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Finding Favorite Vendors: Where to Buy Jewelry Supplies

I get asked all the time where I get some of my supplies. Sometimes shopping for the goods is almost just as fun as creating jewelry!

Here are a few of my favorite vendors for some essentials.

Packaging supplies

Every jewelry designer needs a good supplier for their packaging supplies. I have tried a few different vendors out there, but these have been consistently affordable, quick to ship or easy to find locally.

Packaging Supplies
Photos via Lorelei Eurto Jewelry

Bubble wrap can probably be found anywhere but I tend to buy it locally at Staples, only because I typically recycle bubble wrap as much as possible. I may buy a roll this size once every few months.

I love using Kraft gift boxes and have found very nice quality boxes that come filled with cotton inserts, in a variety of sizes from Papermart. I usually order a small 3 x 5-inch box for earrings, and then a 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 7/8-inch necklace-size box that I use for bracelets or necklaces. Buying in bulk like this, is always more economical! I get these in a case of 100 boxes.

I order my bubble mailers in bulk from RoyalMailers. I choose a nice roomy size of 7.25 x 11 inches to accommodate up to two necklace-size boxes, plus two earring-size boxes. They offer many different size cases, and the more you buy, the more you save!

Earring display cards

Finding display cards in line with your brand is key. I have found that these simple manila shipping tags work great and are quite versatile.

earring display cards

I find these Avery shipping labels with reinforced holes and attached string at Staples. They come in a package of 100 tags, for around $7.00. I remove the attached string so I can hang them on hooks in my display. A sweet rubber stamp dresses up the otherwise very plain tag.

Business cards

I suggest shopping around online for business cards that fit in with your jewelry business aesthetic. I have been searching for my favorite business cards for years, and these are probably my top three
favorites.

business cards

Top Left: Moo Cards are a very nice, high-quality business card at a moderate price point. You can pay a little extra for rounded corners and double sided printing. They have plenty of different pre-printed designs to choose from or you can use your own logo.

Top Right: Zazzle, Inc. offers a wide range of pre-printed designs. Pay a little extra for extra thick
premium paper, rounded corners or double-sided printing. This pre-set template called Light as a Feather cost $22.95 for a pack of 100 cards.

Bottom: Vistaprint offers completely customizable cards, or if you want to use one of their designs, there are hundreds to choose from. This style is one-sided and cost only $20 plus shipping for a box of 500 cards. This is definitely the most economical choice I have found.

Wire

Wire

I use a variety of different wire when creating jewelry. Some of my favorites include Soft Flex beading wire. It comes in a wide variety of thickness, and colors and the quality are the best that I have used. The company is great to work with, and provides stellar customer service and great sales to those who subscribe to their mailing list.

Copper and brass wire with a nice patina can be found at Patina Queen. The prices are very affordable and the customer service is fantastic.

Finally, steel wire can be purchased in most hardware stores, but I like purchasing it from author and designer Brenda Schweder. She has written a fantastic book on steel wire jewelry and has since opened an Etsy store where she sells great supplies, including steel wire in galvanized or blackened colors, and a variety of gauges.

Tools

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I am an avid fan of all jewelry pliers by Tronex Tools. I have a basic set of jewelry pliers with long, ergonomic handles and really enjoying working with these tools. You can also choose a short-handled version of each plier. They are incredibly well crafted and engineered tools with exceptional reliability. You can purchase Tronex tools directly from their website, or from a number of different online vendors. Their customer service is unmatched and their tools have a lifetime warranty.

Brass findings

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I have been using Vintaj Brass Co. products from the very moment I saw them in Stringing magazine back in 2007. They offer a wide variety of different brass stampings and findings, all with a beautiful vintage deep brown patina. They also offer components in a golden raw brass, copper and a black metal.  These are very high-quality products for an exceptional great value if you buy them wholesale directly from the website. I love that they are constantly coming out with new products!

Beads and supplies

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When shopping for supplies like beads, wire, fiber, tools and other essentials, my favorite place to shop is an all-in-one type of store. Lima Beads is that store for me. I have never placed an order for just one thing because they have such a huge stock of inventory that I always end up finding everything I need plus some. Operating out of Ann Arbor Michigan, the four operating offices, Kevin, Ali, Steve and Cathy consistently go above and beyond to offer high-quality goods, but also strive for that close relationship between the company and customers.

I hope you enjoy checking out these great vendors and exploring where to buy jewelry supplies for your work!

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28 Comments

fancifuldevices

Great post Lorelei, it’s always awesome to see this kind of behind-the-scenes stuff and im a total nerd for supplies, even shipping stupplies -which I get cheap on eBay, by the way, where you can easily compare prices.

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Linda Landig

Congrats on your new writing gig, Lorelei! I enjoyed your post and look forward to more!

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Kathleen Klik

I enjoyed reading your article as you always have great insight on beads and supplies! I look forward to your monthly posts.

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Gillian Wright

Great post! Thank you for sharing these shops and ideas. I too love Vintaj and Lima Beads. I look forward to more of your posts.

