Our beta helper MD has come through again! This time new vendor-based Jewelcrafting recipes, but with a twist. There is now a daily profession quest (as you may have heard) and this quest rewards you a token. The vendor will sell you recipes for the tokens you collect from the Daily quest. Rare quality recipes are selling for 5 tokens, meta-gem recipes are selling for 8 tokens. There are a total of 31 recipes available at this time, but the recipes and/or token price could change before release.
MD was kind enough to send screenshots of the quests to give us an idea of what this new quest is all about. You can get the quests from the Jewelcrafting trainer in Dalaran. As you can see from this pic, he gives you a choice of six quests:
MD tells me that you can only do one quest from this list per day. The quests look pretty easy, of course we have no clue how horrible the drop rates may be. Also, WoWHead is currently showing these quests as level 80, requirement: ?? Personally I think it would be a bummer to wait until 80 to start collecting these recipes, but we'll see what happens. Here are a couple of samples of the quests themselves:
If you look closely, you'll see that you're required to turn in two different uncommon gems (cut) as well as a drop from a specific type of mob. Depending on the value of the new uncommon gems, this could end up costing you more than the cash generated by completing the quest itself. Somehow I doubt JC's will care, since they'll be getting new rare gem recipes for the price of 5 daily quests. I'm guessing this is Blizzard's solution to the problem of overpriced recipes on the Auction House. It's certainly a different approach, but I hope they give the same consideration to other professions or there will be serious QQ about it. Still, it should be interesting to see how this plays out economically. Our current epic gems are worth 200-300 gold and the new uncommon gems have better stats. Who knows what JCs will charge for uncommon gems in the first weeks and months of WotLK when rares are... well rare :)
So once you've collected your five tokens, you can talk to Ms. Tiffany Cartier to spend them. She's located right next to Timmy-boy in Dalaran. One final thing I wanted to share is this other item that Tiffany sells:
The Dragon's Eye costs 1 token. There are no published recipes yet, but I turned up this interesting list on WoWHead under Dragon's Eye. Looks like Jewelcrafters *may* be getting a pretty beefy looking list of self-only epic gems. Nice =)