I have 525 in JC and 525 in leather working on my character. I'm interested in trying to churn some profit from the costs it took for me to get here. Is there currently a strategy or particular recipe(s) that are most profitable in the auction house? Would you other crafters be able to suggest the cheapest gems to perhaps cut or leather based gear to make that will return the most profit for least amount of work?
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This is something you'd have to do research on for your particular realm. Every server is different, although there are some things that are static. Red gem cuts (Brilliant, Bold, Delicate) tend to always sell very well, as they are used by anyone who knows what they're doing when it comes to picking gems. There are a few others that are widely used, but that depends on how active your server is and how many JC's are targeting the same gem. The red gems tend to sell the best since they are so widely used that it doesn't matter if there are multiple JC's selling them. If you want to go for larger profits per item, look into investing in a popular cut for epic gems. Jewelcrafting is one of the most lucrative professions in the game, but it doesn't turn large profits per item sold. You're going to have to do a lot of buying, prospecting, researching, cutting, and selling to establish a solid career.
As for Leatherworking, it's a little harder to pinpoint demand, but people are always in need of leg armor, and gathering the mats as a LW isn't that difficult. It should be noted that buying the raw mats on the AH are sometimes cheaper than the asking price of leg armor.