Posts Tagged ‘JTV’

Did ShopNBC’s Chuck Clemency Make Black Spinel A Stone Star?

August 26, 2013

Are we crazy? Wait a minute, let’s rephrase that.

In Facebook ShopNBC/ShopHQ jewelry vendor Chuck Clemency last week took credit for bringing black spinel into the market and making it a popular gem.

Jersey boy Clemency made the comments in response to No. 1 home shopping network QVC for the first time ever offering a Today’s Special Value in that black spinel, hoop earrings. (That show was hosted by QVC pretty boy Rick Domeier, who repeatedly made reference to “the Facebook.” No, no, no “the,” Rick.)

Chuck Clemency, right, and fellow ShopNBC vendor Michael V.

Chuck Clemency, right, and fellow ShopNBC vendor Michael V.

Here is what Clemency posted:

“I’m watching the ‘Q’ and they have a ‘Today’s Special Value,’ an inside-outside Black Spinel hoop. I just heard the host say it’s the stone of the year. Wow!! They are selling 1″&11/2″ Big Daddy’s their not. I want to thank all of my friends who shop with me on Shopnbc for making this the gemstone it is today!”

The Big Daddy’s Clemency was referring to where his own huge black spinel hoops.

Now here is where us being crazy comes in. We’ve seen more black spinel in the past year on Jewelry Television than any other home shopping network, at terrific prices. We love the stone and bought several JTV necklaces in it.

We don’t remember it having much prominence on ShopNBC or with Clemency until this year, long after JTV was offering a wide variety of black spinel baubles.

What do you folks remember? Does Chuck deserves props for making black spinel a hot rock, or not?

Jewelry Television Debuts ELLE Jewelry Line Thursday

August 6, 2013

Jewelry Television will launch its Spirit by ELLE bronze jewelry collection Thursday at 7 p.m.

“Spirit by ELLE encourages women to express their personal style and individuality with jewelry,” the home shopping network said Monday. “Each piece in the collection features fine Swarovski crystals, the signature logo and a created red ruby that serves as a symbol of love and life force. These elements assure you this is an authentic SPIRIT by ELLE design.”

A piece from JTV's new ELLE collection

A piece from JTV’s new ELLE collection

This jewelry is made of bronze, which JTV describes as “luxurious.” NOT.

Give us gold or silver, or give us death!

“These jewelry pieces are inspired by today’s fashion trends and are designed to complement all silhouettes,” Jill Johnson, JTV’s vice president of marketing, said in a canned statement. “We’re excited to bring these graceful, timeless pieces to our community of fashion-conscious customers.”

Each piece is bathed in rhodium, a member of the platinum family, to provide shine and help prevent tarnish.

“Spirit by ELLE jewelry is an aspirational brand that offers women access to higher-end looks at guilt-free pricing,” Johnson said. “From chic to confident, this collection was designed to perfectly complete a woman’s silhouette and to enhance their individuality.”

The Spirit by ELLE Collection ranges in price from $25 to $150. Spirit by ELLE is featured on Jewelry Television and at http://www.jtv.com.

JTV Commemorates Marilyn Monroe’s 87th Birthday Saturday

May 31, 2013

Jewelry Television will pay homage to Marilyn Monroe Saturday, which would have been the Gemini bombshell’s 87th birthday.

JTV will be featuring its exclusive Marilyn Monroe Jewelry collection, which is inspired by Norma Jean.

“This jewelry embodies the essence of Marilyn’s personality,” JTV vice president of marketing Jill Johnson said in a canned statement Thursday. Many of the pieces are reproductions of jewelry she actually wore, while others are representative of her glamorous life.”

JTV's replicas of the earrings Marilyn Monroe wore when she serenaded President Kennedy

JTV’s replicas of the earrings Marilyn Monroe wore when she serenaded President Kennedy

The line features more than 250 pieces of fashion jewelry ranging from $19.99 to $329.99. Each piece is covered in 14 karat yellow gold or rhodium and set with crystals and gems.

The collection features crystal dangle earrings that are replicas of the ones Marilyn wore when she famously sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.

In addition, this collection features replica emerald earrings, which were a gift from Frank Sinatra, and casual gold hoops that were inspired by some she often wore.

