How to find boxes for your jewelry wholesale 185

How to Find Boxes for Your Jewelry Wholesale If you make your own jewelry or buy wholesale jewelry that is not in a box, you will need a source for jewelry boxes! Your customers will want their jewelry to arrive in nice display boxes that can be wrapped or presented to the person they bought the jewelry for. Boxes for jewelry can be found at wholesale prices all over the internet. Simply do a search in any search engine for ‘boxes for jewelry’ and you will be surprised at the results. You can even have your business name or logo printed on the boxes as well, for an additional cost. When you shop for boxes to package your jewelry wholesale in, make sure that you buy in bulk for the best prices. Also make sure that you can return the boxes for an exchange in the event that the boxes are the wrong size, or for a refund if the boxes arrive damaged. Don’t make the mistake of not shipping your jewelry wholesale to your customers in jewel boxes. This will make you appear to be unprofessional, or like a small time operation. (word count 185)

How to open an online jewelry store with jewelry wholesale 416

How to Open An Online Jewelry Store With Jewelry Wholesale Opening your own jewelry store has never been easier than it is now. In fact, you can use the Internet to open your own online jewelry store and never stock a single piece of jewelry! In fact, your jewelry store could be open for business in less than a day – and the only thing you would need to do is market it! This is pretty much an instant business. First, find jewelry wholesale suppliers. If you want a truly ‘hands-off’ business, find a wholesaler who will drop ship to your customers. This way, you never have to handle any of the stock. Here is how it works. You get your website set up, with an online catalog of all of the jewelry that you offer. You market that site to the public. Customers start visiting your site, and they place orders. You forward those orders to the drop shipper, and the drop shipper handles the rest! Most wholesalers will require you to pay for the merchandise before it is shipped. This shouldn’t be a problem because you will require your customers to pay for their orders at the time the order is placed. Of course, you charge more for the jewelry than the wholesaler charges you. In most cases, you will be allowed to set your own prices. Look to see what the wholesaler charges you, including shipping, then add 15% to 30% to that price. This is what you should charge your customers. If you aren’t sure how to go about setting up a website, you can probably find a wholesaler who will provide you with a website. Most of these wholesalers charge a fee for the site, and your site will usually look like all of their other distributors. This should be your last option. You may consider opening an eBay store. There is a fee for this as well, but at least your store will be unique. You can also bypass the eBay store and simply set up eBay auctions, which are very affordable for everyone. Make sure that you set a minimum reserve price for the jewelry that you are selling so that you don’t lose money, and make sure that the buyer pays all shipping costs and insurance. Again, setting up an online jewelry store with jewelry wholesale is one of the easiest ways to start a business today. You can literally be up and running in a few short hours, and making money within twenty-four hours of ‘opening your doors!’ (word count 416)

How to find jewelry wholesale sources 182

How to Find Jewelry Wholesale Sources If you are in the jewelry business or thinking about getting into the jewelry business, you need to find jewelry wholesale sources. Finding these sources isn’t as difficult as you might think – they are everywhere, and if you have access to the Internet, you literally have the world of jewelry wholesale at your fingertips. There are many wholesale company directories available online, but you really don’t have to purchase these to find the jewelry wholesale companies. Instead, use the search engine and type ‘jewelry wholesale companies’ or ‘jewelry wholesale suppliers’ into the search box. This is the easiest, and cheapest way to find jewelry wholesale sources. Start making a list of sources. You can do this on notepad or in a spreadsheet. Keep up with which company has the best prices on certain items, shipping costs, contact information, and any other information you may need in the course of doing business. Don’t forget the online auctions, and remember that eBay isn’t the only online auction either! Keep your eyes open for great deals on jewelry, and make bulk purchases when you can. (word count 182)

Jewelry wholesale and estate sales 212

Jewelry Wholesale and Estate Sales Buying jewelry wholesale at estates sales is actually quite easy. In fact, in most cases, this is the easiest way to get very rare or old pieces at or below jewelry wholesale prices! There is, however, a method to the madness when it comes to walking away with an heirloom piece at a rock bottom price! Most people have estate sales when a person has died. Unless the person was extremely wealthy, an appraisal of all of the items that will be sold is not done…and in most cases, the people holding the sale are heirs that simply want to cash in. They have no idea what the real value of what they are selling is. Furthermore, these sales are often run just like your average garage sale, with items marked at incredibly low prices! You can literally walk away with thousands of dollars of jewelry for just a few dollars. Even if the jewelry is not that valuable, the pieces of the jewelry may be of some use to you when you are constructing your own pieces. You can carefully take the pieces that you buy at estate sales apart, and save the reusable gems, chains, settings, and other pieces. You can typically buy these pieces far below jewelry wholesale prices! (word count 212)

