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Is there a season for wholesale masquerade masks?  Maybe not a season, but mask purchases show a historical rollercoaster of ups and downs that tells us we are definitely in an upswing right now.


New Years Eve is fast approaching and Mardi Gras is next.  Prom season is around the corner with interest growing year after year in masquerade as a prom theme.  Masquerade balls and fundraisers happen in the spring with masks playing a major role.




Today the common name for masks used for balls and parties is masquerade masks. Is there a difference wholesale Venetian masksbetween masquerade and Venetian masks?  If we go back to Renaissance Venice, we see two things going on—the elite attending masquerade balls and common people watching the Italian Comedy in the marketplace.  The moneyed class wore exquisite costumes.  The common people enjoyed the slapstick humor of an unchanging cast of characters.  All the male characters wore masks that identified each character.


Masking in Venice went deeper than this.  In the sixteenth century, citizens of Venice masked six months of the year.  Carnival was the height of masking.  The artisans creating masks drew from all these sources.  Inspirations from the Commedia dell’Arte, The Italian comedy, were the easiest to distinguish.  The characters were the subjects for the designs.  The difference between Venetian and masquerade masks is so involved that we will cover it in another blog.




Inexpensive masks, mainly eye masks, comprise the masquerade mask selection.  When events call forladies wholesale masquerade masks buying bulk masks on a budget, this is the place to look.   Wholesale Masquerade masks can accommodate large groups on a low budget.  In addition, the participants will be happy because these masks are appealing.




Perhaps the most familiar mask to most is the domino mask.  Many refer to it as The Lone Ranger mask. Domino masquerade mask Here are masks you can buy in bulk for under fifty cents.  It is one of the original masquerade masks dating back to the Renaissance in Venice.  Originally, a cape and hood accompanied it, much like a garment worn by priests.  From that, it got its name derived from the Italian word for priest.


Domino masks come in color and have a texture of woven fabric.  This is a popular choice for inexpensive masks for men.


The top selling masquerade mask for proms is the mask on a stick shown.  Wonderful colors are availablewholesale masquerade mask on a stick and the price is under $2.00—great for wholesale bulk masks that fit into a prom budget.


The selection has plenty to offer in masks for men, women, and children.  Halloween, New Years Eve, and Mardi Gras are major events for wholesale masks.  But throughout the year, other masking events are happening under the radar.  Masks contribute to the fun atmosphere of quinceaneras, sweet sixteens, birthday parties, and numerous other get togethers.  Most of these events need to stay within a budget.  Wholesale masquerade masks build the festivities of these fun events with an attractive party item that is very affordable.

Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Saturday, December 28th, 2013

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Christmas parties, New Years Eve, Mardi Gras balls—we are at the time of year when dazzling jewelry reigns.wholesale crystal necklace set  And this year has seen the introduction of spectacular wholesale rhinestone jewelry as well as crystal jewelry.  This jewelry will sparkle up showcases across the country.



With a year that is flying by at lightning speed, can you remember prom?   Prom girls this year focused on iridescent rhinestone. Necklace sets slowed some while dramatic earrings and bracelets gained ground.  The demand for wholesale rhinestone jewelry in iridescent stones blindsided many wholesalers.  They scrambled to find the items retailers needed.

wholesale rhinestone jewelry

Was this a fad or a trend?  Fads burn out quick while trends can extend for a decade.  Our own feeling is that prom girls in 2014 will again be looking for iridescent rhinestone bracelets and earrings in dramatic size.



Soon after prom season, new wholesale crystal jewelry hit the market.  Dramatic necklace sets shocked consumers with breath-taking beauty.  Never before has crystal jewelry been so dramatic at such affordable prices.  It was a new development for 2013 that brought excitement to fashion jewelry.


Early sets had garden themes and multicolor stones.  Many had dimensionally shaped butterflies with pave’ wholesale crystal necklace set garden themecrystals layered on the necklace.  Other crystal necklace sets displayed multicolored stones in peacock designs.


