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ShopNBC Vet Pamela McCoy’s JTV Diamonds Get Skewered On Facebook

January 23, 2013

Ex-ShopNBC host and vendor Pamela McCoy hasn’t even debuted her new diamond line on Jewelry Television yet, and it is already causing a controversy.

McCoy’s jewelry will bow on JTV Jan. 31, and the physically rejuvenated ex-host has posted photos of several of her pieces on Facebook, two rings and a bracelet so far.

But she had no sooner posted them than someone had the same complaint that we had when we saw the shots: The diamonds in the pieces look extremely cloudy. That prompted a nasty back and forth among suspicious jewelry buyers, McCoy and her defenders.

“What grade diamonds are you using Pamela?” one woman asked.

The cloudy and controversial ring

The cloudy and controversial ring

“Pamela, Your taste in diamonds is as exquisite as your beautiful outerwear,” another woman wrote. “I am so excited for you and can’t wait until you debut your new collection. Hopefully,this beautiful ring will be affordable. It is simply stunning and I can’t wait to own it!”

McCoy responded.

“Thanks for all the kind words!” she said. “I really love this ring! JTV does not give diamond quality unless they send a lab certificate with the piece. But I can say that the diamonds are very white and beautiful! I think I have created the perfect balance of wow and price!”

Our reporter’s bullshit detector was activated by McCoy’s comment, and apparently you don’t have to be a journalist to have that same BS alarm. In fact, posters got a little feisty on McCoy’s Facebook page.

Another McCoy JTV item

Another McCoy JTV item

“Pam you did not answer the question,” wrote one woman. “What color and clarity are YOUR diamonds used in your new jewelry line. We are looking for a letter like G,H,I and a clarity like Si1 or Si2 hopefully not the I3 I4 Clarity. Saying they are white is not an accurate statement of color or clarity. If you are the designer and manufacturing these pieces you should KNOW what Color and clarity diamonds are being used.”

“No way will they be anything more than I3 quality,” wrote another skeptic. “JTV has crap diamonds unfortunately and Pam’s prices are right in line with the other JTV pricing.”

“I remember your beautiful jewelry line before: What are the diamond stats?” another woman begged.

“White as in milky white, this piece is very similar to a another piece on ShopNBC!!!” snarked another poster.

McCoy and JTV did have their defenders.

“Why don’t you go somewhere else and shop and let the people enjoy what they can afford,” wrote one McCoy fan. “You certainly didn’t come from a very good family if they didn’t teach you not to insult someone’s jewelry. We love Pamela and wish her the best!”

Another cloudy McCoy JTV ring

Another cloudy McCoy JTV ring

By that measure, we guess we didn’t come from a very good family, either.

The critics, whose mamas apparently didn’t raise them right, either, didn’t let up.

“Ring nice, diamonds cloudy.”

“Beautiful ring setting! Whats the quality grading of the diamonds, Pam?”

“Would you wear a ring with poor quality diamonds like this one? I don’t think so…… We want top quality and are willing to pay for it.”

“Too cloudy for me.”

JTV has officially heralded McCoy’s arrival.

“We’re excited to announce that Pamela McCoy will be joining JTV with her new line – Pamela McCoy Diamonds! Tune in for her first show on January 31st from 10am to 12pm EST. Welcome Pamela!”

Welcome, indeed.

Jewelry Television’s Co-Founder Jerry Sisk Dies At Age 59

January 16, 2013

We often poke fun at Jewelry Television, but it’s time to be serious now.

The network’s co-founder Gerald D. Sisk Jr., passed away unexpectedly Sunday, according to JTV. He was only 59, which makes us feel a little more worried about our own mortality.

Jerry Sisk

Jerry Sisk

Here is the link to the memorial on JTV’s website.

Jerry Sisk

The announcement said that Sisk, JTV’s co-founder and executive vice president passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning. He is survived by his wife Karen, his mother, a sister and several other relatives.

Sisk was a graduate gemologist (G.I.A.), a member of the International Colored Gemstone Association, and served as a Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference committee member.

“A frequent guest speaker, he was honored to be chosen as one of the five most powerful people in the world of gems and gemology on the JCK 2012 Power List,” according to JTV. “His book, ‘Guide to Gems & Jewelry,’ has sold more than 15,000 copies and is in its second printing.”

Sisk was born in New York and had been a resident of Knoxville, Tenn., since college. That’s the city where JTV is based.

Sisk traveled to over 40 countries worldwide, “developed a deep appreciation for many cultures, and was well-versed in the challenges of gemstone mining and jewelry manufacturing,” JTV said. “Sisk began working in the jewelry business as a teenage apprentice.”

