The Earth Bazaar Review

Do not, I repeat, do not, order non-sale items from The Earth Bazaar.  They are overpriced to a nauseating extent, not to mention the fact that you won’t be happy when three weeks later you see them dangling the same sparkly object in front of your screen and chanting “neener-neener, 75% off…..”  Their so-called wholesale prices don’t beat their sale prices either.
However, their sales turn up some decent to very good buys and are well worth frequenting.  They specialize in faceted gemstone beads, including high-end sparklies like emerald and rough diamond beads.  Quality tends to be represented honestly and beads are occasionally better than photographed. I have some neon blue apatite and mixed color sapphires from them that are to drool over.
They also sell nice sterling silver findings and beads (although I was very unhappy with the quality of their sterling chain) and various other goodies.  Sale stock often sells out so don’t dally.
Much of their fine faceted gemstone stock especially in sizes 3mm and under suffers from holes to small to pass stringing material of any strength through.  This is a common problem not limited to just this vendor, but I’m going to complain anyway because I feel this should not be an acceptable standard.
Faceted rainbow flourite earrings

Faceted rainbow flourite earrings

If your taste in beads runs towards high end faceted sparklies, you owe The Earth Bazaar a serious look – but wait for a sale and don’t go with a understuffed wallet.

Do not, I repeat, do not, order non-sale items from The Earth Bazaar.  They are overpriced to a nauseating extent, not to mention the fact that you won’t be happy when three weeks later you see them dangling the same sparkly object in front of your screen and chanting “neener-neener, 75% off…..”  Their so-called wholesale prices don’t beat their sale prices either.

However, their sales turn up some decent to very good buys and are well worth frequenting.  They specialize in faceted gemstone beads, including high-end sparklies like emerald and rough diamond beads.  Quality tends to be represented honestly and beads are occasionally better than photographed. I have some neon blue apatite and mixed color sapphires from them that are to drool over.

They also sell nice sterling silver findings and beads (although I was very unhappy with the quality of their sterling chain) and various other goodies.  Sale stock often sells out so don’t dally.

Much of their fine faceted gemstone stock especially in sizes 3mm and under suffers from holes to small to pass stringing material of any strength through.  This is a common problem not limited to just this vendor, but I’m going to complain anyway because I feel this should not be an acceptable standard.

Pros: Large selection of faceted and unfaceted gemstone beads including rare beads.  Expensive stones sold in small quantities.
Cons: Overpriced when beads are not on sale.
Recommended for: Fine bead lovers
Minimum order?
Shipping fees: $5.00 flat rate
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3 Responses to The Earth Bazaar Review

  1. Kim S. says:

    Does anyone know what happened to The Earth Bazaar? Their website is gone, there is no answer on their phones and I had a 60.00 chain order that last week kept saying pending on the website, now there is no website. Beware of this, I have paid for these items and now I guess I am just out the money. I liked the quality of some of their chains and the sale price was good but I am just afraid that I am out that last order.
    Hopeful but Doubting,
    Kim

  2. Terri says:

    Sooooo very glad I did see your comment before ordering from them. I believe you have to order through the FB site now. At least that’s what I’ve been told. I was hooked on them maybe 6 years ago when they sold strands of pearls for crazy low prices. Still have a couple hundred strands that I work with! I backed off after their prices went through the roof. I guess the low prices for about a year was their way of establishing themselves in the beading world. This time I wanted to order a few special findings, but I guess I’m not doing that now!
    I hope you got your money back or at very least reported to the BBB.

  3. Terri says:

    Since I posted in Sept 2012, I have since found that when I google thier address they are now known as “Neo Lopez Imports llc. If you google that, you get a page that says they own EB but have since expanded into other areas. I assume that’s why EB went by the wayside. There is a way to chat with Fernando on that page but you never know when he’ll be online…if ever.

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