There is a difference between online jewelry stores and online wholesale companies. Online jewelry stores sell jewelry at retail prices, even though the price may be slightly discounted. But in many instances the term "Wholesale" might be misused by discounted retailers.
Buying wholesale jewelry online When buying wholesale jewelry online you have to be aware of some factors that will help you identify legitimate suppliers. Wholesale companies sell jewelry at true wholesale prices. This means two things. First, as a wholesale company probably they would be interested in selling in either bulk quantities or with minimum orders. Second, real wholesale suppliers ask for a tax id or reseller's permit number. This is to verify that you are a legit business. Using those two tips you can identify whether a company is a true wholesaler or just a discounted retailer!
When dealing with an online wholesale company, you need to do several things. First, you want to be sure that you are buying the real thing. There are many companies out there that will advertise that their jewelry is 'authentic.' Read the sales copy very carefully, and educate yourself quickly. For instance, beware of words like 'gold plated' or 'realistic.' This is an indication that the jewelry isn't gold, or that stones are fake.
Many websites offer wholesale directories and they vary in quality. I tend to use free sources first, that would be only normal, right! So for example, if you are looking for an engagement ring at a wholesale price simply go to Google or Yahoo and type engagement ring "wholesale only" into the search box. The idea here is to type in different related keywords such as "distributor" or "manufacturer" and combine them to get different results.
Be aware that some wholesaler's will only sell in bulk; So you need to decide exactly what you want to buy before committing your money into merchandise. Also find out if the company has a refund or exchange policy, as well as a 100% money back guarantee. This is important, and it will protect you if you find that you are not happy with the pieces you have purchased, or if they are of lesser quality than you expected.
Also consider using eBay to find jewelry at wholesale prices. Again, use caution. Check the seller's feedback and ratings, and make sure that you are dealing with a reputable person or company. If the jewelry is an important piece, use the escrow service that eBay recommends - even if you have to pay the escrow fees yourself!
Wholesale Jewelry at trade shows and fairs If buying online isn't what you are interested in, you can attend some trade shows. One useful website I know is go there and look for a jewelry fair or trade show in your city. Also you might consider joining a discount club, such as Sam's. There you will find jewelry at deeply discounted retail prices, which is the next best thing to jewelry wholesale Jewelry prices.
Finally, you can use our free wholesale directory to locate some companies! Go check our Wholesale Jewelry category. We have done the search work already.
Best luck with your wholesale jewelry purchase.