There are times in my life where I have sincerely questioned my sanity.
Moving to Florida, 1500 miles away from home at 18 all by myself,
Painting my room red,
Taking a job 90 Minutes from home,
Leveling Jewelcrafting(JC) 4 times.
One of those things is not like the other.
Yes, you read that correctly I have leveled JC from 0 to at least 450, four times. Once on my Death Knight, once on my mage, and twice on my druid.
Lets handle this in a simple Q&A format.
Why did you level JC on 3 different characters?
The answer is, at one time or another those were my mains for raiding. Albeit my mage was short lived, but I still used them all, and for me the best professions for raiding are JC and Alchemy. So I sucked it up and leveled the god-forsaken profession.
Why did you level it twice on your druid?
That is an exceptionally good question.
I initially had her as a Enchanter/Tailorer, then I got into a pretty tight knit group that need a JC, so I switch my Tailoring to JC.
Then about a quarter into WotLK a JC came into the guild, and I decided that I wanted to be an Alchemist, so I became a Alchemist and Herbalist. This worked quite well for me throughout WotLK.
Then Cataclysm dropped and I thought that herbalism just wasn’t really giving me what I needed, plus I had an alt that could force feed me herbs, so I switch back to JC. Ipso-facto I leveled it twice. Once to 450 the next to 525.
How much gold did you spend?
This is probably the second most painful part of this situation.
Leveling from 0 to 450 costs, with training and buying some of the items off the auction house about 5,000 Gold.
Leveling 0 to 450, with training and buying a lot of the items off the auction house is about 9,000 Gold.
Lastly leveling 0 to 525, with training and buying some items off the auction house is about 12,000 Gold.
So adding it all up, I’ve spent about: 31,000 GOLD
Was the Gold the most painful part?
No, it was the second most painful part, the worst was the sheer time it takes to level. When I did it on my Druid the first time, I decided that it was a good idea to level it straight through in one day…
Perhaps I should add that to my list up top.
It took my 9 SOLID hours. No breaks other than to pee.
I sat in my chair for 9 hours, and farmed ore, prospected, auction house hunted, and made gem after bleeding gem.
I finished that day, mental/physically/spiritually TIRED. I will never do that again. It was insane and definitely was not worth the price my neck paid.
I recommend JC as a profession to most people, it’s great for raiding, and you can make a very respectable amount of gold off gems, and tips from cutting.
However, I always stipulate it as one of the most horrible leveling experiences.