There are two kinds of Family Jewels: Mew-tation jewels and Cattribute jewels.
These jewels are awarded to the first 500 kitties who initiate bloodlines for a trait. They do this by being the first in their family tree to either a) carry a new basic trait, or b) mutate into a new trait. The first kitty with a new trait gets a spinning pink diamond and the next 499 get lesser jewels.
After the originator kitties claim their jewels, they get to pass them down to their descendants as cattribute jewels. Any descendant of an originator kitty receives the jewel if it also carries the trait. This means that jewels may skip certain kitties but then show up later in their children. Again, all descendants may claim their ancestor’s jewel as soon as they share the same trait. The descendants’ jewels will be the same color as their ancestor’s original jewel.
Think of is this way. When CryptoKitties launched, the developers released 100 Founder Cats that were all jaguars. Since then, there have been no other kitties released with jaguar genes. That mean, whenever you see a cat with the jaguar pattern, you know immediately that it has a direct tie to one of the Founder Cats. Family jewels mimic this exactly. If you see a kitty with a pink diamond next to “cloudwhite”, you know that it has a direct link to the very first cloudwhite kitty.
You can click on a jeweled cattribute to see the originator kitty that it came from.
This kitty was one of the first 500 kitties to unlock the pattern “camo”. All of its descendants may receive its blue camo jewel if they carry the camo gene.
This kitty is also a descendant of the very first “slyboots” kitty, and a descendant of one of the first 100 “thundergrey” kitties. Etc.
Will jewels make my kitty more valuable?
It’s hard to say right now because they’re so new. But I think it’s safe to say if there are two kitties with all other things equal, the kitty with more jewels will be valuable.
The mew-tation jewels will be more valuable than the cattribute jewels, and the most valuable jewel will easily be the pink diamond. The other jewels may end up as just eye candy, but the pink one will likely hold more significance.
The Founder Cats did not get jewels, nor did their offspring. Poor jaguars. But the founders did get something else. They got badges. Aww.
What can I do with jewels?
You can collect them! If you breed jewel cats with other jewel cats, you can try to create kitties that have jewels next to ALL their cattributes. How fun would that be?!
Happy jewel collecting!
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