Archive for the ‘Carol Brodie’ Category

The Gastineau Girls And Carol Brodie Have At Least One Thing In Common: A Matte Onyx Beaded Bracelet

March 22, 2011

Last night Lisa and Britnny Gastineau debuted their Gastineau Glamour jewelry line on HSN, right after gem goddess Carol Brodie had presented her Rarities line.

The Gastineau Girls' matte onyx beaded bracelet

Carol Brodie's matte onyx beaded bracelet

Now is it just us, or did their matte onyx and CZ beaded bracelet have a striking resemblance to the black onyx and champaigne adjustable bracelet that Brodie introduced the hour before?

We’re just saying.

We love Brodie, but in this particular case that beaded bracelet didn’t seem quite so much of a rarity.

Trainwreck Actress Lindsay Lohan Gets The Evil Eye From Judith Ripka, QVC Jewelry Vendor

March 13, 2011

Here’s an odd couple for you: Judith Ripka and Lindsay Lohan.

Ripka, of course, is the high-end Manhattan jewelry designer who does a lower-priced line for QVC. Lohan, of course, is the lost soul who faces jail for walking out of a Los Angeles jewelry store with a $2,500 necklace. We’re sure she just forgot she had it on.

Judith Ripka

On Friday the New York Post had a story about Lohan with the headline “Keeping an Eye on Lohan: Wears ‘Evil’ 2G bling to hearing.”

It seems that Lohan was wearing a so-called Evil Eye pendant by Ripka to a court hearing. The $2,200 piece of jewelry, said to protect its wearer from bad thoughts and spirits, was in 18 carat gold. There is a photo of Lohan wearing the necklace as she walked into court.

The Post said that a New York entrepreneur, Eric Freiberg, gave the Evil Eye pendant to Lohan to help her through the tough times she is experiencing. Maybe he’s hoping to get lucky with her.

Anyway, we wish someone a guy would send us a $2,200 Ripka pendant.

We do have an evil eye pendant, actually (but we could always use another one).

Our Carol Brodie Evil Eye

It is in sapphires by HSN jewelry vendor (and blonde beauty) Carol Brodie, who is home shopping’s Evil Eye queen. She does several different versions of the Evil Eye pendant that are big sellers.

Ripka, a very gracious and charming lady, has been on QVC all this weekend. She had Saturday’s Today’s Special Value, a copy of a “Dew Drop” necklace that is part of her couture collection.

HSN Jewelry Designer Carol Brodie To Debut Diamond Collection In June, Sez Fox Biz

February 11, 2011

HSN’s top-selling jewelry designer, the lean and leggy Carol Brodie, landed a nice profile on Fox Business Thursday.

We only wish that the knucklehead media would get the network’s name right: It’s not Home Shopping Network, it’s HSN!

But we’re sure that little mistake didn’t bother Brodie, since the story, “A Queen of Diamonds Proves It’s All About Heart,” was a glowing account of her and her HSN Rarities line.

Carol Brodie

The piece captured several aspects of Brodie’s personality perfectly. One is the fact that she always has a story about the genesis of many of the rings, bracelets and necklaces that she sells on HSN. Second is Brodie’s generosity in sending her jewelry, gratis, to people.

The Fox Business story said that when Brodie, via Facebook, learned that a group of women had shaved their heads to support a friend with cancer, she sent them all earrings.

As for insight into her line, Harry Winston veteran Brodie told Fox Business, “I am bringing Fifth Avenue retail values to a shopping network.”

Brodie will debut a diamond line in June, but she already does some diamond pieces for Rarities

As for inside dope about Rarities, while the line is built on Brodie’s inspiration, 10 to 15 manufacturers and HSN’s buying team help make it happen.

There were a few tidbits of news, mainly that Brodie plans to roll out a diamond line in June and a watch collection later this year, according to Fox Business.

Rarities now does have some pieces with diamonds, usually set in sterling silver.

HSN Jewelry Designer Carol Brodie Offers Her Tips In The Wall Street Journal

October 28, 2010

Jewelry designer Carol Brodie, who does the Rarities line for HSN, offers advice on how to organize jewelry in The Wall Street Journal, of all places, Thursday.

In a story headlined “Jewelry-Box Surprise: Wearing Old Pieces in New Ways,” we learn that Brodie has been collecting jewelry since she was seven, and that she now owns more than 500 pieces.

