Buying Wholesale Jewelry Supplies – Do’s and Don’ts

I have been making and selling jewelry for at least six years now and I can say that my customers are often impressed with the quality of jewelry pieces I sell to them, the quality of stones and other findings I use in my creations and of course the prices at which I sell my pieces.

When it comes to buying jewelry supplies, there are some tips and tricks I use. I have been in this business for years and I have spent a lot of time hunting down the best wholesalers and suppliers for the materials I use. In this post, I will share with you some ideas and some do’s and don’ts that can help you choose the right supplies for your jewelry making needs.


Being able to buy wholesale jewelry supplies really makes a big difference. But some jurisdictions do not allow individuals to purchase wholesale without having a sales tax license. So the first thing that you must do is find out about the local regulations and if needed, get a sale tax license so you can purchase wholesale jewelry supplies.

You will find a number of wholesale jewelry supplies markets if you live close to a major metropolitan city. So in this case, always consider buying from the wholesaler in your local area and not online. This way you will be able to see the quality of the products in person before you make an investment. When you shop in person, you can pick the best supplies for your jewelry making needs.

Bead shows and expos are held frequently so you must also check these out because most of the time, these shows and expos carry wholesale jewelry supplies that you cannot get from your local supplier.

Whenever you buy something from a wholesaler in person, don’t forget to get their business cards. Perhaps the wholesaler also has a website and the next time you order, you don’t have to visit him in person. You can do it conveniently online.


One thing that I have found is that you should not rely on only one store. This is because if you get the best quality wholesale beads from one seller, it is not necessary that the same seller will have the best quality wholesale jewelry findings or wires or tools. You must know where you can get the best materials for your jewelry making needs and that too at the best prices.

When you have a local wholesaler where you can get quality materials, don’t consider shopping online. There are risks attached when you shop online. Unless the online vendor has a very good reputation, you must not take a risk. Photos of materials can be deceptive and the descriptions can be vague. The seller may also not offer a good returns or exchange policy. In this case, you will be left with poor quality supplies that will be of little use to you.

Wholesale Beads and Jewelry Supplies – Benefits of Buying Online

Locating the best places to get wholesale beads and jewelry supplies can sometimes be difficult for newbies who are just getting started in the at home jewelry making business.

Many people will just head to the local hobby shop in search of the wholesale beads and jewelry supplies they need. Of course there is nothing wrong with that approach, but it can end up costing you quite of bit more money over the long term. But if you’re only going to be making the odd piece of jewelry now and then this approach is probably the most practical.

For those looking at really making a business (making a profit) out of home jewelry making then you will want to locate the best online jewelry supplies. Doing this will serve many purposes.

The first thing is that you will be able to keep your costs lower and profit margins in check by shopping and comparing wholesale prices. It is much easier to compare several different online jewelry supply stores then it is driving all over town to the various hobby stores in your area. And, depending on where you live you might not even have a hobby store or jewelry supply store near you at all.

Another nice thing about shopping online for wholesale supplies is that as your business grows and you start selling more of your jewelry you will be able to see what trends are popular and which ones are not. This will allow you to purchase in higher quantities and get much better pricing then you probably could get at your local supplies store.

Buying wholesale beads and jewelry supplies online can also be very informative and helpful. For example, there are so many different types of jewelry supplies that go into the making of jewelry that you may not know exactly what each piece of accessory parts are used for. By shopping online you will often have access to information and examples of how something is used, which means you can tell for sure if you really need the jewelry making accessory or not.

Something else to keep in mind when comparing wholesale beads and supplies online is the shipping and return policy of each store. Shipping costs can add up quickly if you’re ordering several times a month so it is important to make sure you are getting the best deal possible from the wholesale beads stores you end up using.

The return policy of the wholesale beads and jewelry supplies store you use should be friendly and accommodating. If you order in large quantities there will be times when you order too much and don’t want to inventory the item. A good wholesale beads and jewelry supplies store will allow you to return excess items for a refund or a store credit.