Posts Tagged ‘Michael O’Connor’

Ex-QVC Diamond Expert Designs Line For JTV

December 22, 2016

Celebrity stylist Michael O’Connor, who spent years on QVC presenting its Affinity Diamond line, has designed a collection for Jewelry Television. But it ain’t diamonds.

We hope to speak to O’Connor next week about why he decided to do faux diamond pieces for JTV’s Bella Luce collection, a collaboration that the shopping network announced on Wednesday.

The jewelry will debut Jan. 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Charming O’Connor has more than three decades of experience in the jewelry and fashion industry, and is a celebrity stylist and fashion commentator.

“Michael has always been at the forefront of jewelry trends and is someone who has influenced celebrity style for many years,” Jill Johnson, JTV’s vice president of marketing, said in a canned statement. “So we know our customers are going to love each piece in this new collection.”

Here’s the pitch from the press release:

JTV’s exclusive Michael O’Connor for Bella Luce collection delivers elegance and style day or night. O’Connor creates stunning jewelry with the look, feel and quality of luxurious red-carpet designs.

Each piece is crafted in sterling silver with Eterno accents and is stamped with O’Connor’s signature logo. Additionally, a pink Bella Luce jewel is tucked within the interior of many of his designs.

“As a brand for passionate jewelry advocates, JTV is the perfect partner for this collection,” O’Connor said. “This is an exciting time and I’m looking forward to sharing these pieces with the JTV family.”

Ex-QVC Diamond Expert Michael O’Connor Moves To HSN

October 16, 2014

QVC’s loss has turned out to be HSN’s gain: Celebrity stylist and jewelry expert Michael O’Connor is coming to the No. 2 home shopping network.

The classy, genial gentleman posted the news on Facebook Wednesday.

Next week HSN celebrates Gem Week featuring new and unique discoveries from your favorite designers and experts. I’ll be making appearances throughout the week from 10/20 through the evening of 10/24.

Michael O'Connor

Michael O’Connor

I hope you’ll tune-in everyday for the best of HSN’s gemstones and some trend and styling tips and gemstone information from me.

On a personal note, I want to thank all of you who have said that you miss seeing me on TV! I’m thrilled to be working with HSN next week. I hope you’ll watch and I hope to speak to you. XO

We certainly will be glad to see him back. O’Connor was usually the guest for QVC’s Affinity Diamond shows. He was knowledgeable and funny. We think that he and the ol’ Q parted ways because he wanted to do some work for Reelz, the cable network.

In any event, he was a real asset to the ol’ Q. Now he’ll be an asset to HSN. Can’t wait to see him with Colleen Lopez!

HSN Gets Its Own Michael O’Connor, A Diamond Expert

April 9, 2014

It looks like HSN has found its own Michael O’Connor! The much-missed O’Connor was QVC’s former diamond guru.

Diane Warga-Arias posted on Facebook today, “It’s OFFICIAL: I am the Resident HSN DIAMOND EXPERT ….ON-AIR MAY 1st with COLORS OF DIAMONDS! I am so excited!”

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https://www.facebook.com/diane.warga.arias

We believe we’ve seen Diane on HSN as the guest on some diamond shows, and if so, we welcome her back.

As any QVC watcher knows, for years O’Connor served as that home shopping network’s diamond expert. A celebrity stylist for jewelry, O’Connor hooked up the stars with diamonds for the red carpet and was the guest for QVC’s Affinity Diamond shows.

He was charming and informative, but apparently he wanted to do another gig on another network, and QVC wouldn’t let him stay on and do both.

We miss him, especially during April, our birth month and diamond month. The clear carbon sparkler is our birthstone.

First Diamond Dean Michael O’Connor, Now Makeup Queen Leslie Blodgett Gone From QVC?

October 27, 2013

Thanks to posters on our blog and on the QVC.com boards for giving us the 411 on what is happening with QVC diamond maven Michael O’Connor, who has exited the home shopping network. And they dug up news about doe-eyed Bare Minerals/Bare Escentuals founder Leslie Blodgett.

http://community.qvc.com/forums/viewpoints/topic/412221/michael-oconner-affinity-diamond-rep-leaving-qvc.aspx

First, O’Connor told a Facebook friend why he left QVC.

Leslie Blodgett says goodbye QVC

Leslie Blodgett says goodbye QVC

“Unfortunately, there would have been a contractual conflict with other projects that I’m working on for future and therefore I had no choice,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor, a celeb stylist, also posted a video on Facebook with a clip for an outfit called Engagement 101 TV. It is launching next year — and O’Connor has a show on it.

QVC’s Affinity Diamond line will go on without him.