HSN's Carol Brodie makes The Wall Street Journal

Brodie changes out her jewelry for the each new season, and cleans her pieces by soaking them in water with some Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and ammonia. She then wipes then off with a cotton T-shirt. We’ll have to try that for our stuff.

The tall blonde beauty loves to mix and match her pieces.

Brodie is quite careful about how she stores her jewelry, and like us, she displays favorite necklaces and bracelets. She uses acrylic holders from the Container Store, we bought our metal stands from Urban Outfitters and TJ Maxx.

Brodie posted the story on Facebook Wednesday night.

Was ShopNBC Trying To Stick It To HSN By Selling The Exact Same Ring, Touted As ‘Rare’ By The Southern Channel, At A Cheaper Price?

July 28, 2010

HSN customers were not happy campers when they saw that ShopNBC was selling the same ring as HSN at a lower price

HSN customers are complaining that a carved coral rose ring the home shopping network offered as a Today’s Special July 15 was being sold the next day on rival network ShopNBC — at a lower price.

And to add insult to injury, the HSN ring is part of the popular “Rarities” line. How “rare” are your pieces when your competitor has them on soon after you — at a less expensive price point?

We’ve been watching electronic retailing for several decades now, and we can’t recall two home shopping channels hawking the exact same piece of jewelry.

Here’s the deal. Back on July 15 Carol Brodie, who we love, as HSN’s Today’s Special. It was a ring with peachy pink carved coral roses with white topaz accents, and its TS price was for $90.

We blogged about it.

Well, ShopNBC’s Gem Treasures line by in-house jewelry designer Chuck Clemency had what appears to be the exact same ring, with the carved coral roses.

The only difference between the two rings was that HSN’s ring used white topaz for accents, while ShopNBC’s had white zircons. Oh, and there was that price differential.

The ShopNBC ring went on sale shortly after the HSN one for just $79, compared to HSN’s TV price of $xx. Now, the coral ring is priced at $ 130 at HSN, and $xxx at ShopNBC.

HSN customers were the one’s that tipped us off to this situation. They posted complaints on HSN.com.

Here are some of them:

“Beautiful.. not sure it’s a rarity?…I was thrilled when I received this yesterday, it is truly beautiful piece of jewelry, looks very italian and feminine. Mine was very coral in color, a soft blush peachy pink. I love everything about it and will keep it, however I was a bit dissapointed to see the exact same ring on shopnbc.com (item 320614) for $78.62 (regular price $98.75). It is identical down to the carvings on the side the platinum plating, the white topaz. I thought Carol’s pieces were unique and designed by her, so this makes me doubt if what she is bringing is truly original or if hers was copied. I will keep it anyway, highly recommend!”

Blingrat (we love that name) wrote, “Too oversized to be wearable. And it is not exclusive! Saw it 2 days later on competitor’s channel at $21 less!”

Another poster said, “The ring is pretty but the color is not uniform and it is more expensive than else where. It is $ 78.96 on another network that is their regular price for this exact ring Not a Today’s special. I am thinking whether to keep it or return it.”

We asked HSN and ShopNBC on Monday what gives. That’s why we sat on the story.

ShopNBC said they were looking into it, but never got back to us. We can’t help but wonder, were the folks in Minnesota trying to stick it to HSN by putting their coral ring up for sale right after HSN has it as a TS?

HSN said that its ring had been in production for almost a year.

“Carol Brodie is constantly searching for exciting discoveries to bring to our customers and has had great success over the last year,” an HSN flak said. “Her carved coral and white topaz ring is rated as a ‘customer pick’ based upon online reviews. We look forward to introducing new additions from Carol in the coming months.”

Hmmmn, we are definately thinking that ShopNBC tried to screw HSN, by embarrassing the No. 2 home shopping channel, sticking a pin in the “Rarities” claim and showing it underprices HSN.

HSN Jewelry Designer Carol Brodie Brings In Our Latest Obsessions: Coral, Kyanite And Khamsa Hands

July 15, 2010

HSN jewelry designer Carol Brodie, formerly of the House of Winston, is on the same wavelength as us, it seems.

Brodie, a tall gorgeous blonde that we had the pleasure of meeting a few weeks ago, has HSN’s Today’s Special, which is a ring with carved coral roses and white topaz. It sells for $90.

We have been a collector of coral for several decades, first getting turned on to it when we saw the red variety in Navaho jewelry in the Southwest. Carol’s pieces are done in soft pinkish coral.

