Parry gems are red gems, orange gems, purple gems, and prismatic gems.

Wrath Northrend Gems
Color Name Effect(s)
File:UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngFile:UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.pngFile:UI-EmptySocket-Blue.png Prismatic Flashing Dragon's Eye 27 Parry Rating
File:UI-EmptySocket-Red.png Red Flashing Dragon's Eye +34 Parry
Flashing Cardinal Ruby +20 Parry Rating
16px [Flashing Scarlet Ruby] +16 Parry Rating
16px [Perfect Flashing Bloodstone] +14 Parry Rating
16px [Flashing Bloodstone] +12 Parry Rating
File:UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngFile:UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png Orange 16px [Glimmering Ametrine] +10 Parry Rating +10 Defense Rating
16px [Glimmering Monarch Topaz] +8 Parry Rating +8 Defense Rating
16px [Perfect Glimmering Huge Citrine] +7 Parry Rating +7 Defense Rating
Glimmering Huge Citrine +6 Parry Rating +6 Defense Rating
File:UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngFile:UI-EmptySocket-Blue.png Purple Defender's Dreadstone +10 Parry Rating +15 Stamina
16px [Defender's Twilight Opal] +8 Parry Rating +12 Stamina
16px [Defender's Shadow Crystal] +6 Parry Rating +9 Stamina

In Patch 3.2.0.

BC Outland gems
Color Name Effect(s)
File:UI-EmptySocket-Red.png Red Flashing Crimson Spinel +10 Parry Rating
Flashing Living Ruby +8 Parry Rating
File:UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngFile:UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png Orange Glimmering Fire Opal +5 Parry Rating +4 Defense Rating
16px [Splendid Fire Opal] +5 Parry Rating +4 Resilience Rating
File:UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngFile:UI-EmptySocket-Blue.png Purple Defender's Tanzanite +5 Parry Rating +6 Stamina


Before Patch 3.2.0 in particular, parry gems are generally considered inferior to dodge gems or defense gems because of the amount of avoidance they give when taking into account diminishing returns. This still may be true after the patch is released, but it should be less so.

Recently, Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street, the Lead Systems Designer posted about this very topic on the forums:

Re: Avoidance Change | 2009-07-13 21:28 | Ghostcrawler
Template:ForumQuoteOh yes. At some point "Not BiS" became "trash." :)

It's not the end of the world if parry gems rot. But we want to be able to put parry on say rings without those just being sharded.

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