I'm playing Diablo II Lord of Destruction, single-player, for some nostalgia. I have my character saved from many years ago, a level 40 Amazon. I'm not currently using any mods or "cheat-like" methods. My inventory is overstuffed with gems and runes; moreso gems, esp. many perfects. But I never seem to find a good use for them. So far, the items/weapons/armor that I have are all holding up well enough, most being unique (yellow), and in the rare case I get a new drop that looks like a good upgrade, it's obviously usually unique too, and never socketed.
So that's a long-winded way of asking, is there any point to hoarding gems at all? And what about runes? The latter, I assume, is a bit more tempting, due to rune-words. I can't see any revolutionary benefit coming from my growing stock of perfect gems.
Am I playing this all wrong, or what? Thanks!
Side-note, I am open to using limited mods, such as an inventory expander / database / helper or something. Item dupe-ing is pushing it; raw item editors seem like a total cheat. I've been playing (farming) on Act 4 (Pandemonium Fortress - Chaos Sanctuary) for a long long time now, and it's getting dull.