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stone bead sources February 27, 2006 4:55 PM

Hey beaders, I'm looking for sources of stone beads - amber, lapis, other junk stone beads - chip beads or otherwise cheap. I've been thinking about it for - what else - I don't need to say do I I found strands of stone beads at a high end bead store and then went to ebay where I find about half the beads are another stone died to the color of the named stone, which makes me doubt the strands at my high end mall bead store. Know where I can find them (economically) (i.e. joe is cheap)? And if you have used them, can you help me understand the scale of stone/color/value - like lapis/blue and purple/inexpensive, clear quartz/clear/very cheap, garnet/dk red/ expensive - not that those are the correct prices. =P  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Bead sources. February 27, 2006 6:52 PM

I find a lot of stuff on ebay to be more expensive. But there are some at Ebay.com , on the Jewelry and Watches under the drop down list then in the search box put handcrafted, artisans and click on the box on under that and click search. http://www.firemountain.com is my favorite place. I hear if you have a vendors licence you can really get good deals at the shows in and around the city you're in.There is also http://www.rings-nthings.com , http://www.riogrande.com, shipwreck beads I haven't been to their site if they have one.I have a catalogue from them. There is Http://www.southpacific.com , Http://www.wire-sculpturor.com or maybe the last one is Http://www.wire-sculptor.com ? Look under Googgle search engine at att.net Look for wholesale jewelry supplies, gemstone beads,  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 28, 2006 3:07 PM

Anytime you can get a wholesale-sized order together you will get better prices. Fire Mountain is usually about the cheapest for me, but do remember too that quality can vary with price. Stone beads come in "grades" and the higher grades will be more costly. Fire Mountain has been very honest as far as I can tell about what is natural, what is heat-treated, what is dyed, etc. Much more so than, for example, at some bead shows I've been to.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Beads February 28, 2006 6:41 PM

Check out www.vitabeads.com . They seem to be some of the best ones I've seen. Such awesome beads!!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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