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I'm thinking of buying some high-quality gem from the auction house, but before I shell my money, I was wondering if there's any level limit on gems, or whether gems increase the level limits on items they are socketed in (like in Diablo II).

If there is such a minimum level or some modification of the item, what rule does that follow?

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Shortly and simply: no restrictions. :)

Quotes from wiki, who quoted blue posts:

They don’t have a level requirement so we do intend to see them used as a way to twink new characters, or allow people to buy into gemming up a bit earlier on if they have the gold.

There may be some interesting complications with this though.

You can pay an artisan to remove the gems from an item. The last design I had heard of was that it was based on gem value, so as you socket higher level gems it becomes more expensive, but you’ll almost certainly want to unsocket gems to level them up, or swap to new gear. This may cause some unique problems for low level (non-twink) characters attempting to buy high level gems and then being unable to remove them from the socket when they get a better piece of armor (because they can’t afford it), but that may turn out to be an acceptable roadblock.

Source: http://www.diablowiki.net/Gem

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Can't they just salvage their older armor to recover it for free? –  Alok May 23 '12 at 17:28
    
Low level non-twink characters cannot unsocket a lot due to the price of unsocketing. –  red May 24 '12 at 11:47
    
Correct, if their goal is to get both the gem and gear back. But if they just want the gem back, they can salvage it as Alok said. This will destroy the gear but return the gem. –  PeterL Sep 19 '12 at 13:08
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The simple answer is that there are no restrictions. But so far I believe the lowest level item was lvl 15 that contained a socket. So in theory this would be the only restriction due to the armor not the gem. As for removing gems, you can salvage the gear to get the gem back free of charge. You only lose the gear itself.

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And then again, you don't lose everything as you still get components. –  Nigralbus Sep 19 '12 at 10:16
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