If you’ve wished there was a place you could go to see gems and jewelry of all kinds, in all forms, you’ll be happy to know there is such a place.
The International Gem and Jewelry Show can be found in many locations across the United States, with shows in the spring and fall.
It’s a must-attend event for anyone with a passion for accessories.
What Is the International Gem and Jewelry Show?
InterGem, as this show is affectionately referred to, has been around for more than 50 years.
It is a marketplace that moves from state-to-state, where jewelers and gem collectors can share their wares. It’s a showplace where buyers can find great deals on the jewelry and gemstones of their dreams.
From complete pieces and beading supplies to raw stones and collectibles (like stones carved into animal shapes), you can find some amazing things at one of these events. It’s the largest exhibit of its kind – putting on more than 60 shows across around 35 states each year.
You can see if the International Gem and Jewelry Show is coming anywhere near you, and when, by visiting their website. They have shows in Michigan, Nevada, Texas, California, Maryland, and more. They spread across the states.
Not sure why you’d want to go?
Here are several reasons that may have you purchasing tickets to this event in no time.
1. Unique Finds
You’ll be amazed at the things you find at shows selling jewelry, gems, and minerals.
The gem and jewelry shows aren’t just an outlet to buy gemstones and pre-made jewelry – it’s also a great place to get tumbled and raw stones and crystals.
Whether you’re shopping for your own jewelry making crafts or you prefer to use your gems for their healing properties, this event offers you one of the best opportunities to find the gems and stones you’re looking for.
You’ll often come across rare finds. Experienced jewelers and sellers will be there to help you find the pieces that are perfect for you.
With hundreds of vendors, it will be hard to walk out without buying something beautiful to take home with you.
2. Great Deals
The deals are so much better here than you’ll find at your local jewelry stores. You’re getting items direct from the makers and the wholesalers. That means you’ll be sure to find the gems and jewelry you’re looking for at rock bottom prices. Just remember, rates will vary from each vendor.
When you purchase jewelry at a retail store, you’re paying retail prices. Many retailers mark up merchandise around 50 percent. Imagine how much you’d save by shopping direct and getting wholesale or close to wholesale prices. This event offers you that opportunity.
3. Learning Experiences
You’ll be shopping and browsing booths run by professionals that know all there is to know about jewelry and gemstones. Ask them questions and take that knowledge home with you.
Any chance to learn something new should be taken. Find out which gemstones are most popular, how they are cut, how was a certain piece of jewelry created, or where do certain gems come from.
These sellers and business owners want to answer your questions because they want you to buy their merchandise. So don’t be afraid to ask questions.
You may even have the chance to watch a jeweler create a piece right there. There are sometimes demonstrations.
4. Fun for the Whole Family
As long as your children have grasped the “look but don’t touch” rule, the International Gem and Jewelry Show is a family event. Bring the kids along and get a jump start on Christmas shopping. They may find fun grab bags loaded with kid-friendly jewelry too.
Children also enjoy learning, so while you’re asking questions, they can too. They may be inspired to go into jewelry making, as a hobby or a future business.
Come to the International Gem and Jewelry Show Prepared
While many of the vendors will be able to take credit and debit card payments, it’s helpful to have some cash on you as well in case there are vendors that only accept cash. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a great bargain for a gem or jewelry piece you love just because you forgot to bring cash.
You may also want to bring a tote bag with you for carrying your purchases. Vendors will have bags, but a nice sturdy tote with cloth handles will be more comfortable to carry.
Are You Ready?
Head to the website and see when the next show near you will be. The International Gem and Jewelry show is not to be missed, especially when you need some new accessories.