Breathtaking soon dwindles to commonplace without innovation.  But innovation wascrystal choker set there.  Wholesale crystal jewelry continued to astonish consumers.  Accessories Magazine pinpointed the trend.  They named it Estate Update.  New gorgeous crystal necklace and choker sets were in the market for Christmas parties and New Years Eve.



Expect this fabulous crystal jewelry to continue into 2014 with many retailers already getting sales for Mardi Gras balls.  Both choker sets and necklace sets will continue to excite your clientele as innovations keep the tend alive.



Getting back on track, we find wholesale rhinestone jewelry also delivering dramatic looks in necklace sets for New Years Eve.

wholesale rhinestone jewelry lavish set

What distinguishes rhinestone jewelry from crystal jewelry?  The stones are the same.  But crystals are hand set  while rhinestone comes out of machines with the stones already set.  The chain is spooled and designers cut and solder it to create rhinestone jewelry.  Oddly enough, we consider rhinestone jewelry very traditional today and crystal jewelry innovative.  The truth of the matter is everything before World War II called rhinestone was had set stones.  The invention of the machine to make rhinestone chain occurred during the War.


rhinestone prom jewelryWholesale rhinestone jewelry has the dramatic looks also, but with a look we consider more traditional as shown above.  Rhinestone jewelry is even more important for prom and bridal because of the delicate necklace sets.  One of its strengths is versatility.


A lot of water has passed under the bridge since last New Years Eve.  This season you have dramatic options in wholesale crystal and rhinestone jewelry to offer your customers that weren’t there a year ago.

Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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wholesale fleur-de-lis jewelry

Are you amazed how long wholesale fleur-de-lis jewelry has stayed in the limelight?  So are we.  Looking back this stuff was there before any other segment of fashion jewelry we deal with today.  These other categories developed mainly from the 18th to the 20th centuries.


Foil backed stones, the forerunners of crystals, developed in the 1800s, lead crystals by Swarovski around the turn of the century, Bakelite in 1907, Lucite in 1928, and the machine that makes rhinestone chain during World War II.   However, fleur-de-lis jewelry has been around in various mediums since Clovis I, since the 400s.


Hurricane Katrina gave fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories a big shot in the arm.  Why?  Because the fleur-de-lis is the symbol of New Orleans and on the flag of Acadiana.  The demand for wholesale fleur-de-lis jewelry marches on thanks to never ending innovations.




Jewelry, accessories, and gifts are all part of the obsession with this royal emblem, but what retailers look for the most is wholesale fleur-de-lis jewelry.  And this is the category that sees the most innovation.

dramatic fleur-de-lis necklace set

A fresh look in fleur-de-lis necklace sets will satisfy many personalities.  Those that love the current trend of dramatic jewelry will appreciate this set with a dramatic fleur-de-lis medallion in pewter finish.  You also get a bonus of turquoise beading that is popular in today’s market.


petite wholesale fleur-de-lis jewelry

On the opposite end is a petite fleur-de-lis set with small pendant in the center, tiny fleur-de-lis symbols in line with the delicate chain and tiny matching fleur-de-lis earrings.



fleur-de-lis brooch with jewel tone color

New brooches are also driving interest.  Most exciting is this large pin with silver plating and jewel tone purple and green color. A subdued look that also makes wonderful Mardi Gras favors.



fleur-de-lis crystal earrings

Among new earrings are crystal studded black and gold earrings that match a pin, FL272.




fleur-de-lis headbands

Wholesale fleur-de-lis accessories expand into another area with headbands that match the earrings above.  These are the kind of eye-catching innovations that are keeping customers interested in fleur-de-lis items.


fleur-de-lis belts

Belts add more innovation to fleur-de-lis accessories.  A gathered leatherette belt has a shiny patent leather-like sheen with a fleur-de-lis buckle with bronze finish.  Innovative?  Yes, the first belt listed under fleur-de-lis accessories.


Any trend survives on innovation.  But fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories is something special.  It is ingrained in the culture of New Orleans and Louisiana.  Add the ingredient of innovation and fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories take on a timeless quality.


Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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The battle for Christmas business is raging. Small business needs an edge and wholesale jewelry and accessories can be their weapon.  A recent invitation to a webinar from NetElixar put it well, “With 6 less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the 2013 holiday season was expected to be brutally competitive and more difficult than any other.”  That is exactly why small business needs an edge—and they can find that edge in wholesale jewelry and accessories.


Too simple to be true?  Think about this.  Customers are shopping to fill needs.  Many gifts require a specific thing.  The jewelry of major retailers is generic.  Small business gets specific with items that cut straight to the need.  Three market areas are practically exclusive ground for small business:

  • Wholesale  Jewelry–Perceived value
  • Themes
  • Needs



Wholesale jewelry with perceived value—what are we talking about?  Let’s put ourselves in your customers’ shoes.  When they give gifts at home, they seldom worry about what a family member might be thinking about their gift. But when they give gifts in an exchange at work, the last thought they want going through the mind of the receiver is, “I saw it at Walmart”.  At the same time, your customer can’t spend a fortune on every gift.


Gemstone Jewelry has Perceived Value

 rose quartz necklace set

This is why small business is important.  They specialize.  One specialty of many small businesses is gemstone jewelry.  The customer sees intrinsic value in gemstone.  Yet it is often the same price or less expensive than fashion jewelry.


Take the rose quartz necklace set shown.  Rose quartz may be the most popular semi precious stone after turquoise.  This necklace set has attractive design.  It also has the cold feel characteristic of gemstone and unique interesting inclusions provided by nature.  The wholesale price is under $10, as inexpensive as fashion jewelry.  And no one can say they saw it at Walmart.  Actually they won’t find it anywhere except in a small business location.

wholesale jewelry--turquoise bracelet

Another example is the turquoise bracelet pictured.  Turquoise is definitely the most popular gemstone.  Even in year like this when turquoise is not in the fashion trends, it enjoys strong demand.  Granted, the turquoise in the showcases of retailers is reconstituted, it still has the beauty of gemstone quality turquoise that is $1,500 a pound for raw stone. Giving gemstone jewelry as gifts is perceived as giving something of value.


Gifts Items with Perceived Value

pewter sculptured writing pens

Like gemstone, pewter has perceived value.  One exceptional looking gift is pewter sculptured writing pens.  They come in a number of designs and themes with clean craftsmanship that uses deep sculpturing.  To add to the look of value, each one comes in a black velvet bow with white satin lining.   Unusual gift like this are only available from small retailers.



wholesale jewelry and accessories in themes

Besides gifts fro family members, Christmas shoppers need a number of other small gifts for teachers, priests and ministers, co-workers, fellow members of clubs or organization, and more.   The most thoughtful gift the shopper can give is themes.



Here is a list of categories on our site that have theme jewelry and accessories:

  • Bookmarks
  • Theme Pendants
  • Theme Earrings
  • Ties
  • Polyester Scarves
  • Fleur-de-lis
  • Music Jewelry and Accessories
  • Sports Jewelry
  • Charm Bracelets
  • Brooches


Themes show the giver cared enough to go out and find something meaningful.  I have only seen selection of theme jewelry and accessories at small business locations.



fashion chokers

Wholesale jewelry basics are the items that provide needs.  A good example is fashion chains and chokers for pendants.  Far more locations sell pendants than sell a choker to put them on.  Without chains or chokers, a person can’t wear a pendant. Have you ever seen chokers for pendant in a major retail location?  I haven’t.  When customers need this basic, the source is small business.


You find a number of other basic needs like this only in small specialty shops.  Another example is converters that allow the option of wearing pins as pendants.  I doubt whether you ever saws this in Macy’s.


Competition is brutally competitive this Christmas, but small business has exclusives consumers need.  This gets these retailers through the Christmas season.  Then small fashion businesses come into their prime time—the months following Christmas.  These are the months they shine with Mardi Gras, prom. pageants, dance competition, Eater, and endless other events that call for jewelry and accessories.

Comments (0) Posted by Michael Gietl on Saturday, December 7th, 2013