I’m going to start off by saying this range of recipes will be quite a bear to pull off if you’re not prepared. There are a lot of wacky ingredients involved that will bring your progress to a halt if you don’t have them. Things like elemental water, elixir of ogre’s strength, large fangs, just to name a few.
First, I used the Ring of Silver Might (+3 STR, +4 STA) to get myself from 100 to 110, because it only requires two silver bars to make. At 110 you can get the recipe for the Heavy Stone Statue (8x Heavy Stone), which will go yellow on you pretty quickly, but it’s still a fairly cheap way to get skill points. So I’d take this one as far as you can. I only took it to 120, but that’s because everything on the beta server is so insanely overpriced and I had to ration what I brought with me. After this you can start making the Heavy Jade Ring (Crit Rating +6), which uses 1 Jade, 1 bronze setting and 2 iron bars. Another option for the 120-130 range is the Ring of Twilight Shadows (+4 STA, +4 INT), which goes yellow at 130. If you still have bronze bars and some shadow gems, it would be cheaper to milk the Shadow ring until 130 and then switch to the Heavy Jade ring until 135 when that one goes yellow.
From 135 to 140 I made Barbaric Iron Collars (+10 Attack Power), which use 8 iron bars, 2 large fangs and 2 bronze settings. This recipe is fairly materials intensive compared to the last two, so I didn’t want to use it to heavily and deplete my supply of iron bars. At this point I was also able to start prospecting iron ore, which I only had 2 stacks of but I went ahead and took notes for you guys:
1st Prospect Result 1x Jade, 1x Citrine, 1x Iron Powder
2nd Prospect Result 1x Iron Powder
3rd Prospect Result 1x Lesser Moonstone, 1x Iron Powder
4th Prospect Result 1x Iron Powder
As you can see, the gem drop ratio seems to be going down as we move to the higher ores. I’m a bit concerned that this won’t bode well for us when we get to thorium and beyond.
From 140 to 150 you can make Heavy Iron Knuckles (Fist Weapon, 16.6 DPS, lvl 27), which is a vendor recipe purchased in Southshore. I went for this because the materials were pretty minimal at this stage, just 8 iron bars and 2 elixir of Ogre’s Strength. The other option for this skill range is the Golden Dragon Ring (+10 Attack Power, +4 Defense) which uses 1 jade, 2 gold bars and 2 copper wires.
Once you hit 150, you can start making Mithril Filigree, a base component for other recipes. I was so glad that this one lasted as long as it did, it stays orange until 180 skill (woot!). At 175 you get the next stone recipe, Solid Stone Statue. It starts out yellow to you, but you can still milk it for 10-15 skill points. At 185 I moved on to the Engraved Truesilver Ring (+3STR/AGI/STA/INT/SPI) which uses 1 truesilver bar and 2 gold bars. I actually had a good supply of gold so this recipe worked well for me. The other recipe you can use here is the Citrine Ring of Rapid Healing (+3 health/5 sec), which uses 1 citrine, 2 elemental water and 2 mithril bars. Both of these recipes will see you over the 200 mark. This is where I started to have material problems again, so I need to do some more character shuffling on the live server and send over girl #3 with more jewelcrafting materials <heheh>. That's ok, 200 skill is a good place to stop for today!
One other note I wanted to toss out here, after this crafting session I tried putting up some of the items I'd made on the Auction. It looked like the jewelry from 150+ was minimally represented, so this may be the turning point for jewelcrafters being able to start making money. It's really hard to say based on the beta server, but this looked promising.
Ok, one more final note and then I promise I'll stop. I've been using Thottbot and WoWWiki beta list/guides to help me figure out what mats I need and what recipes to use for skill points. Today I found that they are already out of date with regard to which recipes kick in when. This is part of what forced me to quit for today, I need to go back to the trainer and find out what recipes are truly available at 200+. I'm going to take notes on the changes and try to get an updated listing on my site (crafterstome.com) in the next few days. Just an FYI for those of you trying to stockpile ingredients :)