Posts Tagged ‘Amedeo Scognamiglio’

Ex-HSN Vendor Amedeo Did Spike Lee’s Oscar Pendant

February 26, 2019

We watched the Oscars Sunday night and as jewelry hounds, of course we noticed director Spike Lee’s large pendant and necklace. Little did we know that it has a home shopping connection!

Several stories about Academy Award fashion pointed out that Lee’s pendant, inspired by dear departed Prince’s name symbol (we believe), was created by former HSN jewelry vendor Amedeo Scognamiglio.

A charming Italian, Amedeo was best-known for bringing gorgeous hand-crafted cameos to HSN. What we didn’t know was about Amedeo’s celeb friends.

According to The New York Times, Amedeo did the diamond, 18 carat gold and fire opal necklace that Spike was sporting when he won his Oscar.

Here’s what The Times wrote:

“A man in a high-jewelry necklace is a first,” said an astonished Mr. Scognamiglio. “Plus, he commissioned and paid for it, which is the distinction and elegance of Spike Lee,” the jeweler added, referring to the complex bargaining game celebrities play with those who supply their clothes.

Good for Spike!

And several present and past home shopping vendors provided garb for Hollywood’s big night.

Fashion designer Mark Zunino was the man behind the green gown that actress Katharine Ross, wife of Oscar nominee Sam Elliott, wore.

And HSN designer Antthony Mark did the gorgeous teal gown that Oscar winner Melissa Berton won for “Period. End of Sentence,” which was a film about menstrual periods. That dress caught our eye even before we knew that it was an Antthony creation.

Congrats folks.


Did HSN Cameo Purveyor Amedeo Use An Ethnic Slur Friday Night?

June 19, 2010

Amedeo, we hope you didn't say what we thought you said

We were just coming in with a load of packages from Target and TJ Maxx Friday night (yeah, we know, The Homeshoppingista has a hot social life), and we immediately turned on the TV as our soothing white noise.

We put HSN on, and we were only half listening, but we thought we heard the channel’s Italian cameo master, Amedeo Scognamiglio, use an ethnic slur.

He was talking about how skilled the artisans who carve his cameos are, and he said, “Not just any wetback can do this,” or words to that effect. But the word that alarmed us was “wetback.”

Maybe we misheard, and if so, we apologize. But we would swear that’s what we heard. We’ll watch the video from the show, and if were wrong, we will post about our error.

Or any HSN viewers, if you heard Amedeo say what we thought he said, please post a comment here.

But if we’re right, Amedeo — as an immigrant — should know better than to use the term “wetback.”

We were out of hearing range of our TV for the rest of the cameo show, and maybe some kind of apology was made that we missed.

HSN’s Italian Cameo Guy Amedeo And QVC’s Robert Lee Morris Have Something In Common: Rounded ‘Organic’ Silver Jewelry

November 20, 2009

It was a first for us, but we caught the L’una By R.F.M.A.S. sterling silver jewely line on HSN this week.

We liked the pieces, but they are strikingly similar in their organic, rounded look to the work of couture jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris, who has a lower-priced line on QVC.

Anyone familiar with RLM Studio on QVC will immediately know what we mean when we say the R.F.M.A.S. jewelry resembles Morris’s. In fact, even the initials in the two jewelry lines are similar. But HSN’s pieces are handcrafted in Tuscany, Italy.

The name R.F.M.A.S. is the combined initials of the two Italian designers of the jewelry, Roberto Faraone Mennella and Amedeo Scognamiglio. HSN regulars know Scognamiglio, because he does beautiful cameos for the home shopping network. Sterling silver is quite a new medium for him to bring to HSN.

Both men were on the show this week. Mennella is really handsome, and Scognamiglio is cute, charming and very funny.

We especially liked the R.F.M.A.S. necklaces with small silver donuts strung on black or colored cords; a large rounded ring; a half-moon pendant; a donut pendant and a 15-inch tube collar necklace, which we can’t afford at $200.

If you are petite, you know that 15-inch necklaces are hard to find.

Unlike Morris, R.F.M.A.S. also does enameled pieces, some with an animal-print look.