A window is an item of furniture that can be constructed to form solid walls surrounding a room. A window is not considered support for the purposes of preventing cave-ins or allowing doors to be built, but it will block the flow of water. Glass windows can be made with any type of glass at a glass furnace, and are placed similarly to furniture. Like all furniture, windows must have a floor underneath them to be built. Alternatively, a gem window can be directly constructed from three cut gems of any type (including cut glass). If the gems used to make a gem window are of different colors, the window will flash between the different colors of the gems, in the order the gems are brought to the construction site. As of version 27.176.38c, magma does not melt constructed windows, no matter what they are made of, but unconstructed glass windows will melt in magma.
Dwarves will get a happy thought from windows built of a material they like.
Light from a window built into a cliff face will not illuminate a room and will not prevent cave adaptation.
Note that dwarves can see through windows, and will run away from hostile creatures standing on the other side of the window.
A noble's mandate to make windows will not be satisfied by building a gem window.
Gem windows, on the other hand, do not receive value multipliers; a gem window's value is the sum of the value of the gems used in its construction. For maximizing value, gems are better used for decorations, even if your gem cutter and gem setter are only dabbling.
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