My sister and I have designing and creating jewelry for about two years now and over this period of time we have had many challenges, made mistakes, and learned a lot. We realize that we still have a lot to learn, but, would like to share with you some valuable information that we had to learn on our own. The first being, buy supplies wholesale. There is no problem with going to WalMart, Michaels or you local bead store, especially if you make jewelry for yourself or friends and family. But, if you plan on making any profit from your jewelry, you need to think beyond your local bead store.
Believe it or not, it takes time, a lot of time and research to find the best deals out there. If you don't believe me, try to Google jewelry supplies. Then Google wholesale jewelry supplies. Then try to weed through it all. Not as easy as you think. That is exactly how we started and this is a list of what we found, starting with our favorite site.
1. Fire Mountain Gems at http://www.firemountaingems.com/
2. Gifts Joy at http://www.giftsjoy.com/
3. The Jewelry Supply Co. at http://www.jewelrysupply.com/
Fire Mountain Gems is our number one pick because it offers a large selection of gemstones, beads, swarovski crystals, pendants, findings, wire, tools. All that you could think of and need is in this store. They definitely offer the best price for swarovski crystals. If you order in bulk, which we usually do, you receive greater discounts. They also offer a catalog for those of you who like to sit on the couch and flip pages.
Gifts Joy is our second pick because they offer all of their jewelry supply at wholesale prices. You need to be a serious business and using their supplies for jewelry making and resale. All you need to do is apply for your wholesale account via email. If you have trouble finding simply use their search engine and type in wholesale. That should bring you to the instruction page to apply for a wholesale account. We love Gifts Joy for their large selection of pendants and gemstones. Not to mention the great price!
Last, but not least is The Jewelry Supply Co. They offer a great selection of beads and findings, but, what we love is their selection of gold filled and sterling silver chain. You can buy it in bulk and receive a great discount.
So, there you have it. We have found with all three companies that they have great service and they are very reliable. We realize that there are other online stores that offer great deals. If you know of one, don't be shy! Share with us your great finds! And, please let us know if this information was helpful to you.