Updated on 6/22/2012 for Patch 1.0.3
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All 4 types of gems have 14 different qualities ranging from ‘Chipped’ to ‘Radiant Star.’ Their effect is increased slightly each tier. The trick is to know what each gem is worth at each level, for example of a chipped gem is worth 10 gold then a flawed gem (the next tier) would be worth 80 gold (30 gold to buy/find the 3 flawed gems and 50 gold to combine them). Also, if you want 1 flawed gem and they cost 950 gold on the auction house you can calculate that you would be paying 300 gold for each chipped gem. Doing this math from tier to tier might be easy, but doing it across several tiers is pretty rough.
In order to quickly calculate how much your gems are worth and how much you should pay for gems off the auction house I’ve created the following gem calculator. Check the examples below to figure out how you should use it.
I want to combine gems from the auction house and resell them
If you want to do this, pick the lowest gem level you want to start with and search for the number you want to buy. It’s good to buy in powers of 3, such as: 3, 9, 27, 81, 243, 729, 2,187, etc. For this example we’ll evaluate buying 81 chipped gems to turn into 1 perfect (L5) gem. Search for 81 Chipped Gems and enter the quantity 81 and price per item (on the auction house) into the calculator below.
It will show you how many of each of the next several tiers you can combine from these 81 chipped gems as well as how much you could sell them for to break even. This calculation includes the gold cost to combine each group of 3 gems (500 from chipped->flawed, 750 from flawed->Regular). You can compare that price to the one on the auction house to determine if it’s a good idea to buy the chipped gems, combine them and resell them. If you use the value of 1 gold per chipped gem you’ll see that a perfect gem still costs 26,761 gold to combine (including crafting costs)!! This calculator also takes into account the Pages of Jewelcrafting, Tomes of Jewelcrafting and Tomes of Secrets that are needed at each tier to craft.
I want a Radiant Star but want to know what the cheapest way to get one is.
This is the second way you can use this calculator. To calculate the cheapest way to get a radiant star enter the quantity 1 in radiant star and then the auction house price for that gem under the price / value column. It will spit out how many of each low quality gem you would need to buy and the most you should pay for each lower tier gem. You can scan your auction house and compare prices and find the one that has the largest savings margin.
Not all Jewelers are created equal
Keep in mind that not everyone can combine L14 gems. You need to have leveled your Jewel to exalted before you can combine L10 gems. In order to combine L11, L12 and L13 gems you need to find their associated designs. Each row has the required jewel level to the left to determine who can and can’t combine into that level of gem. Also keep in mind that only L1 through L5 gems drop in the world, so it might be possible that L1 gems are worthless because no one can afford to combine them to L5 gems.
Cost of Page of Jewelcrafting:(34 minimum)
Cost of Tome of Jewelcrafting:(54 minimum)
Cost of Tome of Secrets:(64 minimum)
|Req. Jewel Level||Quality||Quantity||Price / Value each||Post Price (before 15%)|
|1 – Appentice||L2: Flawed|
|2 – Journeyman||L3: Normal|
|3 – Adept||L4: Flawless|
|4 – Master||L5: Perfect|
|5 – Grand Master||L6: Radiant|
|6 – Illustrious||L7: Square|
|7 – Magnificent||L8: Flawless Square|
|8 – Resplendent||L9: Perfect Square|
|9 – Glorious||L10: Radiant Square|
|10 – Exalted||L11: Star|
|10 – Exalted + Design||L12: Flawless Star|
|10 – Exalted + Design||L13: Perfect Star|
|10 – Exalted + Design||L14: Radiant Star|
Not only can you make gold buying gems, combining them and reselling them but you can also buy gear off the auction house with sockets, gem it and resell it for slightly more. Knowing what gems are best for each piece of gear is critical as well as the value of each tier of gem. The above table should help you calculate how much gems are worth or how much the gems you have should be worth.