Nothing I have read or watched makes this clear. Patch notes say,
Edited by SubduedMage49 on October 24, 2020 6:20AM
"Reconstruction only costs Transmute Crystals when you create the item at the regular quality it drops at, but you can choose to spend additional crafting boosters to upgrade its quality."
So are there any scenarios where we would be able to reconstruct a purple or gold item without spending those purple or gold mats? For instance, trial jewelry drops gold on veteran. If I have a gold VO ring that gets added to my sticker book, will I be able to reconstruct it gold without having to spend chromium platings?