Prospecting Titanium Ore & Saronite Ore
Prospecting Titanium Ore and Saronite Ore is one of the best ways for players to make money in WoTLK and the best way to make money as a Jewelcrafter. Depending on your server, its population and the amount of demand on your Auction House will determine how fast and how much gold you make. Since my server, Arthas, is a high pop server the blue, green and epic gems are always in high demand. Epic gems are in demand by high level players looking to max out their stats while blue gems are in demand by lesser geared players. The green gems are in demand by everyone since they have so many uses. You can use green gems for all the things listed below.
Making Ice Prisms
Making Meta Gems
Other Misc Recipes
Knowing the daily Jewelcrafting Daily will help you make tons and tons of gold on your server. Generally depending on the daily the prices for certain gems will sky rocket. Sometimes there will be enough of these gems on the market to support it and sometimes there will be a mini-market crash. Chalcedony and Dark Jade are usually two of the best selling gems on the Auction House. However I've found Huge Citrine, Sun Crystal and Bloodstones to be selling for more then Dark Jades on my server.
If you're new to the whole Jewelcrafting and Prospecting thing then let me help you out by giving you a list of green gems, blue gems and epic gems and their average prices on my server.
Chalcedony (2g each) - This is the best selling green gem. Chalcedony will always take a price hike the day it is used in JC dailies.
Dark Jade (99s to 1g each) - Depending on your server you may have to do the same thing for Dark Jade that you do for Shadow Crystals. (See below)
Sun Crystal (1g 25s each) - This gem will sell surprisingly well and is also sometimes used in JC dailies.
Shadow Crystal (75s each) - Your best bet is to make them into gems and vendor them. If you "proc" a normal green gem into a perfect one it will vendor for 1 gold. Doing this will generate you better money instead of having to worry about the Auction House.
Bloodstone (1-2g each) - Good selling gem and will take a price hike the day it is used in JC dailies.
Huge Citrine (1-2g each) - Good selling gem and will take a price hike the day it is used in JC dailies.
Your best bet is to just sell the gems and not cut them into anything at all. Cutting them into something will be a waste of your time and a real pain in the ass. Also, if you're lazy you can put them all onto the Auction House into a single stack or break them all apart. I prefer to break them all apart and put them up in singles so they are available to more people for better prices. Trying to sell a stack of Bloodstone when people only need 1 is counter productive.
Forest Emerald (4g, rarely sells) - Sometimes you can find this for so cheap on the Auction House that you can buy them, cut them and vendor them for
Cut Forest Emerald (Vendors for 4g 50s) - I recommend cutting and vendoring the Forest Emeralds. Since there is almost no market for anything they make into cutting them into something increases the vendor price by 1g 50s and also gives you instant money.
Scarlet Ruby (10-15g)
Runed Scarlet Ruby (22g) - Runed Scarlet Rubys will always sell for more than a normal Scarlet Ruby. Bold Scarlet Rubys may sometimes sell for as much as a Runed but it is rare.
Autumn's Glow (5-10g)
Smooth Autumn's Glow (8-12g) - Making the Autumn's Glow into a Smooth Autumn's Glow is always your first best choice. If the market is tanked for them though you may want to reconsider and cut it into a Brilliant Autumn's Glow.
Brilliant Autumn's Glow (8g) - This is the second best choice for cutting an Autumn's Glow. If the Smooth ones are for some reason not selling you will want to make Brilliants. Or, if you have such an aubundance of Autumn's Glow that you don't know what to do with yourself you can make both!
Twilight Opal (4g, rarely sells) - Sometimes you can find this for so cheap on the Auction House that you can buy them, cut them and vendor them for profit.
Glowing Twilight Opal (8g 75s) - Just like Smooth Autumn's Glow for Autumn's Glow, Glowing Twilight Opal should be your first choice when it comes to cutting a Twilight Opal.
Balanced Twilight Opal (7g 75s) - This is the second best choice for cutting a Twilight Opal. Balanced Twilight Opals are kind of risky though, sometimes they can sell and sometimes they don't sell at all.
Sky Sapphire (5-10g) - Don't ever sell these as just a Sky Sapphire. Always cut them into a Solid Sky Sapphire.
Solid Sky Sapphire (14-16g) - This is a great selling gem since tanks will always be needing them. Also there are a ton of new and up-coming poor tanks in the game that just can't afford the epic equiv, making the blue gem sell for quite a bit.
Monarch Topaz (4g, rarely sells) - Sometimes you can find this for so cheap on the Auction House that you can buy them, cut them and vendor them for profit.
Cut Monarch Topaz (Vendors for 4g 50s) - I recommend cutting and vendoring the Forest Emeralds. Since there is almost no market for anything they make into cutting them into something increases the vendor price by 1g 50s and also gives you instant money.
TIP: When putting blue gems on the Auction House don't flood the market. I only put two up at a time of each type, since the price for putting them onto the Auction House is so much, putting any more then two up would decrease your over all total income if they don't sell. This is another reason you should stick to the prices you know sell. If the market goes up to 45g for a Glowing Twilight Opal don't even bother putting yours up for 40g, just sell it at 8g, the price you know works.
Blue gems are a nice added bonus when it comes to prospecting Titanium and the main form of income from Prospecting Saronite Ore. As I mentioned earlier when listing the gems, I usually vendor the Monarch Topazs and Forest Emeralds after I cut them into anything. The trouble of trying to sell them isn't worth it and you will just become frustrated, lose money and depressed. When it comes to blue gems your two best money makers will be Scarlet Ruby and Sky Sapphire. When you prospect either of these you can cheer and do the no pants dance in real life.
