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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.

Jewelry Designer Judith Ripka Totes Her Handbags To QVC

January 11, 2011

Guess we’ve been asleep at the wheel again, but we only just noticed that upscale jewelry designer Judith Ripka is now selling handbags, as well as baubles and bling, on QVC.

We saw at least 15 purses on QVC.com from Ripka. They all have a classic, high-end look, and range in price from $150 to $300.

Manhattanite Ripka has named each of her handbags after a neighborhood or street in the Big Apple, monikers such as Soho, Grammercy, Astor, Waverly and Sutton. Most of the reviews are pretty good.

We guess Ripka is taking a page out of QVC queen Joan Rivers’ book. The comedian started out doing jewelry for the home shopping network and then branched out into items like purses and apparel.

Jewelry Designer Barry Cord To Unveil New Collection During QVC Designer Gallery Event

January 8, 2011

Jewelry designer Barry Cord has already done work for QVC, but this Sunday he will debut a new collection on the Q, one that was unfortunately described as “Wearable Whimsy.”

The collection will premiere on QVC’s Sterling Designer Gallery Event, which we’ve been waiting for like a junkie looking for a fix.

Barry Cord

Here’s what the crack QVC PR department had to say Friday about Cord’s new “ideas,” as host Lisa Robertson would say.

Barry Cord’s designs can be found everywhere from the collections of world leaders and Hollywood’s elite to the world’s most celebrated art museums. Now, the award-winning designer is scheduled to debut a timeless, whimsical collection on QVC Sunday, Jan. 9 at 6 PM.”

Inspired by his fascinating life experiences, frequent travels and the beauty of nature, this artist and award-winning designer has created a distinctive jewelry collection in sterling silver and sterling with 14K gold accents. Cord remains true to his artistic vision, seeking inspiration from the world around him and utilizing old-world craftsmanship to bring that vision to life with this collection of rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and pendant.

“We are thrilled to add the unique aesthetic of Barry Cord’s newest pieces to our designer portfolio,” Diane Paccione, QVC’s vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “His uniquely detailed, fanciful designs are sure to resonate with our customers.”

QVC’s Sterling Designer Gallery event will kick off at 11 p.m. Saturday.

The 25-hour event will feature “accessible pieces” from designers including Michael Dawkins, Judith Ripka and many more. The highlights, according to QVC, include a signed limited edition Dawkins Sterling Petal Cuff, Sterling Pear Shaped Champagne Quartz Earrings from Ripka and the introduction of black diamond pieces from Dweck Diamonds, a luxurious line of diamond jewelry by acclaimed designer Stephen Dweck.

The Barry Cord Collections will range in price from $65 to $400.

Jewelry Designer Judith Ripka Describes Her Progression From Her Living Room To Bloomies To QVC

September 19, 2010

Judith Ripka

Upscale jewelry designer and QVC vendor Judith Ripka tells the story of how she built her company, starting it out of her living room, in Sunday’s New York Times.

In a first-person column headlined “A Designer From Day 1,” Ripka talks about how even when she was a kid she was playing with her mother’s jewelry, transforming it by hanging a pin off a chain, for example.

Ripka, who is utterly lovely on-air on QVC, outlines her studies at Hunter College, Parsons School of Design and then working as a buyer for May Co.

But the part of the story we loved most was when Ripka said she “took a giant leap of faith,” quit her job and began making her own jewelry, selling it out of her residence.

She mentions her 13 Judith Ripka stores, her sales to 150 department stores and jewelers, and adds that she has “a QVC business designing a different collection that I started 13 years ago.”

Kudos to Ripka for mentioning her home shopping connection, since many other high-end QVC vendors fail to mention that fact.

And we love Ripka’s philosophy, that she wants her staff to take chances and understands that they will make mistakes.

In her offices Ripka has an art piece, a picture of an eraser done by famed artist Claes Oldenburg. It’s “a symbol to remove the problems, to forgo the blame and the guilt and to stay in the solution,” Ripka told The Times.

Now that’s the kind of boss we want!

