Some of the most prominent ores in the game have seen a visual update in “Cliffs & Caves,” including Redstone, Iron, Gold, and Coal. These ore blocks, prior to mining them, will look a bit different than before. A post on the r/Minecraft subreddit shows the new blocks side by side with the old versions, giving fans a clearer picture of how they will be altered.
For the most part, not too much has changed, except for the pattern of colors. Before, the only notable difference between the ores was the color. The new update has made it so that the actual patterns on each block are different, which is a huge help for fans who are colorblind. Texture packs were really the only way to solve this problem before the 1.17 update, and fans directly impacted by the retextures were beyond excited.
Gold Ore was the only ore to also have a significant change in its color. Now sporting darker reds and yellows, the ore looks very different from the original. Emerald Ore, Lapis Ore, and Blackstone were also slightly altered, according to the patch notes. However, it’s not apparent enough for anyone to have struck any fans as a major change. Copper has also been added into the game, and it has some interesting properties of its own — its color will actually change as the material ages.