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Ava, whose symbol was the eye, was blind!

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"The emerald, symbol of honour, dulls in the presence of evil, and when a vow is broken. It is a remedy for sores and ulcers, and an antidote to poison."
The Belt of Deltora

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General information

Dread Gnome tribe

Hiding place

Dread Mountain




Dulls in the presence of evil
Dulls in the presence of a broken vow
Remedy for sores and ulcers
Antidote to poison

The Emerald is the gemstone and talisman of the Dread Gnomes and is the symbol of honour. It has a similar ability to the Ruby, and was the second gem added to the Belt of Deltora.


Tales of Deltora

Along with the other gems of the land, the Emerald was created when, as foretold by the fortune-telling stones of the Torans, fire and water "attached" the land of dragons. The Emerald was the lands gift to the Dread Gnomes.

Adin was able to gain it from the Dread Gnomes, after he saved their leader from being killed by a Green Beast.[1]

The Forests of Silence

Dread Mountain

Under the reign of the Shadow Lord, the Emerald was given to Gellick for safekeeping. It was however recovered by Lief, Barda and Jasmine, who slew Gellick by forcibly making him drink Dreaming Water and freed the Dread Gnomes from serving him.[2]


The Emerald dulls in the presence of evil or when a vow is broken. It provides a remedy for sores and ulcers and is an antidote to poison.


  • During the Toran Plague, many smaller Dread Gnome emeralds were used as a cure.[3]
  • The Emerald's ability of sensing danger is the only ability shared between two gems, the Ruby being the other one. Also of note is that the Emerald act as an antidote to poison, and the Ruby to snake venom (or venom in general).


  1. Rodda, Emily. Tales of Deltora. Scholastic Australia. 2005.
  2. Rodda, Emily. Dread Mountain. Scholastic Australia. 2001.
  3. Rodda, Emily. The Sister of the South. Scholastic Australia. 2004.

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