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JTV Seeks Tax Break To Acquire Knoxville Properties

August 11, 2015

Like a lot of companies in New Jersey, Jewelry Television is looking for a tax break — or so-called PILOT program — from its home state of Tennessee.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that JTV is asking the Knox County, Commission to give it a tax deal for a property purchase.

JTV wants a payment in lieu of taxes, in this case a 10-year deal, to save $1.4 million in tax payments stemming from buying its site and making improvements to its building, namely adding 20,000 square feet of space, according to the newspaper.

The 24-hour jewelry and gem network is talking about adding 30 high-paying jobs, at $80,000 or so. Where do we sign up?

Under the proposed deal, JTV would not pay taxes on the total $42 million to buy the properties it currently leases.

According to the News Sentinel, JTV employs almost 1,200 people and has a $59 million payroll.


JTV Debuts Own ‘Rock Star’ Reality TV Show Friday

August 7, 2015

Bragging that it will be the first home shopping network to air a reality show, Jewelry Television said it will be bringing “JTV Rock Star Designer” to its viewers.

The program is part of the network’s national search for talented jewelry designers, one of whom will win a $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity to design and sell a jewelry collection on the national jewelry and gemstone shopping network.

The reality series will debut on today, Friday, at 7:30 p.m., leading into the network’s most-watched segment, “Girlfriend Friday.” There will also be an encore presentation every Wednesday at 2 a.m. beginning Aug. 12.

In March JTV issued a call for entries and received applications from designers around the country.

Each aspiring designer was required to submit examples of their jewelry designs and a biographical video describing why he/she should be JTV’s first “Rock Star Designer.”

The public voted on its favorite entries, narrowing the field to 10 semi-finalists.

A team of JTV executives, jewelry buyers and marketing professionals reviewed the work of the Top 10 and narrowed the field to five finalists who traveled to JTV’s corporate headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., and competed head-to-head in jewelry design competitions.

There’s information on the five finalists on the Rock Star site.

They are:
* Tamara Cimalore – Wilmington, Del.
* Alicia Herzbrun – Maryville, Tenn.
* Ashley Hoffman – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
* Kelly Miller – Saint Louis, Mo.
* Deborah Wilson Taylor – Austin, Texas

“JTV Rock Star Designer” emcee Kristie Carson will present contestants with a series of challenges devised to test creativity, jewelry and gemstone knowledge, design skills, business acumen and ability to work under pressure. One contestant will be eliminated after each challenge until a winner is announced Sept. 25.

‘We are dipping our toe into the branded-entertainment arena to entertain our current viewers as well as attract new audiences,” said Jill Johnson, vice president of marketing at JTV. “This is a full-scale television production with original sets, wardrobe, crew and nationally recognized celebrity judges. We hope to make this an annual competition.”

With the surging popularity in crowd-sourced design, JTV is getting a first-hand look at what emerging jewelry designers are creating and how that merchandise may drive trends and consumer purchasing decisions.

“As one of the country’s largest retailers of fine jewelry and gemstones, this is a new way for us to be at the forefront of identifying refreshing new design talent and jewelry trends,” said Johnson.

For more information on “JTV Rock Star Designer,” and the contestants, visit

Host Michele Lau Is Out The Door At JTV

June 25, 2015

It looks like another Jewelry Television host has bit the dust: Michele Lau. Thanks for the tip, Lovie.

Apparently Lau was on the air Monday night, and her Facebook page didn’t offer any hint of her impending departure from the network.

Michele Lau is the largest host to exit JTV

Michele Lau is the latest host to exit JTV

But our tipster noticed that Lau’s photo was off the JTV host page, and Lau confirmed that she was gone from the network, as well.

“Life took an unexpected turn yesterday and I am no longer with JTV,” she posted on her personal Facebook Tuesday. “Please continue to follow this page and ‘share’ it, please! I love you guys and look forward to seeing you on the air again soon! Love, Michele xxx'”

HSN host Kathy Wolf offered her support to Lau on Facebook.

“Michele I’m sad to read this,” Wolf posted. “Please feel free to reach out to me via phone when you’re ready.”

On Wednesday Lau posted a photo of a butterfly that had landed on her screen door.

“Look who stopped by this morning to offer support,” she wrote. “For those that know me well you know how special butterflies are to me. I apologize that I am not responding to you all, please forgive me. I will reach out soon and love and appreciate you more than you know.”

JTV Starts Search For Jewelry Designers And Manufacturers

June 5, 2015

Jewelry Television is launching a new initiative, “JTV Invites You,” “asking amateur and professional jewelry designers, as well as jewelry manufacturers, to present their collections …for retail consideration,” the home shopping network said this week.

