We figured we’d wait awhile and let the dust settle until we did a follow-up on the New York Post’s item skewering QVC for selling “tacky” jewelry based on pieces that Jacqueline Kennedy owned.
To refresh your memory, the Post’s Page Six gossip column reported that that Kennedy daughter Caroline believed that the jewelry line was exploiting her deceased mom. The item said that the collection’s manufacturer, Camrose & Kross of Boonton, N.J., had been asked to say a disclaimer on-air that the line was not endorsed by the Kennedy family or the John F. Kennedy Library.
We learned plenty after writing that blog. Many thanks to those who took the time to write long posts about your experience with, and love of, the collection sold on QVC. We learned a lot from you all.
Most agreed with us that the collection was tastefully presented by its on-air rep, Phil Katz, who offers the fascinating history behind the Jackie jewelry pieces that are being replicated. Readers said that the line was actually an homage to Jackie.
Other readers pointed us to video clips that showed the line’s representative, Katz, saying the disclaimer recently on QVC. Another person posted that she remembered Katz saying that the line had been sanctioned by the Kennedy family.
Other reader noted that crosses, our favorites in the line, had been discontinued at Caroline’s request. That same reader also pointed out that Katz said at one point that his company was no longer allowed to reproduce state gifts received by Mrs. Kennedy during the her White House years.
The Post chided QVC for selling costume-jewelry duplicates of Jackie’s stuff, and readers pointed out that Jackie in fact wore fashion jewelry, including a very famous three-strand necklace of fake pearls.
One of our friends blasted Caroline for, with all her wealth, trying to crack down on this jewelry line. Caroline is, in fact, quite rich. Page Six did an item Monday that reported that Caroline, nominated as ambassador to Japan, had to filed financial documents that show she is worth from $250 million to $500 million.
Our savvy and knowledgeable readers also tipped us off that Katz earlier this month said that his company is bringing an Audrey Hepburn jewelry line to QVC soon. The jewelry will apparently be based on pieces that the actress (a Taurus like us) had in her collection. We look forward to that.