Now this is where the real money is to be made. All of the epic gems can be sold on the Auction House for a pretty penny. The only one you will have some difficulty selling is Eye of Zul. For some reason the green gems just suck all together and just never sell. Another good thing about Epic Gems is you may not always have to cut them to make maximum profit. A Cardinal Ruby can sell for 105g where the cut ones sell for 115g, there is a small difference in between the two which some people won't even care about.
Eye of Zul (75g) - Eye of Zul can't cut into much that is of value so I recommend either selling it as just an Eye of Zul or to cut it into a Jagged Eye of Zul
Jagged Eye of Zul (91g) - Generally there are always people putting Jagged Eye of Zuls up for 130g or more but you will usually never get more than 91g for them. 91g I find to be a nice, reasonable price, plus at that price they sell fast which means if you have a lot of Eye of Zuls and you want to offload them, woo hoo!
Cardinal Ruby (100g) - Cardinal Rubys sell for a lot in their basic form of just being a Cardinal Ruby but they will sell much better when cut into a Runed Cardinal Ruby or a Bold Cardinal Ruby.
Bold Cardinal Ruby (115g) - Bold Cardinal Rubys sell almost equally as well as Runed Cardinal Rubys. You will notice very little difference in how fast one sells or how much it sells for.
Runed Cardinal Ruby (115g) - Runed Cardinal Rubys sell almost equally as well as Bold Cardinal Rubys. You will notice very little difference in how fast one sells or how much it sells for.
Majestic Zircon (100g) - Majestic Zircons are like Cardinal Rubys. They sell for a decent amount of cash in their normal form but sell for a whole lot more when cut into a Solid one.
Solid Majestic Zircon (115g) - You should almost always cut your Majestic Zircons into a Solid one. This will allow you to recieve maximum profit from them.
King's Amber (100g) - I find that it is better over all to not even bother cutting a King's Amber. They sell so well for 100 - 115g alone that cutting them into something will just make them more difficult to sell.
Dreadstone (85g) - Dreadstones are very interesting gems. They are usually selling very well or not at all from my experience.
Balanced Dreadstone (105g) - I'd only cut the Dreadstone into a Balanced one or Glowing one if it is not selling on the Auction House in its raw form.
Glowing Dreadstone (105g) - I'd only cut the Dreadstone into a Balanced one or Glowing one if it is not selling on the Auction House in its raw form.
Ametrine (75g) - Ametrine sells surprisingly well especially since Monarch Topazs have almost zero value on the market.
That sums up all of the epic gems you can get from prospecting. Keep in mind that there isn't even the slightest chance to get an epic gem from prospecting a stack of Saronite Ore. The epic gems will only come from stacks of Titanium Ore. Aside from epic gems Titanium Ore will also reward you with Titanium Power.
Titanium Powder (18g)
Titanium Powder sells on the Auction House generally for anywhere from 16g to 20g each. Titanium Powder is a great money maker as you will get a lot of it while prospecting. The only downside is that the demand for it isn't always there. I've noticed that either Titanium Powder is selling very well or not at all. Also over time when you get to know people that want all the epic recipes they will generally take the Titanium Powder off of you for cheap.
The main down side when it comes to Prospecting is many people don't like taking the risk involved. In order for me to make 4 - 5k profit I generally drop 7 - 10k on the Titanium Ore. For me, since I have almost 100k it is no big deal spending all that cash but for someone with only 10k gold it would be a big deal. If you're short on gold you could always start by buying Saronite until you learn the market. You will eventually feel comfortable enough to transition into Titanium.
My Prospecting Titanium Video
To better demonstrate how good of money you could make off of Titanium Ore, I decided to make a long and quite boring video of me buying a bunch of Titanium and Prospecting it. I wrote everything that I got down so if you'd like to check it over and make sure I am telling the truth feel free =).
8 Ametrine (8 x 75 = 600g)
7 Majestic Zircon (7 x 115 = 805g Cut these into Solid Majestic Zircon as said before.)
7 Dreadstone (7 x 85 = 595)
4 Eye of Zul (Sold individually 300g for all 4, cut into Jagged 364g for all 4)
6 Cardinal Ruby (Cut into Runed Cardinal Rubys 115g each = 690g)
7 King's Amber (7 x 100 = 700g)
6 Sky Sapphire (6 x 16 = 96g)
6 Forest Emerald (6 x 4.50 = 27g Cut up and vendor)
4 Twilight Opal (4 x 8.75 = 35)
7 Monarch Topaz (7 x 4.50 = 31g Cut up and vendor)
12 Scarlet Ruby (12 x 22 = 264g Cut into Runed)
121 Titanium Powder (18 x 121 = 2178g)
45 Huge Citrine (45 x 1.50 = 67g)
40 Sun Crystal (40 x 1.25 = 50g)
40 Shadow Crystal (40 x 75s = 30g)
36 Dark Jade (36 x 1 = 36g)
35 Bloodstone (35 x 1 = 35g)
39 Chalcedony (39 x 2 = 78g)
Grand Total: 6,617 (Note this is randoming down)
Throughout the course of the the video these are all of the gems I got. Just for you I wrote them all down, added them together and posted the results onto my website. This stack of Titanium Ore was rather average in the fact that I didn't get extremely unlucky nor extremely lucky. Even though it was a rather average stack of Titanium Ore I still did make a profit from it.