Diablo 3 Gems Prices Skyrocket, Based on v1.07 Patch Preview

With the new, level 15 gem coming in the v1.07 patch, the prices for Diablo 3 gems have increased dramatically across the realms. I noticed last night when I went to sell a Star Topaz (just something I’d cubed up from idly picking up Flawless Topaz while doing runs) and was surprised when the suggested auction price was considerably higher than I remembered.

Quick GAH profits from spare gems.

Quick GAH profits from spare gems.

I checked back on my past gem auction sales (I pick up most of the gams that drop, if they’re in front of me at least, and enjoy cubing them up and selling for a steady profit. One benefit of not playing much spin2win; getting to actually see and pick up gear.) and saw that yes, prices are up considerably for all gems, and especially for Emeralds.

(But not greatly for Rubies, which surprised me since the only stated patch gem change is coming to Rubies with a much higher damage per hit in weapons. No one seems to care, probably because despite what Wyatt says, like 1% of skills in the game do not benefit from DiabloWikiCrits, so the Ruby-in-weapon DiabloWikiend game market will be quite small, and spending 27m x 3 + 20m upgrade cost for 2% more exp from your helm won’t be a real wise investment.)

Here are the current prices on the Americas softcore GAH for gems, based on an in-game check 15m ago. Prices are likely some/much higher for Hardcore and on Europe due to their smaller economies/less inflation. (As always, your actual price will vary slightly as the market waxes and wanes, but I just sold several Amethyst, Ruby, and Topaz stars for roughly the prices below.)

  • Amethyst: Flawless Square 1819, Star 739,000, Radiant Star 24m.
  • Emerald: Flawless Square 10,700, Star 1,011,000, Radiant Star 31.1m. (Update: 8 hours later Radiant Star emeralds were up to 32.6m.)
  • Ruby: Flawless Square 5795, Star 859,000, Radiant Star 27.5m.
  • Topaz: Flawless Square 1485, Star 743,000, Radiant Star 21.7m.
  • Tomes of Secret have more than doubled in price as well, since they’re in demand as gem upgrade reagents. (A week ago, before the patch preview, Stars were something like A 620k, E 800k, R 700k, T 630k, and prices for Radiant Stars were around 17m, 22m, 20m, 18m.)

    Before you seek quick profit by prying every gem out of your spare gear and striping your Alts like a Cadillac left in the bad part of town, (see our past guide on that econ strat) or stock up now before prices go nigher… bear in mind that attempting to profit on a volatile market is called “speculation” for a reason. Prices may continue to rise, stabilize, or start to drop, and you’re betting your pretend gold on what you think is most likely.

    One thing that is certain is that you can make a much nicer profit selling gems now than you could a week ago. Unless you’re much too rich for your own good, you’ll want to take a second to pick up those Flawless Squares, at least the Rubies and Emeralds, for a quick sale and profit, or a slightly slower sale and much bigger profit if you cube them up to Stars or higher. Refer to the tables on the Diablowiki DiabloWikigems page for the full costs of upgrading to every level of gem, but it requires 27 Flawless Squares, 54 Tomes of Secret, and 500k gold to make one Star. (Thus if you find the ingredients yourself you’re profiting over 500k per Star emerald, less the 15% gold fee, at the current prices.)

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    1. Wasn’t this what the Markets blog subset was supposed to be all about? There’s speculation, but educated speculation is so much more fun.

      Last night I bought 1000 Tomes of Blacksmithing (listed price was 175, paid like 157 thanks to the rebate), I then clicked 100 times (1000 gold) to combine them to Tomes of Secrets. I then sold the Tomes of Secrets. I actually did profit. Even factoring 160K initial cost, my post ‘taxes’ income was 178K. That’s ‘profit’ of 18K for clicking a button 100 times. I won’t be doing it again, though.

      • Yeah, I was doing the same with some hell to inferno essences. I made a few hundred K but it was annoying. There are easier ways to earn like this that don’t require the effort of clicking. It wouldnt be so bad, but I hate that meter thing. Its on par with the ID’ing thing.

