Our forge cleric wanted to manufacture diamond rings and use the diamonds later for raise dead and similar spells.

Artisan's Blessing states that the end product must include some kind of metal. The metal used as material for the ritual then magically forms even the non-metal parts of the product.

Can the cleric keep using this feature to basically convert coins to diamonds?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you specifically asking about using it to create (costly) spell components? \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Nov 8 '18 at 8:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is a X Y problem as @V2Blast accurately points out. He doesn't want to do diamonds, he wants to do costly components. \$\endgroup\$ – Mindwin Nov 8 '18 at 17:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast I asked the question specifically for this scenario, but I see now that it is an X Y problem indeed. \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Nov 29 '18 at 10:43

A diamond is not a metal object

While David offers a great answer to making it work, I'm going to offer the other side of the Artisan's Blessed coin; I don't think this is the intended purpose. Magic has a component cost for a reason, and you're trying to abuse a class feature as a loophole to get around this.

You conduct an hour-long ritual that crafts a nonmagical item that must include some metal: a simple or martial weapon, a suit of armor, ten pieces of ammunition, a set of tools, or another metal object.

A diamond ring is not a weapon, a suit of armor, a set of tools or ammunition, so it must fall under 'another metal object'. If you are making a ring purely for the diamond contained within, you're not really making a metal object, are you? Once your DM allows you to create a cheap brass ring with an expensive 99.9 GP diamond in it, this feature essentially reads "you can create any mundane object costing less than 100 gp".

Need rope? "Yeah I'm making a grappling hook with 900 feet of rope, and then I'm cutting the hook off."

Need perfume? "Yeah I'm making a perfume bottle with perfume in it, with a metal stopper."

Need a chest? "Yeah I'm making a wooden chest with a metal lock on it."

While your DM obviously has the final say in all matters, and some DMs will allow this kind of thing, the feature says you can make a metal object, not "anything you want, with some cheap metal attached."

Want to store your diamonds? You can use your artisan's blessing feature to make rings worth no more than 100 GP out of metal with an opening, and then afterwards manually add an existing diamond to it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Any time you want to claim “intent,” you must back it up. And saying the intent is “clearly” whatever your personal opinion is, is not backing it up. If you think that this is out of keeping with your opinion on what this feature is for, say that. That’s a perfectly valid answer, and you’d still get a lot of upvotes as I’m sure most would agree with you. But don’t try to dress that up as “clearly” what the authors intended. Putting words in their mouths is rude, both to them, and to readers who might be deceived by it. Flagging this answer as requiring more evidence. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Nov 28 '18 at 15:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you're leaning this answer entirely on statements of intent, then yes, we'd expect to see a citation for that. "The intent is whatever I think it is" is what killed designer reasons categorically — if you cannot back up this intent, reposition your answer to not rely on statements of intent. As-is this answer may be removed for being unsubstantiated and potentially misleading. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Nov 28 '18 at 15:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ It was never intended to imply designer intend, it was personal opinion, so I've edited the answer a bit to make that more obvious. \$\endgroup\$ – Theik Nov 29 '18 at 7:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the update. I'll remove the citation banner. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Nov 29 '18 at 10:28

Yes, but it can't exceed a value of 100 gp

The Channel Divinity is fairly clear (emphasis mine):

You conduct an hour-long ritual that crafts a nonmagical item that must include some metal: a simple or martial weapon, a suit of armor, ten pieces of ammunition, a set of tools, or another metal object...

The thing you create can be something that is worth no more than 100 gp. As part of this ritual, you must lay out metal, which can include coins, with a value equal to the creation.

So, a Cleric of the Forge Domain can indeed quite literally convert metal coins into diamond rings, as long as the value of the ring is lower than 100 gp. There are no official diamond jewelry of less than 100 gp of value (the Dungeon Master's Guide lists some types of jewelry as Art Objects in Chapter 7), so whether such a low value diamond piece can be created will be up to the GM. There is no direct precedent, but a gold ring set with bloodstones is valued at 250 gp. Bloodstones are valued previously in the chapter at 50 gp which is the lowest value diamond implicitly mentioned in any spell component list. Chromatic orb:

Components: V, S, M (a diamond worth at least 50 gp)

Presumably, a 50 gp diamond set in a material less valuable than gold (for example, silver) would satisfy the 100 gp maximum. However, whether such a ring exists is entirely speculation as there is no reference for a less than 100 gp diamond ring. So a GM is perfectly within his right to deny such a creation (not that he wouldn't be if there were some obscure precedent).

How strong is it?

Even if you could create a cheap diamond, there are only so many spells it would work with. Presumably, the diamond would be something of lower value than 100 gp (as the ring itself is 100 gp), so we're stuck with 8 possible spells:

  1. Chromatic orb: as mentioned, only requires a 50 gp diamond (doesn't consume the diamond, so not really relevant for the "many diamonds" abuse)
  2. Glyph of warding (partly): requires 200 gp of incense and powdered diamond, the latter of which could probably be made up of a lot of cheap diamonds. You still need to get the pricey incense though.
  3. Greater restoration: requires 100 gp of powdered diamond (like part of glyph of warding)
  4. Nondetection: requires 25 gp of powdered diamond (like greater restoration)
  5. Stoneskin: requires 100 gp of powdered diamond (like greater restoration)
  6. Revivify: requires diamonds worth 300 gp total, so a number of cheaper ones would qualify.
  7. True Resurrection: allows multiple diamonds like revivify, but the exorbitant 25,000 gp requirement, makes many cheap diamonds seem unfeasible (besides by the time you are level 17, finding resources shouldn't be an issue).
  8. Symbol (partly): requires an opal/diamond powder mix of 1000 gp, so the opal would have to be acquired as well.

