Diamonds May be a Girl’s Best Friend but so are Deals!

The International Gem & Jewelry Show rolls into Houston quarterly, in January, April, June, and October.  It’s held at NRG Center, Friday through Sunday.  Admission is $6 per ticket online or $8 per ticket at the door, and parking is $12.  The next show is this weekend, October 18-20, 2019.  

International Gem & Jewelry Show claims to be America’s longest-running direct-to-consumer jewelry trade show, catering to the needs of jewelry and gemstones enthusiasts. Rows and rows of vendors offer diamonds, gemstones, chains, beads, supplies, fine jewelry, estate & antique jewelry, opals, minerals, crystals, and much more.  The competitive atmosphere tends to drive prices to rock-bottom levels giving shoppers a great value.

The show includes a “Trade Only” section for wholesale jewelry buyers with the proper credentials. To register for wholesale, bring the following documents to the show:

A copy of your state business license or permit; AND

  •   A business card with the store and buyer’s name imprinted; or
  •   A copy of a wholesale house permanent pass bearing the store and buyer’s name; or
  •   Company letterhead; or
  •   Purchase order or invoice signed by the buyer (or copy of this); or
  •   Payroll check stub, voucher, or list bearing the store and buyer’s name
  •   Or a friend with these credentials!

On recent visits, I’ve picked up gifts for girlfriends, like shell and gold earrings from a boutique out of California, a decorative geode from Brazil mounted on a stand, rings, necklaces, and bracelets.

Whether making jewelry is your passion, gifting yourself the latest trending necklace, or buying a gift for someone special in your life, this is your one stop shop.

Insider Tips:

Grab a map and mark booths you want to revisit.

It’s ok to ask for the “best price” the vendor can offer.

Food and drinks can be purchased.

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