Interested companies or individuals may complete a brief online application and submit images of jewelry designs or sketches on JTV’s website now. Executives from JTV’s merchandising team will review applications and issue invitations.

Those who get an invitation will get the chance to visit JTV headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., for a one-on-one meeting with JTV buyers. The network will then choose designers or companies whose products are a good fit for JTV audiences and work with them to sell their goods. JTV plans to continue this program on an ongoing basis.

“It’s not often that jewelry designers get this kind of opportunity to advance their careers,” said Kris Kulesza, JTV vice president and general merchandise manager. “We’re providing artists the chance to have their collections sold on national television, and manufacturers will have an opportunity to grow their companies.”

To learn more about the ‘JTV Invites You’ initiative or to submit an application, visit

JTV To Debut New, Deeper Green Prasiolite

June 2, 2015

We are a fan of prasiolite, a pastel-green quartz that is sometimes called green amethyst.


Anyway, Jewelry Television Monday said that it is debuting prasiolite from a new mine, La Capilla Prasiolite, during its annual Jewelry Fest, which ends June 7.

JTV said that a single Uruguayan mine, which “has produced some of the finest amethyst and citrine in existence, has yielded yet another important gemstone, decadent green prasiolite.”

The press release said:

La Capilla Prasiolite, which derives its name from the tall and slender amethyst crystals resembling the chapel steeples of Uruguay-Brazil, begins life as amethyst but is transformed into deeply saturated green prasiolite after a carefully monitored enhancement process.


Once the rough crystals are mined and processed, they make their way to Brazil to be fashioned into stunning gems by renowned Brazilian lapidaries. Each gem has been examined and hand selected as worthy of carrying the La Capilla brand name, which is proprietary to JTV.

“Each gem personifies the finest qualities of prasiolite and is sure to surpass the expectations of the most discriminating gem lover,” JTV Vice President of Marketing Jill Johnson said in a canned statement.

“While a majority of the prasiolite gems in the market are a lighter, minty green color, our La Capilla gems are among those with the deepest color in in the market today.”

JTV’s CEO also chimed in.

“Less than 2 percent of prasiolite from this mine yields gems of such saturated color after enhancement,” said Tim Matthews, who is also a graduate gemologist. “From 200 kilograms (roughly 440 lbs.) of rough material, only 3 kilos (6.6 lbs.) are designated La Capilla Prasiolite quality.”

Want To Be A JTV Host? Go To Vegas

May 21, 2015

Jewelry Television, which seems to be shedding quite a few hosts lately, is holding open auditions for on-air talent in Las Vegas at the end of the month.

We’re told candidates must have a passion for jewelry and gemstones, “although extensive knowledge is not required upon hire.”

Another requirement is “the ability to talk on camera about JTV jewelry and gemstone products, unscripted for up to four hours.”

Wow, that’s a tall order, make no mistake about it.

Those chosen will be invited to enter JTV’s host show apprentice program at the network’s headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., for product and on-air training.

Auditions will be held May 29 to 31 at Courtyard Las Vegas South.

Interested candidates must set up an appointment; more information is available at

Texan Advances In JTV 2015 Rock Star Designer Competition

May 19, 2015

Jewelry designer Deborah Wilson Taylor, whose jewelry was recently worn on CBS’s “The Young & The Restless, has advanced in Jewelry Television’s 2015 Rock Star Designer Competition.

Taylor’s company, Austin, Texas-based Femailler, is in the running for the contest, where the top five designers will compete in a reality series for the title of Rock Star.

Soap opera actress Kelly Sullivan, who plays Sage Warner, wore a very unique gold Byzantine necklace on “The Young & The Restless” on April 30 and May 1.

Designer Deborah Wilson Taylor's necklace

Designer Deborah Wilson Taylor’s necklace

The piece of jewelry was presented to the show’s wardrobe team as part of California-based Artisan Group’s Stylist Gift Bag Initiative, and was subsequently selected for Sullivan to wear on the show.

“I chose this necklace for TV because it is simple but elegant,” Taylor said in a canned statement. “I knew that because it was shorter in length, it would suit a variety of necklines and that the detail would show up well in close-ups.”

The necklace can be purchased at, where it retails for $200.

Taylor’s participation in the JTV Rock Star Designer Competition involved creating and submitting a short video highlighting her work process and current designs, along with a bio and photos, according to a press release from the designer.

JTV’s panel of experts then pick top designers, including Taylor, to be voted on by the public. Public voting ends May 28 and the top 10 vote-getters will proceed to the next round of competition.

After further evaluation, the judges will then choose five finalists to travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in challenges until four are eliminated and a winner is chosen by the judges.

