Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

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.

3 Carnelian
3 Jasper
3 Alicite
3 Hessonite
3 Nightstone
3 Zephyrite

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 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, 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

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10 Responses to “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”

  1. Brouck says:

    My first method of making gold was simply farming ore on my miner, and posting it for crazy amount of gold. Afterwards I turned to buying 78 + cata greens off the AH for under 30g (which was the going rate for a single hypnotic dust) I would simply DE all goods, and post mats in stacks of 20 for dusts and 10 for essences. I made over 10k gold doing this in five days (at only 15-20 mins a day in the evening). Sadly this market has started to slow, so it’s time to find others that are blooming.

  2. Azuriel says:

    Haha, we basically wrote the same post for the same carnival independently:

    Not that I meant to “advertise” on your site, just thought it was amusing. 🙂

  3. Ramund says:

    The first think i did regarding money making after Cata release was to make the 359 trinket through Alchemy, (Which had reasonable priced mats) and simply DE them, selling the Maelstrom crystals on AH for around 4k a piece, (Cost me around 1k to make) Roughly made 50k in 3 days doing this, sadly this market is also slowing down since others figured the same, or aquired other cheap shards.

  4. Ramund says:

    On a side note, first started doing this 2-3 weeks into the expansion.

  5. Miss Mediocre says:

    Brouck : I used the farming method at first as well, but with herbs instead of ore. I focused on Whiptail in Uldum and made a small fortune. The price has dropped on my server for those as well, and there are so many other people farming them now that I decided to move onto jewelcrafting! I like your enchanting idea, and wish I’d given that a try earlier too! 😀

  6. Miss Mediocre says:

    Ramund : I was wishing one of my alchemists was an enchanter SO HARD when I found out that trinket was DEable, lol. That’s awesome that you were able to make some serious gold with it! 😀

  7. Ramund says:

    Honestly a Guildie who tipped me about it, he had heard that it was required in the top guilds on our server to have epic enchants a week into cata 😛 I liked ^^

  8. Karot says:

    I cut a lot of Fleet Shadowspirit Diamonds getting my hunter’s JC to 525, and so far I’ve only seen one other person posting this cut. I’m selling each one for around 650g, while the other cuts have fallen to 400g-500g or less. I expect this to change after a while, but I’m enjoying the lack of competition while it lasts!

  9. Miss Mediocre says:

    Ramund : 😀

  10. Miss Mediocre says:

    Karot : Yeah it’s fantastic being the only one with a specific cut! 😀

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