Rings & Things made a stop in Denver on their 2011 Bead Tour, and I was so excited to attend my first wholesale show! I went armed with a list, notebook, calculator, and ample time. It proved to be a great show, and I am thrilled to be a new customer of Rings & Things!
Though they had wire, jewelry findings and crystals available, I was primarily interested in shopping for semi-precious gemstone beads. Brimming with excitement, I browsed the many tables for hours. I felt like I was back in my college geology course while I curiously examined the vast array of colors, sizes, styles (and prices) of gemstones.
I think it's important to attend one of these shows if you are new to the jewelry business. Not only is it an opportunity to buy inventory at a discount, but seeing gemstones in person is much more informative than browsing a catalog. Rings & Things has a beautiful catalog that's well-organized with brilliant full-color pictures, but it makes a difference to see gemstones up close. You can better appreciate their true color, opacity, weight and shape.
As a "show newbie," I was daunted by the task of selecting beads for my business. They are all so beautiful- how can you choose?
First: I established a reasonable budget, and I was determined to stick to it!
Second: I researched a few bead catalogs and magazines I had to familiarize myself with names of stones, and which types I was drawn to.
Third: I made sure all my beads were organized before I attended the show, and I wrote a list of "holes" I had in my inventory.
Fourth: I attended the show with the resources I needed to successfully meet my budget goals : notebook, calculator, and time!
Here are some of the lovely beads I bought
(which I am excited to start working with!)
Snowflake Obsidian, Howlite, Moonstone, and Black Onyx
I had a great time, and was equally giddy when I brought my treasures home to show off! I will definitely be attending the Rings & Things show again next year. In fact, I'm sorta a huge fan of theirs now that I've had the opportunity to experience their service and product!
(I'm also realizing that I totally love rocks...especially smooth, shiny colorful ones!)