“Marilyn Monroe is known for a beauty and style that translates seamlessly across generations,” Johnson said. “It is only fitting she has an official collection of jewelry to represent her well.”

Monroe was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles.

Her name was Norma Jean Mortensen before she changed it to Marilyn Monroe. She died on Aug. 5, 1962, at age 36.

Late JTV Co-Founder Jerry Sisk Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

May 17, 2013

The late Gerald “Jerry” Sisk Jr., co-founder and executive vice president of Jewelry Television, has posthumously been awarded the Lifetime Achievement from the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA).

The organization honored Sisk’s work and dedication to the industry posthumously in Chansha, Hunan, China, on Thursday.

ICA board member Clement Sabbagh accepted the award on Sisk’s behalf after a video acceptance speech by his widow, Karen Sisk, and JTV co-founders Bob Hall and Bill Kouns.

Jerry Sisk

Jerry Sisk

Sisk, 59, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep on a Sunday morning, Jan. 13.

Sisk was a graduate gemologist (G.I.A.), a member of the International Colored Gemstone Association, and served as a Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference committee member. He was named one of the five most powerful people in the world of gems and gemology on the JCK 2012 Power List. His book, “Guide to Gems & Jewelry,” has sold more than 15,000 copies and is in its second printing.

“We are grateful to ICA for honoring Jerry,” Kouns said in a statement. “He was passionate about gemstones and loved the sense of adventure provided when traveling the world in search of the latest discoveries and best values to pass along to our customers.”

During his career Sisk traveled to more than 40 countries worldwide.

“Every two years at the ICA Congress a tribute is presented to someone who significantly contributed to the growth of the gemstones industry during his or her life,” Sabbagh said. “Earlier this year our industry suffered a great loss of a man who, with his passion, accomplished our mission by bringing gemstones to a great number of homes in America through JTV. At this 15 ICA Congress, we are proud to present this tribute of a Lifetime Achievement Award to his wife, family and co-workers.”

JTV Caps Diamond Month With Finale On Our Birthday, April 28

April 19, 2013

April is Diamond Month, and even more importantly, it’s our birthday month.

Jewelry Television has been featuring diamonds all month, with the grand finale set for April 28 — our birthday! Holla for Taurus.

“There will be diamonds of every shape and color available online and on TV,” a JTV spokeswoman told us.

JTV blue diamonds

JTV blue diamonds

Now, we hate to throw a water balloon on JTV’s parade, but we don’t dig the quality of its while diamonds. We don’t expect flawless diamonds for bargain prices, but we don’t want cloudy ones, either. But the network’s colored diamonds look OK.

“Many consumers don’t realize that diamonds come in every color of the rainbow,” Natalie Parman, JTV’s vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “JTV’s diamond month finale will be full of color featuring unique blue, champagne, cognac and chocolate diamonds alongside traditional white diamonds.”

More blue diamonds

More blue diamonds

According to JTV, the top trends in diamond jewelry include diamond earrings in numerous shapes and colors, as well as diamond cross and heart pendants.

“The hottest trend is blue diamonds,” Parman said. “Our customers clamor for any piece of jewelry featuring blue diamonds.”

Diamonds are known as one of the hardest substances in the world and are still the number No. 1 choice to signify love and commitment. Diamonds are also the traditional birthstone for the month of April. Yes indeed, it is our birthstone.

“Jewelry Television’s diamond buyers canvas the globe searching for the best buys on diamonds,” the network said in a press release. “JTV’s vast international network and purchasing power allow the network to offer a diamond selection difficult to find at traditional jewelry retailers.”

Jewelry Television Donates $80,000 To American Heart Association

April 12, 2013

Tim Matthews

Tim Matthews

They’re doing some good down in Knoxville, Tenn.

In February Jewelry Television raised $80,000 for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” movement. JTV designated February “Love Your Heart” month and launched a comprehensive multimedia campaign aimed at raising awareness and educating viewers about the risks of heart disease.

“We were pleased with the outstanding number of donations from JTV customers and employees contributed to the Go Red For Women movement,” JTV CEO Tim Matthews said in a canned statement. “Our shopping network reaches 80 million U.S. households, so if this campaign helps save even one life, we will have used our platform for reaching women and their families effectively.”

Through this initiative, JTV said that developed a relationship with the American Heart Association, and that it plans to support the Go Red movement on an ongoing basis.

