The World of Warcraft Burning Crusade expansion brings us the new profession of Jewelcrafting. With Jewelcrafting you will be able to craft accessories that were only previously available as loot rewards and dropped items such as necklaces, trinkets, crowns, and rings. As a Master Jewelcrafter you will learn how to cut socketable gems that will boost particular attributes of new types of armor when they are fitted into their slots.
Any and every character class can stand to benefit from the profession of Jewelcrafting because the accessories created through this profession can be used by anyone. There is jewelry for every possible need imaginable. There are trinkets that provide mana regeneration, necklaces that provide high attack power, rings with defense and armor, etc. The benefits of Jewelcrafting are not concentrated upon any single role or character class.
You will obviously want to pair Jewelcrafting with the profession of mining due to your need for ore and gems. Other things that you will require for some Jewelcrafting are alchemy mats, enchanting mats, and, to a lesser extent, various mob drops. Jewelcrafting is a profession that can be used anywhere as you will have no need of a fixed resource such as a Moonwell or a Forge. However, most Jewelcrafting items do require a Jeweler’s Kit for fabrication. You can acquire this trade item from almost any Trade Goods vendor for eight silver.
Metal bars and gemstones are necessary for every jewelry design. So, as stated before, Mining is obviously the best choice for a second profession to pair with Jewelcrafting. There are three primary reasons for choosing Mining as you second profession. The first and most obvious reason is that it makes Jewelcrafting less expensive. The second reason is that, unless you are mining it yourself, ore can be a scarce resource when compared to the availability and portability of bars. The demand for metal bars is high and widespread. While it is the profession of Jewelcrafting has the primary demand for ore. Third and finally, when you are mining you will obtain gems naturally on the nodes and you will also be getting gems from Prospecting the ore that you mine, as well as the stones that are used to make statues.
When you reach level twenty you can learn Prospecting from your trainer. This secondary skill will give you the ability to extract gems from mined ore. This added advantage will raise your chances of locating gems that you can use to make jewelry. If Mining is not your cup of tea you still have the ability to Prospect ore. You do, however, require a Jewelcrafting skill level that is equal to the minimum skill level needed to mine the ore in order to prospect it.
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