09/30/2012 01:27 PM1) Transmutes for rare gems require Golden Lotus'. That alone throws the rare gem price up to a level people aren't willing to pay yet.
Posted by Bamf
People are sitting on SoH or spending them on patterns right now, the price of golden lotus has no where to go but down over the next month, until it normalizes to heartblossom prices for ruby transmutes. In the mean time, you should be getting plenty of rare gems from prospecting...the uncommon gems have always simply been a by-product of prospecting.
2) Ore prices are high. The price is likely to go down, but it still won't be low enough to make any decent bank off of JC.
On the two servers I play on, ore quickly dropped to sub-250 prices, and I was easily able to grab stacks in the 100-150 range. Considering that 80g ore in Cata could be shuffled, I would say the prices are pretty good right now. Biggest problem is everyone and their younger siblings are trying to shuffle in Mists.
3) Gems for the cata necks/rings only required 1-2 uncommon quality gems. Gems for the MoP items require 3 uncommon gems now.
That is an issue. Then again, we no longer have worthless zepherytes, we don't need to sit on gems for dailies, and red gem transmutes will not be as strong this expansion with secondary stats being twice primary stats on gems. I do foresee this impacting enchanting mats slightly, but being able to turn 125 spirit dust into crystals should help.
4) Tons of people are leveling Jewelcrafting now. Given such, the AH is so over-saturated that gems are going for near vendor price. This is likely to settle down in the coming weeks/months.
We are pretty much screwed on cut gems. Though this is probably a good time to buy anything and everything off of the AH to sit on for a while.