Posts Tagged ‘silver jewelry’

Beloved Jewelry Designer Nicky Butler Gone From HSN

February 5, 2019

Sorry to say, but we saw this coming. Another one of our favorites on HSN is abruptly leaving the home shopping channel after 20 years: British jewelry designer Nicky Butler.

Butler, a slender white-haired gent with a very spiritual side, posted the sad news on Facebook this weekend.

“After 20 years…I will no longer appear on HSN programming,” he wrote cryptically.

He asked HSN customers to pick up his final pieces for the network on HSN.com, and to continue following him on Facebook.

Butler, who once had a fancy shop in London and counted Princess Diana as a customer, got many of his design inspirations from his beloved India, where he sourced many of his gemstones.

His specialty was crosses — our favorite design — and we must have at least eight of his pieces or so.

But we haven’t seen him on HSN recently, and was wondering about his fate there. On FB posters asked if he was retiring, etc., looking for an explanation for his HSN departure and bemoaning it.

You don’t have to be a genius to figure it out girlfriends. Under the ownership of QVC’s parent, Qurate Retail Group, HSN is being turned into a homogenized, bland home shopping venue. So out with Butler and many other fan favorites.

Butler isn’t the only longtime jewelry vendor who has left. Victoria Wieck is on now on Evine.

From his responses on FB, it appears that Butler plans to continue designing and selling his wonderful jewelry. Let’s hope so.

Ex-QVC Vendor Esposito Arrested In Pot Case

November 23, 2017

This is sad.

A former QVC jewelry vendor has been charged with selling marijuana to undercover law enforcement agents during a drug-trafficking investigation, according to a Providence TV station.

Prominent Providence jeweler arrested in undercover drug probe

Joseph Esposito, 71, allegedly sold weed and butane oil to an undercover agent numerous times between June and August out of a building where he has his company, Esposito Jewelry Inc., in Providence, Rhode Island.

He was arrested earlier this month and charged with five felony counts of selling pot, two felony counts of intent to deliver marijuana or marijuana oil and one felony count each of conspiracy and possession of marijuana in excess of five kilograms, according to WPRI.

He was released on $5,000 bond.

His arrest came as the result of a probe by Rhode Island State Police and the federales, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Esposito had more than jewelry at his company, according to authorities. He allegedly had a indoor marijuana-growing operation at his company,
Esposito’s alleged co-conspirator has a medical-marijuana patient card and a license to grow marijuana.

When they executed a search warrant at Esposito’s building police found 126 pot plants, 33 pounds of marijuana, and “four tubs of marijuana oil,” according to the TV station. They also confiscated more than $60,000.

“Esposito appears to have earned the bulk of his wealth from the jewelry company, a family business that was incorporated in Rhode Island in 1935, about nine years before he was born,” the story says. “At one time, the company’s products were sold on the QVC Shopping Network.”

Esposito’s specialty was sterling silver jewelry that included pendants that would were interchangeable and could be snapped in and out of necklaces.