Saturday April 4, 2009 / 10:00am to 6:00pmInternational Gem and Jewelry Show
How was your experience?
This is a great event for both professionals and people who make jewelry as a hobby (like me!). There are 3-4 huge rooms, each with just as many aisles of vendors so you can easily spend all day here. It's also easy to spend a LOT of money so I would suggest giving yourself a limit before arriving and refusing to go over that amount. It helps to do a walk-through of the whole show before buying anything so that you can make sure to get everything you want and need with your money. But be warned--my walk-through took 3 hours! At the show you can literally find any kind of pendant, mineral, chain, stone, setting, finding, strand, or tool you would need to make an amazing piece. My favorites were the one-of-a-kind pendants that came from all around the world in different times in history. There's also a plethora of lower-end pieces that *look* nicer than what they cost. My favorite vendors were Suraj International, where they set ancient one-of-a-kind coins and stamps in sterling silver; Mineral Art In Silver, where Bob Stringer crafts sterling rings inspired by armed services medals & pins (he also makes SICK wallet chains and belt buckles); and Goddess, where they sell a ton of different chains (gold, silver, copper, black metal, beaded, etc..) and gold-brushed leaves that make awesome pendants. I also got some good-priced, quality findings at All Season Company, and found the cheapest tools at Jewco. If I'd brought more money with me I would have bought some amber from Unique & Co as well!