I am a bit at my wits end here. Just spent 6 hours looking for new
gemstone sources with no success. It seems every place I find wants
me to send $10 to $30 for the privilege of buying from them. And
although a lot them look promising I really don’t have a couple $100
to gamble with right now. So here I am back here where I should have
started in the first place to ask for help, recommendations and
Right now I am ordering all my faceted gemstones from Rio. I have
been a customer for ten years and I love them. Great quality,
marvelous customer service but for what I am doing right now their
prices are getting a bit shall we say prohibitive. Particularly since
my utilities all went up last month. My budget is still smarting from
that lovely little hike.
I am a small one person operation. Recently found a kind of cool
niche to supplement the income I get from selling my own designs.
Twice a month I sell gemstone jewelry on the university campus. Simple
post earrings, rings and pendants. The college students love them but
of course cost is an issue for them. So what I need is Rio quality
stones but not at the Rio price. If such a thing exsists.
I haven’t looked around for new sources for about five years and I
was really surprised and not to mention a bit dismayed by the fact
that all the gemstone sources I could find are charging for their
catalogs. So before I spent my very hard earned cash on catalogs
here’s my question.
Who is your favorite gemstone and or cast setting supplier? I don’t
need a huge amount of gems at a time and nothing really exotic
(amethyst, garnet, etc). And just standard cast sterling and 14K
settings (die-strucks are not my favorite quality wise).
Any and all advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you a thousand times