Posts Tagged ‘Harry Winston’

HSN Jewelry Designer Carol Brodie Tells Us About Her First Anniversary Show, And What Happens When J-Lo And Hilary Swank Want The Same Pieces

June 10, 2010

Carol's bangle with rose cut diamonds

We got to meet HSN jeweler designer Carol Brodie Wednesday as she presented the press with a preview of the pieces she has coming up June 19. And we liked what we saw.

In the morning we trucked into Manhattan and the offiices of Brodie’s PR firm, which is located one block away from our former employer on Park Avenue South. First of all, Brodie is a striking, statuesque blonde. She was wearing white lace pants, a navy blue jacket and a white ruffled blouse, and had piled on layers of her jewelry.

We were never a fan of the evil eye pendants, but we sure liked the bright blue sapphire and white sapphire one that Brodie was wearing. It’s a “Show Stopper,” as they would say on HSN, and will sell for more than $500. Brodie said that she looked at about 40 evil eyes in Greece to get the designs for her pieces.

This is the first anniversary of Brodie’s Rarities line, which is fine jewelry with chunky gemstones, including diamonds, set in 10 carat gold, sterling silver and wood. It ranges from vintage-look pieces to ethnis looks to contemporary.

During the preview, she talked about her career at the prestigious Harry Winston jewelry house, her styling for celebrities, and her HSN collection. We learned, for example, that Brodie coined the term “stiletto earrings” a few years back when she was doing styling for Sarah Jessica Parker.

Michelle Trachtenberg's favorite Rarities piece

“I launched this line (Rarities) was I was 46 years old a year ago, after having a very long career, a lot a lot of ups, and definitly a few downs,” Brodie said. It’s now one of HSN’s Top 10-selling jewelry brands.

It’s obvious that Brodie is passionate about jewelry, and she said that she enjoys the relationship she’s built with HSN customers. There are about 40 HSN viewers that are Brodie’s Facebook friends, and she knows the details of their lives, lik when they are sick, when they have a wedding anniversary coming up, etc.

Brodie noted that her pieces range from about $49 to $1,400, and said that her most expensive pieces usually sell out on HSN.com and never make it to the air.

One of the pieces you'll see later this month

“They never make TV,” she said. “They go on dot.com usually 24 hours before my show, there’s this crazy frenzy and they’re gone.”

And there are never any returns on the pricier pieces, according to Brodie.

Brodie has styled a huge batch of celebs, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Queen Latifiah, Catherine Zeta Jones, Kate Hudson, Jennficer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker and Hilary Swank. She told an anecdote about Swank and Lopez both wanting several of the same jewelry pieces to go the Oscar’s one year. After some last-minute finagling, the issue was solved and both ladies got what they wanted.

“Starting my own line was nothing compared to those experiences,” Brodie told us bloggers and reporters.

The stars that are fans of Brodie’s HSN collection include Rarities Michelle Trachtenberg, Tinsley Mortimer, Cynthia Bush, Katharine McPhee, Teri Hatcher and Elizabeth Rhom.

“We’ve had some amazing celebrities come up and fall in love with Rarities,” Brodie said.

Trachtenberg is partial to an Art Deco-style diamond ring. We saw it in person yesterday, and it was stunning.

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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.”

Who Does She Think She Is, Jay King? Harry Winston Alum Carol Brodie Rocks New Crown Spring Turquoise Jewelry On HSN

November 15, 2009

Carol BrodieCarol Brodie, formerly of high-end gem house Harry Winston, is now doing a fine jewelry line called Rarities for HSN.

The sophisticated and chatty blonde usually uses gemstones and diamonds in her pieces.

But Saturday turquoise lovers were in for a treat when Brodie presented rings, pendants and earrings made out of a special new find — Crown Spring turquoise.

This is something we would expect from HSN rock god Jay King, not Manhattanite Brodie. She said she had purchased all the rough for this new turquoise, which came out of the Kingman Mine in northwest Arizona.

“No one has this turquoise but us,” she told HSN viewers. “It is the biggesr rarity I have…I have bought out the mine.”

We’ve been to Arizona dozens of times, and have seen thousands of pieces of turquoise jewelry, but we have never seen anything like this Crown Spring turquoise. It was not robin’s egg blue, like some turquoise, or neon bright like Sleeping Beauty turquoise, which comes from the mine of the same name in Globe, Ariz. (where we have been).

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The Crown Spring turquoise was mottled, patterned, with bronze-colored matrix.

“This turquoise has nature’s fingerprint all over it,” said Brodie, who wore shiny black leggings.

It reminded us of a blue version of Carico Lake turquoise, which is a bright sage green, with matrix. It’s mined in Nevada.

Brodie’s unique Crown Spring turquoise didn’t come cheap.

The pieces, set in gold, ranged in price from $300 to $1,240 for one ring, which sold out at that high price.

That ring not only had the Crown Spring turquoise but white and brown diamonds, and yellow, green, orange and blue sapphires.

Carol Brodie’s Pricey Jewelry Irks Some HSN Shoppers

September 27, 2009

Carol Brodie, formerly in the employ of high-end jeweler Harry Winston, is now doing a line called Rarities for HSN, and she had several shows Saturday.

The jewelry is beautiful (we had our eye on a star and moon diamond pendant, $299), but posters on HSN’s jewelry forum were griping about how expensive the pieces were. The price tags ranged from a modest $29.90 for a drusy ring to $1,000 for a citrine and orange sapphire ring.

One poster had a better eye than us, because she even pointed out that Brodie, a striking blond, was wearing “CL,” or Christian Louboutin, shoes. That eagle-eyed poster spotted the trademark red soles of the shoes, which sometimes cost four figures. When you can afford that kind of footwear, as Brodie can, we guess you can easily afford a $1,000 ring.

Crain’s New York Business wrote a story about Brodie this week, which discussed her move from supplying red-carpet jewelry to electronic retailing.