How to select jewelry wholesale 196

How to Select Jewelry Wholesale Selecting jewelry isn’t hard, when you can see it and touch it. However when you purchase jewelry wholesale, you often won’t have this opportunity before making a purchase, since most of these purchases are made online or through mail order. This makes the selection process a bit harder. Start by reading all of the information that is supplied. Make sure that words like ‘gold plated’ or ‘faux’ are not used if you are looking for genuine pieces. Contact the company and ask for more information if you are unsure about anything that you are reading as well. Make sure you are getting wholesale prices. Look for similar pieces at the online jewelry stores, or even at your local jewelry stores, and compare the prices. The wholesale price should be much lower. Also check the refund and exchange policy of the business you are planning to purchase from. Make sure that there is a ‘no questions asked’ money back guarantee, or the offer of a 100% refund if you are not satisfied. If there is no refund policy, there should be no deal! You can find other jewelry wholesale from companies that do offer refunds and exchanges. (word count 196)

Jewelry wholesale repair 418

Jewelry Wholesale Repair If you make jewelry wholesale, then you definitely need to know how to make repairs to the jewelry that you sale. If you can offer your clients free or discounted repairs, you will find that you have better customer relations. Also, you need to have the ability to guarantee your pieces and offer free repairs for a specified period of time after the sale. This is just good business – and it will set you apart from many of your competitors. If you’ve made the jewelry, you probably already know how to repair it. The repair that is needed is probably the simple replacement of a piece on the jewelry, such as a clasp or replacing a stone that has come lose. This type of work can usually be done quickly, and at very little expense. If you don’t make the jewelry yourself, you still need to offer free repairs for a specified period of time. Again, this is just good business. In this case, you need to learn some jewelry repair, and you need to purchase some jewelry making or jewelry repair tools. These tools are very small, and they were specifically designed to make or repair jewelry. For the most part, these tools are very inexpensive. One piece of equipment that you will need is a magnifying glass that stands on its own, allowing you to use both of your hands. You also need very good lighting that can be pointed directly onto the jewelry that you are repairing. Both of these are essential if you want to do a good job, and avoid eye strain at the same time. You will need some jewelry making supplies as well, such as extra clasps, chains, and possibly even gemstones. Of course, you don’t want to keep too much of this on hand, as you may never use any of it…so use your best judgment here. Before you rush out and purchase a book or course on jewelry making and repair, find out if the company that you order the jewelry wholesale from in the first place has any guarantees. If so, you don’t need to learn anything. Simply have your customer ship the jewelry back to you, or directly to the company, and they should take care of the repairs. However, follow up for your customer – don’t leave the customer to deal with the wholesale company on their own – that is bad business! If the jewelry wholesale company doesn’t treat your customer right, it will reflect on you! (word count 418)

How to make your own jewelry wholesale 223

How to Make Your Own Jewelry Wholesale Making jewelry is not only fun, it is actually very easy. It just takes a lot of creativity, and a little skill. In fact, you could easily start your own jewelry wholesale company by making jewelry yourself. There are countless books available with instructions and ideas for jewelry making. There are also numerous websites where you can learn how to make your own jewelry and get ideas. In the beginning, you will probably want to follow a few instructions or patterns until you get the feel for it – but eventually, you should let your creativity shine through and design your own jewelry. You can easily purchase all of the supplies that you need for making your own jewelry wholesale through wholesale sources online. Buying in bulk will get you the best prices. You can buy cheap gems, and high quality gems as well. Everything that you could possibly need can be located through a wholesale resource on the Internet! After you’ve made several unique pieces, you should show them to friends, family members, and colleagues. You will be surprised at how many of these people want you to make pieces for them as well! Just be sure to charge, and soon enough, you will have your very own thriving jewelry wholesale business – simply because you learned how to make your own jewelry wholesale. (word count 223)

