Whether you are a jewelry making novice, who makes jewelry for yourself, or a professional jewelry designer with a shop or small business, you will want to save money by purchasing your tools and supplies wholesale. It’s amazing how much money you can save when buying wholesale. In many instances, the way it is done is the more you buy, the more money you save. For example, the above link is for Fire Mountain Gems, who has increments where if you buy 15 to 49 items, you get the first stage of a discount, and if you buy 50 to 199 items, you get the next stage of a larger discount and so on. I must say out of all the jewelry supply companies online, Fire Mountain Gems is my favorite for one, saving money, two, huge variety of everything you need, and three, excellent shipping (reasonably priced). They also offer free jewelry instruction and video tutorials. They’re your one stop shop for everything you need to design and make jewelry. They frequently have sales too.
Jewelry Supply Company would be my next favorite for their weekly sales and clearance items. They also have discount levels. I especially like the variety of pearls that they offer. I have purchased pearls for wedding jewelry there. Their items come packed very well and shipping is reasonably quick. They have DIY projects and videos for free instruction.
There are many other jewelry making companies online and most offer a free catalog and newletter. It is good to sign up for these, as I feel you are continuously learning new techniques and the newsletter, especially, informs you of upcoming sales.