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Evine Live Jewelry Vendor Samuel Behnam And Our AZ Vacation

November 15, 2015

In the grand scheme of things, and what is happening in the world now, we guess this blog will sound trite. But we wanted to report back on what we found on the jewelry scene when we went to Arizona on vacation last month.

We have not been in AZ — or its areas such as Scottsdale, Sedona and Carefree — in about two years. So our eyes almost popped out of our head when we saw the way prices for jewelry and such have skyrocketed.

Even some of our favorite haunts, jewelry shops a bit off the beaten and tourist-ridden path, didn’t seem to have any deals.

Lucky ladybug

Lucky ladybug

We have a pretty sizable collection of blue turquoise now, and quite frankly don’t want any more. If anything, we keep our eye out for green turquoise, Carico Lake in particular. But Arizona has a lot more than Native-American made Southwestern-style jewelry. Its shops have a wide variety of sterling silver, artisan-crafted pieces from all over. That’s why we can browse at this stuff for hour upon hour.

We did make some purchases, but probably not what you would expect. In Sedona there is a New Agey-crystal store that we’ve been going to for years, which has not only jewelry but a huge selection of rocks.

We were keeping our eye out for Herkimer Diamonds, and thought maybe they would be a new trend in AZ. A couple of years ago, druzy was red hot.

In this Sedona shop we found a small bowl filled with some very large Herkimer Diamonds, 2 to 2 1/1 inches long. Some of them had black carbon spots, which we actually like in this particular stone.

Each Herkimer Diamond was wrapped in a sterling-steel girdle so you could wear it as a pendant. We bought two, one for us and one as a belated birthday present for our friend and traveling companion Deb.

As it turned out, it was a good purchase, because we only ran across one other store that was selling Herkimer Diamonds, and they we weren’t jumbo-sized like the ones we bought.

Samuel Behnam pendant

Samuel Behnam pendant

In Old Scottsdale, a real tourist trap that we still love because of all its jewelry stores, we came across a few finds. One shop had a little corner dedicated to jewelry by Evine Live vendor Samuel Behnam. The store owner began explaining that Behnam was a jewelry maker based in New Jersey, which was news to us Garden State gals.

We said we were familiar with his work, but didn’t mention his home shopping collection. They were selling several Behnam men’s bracelets with dragon heads, which were remarkably similar in style to those made by John Hardy but a hell of a lot cheaper.

But ultimately, we brought a large dog tag-style silver pendant on a leather cord that is probably a piece of men’s jewelry, but we liked it for us. It has several skulls on it, which like the Mexicans we think of as a good symbol, and a background of real stingray skin.

On the other side of the pendant, which we consider reversible, was a pattern of small stingrays.

We were also on the lookout for ladybug jewelry, since we think that critter is good luck. At another Old Town shop, we found a round inlay pendant that looked like a ladybug. We picked that up and have already worn it several times.

Reverse side

Reverse side

The ridiculous prices we were in Arizona made us realize some of the really great deals that the home shopping networks offer us for jewelry and gemstones.

By the way, the Old Town jewelers didn’t seem to know their stuff. In the only shop outside of Sedona where we found Herkimer Diamonds, the sales woman insisted that Herkimer was in Pennsylvania, not New York. You HSN girls know that’s not correct.

In another store, we asked to see a huge gem pendant that was marked as onyx. We held it up to the light, and saw that you could see through it and that it was brown — in other words, smoky quartz, not opaque onyx.

When we told the salesman in that store that the pendant was incorrectly marked, that it was not onyx, he insisted we were wrong.

QVC And John Hardy Deny That The Upscale Silver Designer Is Planning A Jewelry Line For The ‘Q’

February 22, 2010

Both QVC and John Hardy said there’s nothing cooking between them, and that the luxury silver designer isn’t going to sell jewelry on the home shopping network.

“To my knowledge, there are no plans to launch a John Hardy line with QVC,” network spokeswoman Erin Mulholland said Monday.

And on Wednesday, we heard from Manhattan reps for the John Hardy company, which actually makes its jewelry and has its studio in Bali.

“QVC is as great company and we have a lot of respect for what they are doing,” Edith Bagda from John Hardy’s marketing department said in an e-mail. “Currently we have no plan to launch our handmade jewelry through their channel.”

We did a blog citing a QVC jewelry forum post that said host Lisa Robertson had been overheard at a QVC party saying that Hardy was coming to the No. 1 home shopping channel.

That person better do a better job of eavesdropping next time.

Anyway, can’t you John Hardy folk think about doing a lower-priced line for QVC? That’s the only way we can afford your gorgeous cuffs, which we adore and gaze at in Neiman Marcus. Robert Lee Morris took the plunge, why not you guys?

Sunday Scoop: Is Luxury Jewelry Designer John Hardy Coming To QVC?

February 21, 2010

Actress Sienna Miller modeling John Hardy jewelry in Vogue

John Hardy is one of those jewelry designers whose pieces we gaze at lovingly at stores such as Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s, never daring to ask the price of anything.

His sterling silver pieces, handmade by artisans at his studio in Bali, are gorgeous but pricey. But we may be getting a shot of owning his work, apparently.

According to FLA GM, who posted on QVC’s online jewelry forum, Hardy is coming to QVC. How does she know? The poster said her daughter attended a QVC sterling designer meet-and-greet for customers Saturday, and that she overhead “LR” say Hardy was coming onboard.

Our guess is that “LR” is QVC host Lisa Robertston. She had been seen on-air sporting a Hardy cuff, with diamonds and red sapphires, that Neiman Marcus was selling for $4,000.

We e-mailed both QVC and Hardy’s public relations departments, so let’s see if we hear back. Maybe the eaversdropper misunderstood what Lisa was saying.

Today QVC is holding its sterling silver designer day, and bringing Hardy on board would be a coup, and an addition to the other high-end jewelry makers that are doing lower-priced lines for the home shopping channel. Those includes names such as Judith Ripka, Robert Lee Morris and Stephen Dweck.