Jewelry lovers – and makers without wholesale I.D.s who need well-priced gems and beads – can get free admission to Intergem shows in certain cities. Founded five decades ago, International Gem & Jewelry Shows were one of the first to sell commercial jewelry direct to the public, with the broad selection and prices of a trade show. More than 60 shows are held in cities coast to coast each year, with manufacturers, designers and gem dealers from across the U.S. and abroad.
If you want to shop a wide selection of gems, beads, jewelry and accessories, there is probably a show coming up nearby. You can buy tickets for $6 through Intergem but certain shows are available free (with a $2.75 service fee) via Goldstar.