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First of all, thank you for shopping at our wholesale jewelry site! We realize that buying wholesale jewelry supplies and wholesale jewelry online can be a risky undertaking – if you don’t have a reputable wholesale jewelry supplier. We appreciate your business and will do everything possible to make your shopping experience a pleasant one.
Much of our wholesale silver jewelry and wholesale gemstone jewelry is handcrafted in Nepal. The semi-precious stones are genuine; all settings are sterling. The “925” stamp on the bottom of each piece assures the metal is an industry-standard 92.5% silver. We started with 100% Nepali silver jewelry, but now also import jewelry from India, Poland, Bali and Thailand. As ethical jewelry wholesale suppliers, we are extremely careful about the vendors we choose, buying only from those with the highest quality standards, who treat their crafters fairly and do not engage in child labor.
The source of our beautiful wholesale sterling silver jewellery is significant to me. From 1991-1993, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and grew to love the country. Nepal is a wonderful place, full of stunning hills, mountains and rivers… and beautiful people. I lived in a “mud house” with a panoramic view of the Himalayas from my back window. On clear days, I could see Mount Everest, 60 miles to the north!
Although in many ways – particularly aesthetically – Nepal lives up to its “Shangri-La” image, life there is terribly difficult for its people. Annual family income is about $300; there are few accessible hospitals and most of the people are subsistence farmers. Poor water quality is one of the most significant problems facing the country.
My assignment was to assist rural communities in building reliable, clean drinking-water systems; at the time, only about 20% of the population had access to a clean, safe water supply – which contributes greatly to disease and malnourishment. I helped establish water projects that provided thousands of Nepalese with clean water. The people I trained continue this work today. It was an incredibly rewarding feeling… and I believe I gained more from this remarkable experience than I contributed.
So how did I go from water engineering to selling wholesale silver jewelry? Starting an import business was the last thing on our minds; but some influential friends persuaded me that doing so would be fun – and help maintain my connections to Nepal. They were right!
When I left Nepal, I departed with a bunch of products ranging from silver jewelry to Gurkha knives to carpets. I even brought back about 500 wooden ties (most of which I still have). The jewelry – particularly the rings – was the biggest hit. The quality was excellent and I could offer them at extremely low prices. What really made them special was the beauty of the gems. I haven’t seen anything that compares!
The jewelry from Nepal is made in a type of “cottage industry.” Some 15 to 20 families in Kathmandu and in the surrounding hills craft the silver jewelry in their homes. This enables them to generate extra revenue for their families at their convenience.
In addition to buying some great wholesale silver rings, amber wholesale jewelry and other wholesale jewelry here, your purchase helps crafters in Nepal whose livelihoods are largely tied to the export business.
I also donate time to Friends of Nepal (FoN), a group of former Peace Corps volunteers that provides community-development grants to local Nepalese organizations. Projects we’ve supported recently include:
Women’s Rights and Micro-enterprise: Through Educational Development of Women of Nepal (EDWON), we helped establish a women’s cooperative enterprise to help poor Dalit women build self esteem and invest in their own community.
Income Generation for the Disabled: We provided funding to a cooperative of people with disabilities, to start a business making and selling handicrafts in their villages.
School Construction: An entire village in Dolpa District is building a school. Its focus is to teach children (and preserve) the ancient Bonn Culture – a cousin of Tibetan Buddhism which actually predates the Tibetan religion. The village, in far western Nepal, is near the Tibetan border, 10 days’ walk from the closest road.
Women’s Health: We funded a local group training health workers to screen women in remote villages for breast and cervical cancers. This highly successful project may be replicated in other parts of the region.
To learn more about Friends of Nepal or make a donation (you don’t need to buy jewelry to do so), please contact me.
Back to the wholesale silver jewelry…
As silver jewelry wholesale suppliers, our specialty is helping small businesses (and individuals wishing to run small businesses) get started. About 40% of our customers maintain stores or boutiques; 60% are entrepreneurs who use a variety of channels such as craft shows, home parties, flea markets, festivals or simply augment their full time jobs by selling directly to family and friends. In many cases, they earn money while maintaining a strong family culture. In other words: This allows full-time parents to be with their kids as much as desired/needed. They can sell jewelry to friends and family through at-home jewelry parties or at work, participate in festivals and craft shows or sell on websites or auction sites (such as ebay). WholesaleGemShop.com has several thousand customers worldwide. I don’t believe in gimmicks and I treat every customer with respect – because everyone has the potential to achieve his or her goals.
Take a look around the site… even check out our competitors in the wholesale jewelry business. And, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call 401-709-4420.
About us… We live in southern Rhode Island with our three children, Nathan, Max and Quincy and have run this business full time since 2000.
Enjoy your stay at our website. Please visit again… and often!
Aaron and Yolie