        Of course now that I think about it, I think I have a few thousand ToBs somewhere, I should probably convert to get rid of them. Until they really fix crafting this could be as good as it gets.

      • This is by the far the biggest annoyance with these ways of making money. Sure I can net 100k by buying and crafting 1000 of these items but I could make more money then that just killing things in the 10 minutes it would take me sitting there and clicking the stupid Craft button every 2 seconds.

        If they implemented a craft all key it would make this scheme a lot more appealing as I could just buy up all the items, start auto-crafting and then do something else outside of the game. It just isn’t worth it due to the time investments.

        • A “craft all” button would make it more appealing but also probably a lot less profitable. One of the reasons you can do this for significant profit is that people are willing to pay so they don’t need to click a million times to make their gems.

          • Part of the point is that it is NOT a significant profit for clicking craft 100 times. It’s paltry and not worth the time investment.

    2. Yeah, crazy. A few days ago, I thought I could make half a mill on flawless star topazes since flawless squares were less than 200 bones. I went to buy some more yesterday and they were over 1500. I had to do a double take to see if I was a moron when I put together my spreadsheet.

    3. The prices of gems has actually dropped a little bit since the week-end. Rubies were 30-32M, and topazes were around 25M. I’m going to guess the price will fall as people come to their senses. I guess I’m glad to have dumped my gems when I did (they were taking up too much stash space anyway), although I probably overpaid on the recipes.

      • I added an update to the post; 8 hours later L14 Emeralds were up 1.5m more, to 32.6m for the average of the last 10 sold. So emeralds at least are continuing to increase in price.

    4. I just sold five star topazes for 800k each within thirty minutes of putting them up so the market is active.

    5. Farming mp0, I don’t pickup gems, tomes, etc. I’d rather wait for a multimillion drop.

    6. Young are very wrong about the eu prices Being higher as they are lower. The prices did go up agter the patch note, but last time i checked ah emeralds did cost 28,5mill for radiant star, rubies about 25mill and amethyst under 20mill. For the gems you pick up the price sounds like they are the same og about the same..

      • Young should have been you.. Stupid phone 😀 but dont know ofc if the price went up since last night its right now 9 am in most part og eu.

    7. I don’t get it – why is a likely irrelevant change to Rubies causing all gem prices to go nuts?? Am I missing something?

      • All of the gems are getting a change, in that there’ll be a new level “Marquise”. The ruby is just getting the most discussion because supposedly this extra level of ruby will balance the discrepancy between ruby and emerald as preferred gem for weapon slots. Ignore Topaz and Amethyst completely. But they’ll be bigger for armor/helm slots, too.

    8. I’ve obsessively picked up tomes of secrets for a while now, so I’ve been sitting on almost 3,000 of them (creating those 100% gems takes a lot of tomes ;-). When I saw that they were going for 1800 a pop, I sold about 300 of them…. and they were gone in about 5 seconds.

      I then sold another 500 at a slightly higher price…. again in about 5 seconds.

      Moral of the story: tome sales are essentially irreversible at this point (as long as you don’t go way too high on price).

    9. One other thing worth noting about gem sales: remember that the proper way to think about profits is on a “per gem” basis. For example, how much better is a Star Emerald @ 1,011,000 versus a Flawless Square @ 10,700?

      It takes 27 FS Emeralds and 54 TOS to make one Star.

      If you sell those on the AH, assuming 1,800 per TOS right now:
      27 x 10,700 + 54 x 1,800 = 386,100 x .85 = 328,185 after Blizz cut

      A Star Emerald nets you 1,011,000 x .85 = 859,350 after Blizz cut
      Take out the 500K it costs, and the net profit is 359,350.

      In other words: all the clicking is worth a grand total of about 30K.

      • Thank you for this. Most seem to miss this point entirely. The only way to efficiently make gold off gem crafting is to follow the buy low sell high trends. The gold you could have made selling the raw materials needs to be part of your overall profit calculation.

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