Body to Jewel
"...and it was so cold and scary in there, that Albi began to cry dragon tears... Which, as we all know, turn into jellybeans!"Basically, when a bodily fluid or organ becomes a Mineral MacGuffin once shed or forcibly separated. Typically this only happens when the character shedding, bleeding, or cut apart was already highly magical or supernatural, or a spell of some sort was placed on them. In rare cases, a muggle experiencing powerful sorrow or happiness can make this happen by virtue of their incredibly intense emotions. On the other petrified hand, if taken with violence or from those Made of Evil, these might become highly cursed as a form of revenge. Likely body parts to be crystalized include:
— "Albi the Racist Dragon", Flight of the Conchords
- Tears: Usually have healing properties, though being a solid version of Swiss Army Tears means they can likely do other things.
- Blood: Blood Gems (note the capitals)note usually have some or all of the effects associated with Blood Magic, or enhance them to ludicrous levels. If there's a lot of it, it can be sculpted into "Blood Crystal Armor".
- Solid Gold Poop: ... moving right along.
- Hearts: Other than conversation pieces, petrified hearts usually act as Soul Jars.
- Eyes: Grant powers of perception, either Super Senses, clairvoyance or other Psychic Powers.
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Anime & Manga
- The Ginzuishou (AKA Silver Crystal) in Sailor Moon, which forms (at least partially) from Usagi's tears.
- And the Shitennou in manga, their corpses turn into their namesake stones
- Yukina's tears in YuYu Hakusho become valuable jewels, which has people trying to make her cry through incredible cruelty. It's not explained why Tarukane - or anyone else, for that matter - didn't think of forcing Yukina to cut onions as mentioned here. Nor why they didn't try for tears of laughter..
- It's partially explained - Tarukane is a dick. (He's part of the Black Book Club, who consider betting on fights to the death a fun pastime.) When he sees Yukina cry over a bird's death, he arranges it so every meal she gets is the same breed of bird.
- It's also partially explained by the fact that Yukina shows extraordinary self-control. By the team she shows up in the series, she's gotten to the point where elder Toguro can cut her face too quickly for the eye to see, and she shows absolutely no reaction— she doesn't flinch in pain or surprise. Physical torture has absolutely no effect on her, so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to assume that she could maintain her poise and repress her physical reactions to other stimuli. It's only when her humanity (so to speak, since she's actually a Yokai) is touched that she loses control, and that apparently didn't occur to Tarukane until the Toguros pointed it out.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, the Philosopher's Stone is the crystallized souls of several sacrificial victims transmuted into anything from a stone to a liquid to a crystal. In the 2003 anime adaptation, it's a similar case, only the sacrifices' entire bodies are transformed instead of just their souls.
- In Princess Tutu, the pieces of Mytho's shattered heart look like red gems. In fact, the red gem pendant that turns Ahiru into Princess Tutu is one of them.
- In Blood+, Saya's second sword contains a piece of her father's crystallized blood in the base of its blade.
- Kai later makes a necklace out of his brother's crystallized blood.
- In the anime version of Chrono Crusade, Fiore says that her heart is a gem similar to the jewels she uses in her spell casting. In the manga Fiore herself isn't a victim of this trope, but she uses her powers to trap the souls of people inside gems for Aion to fuel his powers with.
- In Bleach, Ulquiorra's eyeballs can be removed, and, when crushed, form a mist that shows his memories to all who inhale it. The eyes do regenerate, by the way.
- In one chapter of Ah! My Goddess, Hild extracts a crystalized fragment of herself from her body and gives it to Keiichi to use against Hagall.
- In Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel: the Big Bad creates monsters from gemstones, killing them makes them revert to those stones. Probably the anime's attempt to justify the Money Spider aspects of the games it's based on.
- Kite: Akai had some of the orphaned Sawa's parents' blood fashioned into an earring, which has been her most prized possession ever since.
- In InuYasha the Jewel of Four Souls comes from Kagome's body when she is injured.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Each Magical Girl receives a Soul Gem upon making a contract with Kyubey, which allows them to perform magic and measure how much of The Corruption is building up. As the name implies, it is literally their soul, extracted from their body and transformed into a pretty crystal. None of them take it well when they find out. Then the implications sink in...
- In the 10th Volume of A Certain Magical Index: New Testament, it's discovered that Othinus removed one of her own eyes to gain the powers of a Magic God, and left the eye at the bottom of a lake in Denmark. After a few centuries of magical exposure, the eye has completely crystallized and colored the same transparent blue as the lake water.
- The first Red Lantern ring was forged from the crystallized blood of four ritually murdered immortal... not quite Eldritch Abominations. And Atrocitus' RAGE.
- Tiahzi's tears in Thorgal.