To match the TS, Carol also has two different types of rose coral earrings, one button style and one drop, and a neckace as well.

And this visit Carol has a stone that we’ve just started collecting on the advice of someone who read our tarot cards: kyanite. This stone is said to be only one of two, the other being citrine, that don’t hold negative energy.

Kyanite is hard to come by, so its debut in Carol’s line, which is called Rarities, is quite logical.

Gem-quality kyanite is deep blue, like a Kashmir sapphire. But most kyanite has shiny flakes, like mica, and is very soft.

Carol has a kyanite bead necklace with a silver enhancer on it for $250. We’ve only seen one other necklace in HSN’s inventory that has kyanite.

Finally, we are looking for some good luck and warding off of evil, so we’ve been seeking out a nice Hamsa or Khamsa hand. That’s the hand you see people wearing as an amulet.

We’re told Khamsa means “five,” as in the five fingers of the hand, and that this symbol is known as “The Hand of God” and “The Hand of Fatima.”

Well, Carol has a lovely Khamsa charm done in silver and white sapphire and sterling, for $50.

The hand is also said to “initiate hope and prosperity to its owner.” We’re hoping that’s true.

So as we said, we and Ms. Brodie seem to be of the same mind when it comes to jewelry and gemstones.

We’ll be tuning in to her HSN shows today.

HSN Plans Multi-Million Dollar 33rd Birthday Bash In Sin City, We Can’t Wait For Our Invite

May 23, 2010

Molly Sims will be on hand for HSN's Vegas Live Celebration

After being away in Chicago on business last week, we’re way behind and just catching up on our blogs. But HSN is apparently having a big Las Vegas blowout to celebrate its 33rd birthday, with plans to telecast there live in August. We’re all for party-hardy B-Days, especially in Sin City.

HSN announced last week that it’s teaming up with Harrah’s for the home shopping channel’s “Lucky 33 Birthday Celebration,” a multi-million dollar promotion.

The summer-long birthday event kicks off June with millions of dollars in HSN gift cards becoming available to select Harrah’s Total Rewards members through local promotions, driving members to 25 Harrah’s casino resorts across the country.

Additionally, members can visit http://www.TotalRewards.com to learn how to enter and play the HSN $185,000 Birthday Giveaway, an interactive online instant-win game and promotion that provides participants the opportunity to win even more HSN gift cards.

HSN customers can get into the act at http://www.hsn.com/vegas as HSN celebrates its 33rd birthday with giveaways, savings and special offers for an array of new merchandise that’s slated to debut in July.

Those who play the game at http://www.hsn.com will automatically be entered into a grand prize drawing featured live each night on HSN TV throughout the month of July. Grand prize winners will receive one of 62 trips for two to HSN Live in Vegas, a spectacular, star-studded HSN shopping spree at Harrah’s Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas August 14 to 15.

Jewelry designer Carol Brodie will be in Sin City to meet HSN fans

At HSN Live in Vegas, also August 14 to 15, HSN fans will have the opportunity to see some of their favorite personalities, including: celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck; Serious Skin Care founder Jennifer Flavin-Stallone; model-actress-jewelry designer Molly Sims; and inventor Joy Mangano.

All will be broadcasting live on HSN throughout the day on Saturday, August 14. In addition, attendees will be able to use HSN gift cards at eight boutique kiosks stocked with HSN merchandise.

Other personalities scheduled to attend include Susan Lucci, Tori Spelling, Carol Brodie, Debbie Meyer, Tony Little, Diane Gilman, Randolph Duke and Rhonda Shear.

Participating Harrah’s Entertainment resorts, include: Harrah’s Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, Bally’s Las Vegas, Harrah’s Cherokee, Caesars Palace, Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Flamingo, Grand Biloxi, Harrah’s Tunica, Harrah’s Atlantic City, Horseshoe Bluffs Run, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Imperial Palace, Harrah’s Joliet, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Harrah’s Laughlin, Harrah’s North Kansas City, Harrah’s Metropolis, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Harrah’s Reno, Harrah’s Rincon, Showboat Atlantic City, Harrah’s St. Louis and the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino.

“HSN is constantly striving to deliver new discoveries and a great shopping experience for our customers,” Bill Brand, HSN’s executive vice president of programming, marketing and business development, said in a prepared statement. “This exciting new relationship with Harrah’s provides HSN with a highly creative and compelling marketing platform from which to launch our birthday celebration. Harrah’s has an active member base of 10 million potential customers and we look forward to introducing them to HSN.”

