this is my first jewels cake. i didn't know what to do for the gems so i used jolly ranchers and shaved them with sandpaper, thanks to someone here for that tip. i don't recommend doing that because it was tedious and sticky. i would have made my own candy and used the jewel mold, but my mold came in too late, so i had to go with jolly ranchers. the pearls are edible pearls and some are mixed with flavoring and pearl dust.