Posts Tagged ‘Sonia Bitton’

Evine Vendor Sonia Bitton’s Comedian Son Makes A Splash

September 11, 2016

Evine viewers and upscale jewelry lovers are very familiar with vendor Sonia Bitton, with her great French accent and fabulous baubles.

What they may not know is that her son, David Bluvband, is an up-and-coming comedian, actor and filmmaker.

Bitton often mentions her offspring on the No. 3 home shopping network, but he particularly caught our eye when we saw that he had appeared on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Night” show as a guest in a skit. We know we’ve beaten this dead horse before, but Colbert lives in our town of Montclair, N.J.

It was a funny bit.

Bluvband is a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade comic group, and has his bona fides in the entertainment world.

Here is the blurb on him from the UCB’s website, and it does reference his mom Bitton.

David is a comedian/filmmaker born and raised in NYC. He has been studying at UCB since 2006, and has had the pleasure of studying with a plethora of wonderful teachers.

He has been apart of a whole bunch of shows at UCB including The Macroscene, The Movie, Too Many Guns, Relationship Cycles, The Brooks Brothers Clambake, Sketch Cram, The Honeymen: A Salute To Honey, Rewrite Movie Night, and former Harold Teams, dybbuk, Dance Break, GoodGirl, The Enemy, 32k, and currently performs with the team Brightlight.

David can be seen playing the Human Fish on Fusion’s The Chris Gethard Show, and has also appeared on Broad City and The Knick. He co-directed a web series called Last Night with John Trowbridge, which Splitsider called “Totally funny and unapologetically rude.” He makes a lot of videos you can find on the internet, usually with Riley Soloner.

David is also a photographer, who’s work has been on display in famous galleries like the UCB East Hot Chick’s Room and his mom’s living room.

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The Jacobs’ ‘Offerings’ Jewelry Returns To ShopHQ

September 11, 2014

ShopHQ jewelry vendor Sonia Bitton gave us a little scoop on Facebook today: The married silver-jewelry designing team of Richard and Marianna Jacobs are coming back to the No. 3 home shopping network.

The Jacobs, whose collection of handmade jewelry is called Offerings, were originally on ShopHQ, when it was ShopNBC. Then they left and went on HSN.

But they are coming back to Minnesota, according to Bitton.

“OK get ready all. ‘Offerings’ will be back at SHOPHQ on October 7 at 9AM and 7PM CT and I am so excited I am the first to be announcing!!!>” Bitton wrote on Facebook.

We love their jewelry, and can’t wait to see what they have cooking for ShopHQ.

ShopHQ Jewelry Designer Sonia Bitton Back With Real Bijoux

November 20, 2013

Sonia Bitton

Sonia Bitton

Years ago we used to buy gorgeous gold and diamond jewelry from designer Sonia Bitton on ShopHQ, then ShopNBC. We got a pretty cross from her that we still treasure.

Her Galerie de Bijoux line was high quality, high end.

Then the management at ShopHQ decided to have French-accented Bitton just do a cheap jewelry line with cubic zirconia. We didn’t buy it.

But we got some good news today when Bitton said on Facebook that she’s going to be be reviving her diamond and real gemstone line on the No. 3 home shopping network.

“Working also on my ‘Galerie de Bijoux’ line,” she posted. “YES gold/diamond/color on ShopHQ WEB ONLY….So excited and so is my entire team!”

We don’t care if it’s only online. We can’t wait to see it.

Thanks, Big Spenders, For ‘Gifting’ Us With A $24,000 Tanzanite Stone From Jewelry Television

December 16, 2011

For those who have been wondering what to get The Homeshoppingista for Christmas, here it is: A $23,767 tanzanite stone.

We saw this 32-carat beauty last night at some ungodly hour on Jewelry Television. At first we thought we were seeing things when we got a gander at the price onscreen for this loose gemstone.

http://www.jtv.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-jtv-Site/default/Search-Show?q=tanzanite&srule=default&start=384&sz=96&showProducts=1

We guess it is part of the Hidden Tanzanite Reserve that JTV has been touting. But why would anyone buy a gem like this, for the price of a car, without seeing it in person? Better yet, who has $24,000 to buy a gem?

It is a rectangular cushion cut, and has the gorgeous deep blue-purplish color of high quality tanzanite, for sure. But $24,000?

This is one of the highest-priced items we have ever seen on a home shopping network. The only thing that may have rivaled it in the past were some of Sonia Bitton’s one-of-a-kind diamond rings on ShopNBC, when she was doing diamonds, not CZ, and Charla Rines was still a host.

There’s a lot going on down in Knoxville. The network will be “introducing a new garnet with a beautiful color shift–Masasi Bordeaux Garnet,” according to its Facebook page.

Apparently, it “color changes from a honeyish salmon color to a sparkling Bordeaux. And it’s called Masasi because it comes from the same region as our now legendary Masasi Blue Color Change Garnet.”

JTV recently posted that it was also shooting a new branding campaign, and the photo of the shoot had an African-American model in it. That’s the first person of color we’ve seen even vaguely associated with this almost-all-blonde network.

High-End Jewelry Designer Sonia Bitton Returns To ShopNBC — Hawking Cubic Zirconia

June 28, 2010

Well, luxury jewelry designer Sonia Bitton is back on ShopNBC — selling a line that’s in sterlng silver and cubic zirconia!

French Bitton, who once brought ShopNBC glorious pieces that were thousands of dollars — with high grade diamonds and set in gold — now has the Sonia Bitton for Brilliante Collection on the No. 3 home shopping network.

Brilliante is ShopNBC’s simulated diamond line, i.e. cubic zirconia, the item that gave home shopping a bad rap. QVC’s brand name for this fake bling is Diamonique, while HSN calls its Absolute.

Exiled ShopNBC host Charla Rines was a huge fan of Bitton’s work, and always wore one of her huge diamond rings on-air.

But when Rines got the boot in January, Bitton became MIA from ShopNBC, too. We believe Rines was working with Bitton at an Australian home shopping channel for a bit earlier this year.

This is all part of the de-evolution of ShopNBC, which once targeted affluent customsers with high-end jewelry.

Ex-ShopNBC Host Charla Rines Has Been Down Under, And Says She’s Weighing Her Options

February 22, 2010

Charla Rines has been on TV in Australia

Charla Rines is alive and well, and has been in Australia, she tells us.

In an e-mail Sunday, Rines said, “Hello Homeshoppingista! I’m exploring several options right now. I was in Australia earlier this month representing Sonia Bitton’s product at TVSN. It was delightful!”

TVSN is a home shopping channel in Australia. And Sonia Bitton is a former ShopNBC vendor who used to sell very high-end diamond jewelry on the No. 3 U.S. home shopping channel.

Rines, a veteran ShopNBC host, was abruptly let go in January. Since then, there have been more than 30 angry posts on the blog we did about her exit. Charla’s fans are furious at ShopNBC, claim the network has gone downhill and that they will no longer be buying goods on it.

Charla, we hope to see you back again on U.S. TV soon, too.