Since my last JC post I've been purchasing additional rare (blue) gemcutting recipes from the auction. I have five now, one for each gem type. I bought them with the funds from gems I had sold, plus Kaliope and Korlyn both sent me a few hundred gold each to help out. At one point I had 1800g to play with but I used most of that for recipes. I'd say I've probably spent 1200-1500g on the five recipes I have.
I also started buying uncut gems from the auction. After my first six gems I haven't been able to collect any more despite daily mining and prospecting. So I decided to use some of my extra funds to buy uncut gems and resell them, which is probably a break-even proposition for me. I'm not too concerned since I'm mostly in this for the skill points. The cut gems I've been selling for 350g, so I try to buy them for 300g or lower if I can.
Using this method I was able to get to 360 skill in jewelcrafting and my five cutting recipes were still yellow. I was starting to worry about this plan though, how long can they possibly stay yellow? Surely not all the way from 350 to 375. So I started shopping for additional recipes to fall back on when those stopped being viable. I found a recipe yesterday for the Braided Eternium Chain that was only a few hundred gold. It requires 360 skill, which I thought had a better chance of seeing me through to the finish line. Plus this will use up some of the mercurial adamantite I've been making (and selling off for cash), as well as the eternium bars that Korlyn had been collecting.
I made one today to get myself to 365 - and lo and behold my gem cutting recipes went green on me. Good timing eh? So I guess the gem cutting gravy train is over and it's a good thing because buying all those gems was getting expensive. This new recipe uses all materials I can get from mining, so that will be easier on my wallet. I also found another recipe for 100g on the auction today for the Embrace of the Dawn (a 365 skill recipe). I figured for 100g I can hedge my bets in case the other recipe doesn't carry me to 375. For now I'm good though, both new recipes are still orange.
Well this is the final stretch for me, only 10 more points to max out jewelcrafting. I'm not sure whether I'll make it before they bring the beta server down, but I hope so!