Trade shows can be a great place to get started buying gemstones but if you are just getting started they can have a big learning curve and can be a bit overwhelming. Most trade show dealers know pretty well about what they are selling but they may or may not be trained in gemology so it is up to you to know about what you are buying. Some of the things you may want to be aware of before you start are.
The more you can know about what you plan to buy before you go, the better. It may help to create a list of items you are looking for then research the price ranges ahead of time.
- Know what you want to buy ahead of time if possible.
- Buyer Beware. It is better if you are well informed.
- Know what questions to ask. Dealers may not always tell you all the details of what you are buying but if you know what questions to ask they will usually tell you or find out for you.
Start small! You don't have to start by buying large lots. Buy samples and get to know your dealers. when you get back from a show you can test your samples and you can usually contact them later to get more.
Ask for the show specials! Often you can find your best deals this way!
Ask questions! The more you ask about what you buy the better. From my own experience a dealer will tell you all you want, assuming they know the answer themselves, however you have to ask otherwise they will probably assume you already know.
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