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->''"That is nearly ten tons in gold. It does not have to look ''big''."''
-->-- '''Mr. Bent''', ''Discworld/MakingMoney''

Next time you get a chance, pop into your local jewelry store and take a look at the gems. Notice anything about them? They're all ''tiny'', on the order of the size of a pinhead. If you pried every stone in the place loose from its setting and piled them up, [[strike:you would be arrested]] the entire heap would probably fit in a soup pot. In RealLife, gem-quality stones larger than a person's fingernail are so rare that they are almost never for sale on the open market. This doesn't apply in fiction, where a single gem can easily be the size of your fist... head... torso... you get the idea. It's also not very uncommon if gems that are mined [[AllNaturalGemPolish are already cut]].

When it comes to gold, the problem is not size (unless you're talking CityOfGold quantities) but weight. Most of us only ever see gold in tiny quantities (and usually alloyed with lighter metals) so it's hard to notice that it's more than twice the density of ''lead''. A standard gold bar weighs about thirty pounds, so if the guys pulling off TheCaper are carrying more than one or two at a time, they're [[LowSpeedChase not going to be hard to catch]].

In VideoGames, it gets even more ridiculous. Not only are gemstones enormous, but the same thing largely applies to money or even pieces of jewelry, especially in platform games. In video games, this is also [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality often done for convenience]] because finding coins, jewelry or rings as small as a thumbnail can be rather hard since that would often mean that they would take up [[PixelHunt a space of a size less than a pixel]]. (Compare UnitsNotToScale.) Of course, characters themselves have enough {{hammerspace}} to fit a lot of them in their pockets.

Additionally there is often some ArtisticLicenseGeology(or possibly EverythingsBetterWithSparkles) in cartoons referencing valuable minerals, particularly diamonds. In fiction you'll often see a mineral faceted, polished, and/or sparkling straight out of the ground. In RealLife, clean and perfectly formed crystals are rare in nature, and most rough gems (at least to the inexpert eye) just look like dirty pebbles. We call this AllNaturalGemPolish, a closely related trope.

Contrast with EnormousEngagementRing where the extreme beauty of the gemstone is acknowledged in-universe. GiantNoveltyCheck could be considered a {{Defictionalization}} of this trope.

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!!Examples of works with huge gemstones:

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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' has a pyramid topped with an approximately man-sized diamond. At the end, Jonathan grabs it while suspended from a dirigible, though its weight should realistically be enough to dislocate his shoulders were he to try such a thing.
* The diamond in ''{{Snatch}}'' has a diameter of about 4-5 centimetres (1.6 inches) and weighs 86 carats. Notably, everyone in the film who knows anything about jewelry makes a ''huge'' deal about its size.
* In Russian movie ''Ширли-мырли'' diamond worth multiple GDP of whole Russia.
* [[Film/TheDarkKnight Alfred]] mentions "a ruby the size of a tangerine" as one of the precious stones the bandit he fought in UsefulNotes/ThatSouthEastAsianCountry had stolen and given away. We never actually see it though so it's entirely possible he was exaggerating.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Invoked in-universe in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', in which the faux-tunnel used to film the mining scene in ''[[ShowWithinAShow Blown Away]]'' had cut-glass gemstones the size of chickens set into its walls.
** Also in the Discworld, in Discworld/ReaperMan, where Death gives an 800 carat diamond called the Tear of Offler (a crocodile god) as a gift to [[spoiler:Renata Flitworth]].
* In ''Literature/TheWormOuroboros'' by E R Eddison we have this in the description of the king's palace:
--> But the great wonder of this chamber, and a marvel to behold, was how the capital of every one of the four-and-twenty pillars was hewn from a single precious stone [...] all hewn from faultless gems, thrice the bulk of a big man's body
* TheElricSaga features the [[CoolChair throne of Melnibone]], which is said to have been carved from a single ruby.
* Similarly, the throne of the Padishah Emperor of ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' is described as carved from a single piece of either Hagar quartz or Hagar emerald.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', we regularly encounter gems bigger than a man's head. Sort of {{Justified}} in that gems are the foci for this world's FunctionalMagic, so there are a bunch more than usual around.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Ascension", Orlin makes a large emerald for Major Carter, destroying her microwave in the process. When Carter remarks about how large the gem is, Orlin claimed it was difficult to figure out the gem's typical size from a book.
* {{Averted}} in an episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' where the group finds a diamond about as big as a man's palm, and spend a big chunk of the rest of the episode trying to find out how such an absurdly large diamond could exist without the entire world knowing. [[spoiler: It turns out to be the prototype of a breakthrough technique that can synthesize flawless diamonds of any size, rendering diamond mines superfluous.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Since Rupees in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' are specifically used as currency in Hyrule, scroll down to the Huge Currency section for details.
* ''Boulder Dash'' and ''{{Repton}}''
* The ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series has the [[MineralMacGuffin Chaos Emeralds]], seven fist-sized gems of varying colors, and the Master Emerald, a gemstone the size of a full-grown man. In addition to being implausibly large, they also give you super-powers, which real emeralds seldom do.
* ''WackyRaces'' NES game.
* ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit'', the whole first area where there are huge gems inside the ground that are already cut.
* ''{{Runescape}}''. Despite this, gems can be cut within a second.
* ''{{Spelunky}}'' features gemstones that are the size of your character's torso.
* Even in ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' games. Example - Jewel Man's stage.
* ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' series: ''Rainbow Islands'', ''Bubble Symphony'', and ''Bubble Memories''.
* NES version of ''ABoyAndHisBlob'' has blue gemstones larger than the Boy himself.
* The gems in ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series.
* Since Wario is obsessed with money, nearly every game in the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' series has very large pieces of treasure.
** The BigBad of ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'' is a giant, evil purple gemstone with magical powers.
** In the "Diamond Dig" microgame in ''VideoGame/WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$'' for GBA, Wario drops into a recess in the ground to land behind a diamond as big as his head.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', you can make tools out of diamond.
* ''VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors'' games have these all over the place.
* In the Speed Slice challenge of ''WiiSportsResort'', giant diamonds are one of the possible objects to cut. Don't ask how it's possible.
* The gems floating around in the ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' series are almost as big as Spyro.
* ''DangerousDave'', what big gems do your games have.
* ''HocusPocus'' had large gemstones floating mid-air.
* One of the maps in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is a cave with enormous gemstones in the walls, easily as big as your character. Presumably these gemstones are so common that they're not worth mining, especially given the danger of being nobbled by supervillains while down there.
* In ''VideoGame/CrystalCaves'' the eponymous crystals are the size of your protagonist.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia'' has the Kyragem, a powerful magical artifact. It is roughly as wide as a regular kitchen table and set into the ground. May not count since not only is it a powerful magical artifact, it's the powerful magical artifact that's the source of all the magic in the kingdom.
* The jewels in ''MontezumasRevenge'' are fully half the size of Panama Joe.
* In ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'', everything tends to have exaggerated proportions for stylistic reasons, so all gemstones follow this trope, but the most extreme example is [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Oshu%27gun Oshu'gun]], a ''mountain''-sized diamond that was originally a sort of magical dimension-traveling spaceship.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' at least tries to avert this as much as what would be practical. All of the gemstones you find in the game are larger than your thumb, but if you drop one, finding it again easily risks becoming a PixelHunt.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. A bag of diamonds becomes a recurring plot point, but even though one scene has a character talk about how high quality they are, the gems themselves are fairly small.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''[[VisualNovel/SharinNoKuni Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo]]'': The diamond found by Kenichi and Sacchi while spelunking is roughly the size of a fist.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''{{Erfworld}}'' has damn big gems. They're almost bigger than the (admittedly short) people of its world.
* ''TheEasyBreather'': In ''The Frame-Up'', the [[http://easybreather.comicgenesis.com/d/20091207.html Rwanda Ruby]] is about the size of Harriet Flynn's head.
