Does D&D 5e contain official weights for jewelry? Where can I read up on this?

For example, I can't find in the books what an ordinary silver ring or golden necklace weighs. Until now I'm using RL weights: average weight of a piece of (metal) jewelry between 0,2-0,5kg (or 0,4-1 lbs).

A table or 'official rule of thumb' would definitely be helpful. If 5e leaves this up to the DM, I'd like to borrow such tables from previous editions (if they exist).

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    \$\begingroup\$ Do you have a specific reason why this matters? For the most parts, the weight of these minor items falls way below D&D's simulation threshold. \$\endgroup\$ – Erik Apr 21 '18 at 11:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ That it a lot of weight for a silver ring. \$\endgroup\$ – nwp Apr 21 '18 at 11:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ This matters for the maximum carrying capacity, as my party is finding quite a lot of treasure in the form of such items. I don't want them to have unlimited amounts of jewelry on them. I prefer them to take such things in account for further immersion. \$\endgroup\$ – Vadruk Apr 21 '18 at 11:11

DnD 5e does not contain information on the weights of jewelry.

In fact, the PHB has a 5gp Signet Ring listed as negligible weight.

As far as I know this is consistent with previous additions as well.

Tracking encumbrance for individual items generally isn't worth it (a lot of work, you ruin a lot of fun, and don't really get anything in return), especially not at the granularity of ounces. If you really want to do this you can use real life approximations. Real life gold rings generally weigh around 4 ounces/100 grams (individuals vary of course). You can handwave this to give you 4 pieces of jewelry to the pound.


50 silver coins weigh 1 pound (DMG p.133, "Types of Treasure"). A two pound silver bar costs 10gp and is 5"/2"/0.5" (DMG p.20, "Trade Bars"), for a total of 5 cubic inches. Five cubic inches of silver has a weight of 0.86 kilograms, compared to the 907.18 grams of two pounds (this is likely because of rounding instead of differences in the makeup of silver in Forgotten Realms).

So what do you do with these numbers? First, determine the volume of a ring you want to use by getting either numbers on the Internet or using a real-life prop (there's a Greek fellow called Archimedes who figured out how to calculate volume, look up his lifehack) to get a volume and use that to calculate how much silver is in there, from which you can caluclate the weight.


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