Rubbing Shoulders With Robert Lee Morris, Michael Dawkins And More At QVC’s Sterling Designer Meet-And-Greet

August 24, 2010

Award-winning jewelry designer, and jewelry maker, Robert Lee Morris was clad head-to-toe in SoHo black. Even the wrist guards he wore — one on the hand where he just had a joint replaced and another on the hand where he still needs the surgery — were black.

Ann King was very petite and pretty, and we had explain that although we own two of her rings and a pair of her earrings, we couldn’t find them to wear down to West Chester for her to see.

We’ve been fans of Echo of the Dreamer jewelry for decades, but never knew the designer behind it. Well, it’s Margaret Thurman, and we got to talk to her. She explained that the name Echo of the Dream came from her reading of Carlos Castaneda. One of her pieces, a white agate locket, is inscribed with a quote from Anais Nin, the best writer of female-oriented erotic literature ever. Thurman said she met Nin once.

Young designer Elizabeth Showers, who overcame an eating disorder, showed us her inspirational jewelry line, which aims to raise women’s self-esteem.

QVC’s Sterling Designer Meet-and-Greet Saturday at the home shopping channel’s headquarters in Pennsylvania was great. For jewelry geeks like The Homeshoppingista, it was like being a kid in a candy store.

We were surrounded by fine designers and were able to ask them, in person, about the inspiration for their pieces. It reminded us of the Television Critics Association press tour in LA, where reporters got to ask TV showrunners like Matthew Weiner of “Mad Men” what “informed” their decisions regarding their shows. That was more fascinating to us than seeing “the talent,” the actors and actresses.

At QVC’s studios, we could see and try on the designer silver goodies, and buy them. And we were surrounded by women like us, women who adore and treasure their baubles.

We weren’t sure how the meet-and-greet would work. We thought maybe it would be like a cocktail party with just a few QVC customers mingling with the designers.

Instead, there were dozens of women there. Each designer had a station, a couple of tables, set up along the hall that’s above the actual studios where QVC tapes its segments. You walk down the hall and stop at whatever station you want, chat with a Michael Dawkins or Morris, try on their rings and necklaces, and move on to the next designer.

You’re given a list of all the items the designers that are displaying, and you can circle the pieces you want to purchase.

BFF Ann kindly drove the three hours it took to get to our hotel Saturday afternoon. We headed over to QVC, and Ann acted as our photographer as we went from designer to designer.

In addition to Morris, King, Dawkins, Showers and Thurman, Naomi Pevsner and Elizabeth Rand were in the house. Judith Ripka had a table, which was manned by one of her good-looking and charming sons, Brian Ripka, who is president of her company.

Morris and Ripka are part of a growing group of high-end jewelry designers who are doing less expensive lines for home shopping networks such as QVC and HSN. QVC is particularly appealing, a formidable distribution outlet, at a time when sales of luxury goods have tanked.

The only designer that we didn’t speak with Saturday was Dawkins, who was a chick magnet. His post was so overrun by women, we decided to bypass him and come back later. But when we did, he was already gone.

We and Ann watched Morris on QVC back at our hotel, and he had changed into a deep blue shirt with a lot of the buttons undone. And he wasn’t wearing his black wrist guards.

But during QVC’s 25-hour Sterling Designer Gallery event, designers like Morris and Dawkins constantly made reference to the comments they had heard from women at the meet-and-greet.

We are such tech dummies that we don’t know how to download Ann’s photos from the event, so we’ll post them when our brother-in-law gets back from vacation.

And over the next couple of weeks we plan to write individual blogs on each designer.

We bumped into QVC PR person Kayce Cashman at the studios, and she gave us an excellent recommendation for dinner that night. We had some potent cranberry margaritas at Mas Mexicali Cantina in West Chester.

Priscilla Presley The Newest ‘I-Design-My-Own-Jewelry-Line’ Celebrity To Come To QVC

August 7, 2010

Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley is the latest celebrity to bring a jewelry line to QVC.

She will be launching her Priscilla Presley Jewelry Collection at 9 a.m. Monday.
Here’s the company line on Presley from QVC:

Priscilla Presley first captured our hearts as the first lady of rock ‘n’ roll. Through the years, she has been fearless in building her own legacy through her talents as an actress, executive, mother, and style icon. Her unmistakable personal style of rock-meets-red-carpet glamour has won her admiration from audiences across the globe.

