In the beginning, there was only one gem called the “Inang Brilyante”. This was bestowed by the Bathalang Emre to the Encantados in which the power of their world resides.
This gem hovers on a geometric pattern called the Devas Circle. Depicted like a transmutation circle in alchemy, it signifies the power of the artifact it surrounds.
When Cassiopea broke the Inang Brilyante, we were introduced to four elemental magic circles, each distinct to one another:
The Air Magic Circle
Light and curvy, the magic circle of Air is adorned purely by swirls that light up as they traverse the perimeter. The design is consistent with the swirls resembling Amihan’s palace gown. At the outer circle, five circles decreasing in size stand out, perhaps symbolizing Sang’gre Amihan’s rather straightforward principles and the hierarchy of her priorities.
The Earth Magic Circle
Geometric, lavish on triangles, diamonds, and intertwining hexagons, this magic circle looks like a nod on rocks, shards, metals, and precious crystals. In a way, it symbolizes Sang’gre Danaya’s firm and undisputed loyalty to Lireo. As we go to the inner circles, outlines of leaves in nouveaux-style ornament the alchemic pattern.
The Water Magic Circle
The Magic Circle of the Water Gem is adorned by eight smaller circles that decrease in size as they go to the core, mirroring the ripple effect of a water drop. Spikes protrude from the center, which look like drops of rain falling from above. Others compare these spikes to the hidden strength of its keeper, Sang’gre Alena. The outer and inner circles are surrounded by swirls inspired by the waves of the ocean and the moon.
The Fire Magic Circle
This magic circle is, arguably, the most beautiful among the elemental circles. The outermost and innermost circles are ornamented by a chain of leaves shaped like tongues of fire. The middle circle is framed by a Celtic intertwining pattern. What look like blazes of fire, or perhaps, light rays of a primitive depiction of the sun come out from the center, harboring a pattern that can be compared to the spine horns of a dragon. Around the main circle, two peculiar smaller circles rest and rotate.
I’d like to believe that this circle greatly mirrors Pirena, highly entitled and adorned like her Queen Mother, but in truth a battle inside her lingers, a confusion as to which side or what person she ought to be.
The Fifth Gem’s Magic Circle
The Fifth Gem’s power encompasses the abilities of the four elemental gems. But the Fifth Gem is the purest. It doesn’t have a particular color aside from its etherial glimmer, proof that it is a small version of the Inang Brilyante, the unified embodiment of the four elemental gems. Like the Fifth Gem, its magic circle is simple and is rid of ornaments and distinctive design. At its heart is a circle surrounded by four smaller circles: symbolizing the four elements that should be as one.