The Basic Plot
- Solve Triangles
- Reduce Edges
- Place Reduced Edges
- Solve Centers
1. Solve Triangles
The first stage is to solve the triangles. By triangles, I mean the pieces attached to the centers. There are 3 on each face, and each triangle points to one of the small faces. Place them using simple moves.
2. Reduce Edges
Each edge has one corner on each side of it. Our goal is to match the correct corners with each edge. Once this is done, the edge has become reduced.
To reduce an edge, find a missing corner and move it (by turning the large faces) next to its edge. Move it onto the edge by turning the small face. Now move the edge (with new corner attached) onto an adjacent face using the edge piece series. Once done, turn back the small face so that all triangles are replaced correctly. Continue this procedure until you're down to either two or three edges.
If you have a 3-cycle of corners, just cycle them home using the same procedure.
If you have two edges left, both of which are unreduced, first locate the edge which has the correct corner next to it but wrongly oriented. Then locate the other corner of that colour. Now, use this corner to push out the wrongly oriented corner. Move the edge onto an adjacent face. Finally, bring it back to that position but reversed.
All of the above is clearly explained in this video.
3. Place Reduced Edges
We now place the reduced edges.
4. Solve Centers
The last stage of the solve is quick and easy. If the centers are not already solved, hold the puzzle so that two large faces are on Left and Right, and so that two small centers needing to swap are at Up and Front. Now carry out (L R' L' R) x 3, which is just the edge piece series.
And that's it. Your Dayan Gem 8 is now solved. I trust this site has been helpful. If you have any questions or want some clarifications, please use the comments to do so. To buy this puzzle, click here.