JTV’s customer base is 90 percent female (no surprise there), and heart disease is the number No. 1 killer of women 20 years and older in the United States, so women are a central focus for both Go Red For Women and JTV.

“We’re thankful for Jewelry Television’s support of Go Red For Women and we appreciate their participation in the collective fight against women’s No. 1 killer,” Ron Haddock, chairman of the American Heart Association, said in his canned statement. “The funds raised through their campaign directly impact the lives of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends who are affected by heart disease each and every day.”

JTV’s marketing maven got her two cents in, too.

“We are very thankful for the support of our loyal customers and employees,” said JTV vice president of marketing Jill Johnson. “The American Heart Association is the perfect fit for us. We’re already discussing how we can do more to advance the mission of the Go Red For Women movement in 2014 and beyond.”

ShopNBC Escapee Pamela McCoy Rocks Her Rocks On JTV

February 1, 2013

ShopNBC vet Pamela McCoy debuted her diamond jewelry line this morning on Jewelry Television. We were at work and could not see it live, but we checked the goods online.

McCoy had already posted photos of some of her jewelry on Facebook, and it drew fire because the diamonds looked so cloudy. And McCoy declined to disclose what the quality rating of her diamonds was.

The stuff was not cheap. The least expensive item we saw was $100, and the priciest was $734, a diamond bracelet.

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Here is what JTV had to say on its website about McCoy, who looks a hell of a lot difference — and younger — than she did when she was a host and vendor on ShopNBC.

Fashion and jewelry have always been directly related and very much in tune with each other. With that in mind, Pamela McCoy brings to JTV her passion for fashion and high-class jewelry with Pamela McCoy Diamonds. Pamela McCoy, a fashion icon as well as trend and jewelry expert, has more than 20 years of design experience and holds graduate certificates in diamonds, colored gems and precious metals.

Her collection features dazzling diamonds set in sterling silver wrapped in 14kt gold and rhodium with a fashionable twist of individuality, texture and upmost (sic) quality. Pamela’s love of both jewelry and fashion offers you a dazzling, aspirational look that you can both love and afford. Her pieces are classic with a contemporary attitude, topped with diamonds that maximize every facet. Indulge in this exclusive line of fine jewelry.

‘Bevery Hills Housewife’ Lisa Vanderpump Loves Her Pamela McCoy Faux Fur

January 28, 2013

Our favorite “Real Housewife of Beverly Hills,” Lisa Vanderpump, rocks a Pamela McCoy fake fur coat.

New JTV vendor McCoy posted a photo on Facebook of Vanderpump, now star of her own Bravo spinoff series, “Vanderpump Rules,” wearing one of her creations. There was apparently a shot on Twitter of Vanderpump wearing it, and it drew a lot of compliments, according to Vanderpump.

Lisa Vanderpump wearing her Pamela McCoy faux fur

Lisa Vanderpump wearing her Pamela McCoy faux fur

McCoy, an ex-ShopNBC host, did a popular line of faux fur coats for that home shopping channel when she was there.

Next week McCoy is debuting a diamond jewelry line on JTV, and fans of her fur coat collection are clamoring for her to resume production of that line.

Vanderpump, a classy Brit who has been married for ages to her doting husband, co-owns the West Hollywood restaurant Sur.

ShopNBC Vet Pamela McCoy’s JTV Diamonds Get Skewered On Facebook

January 23, 2013

Ex-ShopNBC host and vendor Pamela McCoy hasn’t even debuted her new diamond line on Jewelry Television yet, and it is already causing a controversy.

McCoy’s jewelry will bow on JTV Jan. 31, and the physically rejuvenated ex-host has posted photos of several of her pieces on Facebook, two rings and a bracelet so far.

But she had no sooner posted them than someone had the same complaint that we had when we saw the shots: The diamonds in the pieces look extremely cloudy. That prompted a nasty back and forth among suspicious jewelry buyers, McCoy and her defenders.

“What grade diamonds are you using Pamela?” one woman asked.

The cloudy and controversial ring

The cloudy and controversial ring

“Pamela, Your taste in diamonds is as exquisite as your beautiful outerwear,” another woman wrote. “I am so excited for you and can’t wait until you debut your new collection. Hopefully,this beautiful ring will be affordable. It is simply stunning and I can’t wait to own it!”

