Gem Show Tips
For gem show dates, see Gem and Jewelry Shows.
Getting The Most Out Of A Gem & Jewelry Show
Most people no matter how organized in their day to day life run around a Gem & Jewelry show aimlessly.
Often by the time they find what they are looking for (if they can remember what it is), they are so fatigued, hungry, thirsty, sore footed, and bleary eyed that they can't make any decisions. It is truly a frustrating experience for them.
What they lack is planning. Learn from their mistakes by bringing the following to the next Gem show you attend:
- Great Footwear:
Bring the worlds most comfortable shoes for you. You will be walking lots and you'll have more fun if you are comfortable.
- Tools for Examining Stones and/or Jewelry:
Having glasses, magnifiers, loupes, optivisors and any other optical devices you might need to aid you in examining stones or jewelry construction helps you get the best value. A small halogen flashlight also can help as lighting is not always optimal. If you are looking for diamonds, we recommend bringing a diamond tester.
- Notepad, Pen, and Map:
Using pen & paper, and a map of the show if available at the entrance helps you remember places you want to double check. If you are given a quote write it down this can avoid confusion and bad feelings later. Also keep track of booth numbers and what they have that you are interested in. I am always amazed at the people who run around asking all the dealers "aren't you the one who had the ....." They want it but can't remember where it is or in the case of a great deal was.
- Color Matches and/or Samples:
Utilizing color swatches, samples, and/or pictures helps you get exactly what you came to buy. If you're trying to match something bring it (unless its as big as an elephant). Most people do not remember a color exactly.
- Food & Water:
If the convention center allows it, having your own food and drink is a money saver. I have never been to an exhibition hall, convention center or anywhere they have a show where the food is edible and fairly priced. You may also wish to bring a couple of pain relievers if you use them.
Give yourself enough times so you can take a break now and then. Relax. Have a great time.
The one thing I haven't dealt with is what to buy ..... and only you can tell that.