And a sharp-eyed poster on the QVC forums said that Blodgett will no longer be hosting the Bare Escentuals mineral makeup shows on the home shopping network.

“Leslie said it on her FB page,” the QVC poster said. “She took a sabbatical, and she’ll be back with BE, but her QVC days are over.”

We went on Blodgett’s Facebook page and couldn’t find this announcement, but apparently she’s been MIA from QVC so it sounds real.

UPDATE:

A smart friend found Blodgett’s post.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/leslie-blodgett/letter-to-leslie-blodgetts-fb-page/584814471543928

Blodgett sold her company to Japanese giant Shisedo for $1.7 billion a couple of years ago,

Diamond Expert Michael O’Connor Leaving QVC

October 26, 2013

Here’s a real shocker for a Saturday morning: Celeb stylist and diamond expert Michael O’Connor is exiting QVC.

We got up today and went on Facebook and saw O’Connor’s posting about him no longer the home shopping network’s face for its Affinity Diamond collection.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-OConnor-Qvc/240234302695453?hc_location=stream

O’Connor — one of the classiest, most charming and knowledgeable guests to grace QVC — was thanking fans who — like us — were sorry he was leaving the network. It looks like Friday was his last appearance on the channel.

Here is his post:

YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!!! Thank you all for the most lovely messages and comments that anybody could ever ask for. The decision to leave QVC was a VERY difficult one and I wish it could have been different.

Not only will I truly miss the great talents that I have the opportunity to work with but I will miss your calls into the show, your comments here on Facebook, the times you have stopped me in airports and stores and shared your own stories with me and all the times you’ve simply “liked” my posts here on Facebook.

You’ve made me feel very special and very lucky to have known you. I hope you’ll continue to keep up with me on Michael O”Connor Style – plenty of things on the horizon to share with you…. but for now, God bless and may the angels watch you always. XO Michael

We don’t know the scoop, but here are some likely scenarios. O’Connor may be so busy picking out jewelry for stars on the red carpet that he doesn’t have time for QVC. Or the home shopping network couldn’t come to terms on a new deal with O’Connor. Or QVC decided it didn’t need O’Connor anymore to hawk Affinity.

You decide.

Highlights Of QVC’s Gem Day: Affinity Diamond Highway Ring And Chrome Ceramic Watch

June 26, 2012

We’ve been backlogged again, and working Sundays, so couldn’t find time until today to comment on QVC’s Gem Day Saturday.

We weren’t overwhelmed, but since QVC has cut back so many of its jewelry presentations, we guess we shouldn’t complain.

QVC featured some new jewels for its airwaves, such as icy pink morganite. But that’s a stone that’s been a staple on ShopNBC and Jewelry Television.

The No. 1 home shopping network also hawked a lot of drusy, but once again the prices were exorbitant. QVC boasts that it only uses top-grade drusy. We’d rather have not top-quality drusy, and have a piece of jewelry that doesn’t break the bank.

The one thing we really were impressed with was Affinity Diamonds. Apparently so-called “highway” rings, which feature multiple bands attached to each other, are hot now. And QVC had a gorgeous tricolor one with diamonds.

Host Lisa Robertson and QVC diamond maven Michael O’Connor also showed off a chrome-colored ceramic watch with diamonds surrounding the face. That was a stunning piece.

O’Connor allayed our fears about the durability of ceramic watches. He said that the ceramic in QVC’s watches was an 8.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, harder than sapphires and almost as hard as a diamond. He added that the chrome color was baked through the watch, not just painted on. It was stunning.

Even QVC’s Lisa Robertson Would Say It’s Getting Hot In Here; Heidi Klum Is In The House

September 9, 2011

We’re roasting, and so is QVC host Lisa Robertson.

QVC is about to start broadcasting live from Soho, and Robertson is fanning herself. It must be a zillion degrees in here. We pity the gorgeous models who are clad in winter clothes. Well, we don’t pity them that much. They’re gorgeous.

We were so busy blogging, working hard to keep you guys informed folks, that we missed Heidi Klum. She was literally around the corner from us, taking photos with everyone. Except us.

On the way upstairs again we saw designer Bradley Bayou chatting with someone. Upstairs jewelry stylist and diamond expert Michael O’Connor was walking around, carrying a briefcase.

When we were walkng down the stairs to see the live broadcast kick off, designer Marc Bouwer was walking up the stairs.

Robertson is up on stage with Klum right now.

Gotta run. We want to check out Heidi.

Host Lisa Mason, Totally Choking Up Twice, Bids QVC A Teary Farewell Tuesday

December 15, 2010

We almost started tearing up ourselves as we watched longtime QVC host Lisa Mason do her emotional final show — Diamonique, fittingly — on QVC Tuesday evening.

