With the release of the World of Warcraft expansion back, The Burning Crusade, we have now seen the arrival of two brand new races: the Dranei and Blood Elves. But if that was not enough we also have a fantastic new profession in the mix in the shape of jewelcrafting alongside the other various challenges and characters brought by WoW's new Burning Crusade add on package.
So what is jewelcrafting? As the name suggests, it is a profession involving the making or crafting of jewels like rings and necklaces which can be used for magic, combat or for making gold either by trading it with other characters or selling at the auction house. Jewelcrafting is a profession that you can use it everywhere in the game not in specific location only. Also any character, whether he/she is a jewelcrafter or not, is able to benefit with the jewelry a jewlcrafter makes, and this is what makes it such a valuable trade profession. To perform your jewelcrafting graft, the equipment that is needed is among other things enchanting mats and alchemy mats. All these jewelcrafting items are widely available from any of the trade vendors in the game.
The best second profession to use with Jewelcrafting is Mining. This will provide you with the ore needed for Jewelcraftng. Also, while mining, you will also have the ability to do some advantageous prospecting for gems and stones. The latter two are needed for the making of statues that will come in very handy to heal yourself while in combat. Prospecting, by the way, is an ability that you will learn from a jewelcrafting trainer when you reach level 20.
The only limitation that jewelcrafting has is that it is only available in two cities in Azeroth: Silver Moon and Exodar. This makes it difficult for races like the Dranei and Blood elves who would have to commute a long distance to learn this trade. If this is a race that you have chosen for your character then it is clearly not ideal to make the trip to learn it. To get round this you could just create a secondary character in either of these two cities to learn it and then mail off the trinkets and necklaces he or she makes to your Dranei or Blood Elf character.
Admittedly Jewelcrafting may not tick all the right boxes for world of warcraft characters in lower levels. However it becomes a worthy profession in higher levels where gems and stones made by jewelcrafting can be used in item socketing. Socketing gems have the ability of giving you some nice bonuses when different colored gems are slotted the right way and only jewelcrafters have the ability to make such gems in the game. In that respect jewelcrafting is definetely a good new profession to consider and a worthy addition to the world of warcraft challenge.
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