So, for the most part, revivify is the only spell they are casting that will affect the game substantively, from my point of view (since they can make the cost up of smaller diamonds), but the rest of the time they are still paying the gold cost so abuse isn't particularly harmful to the game.

You specifically mentioned raise dead, which would not be eligible as raise dead requires a diamond of higher value (500 gp).

In conclusion: There is really only cause for concern if you expect revivify to be abused during the game to where death becomes less of a threat than you desire in the campaign. Keep in mind that revivify has a 1 minute timer, so it isn't the most effective resurrection spell especially if conflicts are designed to last longer than 1 minute.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It's also notable that this method is wasteful to some extent: the character pays not only for the diamond, but also for the ring; if they pay for it purely in coins, they'd get better efficiency by just buying the diamonds. \$\endgroup\$ – Matthieu M. Nov 8 '18 at 7:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MatthieuM. as long as the diamond is available where and when needed. This may, or may not be true. And leftover gold from diamond rings is still gold with its full value. \$\endgroup\$ – Mołot Nov 8 '18 at 10:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Mołot Not quite, raw gold is less valuable than gold in a specific shape, because of the labor that goes into making something. A 5 gp golden ring does not have 5 gp worth of gold in it, nor does melting a gold coin produce enough gold to get 1 gp back for it. The only reason to melt something back down to raw gold is if the object itself is not desireable for some reason, it's easier to melt down a gold ring and get 4 gp back, than it is to sell it for 5 because there's more market for raw gold than for gold rings. \$\endgroup\$ – Theik Nov 8 '18 at 10:23

No, the rules list what you can make, and a diamond ring is not among them

You conduct an hour-long ritual that crafts a nonmagical item that must include some metal: a simple or martial weapon, a suit of armor, ten pieces of ammunition, a set of tools, or another metal object.

The part after the ‘:’ is not "for example", but a list of things you can do.

A brass ring with a diamond is not "another metal object", nor is it a simple or martial weapon, a suit of armor, 10 pieces of ammunition or a set of tools. So you cannot create a brass ring with a diamond in it.

Because a brass ring with a diamond is not a metal object. It is an object that contains metal.

On the other hand, a brass ring is "another metal object", so it can be created.

The requirements in this sentence combine. The object must be nonmagical. The object must include some metal. And the object must be from that list.

Ammunition that contains no metal? Banned.

Now, if you can convince your DM that small diamonds with lead weights are piece of ammunition, and that they are worth less than 100 gp, then go for it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure where you get that the list is not "for example" Can you cite a source for that assertion? Also, it's worded pretty clearly that the crafted item need not be 100% metal, and so could definitely include a diamond. What it does NOT say however, is that you get a spontaneous generation of the non-metallic components, people are just reading that in. You'd lay out the metal at a minimum, but would include a pre-existing diamond or other pieces with it. \$\endgroup\$ – user47897 Nov 8 '18 at 22:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @markto Rules do what they say, and it doesn't say "these are examples". The quote is my citation. \$\endgroup\$ – Yakk Nov 9 '18 at 0:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ Yakk But doesn't the inclusion that you list "another metal object" mean that there are options out there? In the listing immediately following "another metal object it says: "(see chapter 5, “Equipment,” in the Player’s Handbook for examples of these items)" and this time it states these are examples? Is your assertion that ONLY solid metal objects can be created from this option (the option of "other metal objects)? \$\endgroup\$ – VVilliam Nov 28 '18 at 13:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @VVilliam Yes, objects made of metal are "metal objects". Objects made of both metal and not-metal are not "metal objects". A metal key, for example, is an example of "another metal object". Studded leather is not a metal object, even though it contains metal. However, Studded Leather is "a suit of armor" and it includes some metal, so it is covered by earlier clauses. You could not use the power to create a bunch of leather fabric studded with metal not in the form of armor, for example. \$\endgroup\$ – Yakk Nov 28 '18 at 14:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ The part @Pilchard123 is referencing: "As part of this ritual, you must lay out metal, which can include coins, with a value equal to the creation. The metal irretrievably coalesces and transforms into the creation at the ritual’s end, magically forming even nonmetal parts of the creation." \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Nov 29 '18 at 10:15

Whether or not this is intended, it would be fairly easy to do, based on this section of the wording:

The ritual can create a duplicate of a nonmagical item that contains metal, such as a key, if you possess the original during the ritual.

Hard to argue that a ring that is mostly metal by weight doesn't contain metal.

If you buy or craft a brass ring with a 50gp diamond inset, you should be able to duplicate that ring for as long as you have gold.

Then you toss the brass ring minus the diamond into the metal pile for the next ring and it only costs and extra 50gp.

This is only really an issue if components are hard to acquire, many DMs just have players pay the gold cost. There is still a cost.

  • \$\begingroup\$ "The ritual can create a duplicate of a nonmagical item that contains metal, such as a key, if you possess the original during the ritual." -- I believe this section's purpose is just to point out that you can use the feature to make a duplicate of something. Said something should still fall in the list "...simple or martial weapon, a suit of armor, ten pieces of ammunition, a set of tools, or another metal object." \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Nov 29 '18 at 10:38

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