Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Gem Show in Chantilly

To all of you who read my blog I thank you. Please leave me comments. I went to the gem show yesterday and had a great time.  I saw Mary and Leslie from Beads Direct I found some wonderful pyrite chips  and pink tourmaline rondels to go with some vintage glass beads that my daughter gave me. I also got several strands of rondels that have dark purple amethyst, dark green peridot, swiss blue topaz and citrines. Prices were extremely reasonable and they had such beautiful and unusual things strands that were pearlized, just beautiful and they are such nice people to deal with, go see them today or tommorrow. Multicreations had some lovely looking cut and polished silver beads and there price are definately best in the show. I also got a half strand of 24kt gold vermeil bead over sterling silver. All together pleased with my purchases which I will share with my daughter. Some many beautiful beads, stones and jewelry not enough time or money, but still a fun time. The Nest Designs One of A Kind Jeweler

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chantilly Gem Show Feb18-20

This one of the things I like about living in the Northern Virgina area. Every year we get several visits from good gem dealers, bead suppliers, we all have our favorites. Some people I have dealt with for close to 30yrs Taj Beads very fair prices and very good quality beads. Beads Direct always has beautiful druzys and other unusual stones Mary and Leslie are a pleasure to do business with always.
Multicreations,N.J. Inc always have the best prices on silver findings at the show. If you want cut stones The Kay El Co.Inc has very nice precious and semiprecious cut and cabachon stones. These people are all in the back room so you must have a resale number to visit them. The show is very security conscious so no sneaking in without a number. However, there are a lot of vendors on the floor that those without resale numbers can buy from, and sometimes there are good buys to be found out on the retail floor. So if you go a few suggestions, pack a sandwich the food in the hall is overpriced and terrible, bring your own bottle of H2O, wear comfortable shoes and last but not least watch your purse with your money and credit cards in it. I've seen women get so excited about something they put their handbags down and wander off to look at something else be aware not everybody isn't as honest as you are and the last thing I will say to you is STICK TO YOUR BUDGET.It's easy to get carried away I know from personal experience. See you at the show! The Nest Designs One of a Kind Jeweler