Jewelcrafting became available as a new profession with the BC expansion. At the moment it still is one of the popular World of Warcraft professions. The main reason for this is a variety of powerful gems and various interesting items a good Jewelcrafter is able to make.
With Jewelcrafting you will be able to create unique gems for yourself. These gems will surely boost your stats no matter which class you chose to play. In example, any Jewelcrafter Warlock will be able to boost his dps with gems that have additional spell power. This goes for any other class or spec as well.
How to start?
To start your work as a Jewelcrafter you need to start mining and prospect ores. You will be able to choose how to level up Jewelcrafting and there are two ways – choose Mining as your second profession or visit the Auction House, buy stacks of ores and start prospecting. The AH option will apparently come as more pricy one but it will take less of your time. However, the choice is completely up to you.
With Jewelcrafting, as your primary profession, comes Prospecting as well. This skill is used to prospect ores and then extract gems.
At higher levels of Jewelcrafting you will be able to make a special Icy Prism which has a cooldown of 20h. Each Icy Prism gives a chance for a Jewelcrafter to extract a valuable or even an epic gem from it. To create an Icy Prism a Jewelcrafter will need a few gems and a frozen orb.
What else is available to a Jewelcrafter?
As said before, a Jewelcrafter can make valuable gems, but he can also make rings, trinkets and necklaces. His epic necklaces and rings are wanted among other players and therefore he can earn a plenty of gold by selling these or just by crafting them.
There are also some other useful items a Jewelcrafter is able to make, like the statues made of stone. The small stone guardian is able to heal you once summoned. These stone statues can come in very handy while you are levelling or if you are being attacked.
Jewelcrafting = profitable?
Yes – Jewelcrafting is very profitable! When your character reaches the Outlands, a lot of the gear will have sockets available for gems. Sockets differ in colour of gems that are to be placed there – blue, yellow or red. A green gem, for example can also be placed in a yellow or blue socket, purple gem can be placed in either blue or red while orange gem can fit yellow or red socket.
With level 80 you will be able to play more heroics and join 10/25 man raids, which means that better gear will come your way. Epic pieces of gear that have sockets available definitely deserve the best gems and this is where a good Jewelcrafter can fit in. With the ability to create strong gems, a Jewelcrafter can make a nice profit by selling these gems on the AH or just by cutting them for others.
To learn new recipes you need to do the Jewelcrafting daily quests as often as possible. These quests can be obtained at Timothy Jones (Dalaran). By accomplishing them you will come in possession with special tokens that can be used for purchasing rare Jewelcrafting recipes.
If Jewelcrafting is your choice for a primary profession, rest assured that it will be a lot of fun to level it and that it will also come as very profitable later on.