More high end gem cutting + prospecting lowbie ores

Well I sold my first cut gem so I used the funds from that to purchase another recipe (Lustrous Star of Elune, +2 mana/5 sec and +4 INT). I had one Star of Elune that I prospected this morning, so that's three rare gems I've cut so far.

I also read on the beta forums yesterday that there's a prospecting bug which allows you to get unlimited skill points prospecting the same stack of ore over and over. So I thought I'd see if I could take advantage of that... errr duplicate it for testing purposes. I went to Arathi and mined about 50 iron ore, but no dice. I did however note something else, every single prospect I did produced a gem and 4 (out of 10) gave two gems. Obviously this is just a random sample, but it's possible that prospecting lower level ores gives a higher success rate than prospecting ore that is equivalent with your jewelcrafting skill.


  1. Kaliope, got another question. Have you tried prospecting other ore types, such as Dark Iron? Also, how about the 'uncommon' ores, such as silver or gold? I can't imagine that this would be overly popular, but just something that might be interesting to test in a beta situation. Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication. Those of us who are not in the beta greatly appreciate it.


  2. Hi Justin, nice to see you're still hanging around :) Yes, I've tested the uncommon ores and they are not prospectable. I took some with me just in case, but you can only prospect 'base' ores. I actually had to vendor some dark iron I mined in the Burning Steppes (while I was trolling for thorium) because it seems to have no use with regard to beta content. As a result the market for dark iron ore is pretty non-existent here. Thanks for the question - don't hesistate to comment again if you think of something else!

  3. Do you have any idea were to find the Cut gem skills? like "Cut citrine" ?

    thanks in advance


  4. We have a thread going about this, you can see my response here:

    Short answer is... no such thing. Sorry :(