Antique jewelry wholesale 412

Antique Jewelry Wholesale Antique jewelry is typically very valuable, and purchasing such jewelry costs quite a bit of money. But then again, it is possible to buy antique jewelry wholesale as well – if you know where to look. Most people think that online auctions, such as eBay is the way to go. While this is true occasionally, you will usually find that the seller knows the value of what they are selling, and the price is quite high. There are other ways to find antique jewelry at wholesale prices – or below. Keep an eye on your newspaper for advertised estate sales and garage sales. Typically, at these sales, the people holding the sale really don’t know the value of what they have. You can literally purchase hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of antique jewelry for just a few dollars on a typical Saturday morning. It is important that you not look too closely at the jewelry when you are buying it. If the piece is valuable, you don’t want the seller to know how valuable it is! It isn’t your fault that they didn’t get it appraised – as you will as soon as you leave! Keep a straight face, keep your happiness and joy to yourself, and pay the fifty cents or two bucks that they want for the piece, get in your car and head to a trusted jeweler for an appraisal! It is possible that the piece isn’t worth anything – but occasionally, you will stumble across some real finds! Even if the piece isn’t worth anything, if you make jewelry, you may be able to disassemble it for the parts. Finding antique jewelry wholesale is very exciting. In fact, spending those Saturday mornings at the yard sales and estate sales may even become addicting! Yard sales and estate sales – especially estate sales where grandchildren are not interested in their grandma’s old ugly jewelry are the best sources for antique jewelry at wholesale prices – or below wholesale prices. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some real find on eBay as well, so don’t discount it. Keep an eye on the jewelry categories, as well as the antique or vintage categories. When you do find something you want to bid on, make sure that the seller has a good reputation. If the piece is very expensive, use the escrow service that is recommended by eBay. Also talk to the seller quite a bit to be sure that you understand exactly what is being advertised! (word count 412)

Buy jewelry wholesale at jewelry shows and expos 194

Buy Jewelry Wholesale at Jewelry Shows and Expos Jewelry shows and expos are great places to find jewelry wholesale. These shows and expos are held all over the world throughout the year, and no matter where you live, a show will eventually be held near you – probably within a days drive. In fact, if you live near a major city or a convention center, there will probably be several shows throughout the year that you will be interested in when it comes to jewelry wholesale. One of the great things about these shows and expos – aside from all of the gorgeous jewelry on display and the fabulous prices – is the information that is offered. These shows and expos often cover entire weekends, and related seminars and demonstrations are often included as well. There is an entry fee for these shows and expos, in most cases, but it is typically quite affordable. A good way to find shows in your area is to visit http://aksshow. com/home. jsp Another way to find shows is to visit a search engine and type ‘jewelry shows your home town’ into the search box, where your home town is the town you live in, or a major city near you. (word count 194)

How to make a jewelry wholesale catalog 403

How to Make A Jewelry Wholesale Catalog So you want to sell your jewelry? Well, selling jewelry wholesale is a big business, and you definitely need a catalog of your offerings! Making a catalog isn’t as difficult as you might think. First, you have two options: an online catalog or a print catalog. The choice is yours. Overall, an online catalog is the least expensive way to advertise your jewelry wholesale company – but with all of the online jewelry stores and online wholesalers, it may not be the most effective way to make sales. A print catalog should strongly be considered for a direct mailing. If you make your own jewelry, you will need to get good pictures of the jewelry – preferably laid on a velvet setting. Black or blue velvet will bring out the jewelry the most. You can take these pictures yourself with a digital camera, or have a professional take the photographs. It is cheaper to do it yourself, of course. Load the pictures up onto your computer, and use publishing software, such as Microsoft Publisher to design and layout your catalog. This may take a little time and patience, but it is much cheaper than having someone else do it. Since you will need hundreds, if not thousands of copies of your catalog, your best bet will be to save the catalog on a CD and take it to a print shop that can handle the job. This will cost money – especially since the pages need to be glossy and in color, and the catalog will need to be bound – but this expense will be well worth it if you will be doing a mass direct mailing. In order to do a mass direct mailing, you simply find a reputable company who either sells mailing lists or does the mailing for you. You can actually request lists of mailing addresses where the person has expressed an interest in purchasing wholesale jewelry – or any other criteria that you set. In most cases, it is best to have the company handle the mailing for you. They will get the best rates on the mailing because they can use the bulk mail rate. Make sure that you use a reputable printer, and a reputable direct mail company! This is an investment in the future of your business, and your jewelry wholesale catalog needs to be perfect in every way – and the mailing needs to go off without a hitch! (word count 403)

