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« on: June 27, 2016 03:20:02 AM »

Where can I purchase good quality semi-precious stones ?
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2016 07:36:22 AM »

Have you tried Fire Mountain Gems?

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2019 09:51:48 AM »

Are you looking to start a collection? Make one project? Buy a bunch?

Fire Mountain Gems is definitely a good choice. But if you are just doing a one-off project that is kind of small and are newer to working with beads in general, I would recommend looking at your local beading store. There you can usually buy in onsies-twosie, so you don't have a bunch of beads left over. Or you can often buy strands of semi-precious gems at local shops that way. Note that they will be a little pricier, but if you are just buying a small amount and are not familiar with the different sizes, shapes, feel and color of the beads you want to work with...this is the better option imo.

Other beading sites that I have used and like:

The Bead Traders
The Bead Factory

Note that I haven't bought a lot of beads in a while, but I used to buy a lot of beads as that was my main focus of interest in crafting. Both of the above sites have been in business for a long time, but can be pricey. Fire Mountain is probably your best bet for price, quality and selection.

« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2019 01:42:43 PM »

I used to order from Rings and Things, good quality and prices.

Is there a gem show near you?  That would be best.

I order a lot from eBay.  The "stones" from China are probably all fake; some look okay, others are pretty bad.

Side note: I saw some blocks of fake stone at the Tucson Gem Show.  They looked like bricks made of polymer clay.  I had pictured them molding each bead with patterns, it makes more sense to replicate a whole rock and cut the beads just like real stone.

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