Back in Wrath I did a couple posts on selling cut gems on the auction house. The first post outlined the gems that in theory should be demanded by the various classes and specializations in PvE. The next post showed my existing gem sales and how much I had made off of each particular gem.
I would do that again, but there are a few problems. The first is that I haven’t had the big “rush” of gem sales that comes with a new patch, so I’m not sure how representative it would be. The second problem was that how I did it last time didn’t reflect sales per gem, and instead combined quantities of sales and prices of sales to form a single number of revenue per gem. I can’t do anything about the first but I can do something about the second. What I’ll present here is lists of gems that have sold for amounts at given thresholds. Specifically, I’ll list all the gems that have sold for over 200 gold, all the gems that have sold for over 100 gold, all gems that have sold for over 50 gold, and all gems that have sold for over 20 gold.
What makes a gem sell for a high amount? Obviously, it has to be a gem that is in demand. No Subtle Sun’s Radiance will sell for over 200 gold. But it has to also be the sort of gem that can slip the attention of random crafters. What can happen with gems that are in particularly high demand, in my experience, is that some people will cut numerous quantities of them and list them all at the same time, effectively capping the price at that amount until their auctions expire. (Usually these are 48 hour auctions, too, which I find baffling.) With really popular gems, those people actually sell enough to think that their strategy is a good one, and are thus encouraged. Meanwhile, gems of moderate demand which do not attract such attention (presumably because they don’t sell in sufficient quantities to validate that strategy) can sell for much more.
At least, that’s the theory.
A quirk in the way jewelcrafters learn designs makes this list particularly useful, I think. When a jewelcrafter researches for a cut of a given raw gem, she receives as a result of that research two random cut gems of that color. Because of this, I’ve gotten a broad variety of gems, all of which I’ve at least tried to sell on the AH. So if there’s a gem that’s not on any of these lists, it’s not because I haven’t tried, but rather because it never actually sold. I have a policy of not listing gems for below 20g, so this list should actually exhaust every gem I have actually sold.
Here we go.
Gems that have sold for over 200g:
- Deft Vermilion Onyx (agi/haste) (maximum price: 400g)
- Artful Vermilion Onyx (int/mastery) (maximum price: 400g)
- Lightning Wild Jade (haste/hit) (maximum price: 356g39)
- Adept Vermilion Onyx (agi/mastery) (maximum price: 320g)
- Energized Wild Jade (haste/spirit) (maximum price: 316g74)
- Reckless Vermilion Onyx (int/haste) (maximum price: 300g)
- Inscribed Vermilion Onyx (str/crit) (maximum price: 297g98)
- Deadly Vermilion Onyx (agi/crit) (maximum price: 294g99)
- Purified Imperial Amethyst (int/spirit) (maximum price: 269g89)
- Piercing Wild Jade (hit/crit) (maximum price: 250g)
- Potent Vermilion Onyx (int/crit) (maximum price: 237g53)
- Veiled Imperial Amethyst (int/hit) (maximum price: 223g99)
- Vivid Wild Jade (PVP power/PVP resilience) (maximum price: 209g74)
- Puissant Wild Jade (mastery/stamina) (maximum price: 200g)
There’s an interesting note about all of these gems. All of them are secondary colors (purple, orange and green), and none of them are primary colors (red, yellow and blue). This is despite the primary color gems having the thing everyone should in theory be stacking. (I stack crit, for instance.) In theory, the primary colored gems should be the most in demand. What’s going on here?
There are a couple things. First, I think this shows that Blizzard has done a commendable job of balancing gems such that socket bonuses are almost always worth getting. Second, I think it reflects the supplier issue I mentioned above. When a supplier wants to cut an orange gem, she has 22 different cuts to choose from. With red gems there are only five choices, four if you exclude the parry gem that no one really wants. The person who cuts them all and throws them up is going to run out of the good orange and green cuts, while their red cuts will linger on and depress the market.
An interesting note is that a PvP gem made this list. I’m not inclined to cut PvP gems because I don’t know enough about them and their schedules, but I’ve had good luck with the Vivid cut so far.
