As with any MMO, there are various ways to make money, and one of the more interesting ones present in Guild Wars 2 is being a jeweler. It allows you to craft items to make your own character stronger, and also very valuable pieces that you can trade and barter with.
A jeweler is a person who combines precious gems with various metals to form jewelry, in the case of Guild Wars 2, this relates to rings, earrings and necklaces, all of which can offer a host of status bonuses that are very versatile and can be useful to all professions.
Thus, it may be a good idea to look into jewelry regardless of how you go about the game. Here, we will outline to basic principles of jewelry, what the most common ingredients do, and how to craft your own items.
Most jewelry is acquired through discovery, a trial and error process in which you attempt to combine various items to form a new one. This can be very time consuming, unless you’ve read our guide.
The basic principle is to combine two specific components of a metal, and then to add the corresponding gemstone to that to form a piece of jewelry. For example, a copper setting, a copper band and a Tiger’s Eye Pebble combine to form the Tiger’s Eye Solitaire of Precision. (In case you don’t already know, an ingot can be obtained by combining two pieces of ore of the same metal).
There are three categories of jewel fragments; pebbles, nuggets and lumps. As a general rule, copper is used to work with pebbles, silver is used for nuggets and gold is used for lumps. In the following examples, we will be working with pebbles and copper to outline the principles of jewelry.
The Types of Jewelry
Now, there are 4 different jewelry components; the setting, the band, the hook and the chain. A hook and setting each take 2 of an ingot to form (e.g. 2 copper ingots make a copper setting), a band takes 3 ingots and a chain takes 4. Naturally, each piece of jewelry needs a setting to hold the jewel or fragment, and then either a band for the ring, a hook for the earring or a chain for the necklace.
As you’ve probably noticed, necklaces take more to craft than rings, which in turn take more than earrings, as chains are more expensive than bands, which are more expensive than hooks. This is reflected in the stats that each piece gives. If we take our initial example of the Tiger’s Eye Pebble, we see that the Tiger’s Eye Copper Stud of Precision (earring) gives +6 precision. However, our Solitaire of Precision gives +7 and a further +3 with a Tiger’s Eye Pebble, and finally the Amulet gives a staggering +12 Precision, with and added +3 if a Tiger’s Eye Jewel is inserted.
In addition to higher general bonuses, rings and amulets can be adorned with a further jewel to boost their power, and in the case of the amulet, and upgraded version of the jewel. To learn how to upgrade your jewels by refining them, read on below. As you can see, it is worth forking out the extra ingots to create a higher up piece of jewelry, as the bonus is a significant one.
Filigrees and Upgrading
As mentioned, jewels can be upgraded and refined. Upgrading them involves the use of an item called a filigree. There are three types of filigrees; copper, silver and gold, and as stated earlier, copper is for pebbles, silver for nuggets and gold for lumps. To craft a filigree, you combine two ingots of the corresponding metal.
Combining a filigree and a jewel fragment will create a jewel. For example, a copper filigree and a Tiger’s Eye Pebble creates an adorned Tiger’s Eye Jewel. The pebble carried a +3 precision bonus, whereas the adorned counterpart carries a +4. This difference may seem slight, but bear in mind that the adorned jewel can be combined with an amulet as mentioned earlier to boost its power. Amulets can be crafted with adorned jewels in place of pebbles to make them stronger.
For example, our earlier Amulet of Precision gave +12 and + 3 if decorated with a pebble, but if you replace the pebble in the initial recipe with you
get +13 and a potential +4 if you decorate it with another adorned jewel. Thus, you can see the merit of upgrading your pebbles to jewels.
That’s the basics. In our Guild Wars 2 Jewel Tiers and Refining guide, we cover refining your pebbles into nuggets and then into lumps, and also the different types of filigree and the jewel tiers.