Gem Faire established in 1989 has become a world renowned marketplace for the finest in gemstones beads jewelry minerals fossils meteorites lapidary equipment metaphysical items and much more at the lowest prices in todays market. Over the years Gem Faire has produced over 40 shows a year making it the largest Gem and Jewelry show circuit on the West Coast.
The vendors were very friendly and offered a variety of products. I’m so glad the jeweler was there that sized rings...she was very quick and did a great job. The woman at the entrance was not very friendly at all. The men helping were very friendly but I asked several times what to do with the other half of the claim ticket and he said nothing. This was not right bc he had the numbered stubs and I had a the part that should’ve been filled out... I went back and asked him but he still said to do nothing ... when they pick a numbered stub, how will they know, if it’s not filled out, whose it is. This was not done well and other Gem Faire have you put the filled-out portion in a box ... obviously, these people at the front were not informed properly.Organized event
I was able to find a everything I needed to complete a project. I was also looking for a Christmas project. The vendor only had 5 of the items that I wanted and promised to be back in December and save the extra 20 pieces that I wanted for gifts.
3 Randy Spicocchi Reviewed Gem Faire-San Diego on 03 May 2019 Jewelry Artist at Kumihimo Rhythms
I was hoping for more gem and semi precious stone vendors. It seemed over 30-40% were selling finished jewelry. This was a lot more expensive. Of all the vendors there only two had focal beads made with semi-precious stones. Glad I went on Friday to get a head start on buying what few items were available.
The most helpful thing to me is that I could get stones (cabochons) right away. I generally get them online for better prices. The stones on the tables outside (even though they were 50-70% off) were still higher priced than I can get them online and I get free shipping.
3 Karen deCourcey Reviewed Bead Faire-Portland on 17 Jul 2019 Jewelry Designer at Karen deCourcey Fine Art Jewelry
The Bead Faire in Portland OR has become smaller and smaller over the past few years. In the past, the show has had some unscrupulous vendors, and it appears that most have been removed. It's still a buyer beware situation for me!
3 Randy Spicocchi Reviewed Gem Faire-San Diego on 09 Jul 2019 Jewelry Artist at Kumihimo Rhythms
There really are too many fine jewelry vendors and not sufficient number of semi-precious stone vendors. As a craft person much of the stuff is cheap glass beads and way too much of the same thing (like 50% redundant). Please expand