* Grist in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Basic rule: the bigger is the monster you kill, the bigger are the pieces of grist you get.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': The Dewitchery Diamond is [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-07-27 about the size of Elliot's head]] but in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-08-16 the journal that details the circumstances of its enchantment]] it is described as merely "large". This suggests that it was ''not'' the biggest diamond the author of the journal had ever seen.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister [[AvertedTrope actually gets]] [[ShownTheirWork this one right]], and averts AllNaturalGemPolish as well, for good measure:
--> '''Paul (narrating):''' Sitting before me was the largest sapphire I had ever seen. It was uncut, a slightly dull blue in appearance, a lumpy, amorphous blue rock, but I'd seen enough gems to know what it was I was looking at. Now, in case you're not familiar with jewels, and think that "a big gemstone" is like something out of a cartoon, large enough to sit on like a stool, allow me to disabuse you of the notion. This rough sapphire was about half the size of a chicken's egg, and that's freaking enormous as gems go!
** Later on in the story, it also gets gold right: Paul recognizes that a golden statuette of a warrior, about two feet tall, would probably weigh about as much as he does, if not more, and he'd have trouble lifting it without help.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' - Woohoo!
** You should see the [[VideoGame/DuckTales NES game]], where every treasure (all worth $1 million) at the end of every level is huge, even giant coins.
* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' introduced the Dwarfs by showing their mining operation, in which they dug out pre-cut gems averaging [[SublimeRhyme the size of Dopey's eyes]].
* The picture above is from the ''PinkPanther'' short ''Pink Ice''.
** The original film that began ''ThePinkPanther'' franchise also features a gem of considerable size and weight.
* In ''TheRescuers'', Madame Medusa uses Penny to get the Devil's Eye, supposedly the biggest diamond in existence.
* In the ''{{Futurama}}'' episode "Where the Buggalo Roam", the native Martians sold their land for what they thought was a glass bead, with which they plan to crush Kif. It turns out to be a gigantic diamond. After the protagonists explain how much it's worth, the Martians decide they don't need their land back.
--> "This planet's a dump anyway. We'll buy a NEW planet and CALL it holy. With cash like this, who's gonna argue? No one, that's who."
* On an episode of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'', Heloise, as part of a instructional video on dating, is given a large diamond ring. She tests to see if it is real by using it to cut up a mirror. [[SadistShow And the guy who gave it to her]].
* One episode of ''JimmyNeutron'' has Jimmy and friends making use of ''boulder-sized, polished, and cut diamonds'' they found sticking out of a mountain face...
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', all the gems and jewels are... quite big. And numerous enough that [[TheFashionista Rarity]] can make just about anything she wants GemEncrusted, which is her design trick of choice. Spike can also eat them by the bowlful without anyone getting mad.
** "Hearth's Warming Eve" reveals that when Equestria was first settled in, gems the size of ponies were jutting out of cliff faces everywhere.
* ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' regularily uses oversized gemstones for mundane purposes, such as doorknobs or bike handles.
** One cartoon short had some friends who wanted to play baseball ask Richie to supply them with a diamond to play on, and helpfully supplied the dimensions needed. Too bad they didn't specifically tell him they wanted a ''baseball'' diamond. No, [[SubvertedTrope Richie did]] ''[[SubvertedTrope not]]'' [[SubvertedTrope have a gem the size of a baseball diamond]].... [[DoubleSubversion But he did have two that were]] ''[[DoubleSubversion half]]'' [[DoubleSubversion that size]], so he brought them both.
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "Ali Baba Bunny" had a treasure room chock full of huge gems-Daffy Duck tries to abscond with one as big as he was. Later, he tries to take a pearl of the same scale [[spoiler: but he had been ''shrunk'' by then, so it was actually a normal-sized one.]]
* The page illustration comes from an episode of The Pink Panther cartoon. Although he treats it as too heavy to lift, he easily flips it end over end to move it.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahia_Emerald Bahia emerald]]: 840 lbs, 380 kg, 180,000 carats.
* The biggest diamonds in the universe are located in the white dwarf stars with carbon cores. Technically they're enormous single diamonds, but good luck mining them...
** Also, it's unlikely that they actually look like jewels, despite of having diamond composition - most of the diamonds used in diamond-edged blades, among other things, look rather like gray dust to a bare eye.
** Additionally, there's the planet PSR J1719-1438 b, which probably is a diamond the size of Jupiter.
** Carbon-rich planets in general would likely contain thick layers of underground diamond due to the heating and compression of their carbon crusts. If tectonic pressures subsequently lifted these layers above the surface, such planets could potentially have mountains of diamond. However, as noted these would not look [[AllNaturalGemPolish shiny]].
* The world's largest [[http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKN0328796820070503 gold coin]] is the size of a large pizza.
** And the world's largest copper coin is a big copper plate weighing about 40 pounds.
* The largest rough gem-quality diamond ever discovered, the Cullinan, was about four inches long and weighed over a pound (3106.75 carats before cutting). After cutting, the largest stone of the Cullinan, the ''Great Star of Africa'' was 530.4 carats. The ''Koh-i-Noor,'' literally "Mountain of Light," was once the largest known, but as it was first cut thousands of years ago in India nobody is sure how big it originally was, and the British Crown had it recut down to only 105.6 carats. Both reside in the UK Crown Jewels today. The largest cut diamond today is the Golden Jubilee, at 545 carats, though the Golden Jubilee was smaller than the Cullinan in the rough, its shape was better for cutting into a single large stone.
* Diamonds are small fry compared to some other stones. The largest piece of Jade resides in Myanmar, uncut in its natural state. It weighs over 30 tons.
* The largest pearl, the ''Pearl of Lao Tzu'' weighs over 14 pounds.
* One of the larger cut gems is the ''Dom Pedro Aquamarine.'' The uncut crystal weighed over 100 pounds and was three feet long. The finished piece is 14 inches long and weighs 10,363 carats. It resides in the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
* The ''American Golden Topaz'' is possibly the largest faceted stone in the world, at 22,500 carats. It's about the size of a human head, making it nearly as big as many fictional stones.
* The ''Millenium Sapphire'' is an opaque sapphire carved into a statue of a caravan, it weighs 61,500 carats in total.
* Synthetic sapphire is made in lumps up to half a ton in weight. Now, they are normally uncolored (technically, corundum) and mainly used to make windows, but it's theoretically quite possible to make a million carat gem.
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!!Examples of works with huge money and jewelry:

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* One ''{{Garfield}}'' comic had him singing on the fence for a Boy Scout troop from a made-up island. After one of the scouts throws a boot at him, Garfield angrily tells them to at least throw money if they must throw something at him. Next panel has him being knocked over by a large object and commenting that he forgot that the only currency on that island was "forty-pound chariot wheels".
* Not exactly a newspaper comic, but a serial called "Wormy" that was featured in Dragon magazine used this trope. Seen [[http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/haroog/archive/080.htm here]], When Jed enters a pub to buy a drink.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''The Restaurant at the End of the Universe'', the exchange rate of eight Ningis to one Pu "is simple enough, but since a Ningi is a triangular rubber coin 6,800 miles along each side, no-one has ever collected enough to own one Pu."
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The largest unit of the Jade currency of the Realm in ''{{Exalted}}'' is a slab referred to as a talent, which is 24x48 inches and weighs almost seventy pounds. Even its lesser denominations, the bar and the mina, weigh more than a pound and are several inches long. The impracticalities of their size (and their very high value) means that such units are rarely used in actual transactions or even owned in their whole forms; they're more often just moneys of account.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''SuperMarioBros.'' series has coins as tall as small Mario. Lots of games also feature special coins, such as those with Yoshi's likeness, which are larger than even large Mario.
* ''LaMulana'' has coins as large as Lemeza himself.
* In the NES game called ''Noah's Ark'', there were some large coins.
* ''Mighty Bomb Jack''
* ''Magic Sword''
* ''VideoGame/DuckTales'' games often have some large rings to collect.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', [[TropeOverdosed naturally]]. Rupees are as large as Link's sprite in the original game, as well as several handheld games. Recent games have most rupees represented as slightly smaller, although the large-denomination rupees still closely match Adult!Link for size.
** Link also holds ''everything'' up, and it's ''exactly'' the size of Link's sprite.
* Bell bags in ''AnimalCrossing'' series are drawn much larger than would fit in the character's pocket.
* Banana coins, bear coins, and the like in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' series.
* ''SeriousSam II'' had coin pickups which give points when picked up and like any decent item in the game, constantly spinning mid-air.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Surprisingly, this has been TruthInTelevision at least once. The ''rai'' of Yap Island were stone wheels with holes; the largest one discovered measured 4 meters in diameter. These are still used today in ceremonial purposes. Sometimes the inhabitants agree that a stone has changed hands, and leave it where it lies. One of them is legal tender despite lying at the bottom of the ocean.
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