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

BC Outland Minerals

Mineral Source Color
Blood Garnet Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Red UI-EmptySocket-Red
Inv misc gem flamespessarite 03 [Flame Spessarite] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Orange UI-EmptySocket-RedUI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Inv misc gem goldendraenite 03 [Golden Draenite] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Inv misc gem deepperidot 03 [Deep Peridot] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Green UI-EmptySocket-YellowUI-EmptySocket-Blue
Inv misc gem azuredraenite 03 [Azure Moonstone] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue
Inv misc gem ebondraenite 03 [Shadow Draenite] Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Purple UI-EmptySocket-BlueUI-EmptySocket-Red
Living Ruby Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Red UI-EmptySocket-Red
Noble Topaz Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Orange UI-EmptySocket-RedUI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Dawnstone Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Talasite Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Green UI-EmptySocket-YellowUI-EmptySocket-Blue
Star of Elune Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue
Nightseye Mining / Drop / Pickpocket Purple UI-EmptySocket-BlueUI-EmptySocket-Red
Crimson Spinel Drop / Vendor Red UI-EmptySocket-Red
Pyrestone Drop / Vendor Orange UI-EmptySocket-RedUI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Lionseye Drop / Vendor Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Seaspray Emerald Drop / Vendor Green UI-EmptySocket-YellowUI-EmptySocket-Blue
Empyrean Sapphire Drop / Vendor Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue
Shadowsong Amethyst Drop / Vendor Purple UI-EmptySocket-BlueUI-EmptySocket-Red

Wrath Northrend Minerals

Mineral Source Color
Inv jewelcrafting gem 12 [Bloodstone] Mining / Prospecting Red UI-EmptySocket-Red
Chalcedony Mining / Prospecting Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue
Sun Crystal Mining / Prospecting Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Dark Jade Mining / Prospecting Green UI-EmptySocket-YellowUI-EmptySocket-Blue
Inv jewelcrafting gem 09 [Huge Citrine] Mining / Prospecting Orange UI-EmptySocket-RedUI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Shadow Crystal Mining / Prospecting Purple UI-EmptySocket-BlueUI-EmptySocket-Red
Scarlet Ruby Mining / Prospecting Red UI-EmptySocket-Red
Inv jewelcrafting gem 05 [Sky Sapphire] Mining / Prospecting Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue
Autumn's Glow Mining / Prospecting Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Forest Emerald Mining / Prospecting Green UI-EmptySocket-YellowUI-EmptySocket-Blue
Inv jewelcrafting gem 02 [Monarch Topaz] Mining / Prospecting Orange UI-EmptySocket-RedUI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Inv jewelcrafting gem 06 [Twilight Opal] Mining / Prospecting Purple UI-EmptySocket-BlueUI-EmptySocket-Red
Cardinal Ruby Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Red UI-EmptySocket-Red
Majestic Zircon Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Blue UI-EmptySocket-Blue
King's Amber Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Yellow UI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Eye of Zul Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Green UI-EmptySocket-YellowUI-EmptySocket-Blue
Ametrine Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Orange UI-EmptySocket-RedUI-EmptySocket-Yellow
Dreadstone Crafted / Drop / Prospecting / PvP / Vendor Purple UI-EmptySocket-BlueUI-EmptySocket-Red
  1. REDIRECT Dragon's Eye
Crafted / Vendor Color depends on specific cut

Patch changes

Patch 1.3.0 (patch date:2005-03-07): Drop rates of gems have been increased at lower levels and decreased at higher levels. 

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