Per suggestion from a reader on my last post, I decided to tackle the new Jewelcrafting recipes this weekend. The choice of where to farm for these recipes is somewhat limited because my JC is only level 87. This seemed like a good chance to try some of the early zones and see what kind of luck I might have.
My first stop was in Valley of the Four Winds. I went for the mantid on the western edge of the zone. Based on my fuzzy head-math (aka keeping mental track of kills) I got the recipe for Serpent's Heart in about 14 kills. That's pretty decent considering the level of the mobs. Also, this recipe is still yellow at 600 skill. It might be an interesting addition to the leveling process for those who haven't capped their JC skill yet.
Next I thought I'd hit the Arboretum in Jade Forest, a zone that any 85 alt should be able to handle. I just killed orchard wasps around the area and I got the recipe for Primal Diamond in 20 kills. For me this pretty much confirms the likelihood of a Pandaria "world drop" designation for these items. This recipe is also yellow at 600 skill and may be useful for generating skill ups while leveling.
I went ahead and tried making both recipes to see if there were any weird caveats to them. The primal diamond recipe is not on a cooldown (presumably because it uses SoH) but it does require an anvil. Kind of annoying since we don't rely on anvils for other JC items. The Serpent's Heart recipe is on a daily CD and also requires an anvil. My mystery heart package contained one Primordial Ruby.
I'll keep playing around with the Serpent's Heart and get a better idea of the output. If I see anything interesting I'll post an update. If you have any questions on these two recipes, feel free to share them in the Comments!
UPDATE: Day 2 Serpent's Heart = 1x Vermilion Onyx, Day 3 Serpent's Heart = Imperial Amethyst, Day 4 Serpent's Heart = Imperial Amethyst, Day 5 = Sun's Radiance + Design: Jade Owl!!, Day 6 = Sun's Radiance, Day 7 = Vermilion Onyx, Day 8 = Sun's Radiance, Day 9 = Primal Diamond, Day 10 = Wild Jade, Day 11 = River's Heart, Day 12 = Imperial Amethyst, Day 13 = Vermilion Onyx.