(Amethyst and rose quartz crystals from Brazil, featured at the Gem Show)
Running strong for almost 44 years with over 90 shows across the country, the
International Gem & Jewelry Show is always an LA favorite. A traveling trade show started by Herbert Duke in 1967, the jewelry event showcases at the Santa Monica Convention Center about twice a year and is open to the public. I caught it a few weeks ago but if you missed it, there will be another show at Long Beach on August 26-28. Here’s your preview…
(Formations from Brazil are my favorite!)
The Gem & Jewelry Show is for anyone that sells, makes, or just loves jewelry. There’s something for everyone including fine jewelry and Estate Pieces, beads, pearls, findings, loose gemstones, and crystals.Once I got into the show, I went straight for the crystals, looking for tiny crystal points to wire wrap for necklaces. Most of these crystals come from Brazil and are truly breathtaking and energetic.
(The owner of Jess Imports has a great variety of items)
I headed back to the wholesale tented area and started to shop, looking for brass findings as the wholesale price of silver has gone through the roof. The owner of Jess Imports, a company based in San Francisco, told me that the price of silver has increased over 4,000% in the last year, and is hurting many of the vendors that sell at this show.
(Kamol’s Trading sells brass findings )
The owners at Kamol’s Trading primarily work with brass, and business at their booth appeared brisk. They have an ethnic twist to their merchandise and people love it. I walked through the show, admiring all the different materials and mediums, and noticed that several booths offered jewelry repair, and some purchased gold. If one want to learn how to make jewelry, The International Gem & Jewelry Show is now offering free beading classes with the purchase of a kit with Wendy Simpson Conner, author of The Best Little Beading Book. The next show will be in Long Beach at the Queen Mary. If you love jewelry, don’t miss it!