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.