I’ve compiled a list of handmade jewelry suppliers, as recommended by the handmade jewelry makers themselves. These are tried and true vendors that provide beads, gemstones, metal and findings, along with some favorite mailing supply and packaging vendors. Happy shopping!
Note: I’ve had personal experience and can recommend the ones that are italicized.
Beads and Gemstones
anybeads.com – great variety & prices
artbeads.com - free shipping on all sales, regardless of size
beadbead.etsy.com/ – (used to be bluewater studio)
Beading Hearts Co
beadwright.etsy.com – seed beady supplies and tutorials
CrysallisGEMS– really super quality and great service.
DerondaDesign – fabulous lampwork goodness. Great customer service.
firemountaingems.com - well, really, what can’t you get at FMG?
fusionbeads.com – very much like Artbeads, a little different selection, with free shipping
gemshow-online.com/ – sign up for sales newsletters, free ship over $25.
halsteadbead.com - great prices, $100 minimum order
inmcrystal.com/ - GREAT prices on Swarovskis, plus Bali
jewelweaver.com – gemstones, Bali silver
lampwork.net/ – Gorgeous Lampworks by Kandice Seeber
nilecorp.com – packaging, displays, jewelry trays
Pure Beads – great variety of mostly Czech glass beads, fire-polished and pressed glass.
ratnasagarjewels.com/ – GORGEOUS gemstones. $300 minimum purchase
Rio Grande – equipment and metal, lots of cool cabs too
Rings N things
Somerset Silver – Great Hill Tribe Silver
Stones In Motion – Gorgeous cabochons and a great reputation for service and quality
StudioMarcy.etsy.com – SRA lampwork artist with fabulous and cute works of lampwork art
whimbeads.com – flip tops in different sizes, plus seed beads and czech glass
znetshows.com/ – Wholesale beads and gemstones tins
Findings, Wire, Chain
azur1.com/ – Finished snake chain
bella’s findings - chain, findings, fast shipping, good prices
CGM Findings – chain, beads
Hoover & Strong - wire
mermaidsdowry.etsy.com – cool brass findings
monsterslayer.com – lots of cool metal, fine silver, etc, also some stones and other odds and ends
ninadesigns.com – wonderful silver charms
shiana.com/ – gorgeous Thai Karen Hill Tribes & Fair Trade silver
stores.channeladvisor.com/accessoriessusan/ – brass and silver beads, wraps, finding, and other vintage style and free shipping
The Ring Lord - Chainmail supplies, including jump rings in aluminum too
thunderbirdsupply.com – mostly metal
tierracast.com – lots of really cool jewelry findings and charms
Shipping and Packing Supplies
Fetpak - great bulk rates for gift packaging & free shipping
Royalmailers – Bubble Mailers *Free Shipping* Great service!!
Specialtybottle – Supplier of bottles, jars and tin containers.
Store Supply – kraft boxes, lots of other jewelry packaging supplies. Great prices.
Uline – shipping supplies
Nashvillewraps – I can no longer recommend NashvilleWraps following a REALLY poor customer service experience with them. Buyer beware.
If you are a jewelry artist, I’d love to add your favorite suppliers to my list. What others can you recommend?
If you are a supplier, don’t ask. I won’t add you unless your venue has been recommended to me by a jewelry designer.
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