. Homeworld gems have to freed with Diamonds still alive. 

And, yes, that freedom includes the Diamonds themselves. 

unpopular opinion

aquamarine’s design is good. here’s why
-fae theme
-prep school uniform outfit with the diamond incorporated for the tie and collared shirt
-confirmed really small gem!! like the one setting for the ruby ship
-teardrop gem underneath eye
-the teardrop fits well into her personality (i.e. faux empathy/childishness)
-wings and bow fit into the fae/insect theme as well
-fat and small!
-her wand has connotations both as a discipline wand and as a faerie wand
-traditional faeries are mischievous troublemakers and pests but often clever
-her outfit already tells us a lot about her- a rich, prissy vibe as well as a more aristocratic position
-her fae appearance may have influenced human mythology in the suniverse
-not conventionally attractive
-distinct shapes and silhouette
-she’s SUPPOSED to look annoying and punchable
-small appearance moved forward the “are you my dad?” narrative
-her weapon is creative and the slap wristband jokes are really good
it’s ok if you don’t like her design! but please be considerate of the thought put into it by the team. concept art has likely existed for years, as with all the characters and plot heavy episodes.