- In Archies Sonic The Hedgehog, when King Acorn was rescued from the Zone of Silence, his body began to turn into green crystals as a result from overexposure to the Zone's harsh enviornment.
- The Paul Jennings short story Tonsil Eye 'Tis features a character who grows a third eye on his finger, which cries tears that grow into garden gnomes. That sounds absurd, but the character goes on to make a living selling the gnomes.
- The Star Trek novel Tears of the Singers is about this trope, with an Anvilicious don't-kill-baby-seals plot.
- Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl stars a young woman who has been "blessed" with tears that turn into diamonds by a presumably well-meaning fairy. She also gets gold dust all over the floor whenever she brushes her hair.
- The Thirteen Clocks had a woman who cried gemstomes whenever she was sad. Unfortunately by the time the heroes came around, her tears dried up completely due to people telling her sad stories so much. However... she also cries gems when she's laughing hard only for them to turn back into water after two weeks. Long enough for the heroes' purpose.
- The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg, one of Aesops Fables.
- Presumably, the Canim bloodstones from Codex Alera. It's never fully explained what they are, but they grant protection from the ritualists's Blood Magic, and bleed when they do so (implying limited uses). As such, high-ranking Canim Warriors (the ritualists' rivals) often have several bloodstones embedded in their weapons and armor. This saves Tavi's life, twice.
- In Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown, the last drop of blood a dragon sheds is a ruby.
- Six of Swords by Carole Nelson Douglas: the tears of the heroine, Irissa, turn into "coldstones." She at least implies on one occasion that the hero is deliberately trying to make her cry so he can sell her tears. It turns out he was deliberately trying to make her cry for another reason. One never revealed.
- In The Chronicles of Amber, the Jewel of Judgment is an eye of the Serpent of Chaos.
- Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (part of the Magic Shop series): "Dragons weep diamonds."
- The dragons in Elizabeth Kerner's trilogy (Song in the Silence, The Lesser Kindred, and Redeeming the Lost) have "soulgems" in their foreheads, placed as if a third eye. The telepathic dragons achieve their most intimate communications when they touch soulgems. When a dragon dies, the living gem shrinks and hardens, so that it looks like an actual cut gem - but the gems are carefully kept, because the dragons can communicate with their ancestors through their soulgems.
- In Tanith Lee's Lords Of Darkness, Ferazhin, who was created from a flower, has tears that turn into gems. A Drin takes them and turns them into a beautiful collar, which is sent to upper-earth. Any mortal who sees it has to have it, causing murder and mayhem.
- The dragons in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle have organs called Eldunarí that can be regurgitated as gemstones. Their size depends on the age of the dragon they come from, and the Big Bad has enslaved thousands of them to augment his power.
- Happens in The Kite Runner in the Story Within a Story that Amir writes. In his story, there is a man who finds out that he cries diamonds. He does everything he can to make himself sad in order to cry, until he finally ends up killing his wife. Hassan points out the flaw in the story, saying that the man could've just chopped an onion to cry since the diamond tears didn't require him to actually be sad.
- A variant in The Stormlight Archive, as the chasmfiends grow a gemstone inside them.
- The world of The Godslayer Chronicles by James Clemens is built on this troupe. The nine humorals (bodily fluids) of the Gods have the power to grant Graces. The humorals are highly valuable and are willingly given and stockpiled in glass vials (natural materials, like wood stone or metal, will leech grace from the humoral... the process of turning sand to glass somehow negates this). Black markets for stolen humorals exist. The nine humorals are: Blood - Necessary for any other humoral grace to flow; Masculine Seed/Feminine Menses - Grants graces to living things; Sweat - Grants graces to inanimate objects; Tears - Increases the potency of other humorals; Saliva - Decreases the potency of other humorals; Phlegm - Allows graces to manifest outside physical objects; Yellow Bile (Piss) - Temporarily grants graces; Black Bile (Shit) - Nullifies graces.
- Carr in Fancy Apartments has a phoenix tear gem, which is, well, a solidified phoenix tear.
- Toki's blood seems to do this in terms of what it touches or gets into, as it turns things crystal, the which can be read in Shattered Glass , which can be Nightmare Fuel for some, and or Madgie, what did you do? X: Bloody Snow Angel , in which case it does that to snow. Bunny theorized this is probably because Toki's blood has extreme amounts of cysteine. note
Live Action Television
- Andromeda has the "Hegemon's Heart", the crystalized ventricles of the first Than-Thre-Kull Hive Queen. Aside from being gorgeous, an object of massive cultural value and a priceless historical artifact, it also hides the map to the "Engine of Creation."