Taylor creates every piece of jewelry herself and handles all aspects of the business, including website, photography, videography, social media, order fulfillment and customer service.

“My passion is taking an ancient form of jewelry, chain maille, and bringing it to the modern, high-end market,” she said.

Her favorite designs include crosses and long and short drop earrings.

The designer began creating chain maille when she was 14, taught by her brother. She quickly decided to take those skills and create smaller more intricate versions in quality materials, in the form of jewelry.

JTV Host Jeff Moseley To Mosey Over to Royal Caribbean

May 16, 2015

Yet another host is leaving Jewelry Television.

Saturday Jeff Moseley said that he is taking an “amazing position” with the Royal Caribbean cruise line as the new business development manager in the Southeast region.

“I have enjoyed my time as a TV Host at JTV these past few years and I will miss many wonderful friends, co-workers and neighbors here in Knoxville, Tenn.,” he posted on Facebook. “What an honor to work for the ‘Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean.'” ‪

Jeff Moseley in action

Jeff Moseley in action

Moseley and his wife Erin were one of the few remaining husband-and-wife teams on a home shopping network, until she left to work for Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty.

The couple recently went on a diet using Isagenex, and lost a lot of weight.

Here is Jeff’s bio from JTV’s website”

Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Jeff followed a family tradition right out of high school by joining the Alabama Air National Guard while pursuing his Communications degree at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

An Accredited Jewelry Professional and now pursuing his Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America Jeff enjoys sharing his 18 years experience in the industry with as many people as possible.

“I love the fact that JTV is so confident their collectors will love their new gemstones and jewelry that they offer a no questions asked, unconditional money back guarantee on all purchases!”

Let’s hope that Moseley’s tenure at a cruise line lasts longer than that of JTV host Kristen Keech, who left briefly for the high seas and Royal Media Partners but is now back on the home shopping channel.

JTV Holds Contest To Find Rock Star Jewelry Designer

April 1, 2015

Does everybody really want to be a rock star, like Nickelback says? Jewelry Television seems to think so. (Coincidentally, we heard the song this morning on the radio coming to work.)

The home shopping network is launching a national competition to discover talented jewelry designers. JTV’s Rock Star Designer Contest is open to the public and the online call for entries runs through April 30.

“We know there are many talented jewelry designers just waiting to be discovered and given their first big break,” Jill Johnson, JTV vice president of marketing, said in a canned statement. “We decided to use our international platform to offer exposure for contestants, as well as an opportunity to help one lucky winner get started in the jewelry industry.”

Entrants must submit photos of finished jewelry they have designed and made that represents their unique design style, along with a headshot and video message explaining why they should be JTV’s first Rock Star Designer.

The winner will receive: $5,000 cash prize; one-on-one mentoring with JTV’s international buyers; a segment on JTV featuring winner’s jewelry collection; exposure to 85 million households; and introductions to industry insiders and manufacturers

One hundred jewelry designers will be selected from the applicant group by the judges’ panel, consisting of industry experts. The initial finalists will be posted online for public viewing and voting, which will narrow the group to 10 semi-finalists.

The panel of judges will narrow the group to five finalists who will be notified May 29th and will receive an all-expense paid trip to JTV headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in a reality show style competition.

Designers will be filmed as they work their way through 4 unique design challenges. One finalist will be eliminated after each challenge until a winner emerges. The episodes will be aired on and promoted on the national broadcast network.

Entrants must be at least 21 years old and be available for the challenge filming dates. For a complete list of rules and details visit Learn more about JTV at

Ex-JTV Hosts Libby Floyd, Erin Moseley Find Gigs In Real Estate

December 22, 2014

Two Jewelry Television alums have found news careers — as real estate agents.

First Libby Floyd, who was on JTV for a brief year after a long tenure at ShopHQ, has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a Realtor in Cali. Venice, to be precise.

In fact, here is one of her pitches:

“Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represents the most expensive home in America….it’s a cool $195,000,000. Any takers? I’d be happy to show it to you!” she posted on Facebook.

LIbby Floyd

LIbby Floyd

That would be a tidy commission.

And former JTV host Erin Moseley has a new gig at Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty, as an affiliate broker/Realtor in Knoxville, Tenn.

Curiously enough, Moseley’s bio on the company website doesn’t mention her recent tenure at JTV.

It shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Floyd and Moseley to do sell real estate. After all, they were sales people in the home shopping world. If you

Erin Moseley

Erin Moseley

are a good sales person, you should be able to transfer those skills to sell any product.

We say the same thing in the journalism biz. If you’re a good reporter, you should be able to cover any beat.

Good luck to both these classy ladies.