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posted by Colleen Shirazi, July 21, 2007 at 6:39 PM (Pacific)

Went to the Gem Faire in San Rafael today. In a sense, I had to go, since I needed some freshwater pearl strands.

I'll have to admit, it was a bit disappointing...the prices seemed to have gone up, the selection wasn't as good as some other shows I'd been to. Still it is always worth going to these things. I got a bunch of pearls, finally...after traversing the entire floor what felt like three times, looking for a good price.

Along with these, I visited my favorite merchant, based in Castro Valley. They've been at every Gem Faire I've attended (three in total) and I've always bought from them. This time I got a strand of chunky aquamarine...I've been trying to develop a really nice aquamarine piece. It's not as easy as it looks. Also, two strands of similarly chunky citrine.

I washed the aquamarine as soon as I got home, wondering if the color would come out (aquamarine is so often dyed), but it's still nice and blue. :)

It occurred to me, I've developed better taste in beads. It's easier for me now to know what not to buy, and what is worth paying a bit more for. It takes time.

Next step...I will need to buy some wire. I have an idea where I want to buy it, but they don't sell online, I'd have to order a catalog. I mean I can do it, but it's an extra step...for people who aren't making jewelry specifically as a business, but are trying to fit it into whatever they're already doing, it's almost worth paying more to be able to put together the order online.

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