First Appearance First edition of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.
Type of Block Gem
Stackable? Yes (64)
Tool Used Iron Pickaxe
How to Acquire Mining Diamond Ore with either an Iron Pickaxe or Diamond Pickaxe.

This article is about the Diamond item. For the ore, see Diamond Ore. For the block, see Block of Diamond.

Diamonds are the item obtained from mining diamond ore, and it is used to craft the most effective tools, weapons and armor in Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.

Diamonds are used to make armor, tools, Jukeboxes and Diamond blocks. They are found deep underground at layers 16 and below and can only be mined with an Iron Pickaxe or diamond pickaxe. They are usually found in groups of 3-9.


  • In the source code, diamonds were originally named Emerald. This was fixed in the introduction of Emerald.
  • Diamond is the second rarest gem, second to emerald, which is only found in the extreme hills biome.