When I first started out I found it really hard to find good quality gemstones, I was lucky to come across Vanessa on ebay, she sells some lovely gemstones including turquoise, black agate, rose quartz and jasper beads. She also sells pearls, crackle beads, various silver findings and filigree beads. The quality of all her products is second to none and one of the best I have come across. As well as continuing to sell on ebay she has her own website http://www.thebeadbasket.co.uk/ Amazingly she offers free postage on all orders, no matter how small! The postage is super fast, you could almost blink and the parcel arrives through the door!
A major component to most of my designs is chain and toggle clasps. It can be very difficult to find toggles that are of a good size and that are of good quality, the same can be said of the chain, to make charm bracelets you need chain of a fair chunky size that can take a mass of beads. I buy all mine from Beezkneeze by Denny. She is a lovely lady who offers great quality products at very reasonable prices with fast postage. Denny's shop is on ebay and here is the link: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/denny5569/
I specialise in fun jewellery, visitors to my folksy shop will see that I stock dolly mixture, liquorice allsorts, fondant fancies, iced gems & cake and flump charm bracelets. My clay beads are supplied by http://www.pixicreationz.com/ Nicky and her family are so clever, she makes lot of different polymer clay sweets and food charms. They are so realistic children often come up to my craft stall and say 'look mummy sweeties'....
For my glass beads, spacer beads, silver charms and everything else I have a few favourites where I buy everything I need from.
Of them are Sanctuary Beads, I love this shop. I buy all of my buttons from here as they are great value and the colours are fantastic, the price is reasonable too. I also love their glass bead mixes, they offer colours I have not found anywhere else before. The prices are all extremely reasonable and the quality is superb. They offer elastic cord, jump rings, headpins, pearls, glass beads, buttons, bookmark findings, assorted acrylic beads in various colour mixes... everything you could want really. This is another shop that is on ebay: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/sanctuarybeads/
Fabfifi is as the name suggests Fab! Maureen is the lady behind the shop, I buy all of my flower and butterfly beads from Maureen. The butterflies are completely gorgeous and add a unique dimension to my jewellery and the colours are so vivid. The prices are very reasonable and again the postage is super quick. The link for Maureen's shop is http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/fabfifi50//fabfifi50/
Helen's Little Gems, again on ebay stocks some lovely murano hearts, all different sizes and colours. She also sells a wide range of beads, including pearls, millefori, murano and furnace beads as well as findings and threads. Great value, quick postage and great quality. http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/herosemineral/
Finally but by no means least, I love the glass bead mixes, miracle beads, silver foil beads and practically everything else sold by Beads Unlimited. This bead shop is based in Brighton but the online shop is: http://www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/ The ladies at beads unlimited are so helpful and its great that you can create custom mixes of certain beads, you get a reasonable amount of beads for fantastic reasonable prices.
The suppliers I have listed here today are some of the best I have found, I hope you will have a look to see for yourself. xxxx