Upscale Jewelry Designer Carol Brodie Sourced Jennifer Lopez’s Pink Diamond For Ben Affleck, And Mentioned Our Blog On HSN

January 29, 2010

Brodie's HSN amethyst ring, not the pink diamond

Harry Winston jewelry house veteran Carol Brodie was on HSN Thursday night with her Rarities line, and we heard a tidbit we didn’t know about her.

Brodie was the jewelry person who sourced the famous — or infamous — pink diamond that Ben Affleck gave Jennifer Lopez during their ill-fated romance, according to host Connie Craig-Carroll. She didn’t name names, we knew what celebrities she was talking about.

Brodie referred to the Lopez pink diamond engagement ring as “the ring that helped put me on the map.”

The topic came up when Craig-Carroll and Brodie were talking about a 4.3 carat Rose de France amethyst ring, with micropave diamonds, whose color was very similar to a pink diamond. It was $100 on HSN.

Brodie said the amethyst in her HSN ring was “cut like a fine diamond,” and that “I took a personal loss on this” by selling it at the $100 price point on HSN.

The pendant that prompted the poop headline

Brodie then made mention of a blog we did about one of her appearances a few months back. She was talking about a tusk pendant on that show, and described an African safari she’d been on. Brodie joked that she never saw an elephant, but did see mounds of steaming elephant dung.

Last night, Brodie was selling the same tusk pendant, and told viewers that a blog — namely us — had talked about her giving the “poop” about elephants during that prior appearance. Guilty as charged. We put “poop” in that headline.

And feel free to mention our blog name, Homeshoppingista, on your next appearance Carol!

HSN Jewelry Designer Carol Brodie Pens ‘Frequent Flier’ Column In New York Times

December 15, 2009

Carol Brodie, Designer and New York Times Writer

HSN jewelry designer Carol Brodie got a nice plug in Tuesday’s New York Times, in its “Frequent Flier” column in the business section.

The headline reads “Using Her Wares to Ease the Irritations of Travel,” and it’s Brodie’s story as told to a New York Times reporter.

Brodie, who does a fine jewelry line called “Rarities” for HSN, talks about her frequent trips to Tampa, Fla., to do her HSN shows.

The attractive blonde, who used to work for high-end jewelry house Harry Winston, in The Times talks about having to lug around heavy bags filled with her jewelry.

Brodie said she sometimes gives away her jewelry pieces to people she meets while she’s traveling, and then related an anecdote about one woman who stuck in her mind.

During a flight, Brodie said she took out some of her jewelry samples. Brodie was sitting next to a woman, who was drinking, who was with her granddaughter.

You can read The Times for all the details, but the grandmother started weeping, and literally told a sob story that Brodie thought was legit.

Bottom is Brodie's Butterfly Bracelet

In the column Brodie said that she dug in her purse and found a bracelet, “with a butterfly shape design,” and gave it to her seatmate. Our guess is that it was a dainty piece from HSN.

Brodie also unabashedly says that she wears her own Rarities jewelry “to show off my brand.”

Jewelry Designer Carol Brodie Gives Us The Real ‘Poop’ On Elephants During Her HSN Visit

November 15, 2009

628670Well, we walked into the room in the middle of Carol Brodie’s three-hour show on HSN Saturday, and this is what we heard.

“I went on a safari for my birthday and all I saw was elephant poop with the hot smoke coming out of it,” blonde Brodie told host Connie Craig-Carroll.

What the heck! We had to watch the video later on HSN’s Web site to figure out what Brodie was talking about.

Brodie made her elephant remarks while describing a $170 “tusk” pendant that is part of her jewelry line. It’s crafted from frosted white topaz, white diamonds and African white sapphires.

Brodie, a veteran of Harry Winston, said she had gone to South Africa and seen marvelous wildlife like zebras, but no elephants. As the safari rode along, Brodie — obviously a city girl — said they passed big mounds with smoke coming out of them.

She was still asking where the elephants were when the safari guide got out of their truck and took a whiff of one of those mounds. Surprise, surprise — it was elephant dung, which was supposed to be leading Brodie and her crew to the behemoths.

Hence Brodie’s “all-I-saw-was-elephant-poop” remark about her birthday adventure.

We figure that will be the one and only time anyone will hear the words “elephant poop” uttered on HSN.