Has anyone else been experiencing a severe drought with Living Rubies? I know I sure have, I think I've gotten maybe one in the last month. Considering I've gotten 10+ of every other rare gem, I think this is a bit suspicious. I try to maintain an inventory of rares in my bank for when guildies need a specific item. Often they bring me gems, but if they can't find the right one I like to be able to exchange it for them. Or sometimes they just want to buy a gem at guildie rates, that's OK too.
For the first few months, I kept two of each type in the bank and I would cut and sell any excess. In the beginning I had no trouble selling any blue gem for 40-50g minimum, so I tended to sell all of the extra gems. In the last couple of months I've continued to cut and sell the excess, but as you know the prices of some blues have taken a severe hit. As a result, I hold onto blue gems longer, waiting for a good price before I post mine. My bank stash has started to grow because I cut and sell less often than I did before. I actually have ten talasites in my bank, in addition to 4 cut talasites on my auction toon (that I'm having trouble getting even 25g for). I've also somehow accumulated five of each other gem-type, including the less common noble topaz.
My current inventory of living rubies? Zero. I gave my last one to a guild mate a couple of weeks ago and haven't gotten another since then. This despite the fact that I probably prospect at least ten stacks of ore a week. I haven't kept a chart, perhaps I should just to document this... but I would estimate that we're talking about a 2-5% drop rate on Living Rubies. I'm basing this on the 10 stacks per week and at least two weeks with no rubies.
If I had to give some rough rankings to the gems at this point in time, sorted from most common to least common, it would probably look like this:
Star of Elune
What's particularly frustrating for me is that I just completed my recipe collection for Living Rubies, I finally scored a Runed Living Ruby recipe last week. Why do we have seven recipes for the Living Ruby and it's the least available gem? Most of the other gems only have four to six recipes. In fact there may be some sort of perverse inversion at play because my most frequent gem (talasite) has the lowest number of recipes.
I assume that other crafters on my realm are seeing the same trend, since they are posting up their Talasites and Dawnstones for 20-25g. Even Nightseye has drifted from 60-75g down to 40-50g on my server. Noble Topaz has gone up to the 60-70g range, which would seem to corroborate the rarity I'm seeing in my prospecting. And don't even get me started on the proliferation of green gems, I swear those things are like tribbles! They must be mating behind my back or something...