How to price your jewelry wholesale 196

How to Price Your Jewelry Wholesale Pricing is an issue that many people in the jewelry business often worry about. However, there is a method that you can easily use, whether you purchase jewelry wholesale or make your own jewelry. Pricing is very important. You don’t want to charge too much, because you won’t sell anything. On the other hand, you want to make sure that you charge enough to make a profit. If you purchase your jewelry at wholesale prices, a markup of 15% to 30% is usual, and people will pay these prices. In the grand scheme of things, apply the 30% markup, and make that the ‘regular’ price. When you need to move merchandise hold a sale, and use the 15% markup price as the sale price. If you make your own jewelry, determine the total cost of the piece, including the cost of supplies, shipping, warehousing and packaging, then apply a 15% markup. With the 15% markup, your jewelry will be priced at the wholesale price. If you sell the jewelry to the general public yourself, as opposed to selling it to retailers, apply the retail price, which in this case would be about 45% above your costs. (word count 196)

How to buy jewelry wholesale online 424

How to Buy Jewelry Wholesale Online Buying jewelry wholesale online is quite easy, and most of the time, it is an enjoyable shopping experience. In fact, many people prefer this method of buying jewelry wholesale simply because they find a much wider selection at much lower prices. However, some of the buying public is still wary of online businesses. If this sounds like you, there is really no need for concern. Simply follow a few simple guidelines to ensure that you have a safe and satisfactory buying experience. The first step is to be aware that there are indeed many con artists operating on the Internet – and they will happily take your money with absolutely no regrets. It is your responsibility to take all of the proper precautions to guard against this happening. First, find the jewelry wholesale that you are interested in buying. Make a note of where you found it, but do not make a purchase just yet – there is still much to be done. Take a look at other online wholesaler’s sites and online jewelry stores to see if you can find similar pieces. In most cases, you can. Look at the price differences. While the wholesale price should be lower than the retail price, you should use extreme caution if the price seems too low. Remember that old adage ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.’ After you have found the lowest price, read every detail you can find about the jewelry. Make sure that it is exactly what you want, in terms of authenticity. If you are unsure, don’t make the purchase until you do know for sure. Don’t be afraid to contact the company directly to ask questions – but don’t take their word for it either. Check with the Better Business Bureau Online, as well as the BBB in the area where the company is located. You are checking to see if there have been any complaints about this business. If there have been, that information will be made available to you at no charge… and if there are complaints, you should avoid doing business with the company. Next, read the refund and exchange policy, as well as the terms of service and the privacy policy at the website. This is all important information – and if it isn’t there, you don’t want to do business with this company. However, just because the information is there doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a legitimate operation – read the information carefully, and print it out so that you have a record of it. (word count 424)

Making custom jewelry wholesale 431

Making Custom Jewelry Wholesale If you have a great sense of style and creativity, you should consider constructing quality custom jewelry wholesale for individual clients. If you are good at it, you will find that you have customers calling you over and over again to construct special pieces for them, or as gifts for others. Making custom jewelry wholesale isn’t hard. Again, you need a sense of style and creativity – but the skills needed to make jewelry are very easy to learn. The object is to make your pieces unique – exclusive. When a client wears custom jewelry that you designed and constructed, they should wear it knowing that there is none other like it in the whole world! Working with clients is actually the hardest part. You need to get a picture in your mind that matches the picture that is in their minds. Never construct the piece while they are watching – this is in effect teaching them how to do it themselves, and you will probably lose a customer. Never let them know just how easy it is! Talk at length with the client. This is the only way that you can design custom jewelry that matches their likes, dislikes, and personality. If the piece is to be a gift for someone else, ask lots of questions about that person, and if possible, meet them in person yourself. Remember that uniqueness and exclusivity are the key to making this type of business successful – but great communication with the clients is vitally important as well. Many clients will want you to make custom jewelry wholesale using stones or gems that they already have. They may even want you to just enhance a piece that they already have. Before you start doing this, make sure that you have the skill and qualifications necessary to do this work. You do not want to destroy a client’s beloved jewelry! Make sure that you ask about the history of the piece, and find out what special meaning that piece holds for your client as well. Of course, you will purchase the pieces that you need to make the custom jewelry from wholesale resources. Just make sure that you are buying quality parts – and look for sources for unique jewelry making supplies as well – imported pieces are great sources for uniqueness. You will have to quote your client a price before you start, so be careful here. You don’t want to lose money. Once you’ve quoted a price, deduct 15% to 30% from it. Think of the remainder as your ‘budget’ when buying supplies to make the custom jewelry wholesale. (word count 431)