He created JTV in 1993 with Bob Hall and Bill Kouns, both longtime friends, and “tirelessly devoted his career to finding the best quality gemstones for the best value for JTV customers,” the network said.

“Jerry enjoyed sharing his passion for gemstones with others and especially enjoyed going on-air and talking directly to customers about how to look for the best gemstone for the money they had to spend,” JTV said.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9908 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, with a Celebration of Life to follow at 7 p.m.

Family and friends will gather at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at Concord Masonic Cemetery with graveside services to follow at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to Beads of Courage.

Ex-ShopNBC Host Pamela McCoy Is Coming To JTV With A Diamond Line

January 5, 2013

The cat’s finally out of the bag: Veteran ShopNBC host Pamela McCoy is coming to what some people refer to as the Hillbilly Channel, Jewelry Television.

McCoy, who spent many years as a ShopNBC host with her husband Wes, announced the news on Facebook.

“It is official!” she posted. “I can now announce my new destination.Some of you have already guessed it. I will be launching Pamela McCoy Diamonds at JTV! My first show is on Jan. 31st from 10 to 12 eastern. I am sooooo excited!!”

Pamela McCoy has landed on JTV

Pamela McCoy has landed on JTV

“I have been working on this line for almost a year,” McCoy wrote. “Every single piece of jewelry is a new design that will be launching for the first time. I chose JTV for this collection because they are the jewelry experts in the television industry. I will be posting a link to their website as well as photos of the new jewelry soon. I would love to get your feedback and support as soon as you see the collection. Thanks again for being such great friends and following me to my new home!”

The McCoys’ tenure as hosts on ShopNBC ended a while back, but Pam then did a clothing line for the network.

We think you’ll find this Pamela McCoy quite different that the one you saw on ShopNBC. She has long hair, and looks a lot younger. She bristled, and denied it, when we suggested that she had some work done. You can take a look and decide.

Former QVC-HSN Host Judy Crowell Exits As Jewelry Television’s Style Expert

November 20, 2012

We’re late on this news, but better late than never: eternal home shopping host Judy Crowell has ended her tenure as Jewelry Television’s style and trend expert.

One of our astute readers posted a note asking us about Crowell’s recent absence from shows featuring the Stratify jewelry line, where she had been a fixture. We emailed Crowell, and she graciously responded by sending us a link to a blog she wrote in mid-October, announcing that her JTV days were done.

Judy Crowell

Here is the full blog:

“JTV is a delightful company with an extremely talented staff,” Crowell blogged. “I had the best time working alongside the hosts and buying team to bring ‘Stratify’ to all of you.Your positive feedback made me incredibly proud of what we accomplished.”

Crowell went on to day that she would be traveling with her husband, ShopNBC vendor Paul Deasy, to film at a drusy mine.

Crowell, who like her husband has been a host on QVC and HSN, hinted that she will be back on TV soon in her blog.

“You know I can never leave the shopping channel industry, right?” she blogged. “So, stay tuned for the next chapter!”

Looking forward to it.

Jewelry Television Partners With Brick-And-Mortar Retailer Tuesday Morning

September 20, 2012

Here’s a new one on Jewelry Television: It’s partnering with a brick-and-mortar store.

JTV, which trekked to the Big Apple yesterday to do a press event for its new Marilyn Monroe jewelry collection, is teaming up with Tuesday Morning. We’ve got one of its stores in my sister’s town in New Jersey, Whippany.

Tuesday Morning sells all kinds of goods, from bras to leather chairs.

JTV and Tuesday Morning are doing a joint “Treasure Hunt” sweepstakes.

“Why are Tuesday Morning and Jewelry Television teaming up?” the home shopping network’s website says.”We’re both dedicated to offering unbelievable values on fine quality merchandise. From premium brands in housewares, gifts and apparel, to the finest jewelry and gemstones, you’re sure to find a treasure you can’t live without.”

And you can now link to Tuesday Morning’s website from JTV’s site now.

ShopNBC’s Diamond Guy Elian Schlesinger Moves To Jewelry Television

September 12, 2012

It’s home shopping vendor switch-around again, with a ShopNBC jewelry supplier now on Jewelry Television.

Last night we were blogging with the TV, and JTV, on in the background, and we heard what we thought was a familiar voice: Elian Schlesinger, with his distinctive accent.