- Merlin (1998): Queen Mab sheds one tear which turns into a small crystal, and gives it to her champion, King Vortigen for protection. Vortigen disregards magic, and in abandoning it, gets killed by Merlin for his arrogance. Merlin even comments: “Only one tear was shed for Vortigern, and his pride had cast it away. He paid for it with his life."
- In Juken Sentai Gekiranger, Maku's heart became a ruby after it was ripped out of his chest.
- Some mythos have dragons weeping diamonds.
- The Kalevala said that the Finnish hero Väinämöinen's tears turned into pearls.
- The Norse goddess Freyja was said to weep amber and gold — in poetry, gold might be referred to as "Freyja's tears".
- In Chinese Mythology, jade is sometimes said to be the crystallized semen of a celestial dragon.
- The Incas called silver "Tears of the Moon" and gold "Sweat of the Sun".
- In Japanese Mythology, samebitos, which resemble humanoid sharks, shed tears that turn into pearls.
- Several fairy tales tell of a girl being blessed by a fairy so that jewels or pearls will come forth when she either speaks or cries.
- Dungeons & Dragons.
- Dark Sun Thri-Kreen, once they start to produce venom, chew a special herb to have their drying saliva turn into hard crystalline material.
- Forgotten Realms has the gems known as "King's Tears", said to be the crystallized tears of long dead wizard kings. Each one contained an image of the thing the king loved most.
- The Basic module "Palace of the Silver Princess" has the "Eye of Arik", Arik being an evil being responsible for the catastrophe that strikes the palace.
- The Dragon-Gods of the (true) Dragonwright pantheon (as opposed to the Splugorth-backed fakers in Rifts all have different properties to their blood or scales. Given that they're DRAGON-Gods the size of naval cruisers, getting them without their permission is another matter entirely.
- The Palladium Mystic China expansion to Ninjas and Superspies included, among other Chi Magic spells, the spell "Weep Beans of Life". The caster wept tears that turned into tasty beans that healed whoever ate them.
- Another spell, "Remove Heart", is not as deadly as it sounds: The extracted heart becomes a fist-sized ruby that still functions even when removed. A type of false immortality involves doing the same to all your vital organs, then somehow storing them all in the heart gem.
- In the Exalted setting, there's a very powerful artifact known as the Eye of Autocthon. May or may not be Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- The setting is full of these, of all sorts, since the world is literally made out of Essence.
- In Warhammer 40,000, whenever the Eldar goddess Isha cries, her tears become soulstones that the Eldar use to protect their souls from Slaanesh.
- Eldar blood also crystallizes instead of congealing.
- Also, Eldar Farseers very slowly turn to crystal due to their long time channelling the threads of fate. The upshot is that they eventually settle in the Dome of Seers and become sentient pillars of crystal which are linked to the craftworld's infinity circuit, and until then, because they're partially made of crystal, they're quite a bit tougher than most other Eldar.
- 1980s doll line Rose Petal Place. The resident family of a Victorian-style house moved away, and the little girl took one last stroll through its garden, weeping, before they left. Her tears changed some of the flowers into little maidens, and their houses, cars, etc. were similarly transformed toys and gardening implements. Each doll/accessory was thus marked with a "crystal" tear.
- Another iconic toy of The '80s, wish trolls.◊
- MARDEK RPG: Chapter 3 features Dreamstones, which are crystallized thoughts.
- Rose the elf in Dragon Quest IV cried precious gems and humans constantly tormented her to get them. Made worse when you factor in tears she cried due to joy would crumble right away, but tears of sadness wouldn't.
- In the DS remake, Rose's tears always crumble when touched. It's implied that elves can make them break apart at will to keep people from collecting them without their approval. Any satisfaction one might feel at knowing the bastards never profited from their evil ways soon gets offset by the realization that this likely didn't stop them from trying. As seen when she's abducted and beaten to the point of death by thugs.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask the moon of Termina is not only sentient, but it can even cry. The resulting crystal-like Moon Tears are highly prized by Terminans.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the Spanish translation of the game makes Evil Crystals the "petrified hearts of malicious monsters". Fittingly, the Zombie Bokoblins are the ones dropping them.
- In Final Fantasy VI, Magicite is the crystalline remains of an Esper, which can grant spells and Summon Magic to the holder.
- The l'Cie in Final Fantasy XIII get their souls crystallized early on in the process. When they finish their focus and turn into statues (which are just empty shells), they can be revived later as long as the crystal gem is intact. In particular, Serah's single crystallized tear plays a large role in many cutscenes involving her fiancé Snow.
- In World of Warcraft the blood of Yogg-Saron becomes Saronite, a nigh-indestructible metal that drives people mad. It's used to make the highest-level weapons and armor for the Knight in Shining Armor classes, as well as fortresses for the Scourge.
- In Tales of Symphonia this starts happening to Colette, but is ultimately reversed.