McCoy responded.

“Thanks for all the kind words!” she said. “I really love this ring! JTV does not give diamond quality unless they send a lab certificate with the piece. But I can say that the diamonds are very white and beautiful! I think I have created the perfect balance of wow and price!”

Our reporter’s bullshit detector was activated by McCoy’s comment, and apparently you don’t have to be a journalist to have that same BS alarm. In fact, posters got a little feisty on McCoy’s Facebook page.

Another McCoy JTV item

Another McCoy JTV item

“Pam you did not answer the question,” wrote one woman. “What color and clarity are YOUR diamonds used in your new jewelry line. We are looking for a letter like G,H,I and a clarity like Si1 or Si2 hopefully not the I3 I4 Clarity. Saying they are white is not an accurate statement of color or clarity. If you are the designer and manufacturing these pieces you should KNOW what Color and clarity diamonds are being used.”

“No way will they be anything more than I3 quality,” wrote another skeptic. “JTV has crap diamonds unfortunately and Pam’s prices are right in line with the other JTV pricing.”

“I remember your beautiful jewelry line before: What are the diamond stats?” another woman begged.

“White as in milky white, this piece is very similar to a another piece on ShopNBC!!!” snarked another poster.

McCoy and JTV did have their defenders.

“Why don’t you go somewhere else and shop and let the people enjoy what they can afford,” wrote one McCoy fan. “You certainly didn’t come from a very good family if they didn’t teach you not to insult someone’s jewelry. We love Pamela and wish her the best!”

Another cloudy McCoy JTV ring

Another cloudy McCoy JTV ring

By that measure, we guess we didn’t come from a very good family, either.

The critics, whose mamas apparently didn’t raise them right, either, didn’t let up.

“Ring nice, diamonds cloudy.”

“Beautiful ring setting! Whats the quality grading of the diamonds, Pam?”

“Would you wear a ring with poor quality diamonds like this one? I don’t think so…… We want top quality and are willing to pay for it.”

“Too cloudy for me.”

JTV has officially heralded McCoy’s arrival.

“We’re excited to announce that Pamela McCoy will be joining JTV with her new line – Pamela McCoy Diamonds! Tune in for her first show on January 31st from 10am to 12pm EST. Welcome Pamela!”

Welcome, indeed.

Jewelry Television’s Co-Founder Jerry Sisk Dies At Age 59

January 16, 2013

We often poke fun at Jewelry Television, but it’s time to be serious now.

The network’s co-founder Gerald D. Sisk Jr., passed away unexpectedly Sunday, according to JTV. He was only 59, which makes us feel a little more worried about our own mortality.

Jerry Sisk

Jerry Sisk

Here is the link to the memorial on JTV’s website.

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Jerry Sisk

The announcement said that Sisk, JTV’s co-founder and executive vice president passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning. He is survived by his wife Karen, his mother, a sister and several other relatives.

Sisk was a graduate gemologist (G.I.A.), a member of the International Colored Gemstone Association, and served as a Gemstone Industry & Laboratory Conference committee member.

“A frequent guest speaker, he was honored to be chosen as one of the five most powerful people in the world of gems and gemology on the JCK 2012 Power List,” according to JTV. “His book, ‘Guide to Gems & Jewelry,’ has sold more than 15,000 copies and is in its second printing.”

Sisk was born in New York and had been a resident of Knoxville, Tenn., since college. That’s the city where JTV is based.

Sisk traveled to over 40 countries worldwide, “developed a deep appreciation for many cultures, and was well-versed in the challenges of gemstone mining and jewelry manufacturing,” JTV said. “Sisk began working in the jewelry business as a teenage apprentice.”

He created JTV in 1993 with Bob Hall and Bill Kouns, both longtime friends, and “tirelessly devoted his career to finding the best quality gemstones for the best value for JTV customers,” the network said.

“Jerry enjoyed sharing his passion for gemstones with others and especially enjoyed going on-air and talking directly to customers about how to look for the best gemstone for the money they had to spend,” JTV said.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9908 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, with a Celebration of Life to follow at 7 p.m.

Family and friends will gather at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at Concord Masonic Cemetery with graveside services to follow at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to Beads of Courage.


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