Dealing with jewelry wholesale dealers 199

Dealing with Jewelry Wholesale Dealers Many people think that if they try to talk to a jewelry wholesale dealer that they will get better bargains. In the case of buying in bulk, they are absolutely right! Most jewelry wholesale dealers will offer you a lower price if you are buying in bulk – but if you are just buying one or two pieces, it really doesn’t pay for them to offer you prices below the wholesale price. Other than getting a good price, you want to make sure that you are getting quality jewelry. If you can deal with the jewelry wholesale dealer in person, you should. But in most situations, this will not be the case. Instead, contact the dealer by phone and talk to them. Establish a relationship, and keep that relationship on good terms at all times. As time goes by, you may be able to get even better deals from the wholesaler, and you can probably work out credit terms as well. Just remember that your jewelry wholesale dealer is a human being, and treat them as such. If you ever find that your dealer isn’t being honest with you, or is selling low quality jewelry, look for a new wholesaler. (word count 199)

Making jewelry wholesale how to find birthstones 216

Making Jewelry Wholesale - How to Find Birthstones Many of the jewelry wholesale pieces that you make will include birthstones, and purchasing birthstones is not always cheap. Therefore, you will need to find jewelry wholesale sources for birthstones that you can afford. Everyone loves jewelry with their birthstones in it. This type of jewelry makes perfect birthday gifts, as well as Christmas gifts. Some birthstones, such as opals, are quite inexpensive, while others, such as emeralds, rubies, and diamonds are very expensive. One option is to purchase simulated stones. These stones are not real, and it is important that your customer be made aware of this. However, some customers will want the real deal! Again, you need a source for real birthstones. The Internet is the perfect place to find birthstones. There are numerous jewelry wholesale outlets that do business online. Because there are so many, prices are usually rock bottom. Make sure that you make sure any company that you do business with is legitimate, and that the gems you buy are quality birthstones! Also make sure that you know exactly which stone is required in the piece that you are making. Each month actually has different gems that represent it, depending on which tradition you are following. Verify the exact stone that is wished for with the client before making a purchase! (word count 216)

Importing jewelry wholesale 214

Importing Jewelry Wholesale If you are considering importing jewelry wholesale, you might want to see what your other options are. When jewelry is imported, there are additional costs, such as high shipping costs, that you may not be prepared to pay. There are also other issues to consider as well. Customs is a major issue, because some materials that come from endangered animals are outlawed in the United States – ivory for example. When importing jewelry, you need to be sure that all of the materials that make up the jewelry can be legally imported. The possibility of not getting what you paid for is another consideration that you must think about. If you order from someone outside of the United States – where the United States has no legal jurisdiction – there won’t be anything you can do if you are ripped off. If you are importing jewelry wholesale, make sure that you are dealing with a reputable company. Usually, if you can find the same pieces of jewelry for sale in the United States, at a slightly higher cost, you will be better off making your purchase in the US. By the time you add shipping to the imported jewelry, it will probably cost more. However, there are many pieces that can only be found in other countries. (word count 214)

How to sell jewelry wholesale 401

How to Sell Jewelry Wholesale If you are a creative person, with a great sense of style and flair, you may be able to start your own business – making and selling jewelry wholesale. Because people are so very unique, they want jewelry pieces that are unique – one-of-a-kind pieces that nobody else in the world owns! This desire can make you quite a bit of money – simply start your very own jewelry wholesale company. You can easily order wholesale supplies from hundreds of companies around the globe online – at really low prices. It is important to keep up with how much each part of each piece of jewelry costs you, and to get a total cost of each piece, including any expenses that you had for having supplies shipped to you. With the total cost figured, you can easily set your prices by adding 15% to the cost. You can sell your pieces in a variety of ways. You can open your own online wholesale jewelry store, sell to local jewelry stores, rent booths at local flea markets and fairs, or advertise your jewelry making skills and take orders for unique pieces. You can also sell your pieces on consignment at boutiques. You want to be known for your quality. Always select the highest quality gems and stones for your pieces, and make sure that the craftsmanship is outstanding. Become exclusive, and more people will want to purchase your pieces – and never make any two pieces alike. However, you can also go the other route and make hundreds of identical pieces, as they are ordered. You do this by making one very unique, high quality piece, and showing it to your local jewelry stores. Ask them if they would like to order in bulk, then fill the order. Another option is to do catalog sales. Make enough pieces to fill a small catalog, and take pictures of each piece. Write a description for each piece and then put together your own catalog using software and a good printer – or send the work to a print shop. You can send these catalogs out to a list that you obtain from a direct mailing list company. This type of business does require creativity and skill, but it also requires the ability to market yourself and your jewelry. You need to have business cards printed, and also have catalogs and brochures printed as well to market your jewelry wholesale business. (word count 401)

