So, how would you use the icon search? By icon name? Look for "That hand thingie?" Why do you want it?
Something similar to http://www.wowhead.com/items?filter=cr=142;crs=0;crv=inv_gauntlets_67
I know that there has to be some sort of identifier to tell both the Rift client and rifthead which icon to show for an item. The way wowhead does it (for the most part) is this:
1) Find an item with the icon you want
2) Click on icon to show icon ID.
3) Click on appropriate link to look up all items/spells/achievements with that ID.
Normally this would be a pretty useless feature, but it seems that most items in Rift that share icons also share models (if not colors), so if I could find other items with the same icon, chances are that that would lead me to items with the same model and possibly coloration.
ah, wait a sec. Now that I read the thread title, this makes a bit more sense. Even if we allowed search by icon, same icon definitely != same model all the time, and we don't get model in the data anywhere that I've seen.
This is true, but its better than trying to visit every vendor in the game (I've visited every Rare Planar Goods vendor and PvP vendor I could find with no luck so far).
I remember a couple of times specifically when I switched items and had no visual difference (before getting a wardrobe set), and in both cases the items had the same icon. So even if each item with a specific icon doesn't share the same model, it seems to be a safe assumption that all items which share the same model share the same icon. In this case, obtaining a list of items with the same icon would greatly narrow my search. Edited, Dec 19th 2011 3:24pm by emallson Edited, Dec 19th 2011 3:25pm by emallson