Minerals are precious stone items often usable as an ingredient for professions. Unlike cut gems, minerals must be crafted into another item to gain any sort of bonus. The majority of minerals are found via Mining or Prospecting. Most minerals also have a small world-drop rate from mobs, and can be found in chests and lockboxes. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade minerals can be mined off of some Outland mobs, in a similar fashion to skinning for leathers.

See also

  • Pearl, which are not precious stones, but are put to use in much the same way.
  • Gem, for socketable gems created by jewelers

Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor Minerals

Minerals present in the original World of Warcraft, and generally restricted to zones below level 60.

Mineral Source
Inv misc gem emerald 03.png [Malachite] Copper Veins
Inv misc gem opal 03.png [Tigerseye] Copper Veins
Inv misc gem amethyst 01.png [Shadowgem] Copper Veins & Tin Veins
Inv misc gem crystal 01.png [Lesser Moonstone] Tin Veins
Inv misc gem emerald 02.png [Moss Agate] Tin Veins
Inv misc gem stone 01.png [Jade] Iron Deposits & Tin Veins
Inv misc gem opal 02.png [Citrine] Iron Deposits & Mithril Deposits
Inv misc gem crystal 02.png [Aquamarine] Mithril Deposits
Inv misc gem ruby 02.png [Star Ruby] Mithril Deposits
Inv misc gem opal 01.png [Large Opal] Thorium Veins
Inv misc gem sapphire 02.png [Blue Sapphire] Thorium Veins
Inv misc gem emerald 01.png [Huge Emerald] Thorium Veins
Inv misc gem diamond 01.png [Azerothian Diamond] Thorium Veins
Inv misc gem topaz 01.png [Arcane Crystal] Thorium Veins
Inv misc gem 01.png [Black Diamond] Dark Iron Deposits
Inv misc gem sapphire 03.png [Black Vitriol] Dark Iron Deposits & Mithril Deposits
Inv misc gem bloodstone 03.png [Blood of the Mountain] Dark Iron Deposits & Molten Destroyer
Inv misc gem 02.png [Pristine Black Diamond] Drop
Inv misc gem 01.png [Souldarite] Hakkari Thorium Veins in Zul'Gurub

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Outland Minerals

Mineral Source Color
Inv misc gem bloodgem 03.png [Blood Garnet] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Red UI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv misc gem flamespessarite 03.png [Flame Spessarite] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Orange UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngUI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv misc gem goldendraenite 03.png [Golden Draenite] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv misc gem deepperidot 03.png [Deep Peridot] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Green UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.pngUI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv misc gem azuredraenite 03.png [Azure Moonstone] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv misc gem ebondraenite 03.png [Shadow Draenite] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Purple UI-EmptySocket-Blue.pngUI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv jewelcrafting livingruby 02.png [Living Ruby] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Red UI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv jewelcrafting nobletopaz 02.png [Noble Topaz] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Orange UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngUI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv jewelcrafting dawnstone 02.png [Dawnstone] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv jewelcrafting talasite 02.png [Talasite] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Green UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.pngUI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv jewelcrafting starofelune 02.png [Star of Elune] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv jewelcrafting nightseye 02.png [Nightseye] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Purple UI-EmptySocket-Blue.pngUI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv jewelcrafting crimsonspinel 01.png [Crimson Spinel] Drop / Vendor Red UI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv jewelcrafting pyrestone 01.png [Pyrestone] Drop / Vendor Orange UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngUI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv jewelcrafting lionseye 01.png [Lionseye] Drop / Vendor Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv jewelcrafting seasprayemerald 01.png [Seaspray Emerald] Drop / Vendor Green UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.pngUI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv jewelcrafting empyreansapphire 01.png [Empyrean Sapphire] Drop / Vendor Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv jewelcrafting shadowsongamethyst 01.png [Shadowsong Amethyst] Drop / Vendor Purple UI-EmptySocket-Blue.pngUI-EmptySocket-Red.png

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Northrend Minerals

Mineral Source Color
Inv jewelcrafting gem 12.png [Bloodstone] Mining / Prospecting Red UI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 09.png [Huge Citrine] Mining / Prospecting Orange UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngUI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 08.png [Sun Crystal] Mining / Prospecting Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 07.png [Dark Jade] Mining / Prospecting Green UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.pngUI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 10.png [Chalcedony] Mining / Prospecting Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 11.png [Shadow Crystal] Mining / Prospecting Purple UI-EmptySocket-Blue.pngUI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 04.png [Scarlet Ruby] Mining / Prospecting Red UI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 02.png [Monarch Topaz] Mining / Prospecting Orange UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngUI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 03.png [Autumn's Glow] Mining / Prospecting Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 01.png [Forest Emerald] Mining / Prospecting Green UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.pngUI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 05.png [Sky Sapphire] Mining / Prospecting Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 06.png [Twilight Opal] Mining / Prospecting Purple UI-EmptySocket-Blue.pngUI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 32.png [Cardinal Ruby] Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Red UI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 33.png [Ametrine] Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Orange UI-EmptySocket-Red.pngUI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 36.png [King's Amber] Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 34.png [Eye of Zul] Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Green UI-EmptySocket-Yellow.pngUI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 35.png [Majestic Zircon] Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue.png
Inv jewelcrafting gem 31.png [Dreadstone] Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Purple UI-EmptySocket-Blue.pngUI-EmptySocket-Red.png
Inv jewelcrafting dragonseye01.png [Dragon's Eye] Crafted / Vendor Color depends on specific cut

Patch changes

World of Warcraft Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Drop rates of gems have been increased at lower levels and decreased at higher levels.

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