Elian Schlesinger

We turned around to look at the screen and the gentleman selling the Moda Al Massimo Collection looked older and a bit heavier than we remembered Schlesinger, who used to sell diamond jewelry on ShopNBC. But we checked JTV’s website today, and indeed, it was him.

Here is his boilerplate:

Elian Schlesinger has spent more than half his life involved in every aspect of the jewelry business. Born the second of two children in Tel Aviv, Israel. Elian Worked in South Africa along side a famous diamond mine and diamond cutting center.

He moved to the states to start his own jewelry business where he developed lightweight durable jewelry product. Elian currently resides in Westchester, NY. The appeal of timeless, high quality Italian jewelry at affordable prices is what separates Moda al Massimo Collection from other offerings on competing channels.

JTV Is Bringing Its New Marilyn Monroe Jewelry Collection North

September 12, 2012

Jewelry Television is traveling north of the Mason Dixon line, coming to the Big Apple next Tuesday to give the press a champagne-filled preview of its new Marilyn Monroe Jewelry line.

It looks like a fancy shindig from the folks in Knoxville, Tenn. It’s being held in a loft/terrace in Manhattan.

What’s interesting to us is that in the invite (which wasn’t sent to us) editors, stylists, bloggers and media professionals are told they can borrow JTV jewelry for product placements, events or celebrity clients.

“Choose from our regular inventory of more than 30,000 items priced from $10 to $100,000.”

What $100,000 jewelry does JTV sell, we wonder?

Jewelry TV’s Diamond Offerings: Not So Brilliant, Folks

July 24, 2012

We hate to be a Debby Downer, but we are getting a little tired of hearing Jewelry Television boast about being the biggest source of diamonds, we assume in home shopping.

That may be true, but they are the worse diamonds ever. We have made several diamond jewelry purchases from JTV, and sent them all back. The diamonds were as dull as dish water. We’re had much better luck with the diamond jewelry we’ve purchased from QVC and HSN.

We should have learned our lesson by really watching the diamonds on display on JTV. They have absolutely no brilliance, no ability to break light into a rainbow, a spectrum, of color.

By the way, we’re not claiming that we buy — or can afford — perfect diamonds. But they can’t be cloudy and grayish.

Buyer beware, unless you’re not fussy.

Jewelry Designer Jose Hess Heads Over To JTV Thursday

July 4, 2012

Award-winning jewelry designer Jose Hess is debuting a line on Jewelry Television Thursday.

Hess lists some impressive credentials, and awards, on his own website, His name sounds vaguely familiar. Did he do a line for HSN, anyone?

(My smart readers have informed me that Hess was on QVC many years ago, not HSN.)

His Dance of Stones Collection for JTV is being done with fake stones, the cubic zirconia that the home shopping channel sells under the brand name Bella Luce.

Jose Hess

Here are the 13 pieces of Hess’s collection that are online now.

JTV lifted the first graph of its description of Hess from his website, with a few edits. Here is what JTV has online:

Jewelry designer, artist and craftsman, possesses a talent for creating original, contemporary jewelry that dazzles. Jose Hess is a driving force on the international design circuit. Master goldsmith, designer and gemologist, Hess’s roots and career path portray an artist and entrepreneur whose vision, sense of style and quality standards continue to keep him in the forefront of American jewelry design.

On his site, Hess says “contemporary jewelry that dazzles with diamonds.” JTV cut out the “with diamonds.”

JTV then went on to describe his Bella Luce line.

Jose Hess for Bella Luce jewelry collection brings designs that aspire to a kind of perfection that transcends fashion. This collection is inspired by these ingredients … logic, harmony and sentiment. Followed by the three golden rules; eliminate the superfluous, to emphasize comfort and acknowledge the elegance of the uncomplicated.

Jose Hess for Bella Luce strives to ignore the constant demand for novelty by creating designs that possess and elevated character and quality that conveys a sense of permanence in a world infatuated with the temporary.

As for Dance of Stones, JTV says, “This collection is free, exciting and magical. Notice the stones are set at different height levels to give dimension and movement. Many of the designs in this collection show interlacing parts giving you a feeling of continuity. The stones are set with a minimum of metal over them to enhance their brilliance.

An Italian Cruise Ship Kills Dozens, But JTV Still Goes Full Steam Ahead With Its Titanic Jewelry Collectiont A Sa

January 22, 2012

In light of the tragic ship wreck in Italy, we think that the fact that Jewelry Television went forward with the debut of its “Titanic Jewelry Collection” last week was beyond bad taste.

As one of our astute posters noted, JTV premiered this collection as divers were still hunting for survivors, and victims, of the Italian cruise line crash.


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