Mason also did the big reveal about her plans: She has written a book about God called “Big Life Lessons From That Still, Small Voice.” More on that later.

Ms. Mason got choked up and was literally speechless twice during her two-hour show: For a few moments when her fellow host, Jacque Gonzales, called in on-air to say goodbye, and when makeup vendor Laura Geller called in at the show’s finale.

Mason, clutching a tissue, couldn’t get a word out when Gonzales called in. There was a long silence until Mason composed herself and Gonzales spoke up.

“You are my mentor, and took me by the hand day by day and step by step,” Gonzales, tearful herself, told Mason.

Gonzales threatened to hop on a train to Manhattan and stalk Mason in her Upper East Side neighborhood.

“I love you,” Gonzales said.

“I love you too, sugar,” Southern belle Mason replied back.

Later on, Mason joked about her temporary loss of words. “Was it an awkward moment of silence?” she asked. Only if someone doesn’t have a heart, Lisa.

Then near the end of the show, Geller called in and Mason just put both her hands up on her face, covering her eyes, and didn’t say a word, she was so emotional. Geller spoke up and filled up the dead air, singing praise for Mason until the beloved host was able to speak.

“Stop crying, wipe those tears already,” Geller told her.

They apparently see a lot of each other, since Geller lives on 68th Street in the Big Apple and Mason and her husband Gino are on 76th.

“Girl, did you see I lost it?” Mason told fellow host Jane Treacy later in the show, referring to her emotional reaction when Geller called in.

Mason got weepy more than once, not just with Gonzales and Geller.

Lisa Mason bid QVC viewers a teary goodbye

There were plenty of other call-ins, including former QVC host Kathy Levine, skin care vendor Dr. Adrienne Denese, makeup vendor Mally Roncal, designer Louis Dell’Olio, Affinity Diamond expert Michael O’Connor and Chaz Dean.

QVC also aired clips of QVC hosts Dan Wheeler, Jayne Brown and Leah Williams saying their goodbyes to Mason.

Mason, who joined QVC in 1995, also offered a bit of advice to viewers.

“Find a way to bring happiness to your life,” she said. Amen to that!

QVC did Mason a kindness by flashing the home page for her new website, lisamason.org. We tried to get on the site after the show, but it was down. Maybe it crashed from the traffic from her fans.

Finally, Mason briefly talked about her book.

“It’s a great book, it’s not about me,” she said. “But it’s called ‘Big Life Lessons From That Still, Small Voice.’ It is about God and it’s coming out end of February. I’ll let you know where. And I want you to be there with me when we launch it. And it really is about how important God is to me and always will be. That will never, never, never vary in my life.”

Then Treacy and Wheeler come on the air with Mason, Wheeler handed Mason a bouquet of roses, and Treacy brought out a big cake that said “Best Wishes: We Will Miss You.”

For astrology buffs, Mason is a Capricorn born Dec. 28, which is also her wedding anniversary with Gino.

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Host Lisa Mason Is Doing Her QVC Swan Song Right Now, Will Reveal Plans At 7 P.M.

December 14, 2010

Popular host Lisa Mason, clad in a teal blue shirt, is doing her swan song right now on QVC.

Mason is doing a Diamonique Show that started at 5 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. She’s been a bit of a tease, saying she will explain what she will be up to at the end of the show, at 7 p.m.

She has already revealed that she is writing a book, and has said she would like to get back into TV news.

Mason, whose Southern drawl is showing, fielded a call on-air from former QVC host Kathy Levine, who praised her to high heaven.

And celebrity stylist Michael O’Connor, who is Mason’s neighbor in Manhattan and does QVC’s Affinity Diamond Line, also called in.

“He lives on 74th, and I live on 76th,” Mason said.

ShopNBC Does ‘Twilight,’ And We’re Talking About Black Diamonds, Not Young Vampires

April 19, 2010

On its 30-hour Diamond Day Sunday, ShopNBC introduced a new line of black diamonds, called the Twilight Diamond Collection.

In fact, the network’s Today’s Top Value was a one-carat black and white diamond sterling silver stick cross.

The cross was $188, at five $38 Value Pays. We know we shouldn’t have, but we ordered it. We collect crosses, and a black diamond one was too much to resist. If it is really sparkly, we’ll keep it. If not, it goes back.

ShopNBC’s rivals have been selling colored diamonds for some time. QVC, as part of its trademark Affinity diamond line, offers Skylit Affinity blue diamonds, as well as champagne, black and yellow diamonds.

HSN sells black and blue diamonds, although not under any special name.

And just like QVC has its diamond expert, Michael O’Connor, ShopNBC trotted out its counterpart to him, “Jewelry Expert” Liz Bucheit, on Sunday.