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Jewelcrafting Icon World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Jewelcrafting (Profession)
Were you looking for minerals, which were called "gems" before Burning Crusade?

A gem is generally an item that can be used as an ingredient primarily for Jewelcrafting recipes or placed into a socket of another item to give that item additional bonuses, powers and/or procs. Jewelcrafters can turn raw gems into socket gems or various jewelry items like rings and necklaces. The term "gem" can be used for raw or cut stones, but is often only used to describe cut gems. A gem cannot be removed once it is placed into a socket, however it can be overwritten by another, destroying it in the process.

Gem stats

For full length article, see gem properties.

There are three colored socket types: red, yellow, and blue. Any gem can be placed into any socket, and you will receive the bonus for that gem.

If all the gems' colors match all the sockets' colors on an item, you will receive an additional socket bonus.

Each color is roughly associated with a concept: Red is generally raw power/offense, Yellow for modifiers, and Blue for recovery. More specifically:

Red Socket Red gems Yellow Socket Yellow gems Blue Socket Blue gems
Expertise Critical Strike Rating Hit Rating
Agility Haste Rating Spell Penetration
Intellect Mastery Spirit
Strength Dodge Rating Stamina
Parry Rating Resilience Rating

There are three secondary colors:

  • Orange - matching Red and Yellow
  • Green - matching Yellow and Blue
  • Purple - matching Blue and Red

These gems provide bonuses that are approximately half those provided by primary gems, but provide two bonuses, one from each of their color sets.

There is a set of prismatic gems, that match all three colors. There are two varieties of these gems: one variety that improves all resistances, and one that improves all five attributes.

Lastly, there are meta gems. These only match (and can only be put into) meta sockets.

Gems may be placed by anyone into a item that has a socket via a drag-and-drop interface. Invoke this by shift-right-clicking (hold down the shift key and right click) the weapon or piece of armor you want socketed.

Outland gems

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

These pages concern the gems specific to the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Burning Crusade era.

Complete list:

Specific articles:

Northrend gems

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These pages concern the gems specific to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Wrath of the Lich King.

Northrend epic gems can also be purchased:

Cataclysm gems

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These pages concern the gems new to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm.

Pandaria gems

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  • Multi-colored gems will match either of their colors when socketed. For example, an orange gem can be used to activate an item bonus with a red or yellow socket.
  • Multi-colored gems will count toward both of their colors when activating a meta gem. For example, a meta gem that requires 5 red and 5 yellow gems can be activated with 5 orange gems.
  • You can replace a gem already socketed in an item with another one, destroying only the gems you are replacing.
  • A gem does not have to match its socket color to count toward a meta gem's bonus.

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