I must say, I'm very excited for these updates and additions to the server. I can't wait to see what we do with these new things. I'm looking forward to continue playing on this server, these additions seem really cool just from what you've said.
Thank you! I kind of stole the gems from the Hermitcraft datapack, but I'm sure they won't mind too much. It was too good to pass up though!
I should make you specifically aware of two things. First, I'm going to start only accepting the Green "God of Insanity" heads for miracles. And the second is I'm going to stop restocking my usual locations for them. I want to encourage people to explore, not visit the same old places :P That being said, I've tried to balance them so they aren't impossible to find, so there is that. I may also include them in future builds, so keep your eye open for those too.
I'm always willing to listen to ideas on what items you might like to trade for the gems. So far I'm thinking of a Guardian themed Villager, an End themed villager, A woodland mansion themed villager, as well as some basic villagers that will trade in diamonds instead of emeralds for things like mending books.
I'm excited about the stuff datapacks are going to let me do though, and am excited about the future of this server.