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Robin Ormon

Hi..I’m looking for sterling silver charms for bracelets. Thanks!

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Lorelei Eurto

HI Robin!

Have you ever tried out Nina Designs? They have wonderful silver charms and findings- I know you’ll find something there that you’ll love. http://www.ninadesigns.com

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Kays Creations

One of my suppliers for years:
http://www.firemountaingems.comTey

They have so many charms you will have a hard time making a choice!!
everything for fine jewelry or costume jewelry
real gemstones , glass, etc
all kinds of findings from gold to brass etc.

I am retired from doing craft show. I only sold sterling, gold fill, with genuine gemstones. Started in the late ’80’s and stopped in 2003. Spinal injury. couldn’t set up my tent and things, let alone sit in a directors chair all day. I slowly sell on etsy or ebay or friends. So many supplies left over. If you are interested in gemstone beads let me know. danishlady at netzero . com. hope that address goes thru and you can put it together correctly.

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Jennifer

anyone have a reasonable source for strings of faceted gemstones?

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Lorelei Eurto

Try out Limabeads.com – they have a nice selection of Gemstones. If you want something a little fancier, I buy a lot of stones at Beadsonsale.com and they are really great quality stones.

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Sandra Thompson

Try BeadGirlzBoutique. they have a great supply

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Julie H Bennett

You can also get sterling charms at charmfactory.com. They have TONS of charms, not only in sterling, but other metals as well, and they are categorized….great place!

J

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Adrianne Herold

This is such a helpful post! But I’m wondering if anyone knows the best places to get sheets of metal for bracelets/rings and also somewhere for natural crystals (like point shaped quartz)?!

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Sheila

Hi! Your articles are awesome! And very helpful! What about nylon cord, I’m really interested in make jewelry with nylon cords, I really enjoy to make knots and I would like to start to create necklaces and bracelets, well my question is do you know where I can order them, I went to Michaels store but they don’t have variety in colors or cord thickness. Thank you.

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Lisa

Shipwreck Beads has knotting cords. Several kinds. they also carry a full line of hemp cord. Search “cord” or navigate thru the links to stringing materials.

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Beth Hamlin

Thanks you for the great information!

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Chris Donofrio

I, too, like FireMountainGems for Swarovski crystals and crystal pearls especially. They have consistent quality and every color possible in stock. Business cards, I use VistaPrint. Shipping supplies, Staples or Target. For really “unique” beads, I buy from Ivons Beaderie (on FB). Ivon is a small business operator from San Antonio, TX and sells on FB and also has a small shop. Fantastic customer service and top quality products (beads, pearls, crystals, charms, findings… mostly unique things not found else! If you contact Ivon, let her know that I recommended her!

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Jill

Bead shop.com. Wonderful customer service and free shipping.

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Bridget

I’ve found the best prices for Swarovski at Rings and Things.

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lynda

I am on the hunt for a lariat clasp, something with a spring in it so you can change the length. Or possibly one that fits ie: 4mm, 6mm, 10mm beads any advice or suppliers would be greatly appreciated.

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Bob Lowe

Thank you for the post. This is really helpful. I think having the right tools for the job is always a must have. It makes things so much simpler and makes assembling so much faster. I really appreciate that you have added in the links.

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Mariam

I like http://www.jetsinc.com. They have a good selection of tools for affordable prices for me and they ship most items in US for free. I don’t like paying for shipping 🙂

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Skip

I want to make little personalized stamped stainless steel cuffs to go over leather bracelets. A man’s macho charm braclett so to speak. Is there a place (blog) I can ask questions to a professional to get me started? This is for my home, a hobby.

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Mary

Thanks a lot! What about chains? I’d like to buy in bulk, something nice but now too expensive. Thank you!

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Moogie

I love all the suggestions. I shop at many of the places mentioned. Lima Beads is my main source. We have a wonderful community of artists who share our work in their Design Center. I find they have very nice quality gemstone beads at great prices. If you aren’t satisfied, no hassle returns. Fire Mountain has a discount program & that makes their Swarovski items the lowest price for me. I also use Rio Grande for very nice, bulk chain. They also carry many settings for cabochons & faceted gems. It’s a great place for professional jewelers & hobbyists alike.
For nylon (C-lon) cords, threads, silk, kits, etc., I found Marion Jewels In Fiber. She’s a great source & a wonderful fiber artist.
I bought most of my jewelry boxes & shipping envelopes at Papermart. Even with the high shipping rate, it was less per item than anyone else I looked at. Happy shopping!

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Amanda Thompson

Great article! I agree with the former comments for supplies, however my favorite wasn’t mentioned so I wanted to share: rings-things.com has beads of all types, including African which I love, sheet metal, findings, leather cord and most everything I ever need.

I love working with them and they have wholesale accounts if you a reselling with no minimums. I usually place a big order and am surprised that I have it typically within two days (or much less time than I can imagine them getting it ready and shipping). I do occasionally buy things, especially chain on Etsy.com.

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