Posts Tagged ‘Kingman Mine’

HSN Rock Star Jay King’s Buddy Marty Colbaugh, Owner Of THE Kingman Mine, Doesn’t Play Favorites: He Sells Turquoise To HSN Rival QVC

June 26, 2010

Kingman Mine owner Marty Colbaugh (on the right, we think)

Marty Colbaugh, the owner of the Kingman Mine in Arizona, doesn’t play favorites in terms of which home shopping network he sells his turquoise to.

QVC’s Today’s Special Value Saturday is a blue Kingman turquoise necklance and enhancer made from Kingman turquoise that was found in a huge vein in the mine last year.
So Colbaugh is appearing in on-air promos on QVC and on videos on the network’s website.

But Colbaugh is also a business associate and friend of Jay King, who does the Mine Finds line for QVC rival HSN.

HSN's Jay King, Marty's friend and business associate

Just over a month ago, Colbaugh appeared live on HSN with King when the Today’s Special was a Kingman turquoise ring.

The blue Kingman turquoise used for both pieces is apparently from the same “find” last year, and there has not been such a turquoise score at the Arizona mine since the late 1960s or early 1970s, Colbaugh said on both HSN and one of his QVC videos.

When QVC host Jill Bauer said that the Today’s Special Valyue was manufactured in Albuquerque, N.M., we almost jumped out of our chair, because that’s where King’s factory is. But of course he is not making the QVC necklace.

Veteran QVC Southwestern jewelry vendor Carolyn Pollack, who like King is based in Albuquerque, is making it.

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).

559857

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.