- Tales of Vesperia has this as the fate of Entelexeia upon their deaths.
- In Skies of Arcadia, all Silvites are born with shards of the Silver Moon Crystal in their bodies. However, removing these crystals kills them, as does using the ones inside their bodies as a last resort.
- One of the charms in Planescape: Torment is a Tear of Salieru-Dei, shed by martyred Harmonium officer during his execution.
- One The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion quest revolves around finding Garridan's Tears, magic crystals.
- A key element of the Jumi story arc in Legend of Mana is that anyone who cries for the Jumi will turn to stone. This specific trope comes into play during the end of the Jumi story arc, when the lead character cries for the Jumi and their tear becomes a Teardrop Crystal, which heals all of the Jumi.
- Earthbound has the status effect Diamondization. It turns a party member's entire body to diamond, and makes them unable to do anything until healed.
- The white dragon Quark from Lunar: Silver Star Story can't understand why humans value Dragon Gems so much, considering where they come from...
- In Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, protagonist Miriam and Big Bad Gebel are afflicted with the "Dark Curse" which is turning their bodies into crystals. Gebel is already more crystal than man.
- Rare drops from the monsters in Monster Hunter often include gems extracted from the beast's body.
- Fallen London: A bit more dangerous than most; Venom-Rubies are made from droplets of venom from a creature known as the Cantigaster. Expensive, really pretty, and must be handled with gloves if you don't want to die horribly. Not usually that big of a drawback in the Neath, but Cantigaster venom is one of the few things that kill people Deader Than Dead.
- Soulstones, found in the Earthsong 'verse, formed of semi-sentient minerals which make up the consciousness of planets (read the comic, it's much clearer there) crystallise out of characters' blood INSIDE THEIR CHESTS. If not dealt with correctly by teleporting the relevant character to Earthsong, they then proceed to spontaneously explode.
- The Whateley Universe plays this straight with Silver, a supporting student character who sweats mithril...which in that universe has a number of convenient mystical properties but is usually rather difficult to produce even alchemically. Needless to say, once that fact was discovered, the staff was quick to crack down on any attempts to casually exploit her talent, and there has been at least one kidnapping attempt while she was off the school grounds already.
- In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, one of the mystic "trinkets" the Ancient-God-Turned-Supervillain Dagon possesses is the "Eye of Aztathoth", a huge spherical crystal that allows him to spy on nearly every location on earth at will. At first the hero just thought it was an ultra-powerful version of the standard crytal ball, but it was later revealed to be an actual eye from the dead god Azathoth.
- Neopets has Thyoras Tearnote , a battle item that protects its user from all attacks for one turn. It is said that "When Thyora was weeping for the loss of her loved one a passing faerie captured a tear and formed a powerful charm. For a brief period of time, nothing may harm the wearer."
- Roger from American Dad!, his excrements are literal Solid Gold Poop, which is also an Artifact of Death.
- Starting in Ben 10: Alien Force, Kevin's power is to cover himself in any material he touches. One villain of the week had a special crystal that forced his entire body into the same kind of crystal, which he intended to chip off and sell little by little. By the way, Kevin was conscious the whole time.
- Another episode featured an alien species who left behind Solid Gold Poop after eating popcorn.
- In the episode of Futurama "Bendin' in the Wind", Dr. Zoidberg reveals that eating (more) dirt causes him to cough up multicolored pearls (which is lucky, since the whole cast apart from Bender didn't have any money and were reduced to eating out of skips).
- Gargoyles: The eye of Odin.
- In Gumby: The Movie, a skateboard-riding dachshund called Lowbelly cries pearls whenever his master, Gumby, leaves or changes shape when he performs with his band. This fuels the Blockheads' latest get-rich-quick scheme, which for some reason involves making robot duplicates of Gumby's band.
- The Secret of Kells has the Eye of Crom Cruach, a magical magnifying glass which is the eye of a serpentine god... beast... demon... thing.
- Given that both human body and diamond mostly consist of carbon, the former can be turned into the latter. For example, LifeGem will turn a lock of hair or the cremated remains of a person into gemstones.
- Jet is entirely made of fossilized remains compressed together. It's actually a gem-quality variety of coal.
- Depending on their composition, kidney or bladder stones sometimes come in pretty or even sparkly colors. Not bad for crystallized urine.
- Gallstones can be very pretty and shiny.
- Amber could count, trees are living beings after all.
- Several examples of children exist around the world, where their tears turn into something solid, such as quartz or wood splinters. Most of these if not all were fakes, however.
- Bezoar Stones can form in the stomach just as enteroliths form in the intestines.
- Pearls are the one type of precious gemstone that's always a product of this trope, being formed from encrusted bodily secretions that accumulate around irritating particles inside the shells of bivalves.