While a martial artist's clothing doesn't provide bns gold or benefits to combat, their weapons, accessories, and Soul Shield certainly does. Today, Blade & Soul updated an introduction to its Gems system to help players increase their combat power through useful gems and crafting.
By upgrading a weapon, or finding new accessories or Soul Shield pieces, you can continually increase your power; in addition, stat bonuses can be added through the use of gems. Weapons of higher quality will contain gem slots, and by inserting a gem of a different color (Ruby, Citrine, Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst, Peridot, Diamond), as well as increasing levels of quality (triangular, square, pentagonal, hexagonal), you can further customize your combat ability.
If you socket a tradeable gem into your weapon, the gem will no longer be able to be traded. This doesn't though apply to account bound gems, which can still be mailed between your own characters.
If a weapon allows for it, additional gem slots can be added through use of a Gem Hammer, and gems can even be removed for a small fee. The color of a gem dictates the types of stats that it can provide, while the quality will dictate the blade and soul goal amount of the stat.
You can only slot a single gem of each color into each item, which ensures that you'll have a variety of improved stats.