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28-11-2009, 09:34 AM
hi, can anyone point me in the direction of a bead wholesaler who has 14mm round black banded agate beads?
The shop i normally get them from is sold out and the orders are coming in thick and fast argh!!!! help!!!!:'(
lynseysorefingers x

28-11-2009, 09:54 AM
Manchester minerals (http://www.manchesterminerals.co.uk/cgi/sh000008.pl?REFPAGE=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2emanchesterm inerals%2eco%2euk%2facatalog%2fshop%2ehtml&WD=banded%20agate&PN=Bead_Necklaces%2ehtml%23a32_2d852#a32_2d852) have red banded agate the right size but no black and PJ Beads (http://www.beadsales.co.uk/wholesale/#1436X0) have black but only up to 10mm.
Sorry I can't be more helpful

28-11-2009, 10:21 AM
thanks gemma,
yeah the trouble seems to be getting the right colour and right size! might have to suggest black onyx as an alternative. the joys of christmas- everything selling out!:hohoho:

28-11-2009, 11:02 AM
yeah. found some! after hours of searching the net i find my 14mm black agate- sunny enterprise was the company. very cheap so fingers crossed they are ok quality. x

28-11-2009, 11:04 AM
Yay! Let us know what they're like. Always good to find new suppliers

28-11-2009, 11:06 AM
fingers crossed they are ok quality. x

Don't cross your sore fingers, Lynsey, they'll hurt even more :( :X
J x

02-12-2009, 08:31 AM
hee hee-jayne. fingers getting very sore with the christmas rust kicking in! i'm having a jewellery sale in my loft space this weekend-getting very nerveous... Eventually got the banded agate from ilona biggins - specialists in semi-precious beads and pearls (http://www.ilonabiggins.co.uk). They look good. ilona has a great selection of beads- very tempted to buy some more!

02-12-2009, 08:32 AM
sorry- christmas RUSH kicking in!

02-12-2009, 08:54 AM
Hi Lynsey,
Dont panic! I've had lots of beads from Ilona Biggins before- she sells at the Rock and Gem shows that go around the country- and they have always been good quality so far!

Show dates for anyone who is interested:

Good luck with all the orders!

02-12-2009, 10:24 AM
I'd agree - her stuff is pretty good - and her wholesale terms are excellent ;)