Vendors for jewelry making are invaluable. Every designer has a list of go-to suppliers when they need materials for making jewelry. After designing jewelry for a few years, here are three vendors I swear by and constantly purchase my materials from.

Nunn Designs

Whenever I need findings, I turn to Nunn Designs. They manufacture wholesale findings that are silver and gold plated. That means you’re getting high quality without the high price. I adore Nunn Designs and I use them to source my bezels, jumprings, and mixed media supplies. Not only am I guaranteed quality and great prices, but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Becky Nunn and those on her team. They’re amazingly friendly, helpful, and often willing to personally help me.

Jesse James Beads

The first time I found Jesse James Beads was at Bead Fest Philadelphia six years ago. Since meeting Sarah James there, I’ve constantly hunted them down at every show, and now online. Jesse James beads has beautiful and unique beads that add the perfect pop to my jewelry. Several of her strands don’t even need to be reworked, they are perfect just the way they are strung. Not only do the mixes and strands uniquely put together, but they are constantly creating new mixes to match the seasons. I can’t say enough good things about Jesse James Beads.

Sarah James and myself at the Tucson Show in 2016

Dakota Stones

Finding a reliable gemstone supplier is key if you work with them often because you need a supplier that is high quality and reliable. Dakota Stones offers both to those who shop with them. I get great gemstones that I love every time I place an order and am so confident with the quality I feel comfortable shopping online. Not only that, but I can always find fashionable gemstones that I can’t wait to use in my next design.

Dakota Stones’ display at the Tucson Show. I love sourcing my gemstones from them.

Finding Your Own Favorite Vendors

As you visit shows, be on the lookout for vendors with supplies that speak to your jewelry making aesthetic. Stroke up conversations and introduce yourself. Keep track of what you buy from who, and before you know it I’m sure that you’ll find your own favorite vendors.

Do you have a few go-to vendors? Share them below in the comments!.

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