Exporting jewelry wholesale 194

Exporting Jewelry Wholesale If you plan to export jewelry wholesale, you may need to find out if it is legal. First you must understand that sending just one piece of jewelry to another country is in fact ‘exporting goods.’ This is true even if the country is Mexico or Canada! No matter where it is going, if it is outside of the United States, or the country that you live in, it is exporting. You can find out if exporting certain pieces of jewelry is legal by calling the customs agency in your state, or by calling the United States Customs Office. Describe the jewelry and as well as the precious stones it contains, and tell them where it is being sent. They will be able to tell you if shipping it is legal, and what problems may be encountered at customs in the country it is being shipped to. Take shipping costs into consideration, and make sure that your customer pays for that! Shipping to other countries can be quite costly, and if you pay for that shipping, you probably won’t realize any profits on the jewelry wholesale that you are shipping out of the country! (word count 194)

How to buy silver jewelry wholesale 412

How to Buy Silver Jewelry Wholesale Silver jewelry is not only beautiful, it is very much in style these days. Silver jewelry compliments anything you wear, and it is usually less expensive than gold jewelry. There are many sources from which you can buy silver jewelry wholesale, but the Internet will offer you the biggest selection possible. After all – you will have the whole world at your feet – or fingertips. As with any other jewelry, begin your search online. There are countless jewelry wholesalers online, and many of them specialize in silver jewelry. When you buy your jewelry from jewelry wholesale sources, you will pay a fraction of the cost that you would pay at a retailer’s place of business, such as a jewelry store. When you purchase silver jewelry wholesale, make sure that you are purchasing sterling silver jewelry. Sterling silver is almost always marked with the numbers ‘925.’ This is the highest quality of silver that you can buy – wholesale or retail. Note that there is no such thing as ‘high quality sterling silver’ and ‘lower quality sterling silver.’ Sterling silver comes in one quality – sterling silver. The weight of the sterling silver used in the piece should be the determining factor in the cost, unless the item was hand-made, in which case it will cost considerably more than similar pieces that were not hand made. Silver jewelry tarnishes – whether it is sterling silver or not. You must clean and polish your silver jewelry on a regular basis to help it keep its shine. There are many different brands of silver polish on the market that can be used to accomplish this. You should plan to clean your silver jewelry on a weekly basis. Buying silver jewelry wholesale is the best way to go. Silver is already relatively inexpensive – even at wholesale prices. When purchasing such jewelry, the silver or quality of the silver is not what you need to concern yourself with – again, silver is silver, just make sure it is sterling silver. The settings and stones that are used in the piece should be your concern. You need to insure that the piece is solidly constructed, and you need to make sure that the gems used are not simulated gems – unless that is what you want. Of course, when real gems are used, such as diamonds, the cost of the jewelry will rise considerably. But as long as you are buying jewelry wholesale, the price will still be the lowest price you will find. (word count 412)

How to select jewelry wholesale beads 198

How to Select Jewelry Wholesale Beads When purchasing wholesale jewelry beads, you must use care. You don’t want to end up with beads that aren’t worth anything to you! Selecting beads takes a lot of thought – we aren’t talking about plastic beads that children use to make jewelry. We are talking about quality beads used to make grown up jewelry! Avoid cheap plastic beads. This may be suitable for some pieces, but it isn’t very durable – or very pretty. Instead, buy glass beads or Lucite beads. These are not only durable, they are very shiny and pretty. They do not have the ‘cloudy’ look of plastic beads. Inspect the beads for imperfections if possible. Beads that are ‘lopsided’ won’t do. Beads that are chipped, broken, or scratched are useless. Don’t purchase these beads no matter how cheap they are! Most jewelry wholesale beads are sold in bulk. In this case, you probably won’t have the opportunity to inspect the beads, so ask about the exchange policy. Will you be able to exchange the beads that are less than perfect? Depending on how the beads are packaged and sold, and the policy of the business selling the jewelry wholesale beads, this may not be possible. (word count 198)

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