Join Priscilla as she shares with you a spectacular collection of fashion jewelry inspired by personal stories and experiences from her extraordinary life. And tune-in as she shares favorite tips for accessorizing and shows you how to add a little unconventionality and exquisite beauty to your day-to-day. Accentuate the boldness and splendor you possess, when you shop Priscilla Presley Jewelry Collection on QVC.

Presley told the Philadelphia Daily News that she is fully involved with her line and designs the pieces herself. That’s what they all say!

The day after Presley’s debut, Jerry Seinfeld’s ex-Shoshanna Gruss will debut her fashion custom jewely line on QVC.

And guess who Gruss is teaming up with? Judith Ripka, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

They are dear friends, and Gruss has appeared in Ripka’s ads for her jewelry.

QVC Jewelry Diva Joan Rivers Dishes On Her Favorite New York Hot Spots

June 16, 2010

If you’re looking to find out what QVC vendor Joan Riviers’ favorite haunts are in the Big Apple, check out this “My New York” feature from the New York Post Sunday.

Rivers, the subject of the frank documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” is a fan of the Viand Coffee Shop on Madison Avenue near 61st Street. We used to grab coffee there when we had the money to get our hair done at the OC 61 salon around the corner. Rivers says the folks at Viand know her, and she gets dark turkey meat for her dog there.

FYI, QVC vendor Judith Ripka has a retail store right there, on the corner of 61st and Madison.

In terms of fancier eateries, Rivers is a fan of the media mecca Michael’s on 55th Street, where entertainment types go to be seen. We’ve been to press conferences there. The scene is better than the food.

Rivers also lauds Joe Allen, the Theater District restaurant. She says “real theater people” chow down there.

The comedian’s other New York favorites include Times Square at night, Central Park and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn.

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.

The Homeshoppingista Takes First Shot At Selling Dallas Prince Diamond Cross On eBay

December 28, 2009

We’ve in the midst of our first experience trying to sell something on eBay, a large Dallas Prince gothic diamond cross.

We purchased the designer cross, with almost one carat of diamonds (our birthstone), from ShopNBC five years ago.

We turned to eBay after reading QVC’s jewelry forums, where posters often mention buying designer jewelry, from Barbare Bixby and Judith Ripka, on the Bay.

Since we made our purchase, the lovely blonde jewelry designer Prince has since shifted and is now selling her upscale pieces on HSN.

We’re such eBay novices that we didn’t even realize that the price we put up was the minimum bid. We thought people could bid under or over that.

We also had no idea that the bidding process had a one week limit.

A family friend was kind enough to post our Prince cross, and we’re waiting to see what happens.

‘Real Housewives’ Star Ramona Singer Shows Off The HSN Pearl and Diamond Pendant She’ll Be Wearing On The Reality Show Next Season

December 18, 2009

Ramona Singer, one of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” made her final visit to HSN for this year with her jewelry collection Thursday night.

Singer, who comes across as a much nicer person on HSN than she does on Bravo’s reality show, had on a grey freshwater pearl and diamond enhancer pendant — and a matching ring and earrings — from her collection for the home shopping network.

“I actually wore these pieces on my last episode,” Singer said.

She was referring to the fact that Bravo just wrapped up filming the next season of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

Singer is not just another celebrity lending her name to a product. Her husband is a fourth-generation jeweler, and her mother collected estate jewelry and taught Singer all about it, she told HSN viewers.

Singer’s pieces have a vintage feel to them, and are very similar in look to those of upscale Madison Avenue designer Judith Ripka, who does a collection for QVC.

For example, the style of the hinged cuff bracelets that Singer and Ripka do are very much alike.

Singer considers her cuffs her signature pieces. “I wear two at a time,” she said.

The reality TV star got a little choked up when she explained that one of her rings, which had pink topaz and diamonds, was modeled after a ruby ring that her mom owned. Her mom is deceased.

Love of jewelry must be in Singer’s family genes. Singer keeps all her HSN rings in a box on her dresser, and she said her teen daughter noticed them recently and asked for one. The young lady wants to be able to pass that ring on to her daughter, according to Singer.

She also claimed that a Manhattan retailer is clamoring to sell her jewelry line, but that she told him it’s exclusive to HSN.