Remember you don't have to use the best of the best gems until you've farmed the !@#! out of this game. Until then, instead of 1 rank 14 gem in 1 item you can just socket quite a few rank 12 gems in multiple items and get a much better benefit, and don't even need the extra resources that upgrading requires. I believe they intentionally made rank 14 gems super hard to get, so that you always have something to upgrade to, and until then you can use the lower ranks for a "good-enough" benefit.
The number of gems it takes to upgrade to lvl 14 doesn't really affect inventory, as long as they stack high enough.
The amount of different gems matters of course, but then as soon as you have 3 of one gem you can upgrade it to potentially save inventory slots.
Then again, Blizzard hates "complexity", so I'm sure there will only be 6 gem ranks at release :S
Are you guys serious with these numbers? It takes thousands of gems to make a Lv 14 gem? No way in Inferno is that true... Maybe it was at some point, but I'd be shocked if it stayed that way for release.
If something is worth it, people will both buy and sell it. Even if you can use something, you will think twice when you realize you could sell it and buy yourself something you could make even better use of. But I do agree people are more likely to part with items they will never use than items they need, even if selling the item they need could potentially increase their character's power. It's a stupid psychological thing. But again, I'm sure there will still be plenty who sell gems even if they still need them.
Without a doubt. Still i would imagine that gem prices will vary a lot depending what color gem we are speaking of.
Yet again, for whatever color you want, if you can't afford rank X, try a lower rank. Always better to socket some gem in than not socket any gem, as long as the cost of socketing (and later unsocketing) isn't excessive.
On a related note, who would like to see tools on this site that automatically check the most value-for-money gem-quality at the current market value?
Eg. if 500 rank x gems = 1 rank xx gem, and 500 rank x gems cost $5.00, but 1x rank xx gem costs $5.50, than it is cheaper to buy 500 rank x gems.
that would be a great thing to have
but why in the world would you buy 500 gems just to save 50 cents ?
the time it takes to combine them and the space they take up in the inventory just wouldn't be worth it to me (they only stack to 10, right ? or is it 100 ?)
Oh, I don't doubt the math. I just doubt the whole systems validity as anything other than a place holder... Everything seems solid, it just doesn't matter if Blizzard has already thrown all of this out of the game and switched to a new system that haven't yet posted on the website, like about a dozen other things...