Gems that have sold for over 100g:
- Fierce Vermilion Onyx (str/haste) (maximum price: 199g99)
- Sensei’s Wild Jade (hit/mastery) (maximum price: 183g99)
- Accurate Imperial Amethyst (hit/expertise) (maximum price: 170g66)
- Delicate Primordial Ruby (agi) (maximum price: 154g99)
- Stormy River’s Heart (PVP Power) (maximum price: 153g89)
- Tense Imperial Amethyst (str/PVP Power) (maximum price: 147g49)
- Keen Vermilion Onyx (exp/mastery) (maximum price: 138g49)
- Etched Imperial Amethyst (str/hit) (maximum price: 130g88)
- Brilliant Primordial Ruby (int) (maximum price: 129g74)
- Skillful Vermilion Onyx (str/mastery) (maximum price: 119g74)
- Fractured Sun’s Radiance (mastery) (maximum price 114g99)
- Misty Wild Jade (spirit/crit) (maximum price 114g24)
- Radiant Wild Jade (crit/PVP Power) (maximum price: 104g99)
- Zen Wild Jade (spirit/mastery) (maximum price: 100g)
A lot more secondary colors here, and the first of the primary colors. The Delicate Primordial Ruby, which if I recall correctly was the second most valuable gem in Cata, is the first primary gem but doesn’t crack the top 20 overall. Brilliant Primordial Ruby, the number 1 gem in Cata, shows up as well. More suprising are the Stormy River’s Heart gem, letting the blue gems join this exclusive club, and the Fractured Sun’s Radience making its way up here as well. I don’t expect either gem to get this high regularly, but it can happen and if it does I hope to be able to take advantage of it.
Gems that have sold for over 50g:
- Shattered Wild Jade (haste/PVP Power) (maximum price: 94g89)
- Wicked Vermilion Onyx (exp/haste) (maximum price: 89g99)
- Bold Primordial Ruby (str) (maximum price: 84g49)
- Crafty Vermilion Onyx (exp/crit) (maximum price: 74g59)
- Regal Wild Jade (dodge/stam) (maximum price: 74g59)
- Assassin’s Imperial Amethyst (agi/PVP Power) (maximum price: 68g10)
- Glinting Imperial Amethyst (agi/hit) (maximum price: 64g99)
- Quick Sun’s Radiance (haste) (maximum price: 64g89)
- Sparkling River’s Heart (spirit) (maximum price: 64g89)
- Defender’s Imperial Amethyst (parry/stam) (maximum price: 58g34)
Gems that have sold for over 20g:
- Mystic Sun’s Radiance (PVP Resilience) (maximum price: 49g69)
- Smooth Sun’s Radiance: (Crit) (maximum price: 46g89)
- Resplendent Vermilion Onyx (str/PVP Resilience) (maximum price: 38g99)
- Rigid River’s Heart (Hit)(maximum price: 35g89)
- Forceful Wild Jade (haste/stam) (maximum price: 35g32)
- Resolute Vermilion Onyx (exp/dodge) (maximum price: 34g74)
- Shifting Imperial Amethyst (agi/stam) (maximum price: 30g22)
- Lucent Vermilion Onyx (agi/PVP Resilience) (maximum price: 29g89)
- Polished Vermilion Onyx (agi/dodge) (maximum price: 27g99)
- Sovereign Imperial Amethyst (str/stam) (maximum price: 25g39)
- Solid River’s Heart (stam) (maximum price: 24g99)
- Jagged Wild Jade (crit/stam) (maximum price: 24g79)
- Stalwart Vermilion Onyx (parry/dodge) (maximum price: 23g49)
I’m going to combine the last two lists. As 50g is my dividing line to list a gem, I’m going to need some extra convincing to post something that has never sold for that much. But the twenty and up list includes gems that I know should sell well. Some tanks are supposed to be stacking stan now. A lot of classes need to stack hit to reach their hit caps. And my goodness, crit is the primary and most beneficial gem stats for several classes. Why won’t they sell?
Again, the issue here is oversupply. There aren’t many options for blue and yellow gems, so everyone cuts these gems and the price is driven down, often below 20g.