Shadowspirit Diamonds that is!
January’s WoW Gold Blog Carnival topic over on Just My Two Copper (my favorite gold making blog) is “How Are You Making Gold In Cataclysm”. My gold making has been moved to the back burner more or less since the release of Cataclysm, but I do still need to be able to afford my pretty purple gear, so I bring in what gold I can when I’m not too distracted by everything else going on in game these days!
The main way I have been funding my crazy Cataclysm shopping sprees is with my Alchemy and Jewelcrafting combo. My Alchemy is 525, which wasn’t too difficult and didn’t cost me too much gold, since I don’t mind picking herbs as an alternative to questing for leveling up. My Jewelcrafting is still around 500 and I haven’t really spent any gold on it yet, as I’ve just been buying Obsidian, prospecting it, and then selling the uncommon and rare gems in the Auction House to break even. Now that I have 525 Alchemy and 500 Jewelcrafting however, I have a much more profitable use for my uncommon gems!
Alchemists can transmute 3 of each of the uncommon gems into 2 shadowspirit diamonds when they reach 525.
The uncommon gems would cost around 414g to buy from the Auction House on my server. I prefer buying the Obsidian Ore and prospecting it myself for the gems however, because you have a chance at finding the rare gems as well. Now that the price of Obsidian is starting to come down it’s even better, but buying the gems from the AH is still a profitable way to go! If you happen to have a transmute spec Alchemist, like me, you will get a few extra shadowspirit diamonds now and again too!
Selling the uncut shadowspirit diamonds will make you some good gold. They currently sell for 323g each on my server, and fairly quickly, so you end up making about 232g per transmute, but what I prefer to do is cut the gems, and then sell them!
A lot of players look to www.maxdps.com to decide what gear to get, and how to gem it, including me. What I noticed when looking through all of the classes and specs was that they almost all recommended Chaotic Shadowspirit Diamonds as the meta gem of choice. These sell very quickly and for around 360g each on my server, even though there are a few other Jewelcrafters posting them. This cut makes me about 300g for each transmute, if it doesn’t proc.
If you are good about doing your Jewelcrafting dailies, and have enough tokens to buy some of the other Shadowspirit Diamond cuts, I have sold the Austere Shadowspirit Diamonds for as much as 600g each as it is the tanking gem recommended by maxdps.com, making me about 786g from one transmute. There are times when other Jewelcrafters post a lot of these, driving the price down, so it’s best to check the price for the cuts you have and the price of the uncut gems daily, and chose whichever will make you the most gold.
The best part about transmuting shadowspirit diamonds for gold is that the transmute doesn’t have a cooldown! I usually post 4 first thing in the morning, and then just transmute and cut more as they sell throughout the day. It’s very low risk, and a great way to level your Jewelcrafting too!
If you only have one of the two professions, or even if you don’t have either, you can still make some gold! You can buy the uncommon gems from the Auction House, and find a transmute spec Alchemist who is willing to transmute them, keeping any that proc as their payment. You can then sell the uncut gems, or find a Jewelcrafter who is willing to cut them for you for a fee. It won’t be as profitable as having the professions yourself, but could still be worth it!
It takes 500 Jewelcrafting and 4 Illustrious Jewelcrafter’s Tokens to buy any of the shadowspirit diamond cuts, so there really aren’t that many Jewelcrafters / Alchemists doing this yet. I think eventually the prices will drop enough that this won’t be as profitable, so if you’re thinking of doing it, sooner is definitely better than later!
What do you think of my gold making idea? Are there any gems you have been selling like crazy? Have you been using your professions to make gold in Cataclysm? Did it cost you a fortune to reach 525 in any of the professions?
Thanks for Reading!
Miss Mediocre <3