Posts Tagged ‘Tucson Gem Show’

ShopHQ Live From Tucson Gem Show With Three Diablos

February 8, 2014

OK, we will give credit where credit is due.

We’ve been watching ShopHQ’s live programming from the Tucson Gem Show, featuring the Three Amigos, and we’ve been enjoying the telecasts.

Melissa Miner, Vincent Ciurluini, Judy Crowell, Paul Deasy, Chuck Clemency, Sarah Anderson and Nick Kwan.

Melissa Miner, Vincent Ciurluini, Judy Crowell, Paul Deasy, Chuck Clemency, Sarah Anderson and Nick Kwan.

Of course, we are jealous that we are not there. The jewelry from vendors Chuck Clemency, Paul Deasy and Michael Valitutti are been impressive. We took out our plastic to order a cross with green Kingman turquoise and amethyst.

Jewelry Television has also been saying that it will be televising on location from Tucson, but we haven’t seen that yet.

It looks like husband-and-wife ShopHQ vendors Dallas Prince and Vincent Ciurluini were also at the show, and Prince posted a photo of her and the other folks from the home shopping network, which we are posted here.

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ShopNBC Host Kendy Kloepfer Is Queen of Annoying

February 25, 2013

Long story short, we just realized that we have ShopNBC on our Comcast channel lineup. We are off Fridays, and spent much of that day last week and Saturday checking out ShopNBC’s Tucson jewelry event.

We were pretty impressed with ShopNBC’s offerings and picked up two dainty items in our new favorite gemstone, black spinel.

Kendy Kloepfer

Kendy Kloepfer

We tuned in for the Saturday night finale of Tucson with host Kendy Kloepfer and Jersey jewelry maven Chuck Clemency, and by the end of the show we wished we could have blasted Kloepfer out of our TV set.

First of all, we are huge advocates of celebrating your birthday and proudly proclaiming your birthday. That said, we wanted to muzzle Kendy. She would not stop telling Chuck, and viewers, that her birthday was Sunday (or was it today, Monday? Guess we blanked it out).

If we had a drink every time she mentioned that her 50th birthday was almost here, we’d have been dirty drunk.

Next, maybe facing a midlife crisis, Kendy told Chuck about a man who got very friendly with her at her son’s hockey game. She all but said that he hit on her. And she repeated that comment again and again, adding that her husband was getting jealous and agitated and was ready to take on the randy spectator.

Give us a break, Kendy. Next time your husband should give you a dressing down for flirting with strangers right in front of his eyeballs.

It was a thoroughly annoying ShopNBC segment, and we put the TV on mute a couple of times to make it tolerable. Kendy said she was going to Costa Rica, and with any luck she’ll stay.

By the way, Jewelry Television is the king of black spinel. ShopNBC has some selection, and QVC has a bit. But JTV’s assortment and prices for black spinel are unsurpassed.

Paul Deasy, Home Shopping’s Resident Gem Connoisseur, Dishes To Us About The Black Opal He’s Bringing To ShopNBC, And More

February 18, 2010

Paul Deasy

Home shopping veteran and gem expert Paul Deasy told us that he has some surprises coming up on his “Gem Insider” shows tomorrow and Friday on ShopNBC, and for the rest of the year at the No. 3 home shopping channel.

Deasy, who previously worked at HSN and QVC, said Wednesday that he is debuting special Australian black opal on ShopNBC for its Tucson ’10 Sneak Peek event. And the other gemstones he will feature are the now-hot malachite, amazonite and the very rare gaspeite.

“No one’s been able to ever get any kind of affordable, truly affordable, Australian black opal to the customer,” Deasy said. “We’re going to achieve that.”

ShopNBC’s Friday’s Today’s Top Value will be from Deasy’s “Gem Insider” line.

We interviewed Deasy by phone, with him speaking to us from a hotel room in Minneapolis, where ShopNBC is headquartered. He arrived there this morning with his wife Judy Crowell, a fellow ShopNBC vendor and QVC and HSN alum. They flew in from their home in Florida, fresh off a six-day trip to attend the Tucson Gem Shore.

Deasy, who is working on a book on opals, met his business partner, Peter Vajda, when he traveled to the Australian opal mines to film video to air on QVC about a decade ago. They both “shared a passion” for opals, according to Deasy.

Vajda, who is also an expert on turquoise, has been stockpiling opals for years from his camp in Lambina Station in the Outback. He’s perfected a proprietary process – a treatment similar to stabilizing turquoise – to make to the opals more durable. It also enhances their color, so it’s “just absolutely sensational,” according Deasy.

Compared to opal that is now selling for $420 to $500 a carat wholesale, “We’re going to have prices that are just going to blow everybody away, and it’s only available at this point on ShopNBC, because we’re giving them the right of first refusal on it,” according to Deasy.

Now may be the time to grab your black opal, some of which will be set in sterling silver, from ShopNBC. Because of the tough economy and fuel costs, there has been a dramatic decline in opal mining in Australia, Deasy told us.

The upcoming “Gem Insider” show will also feature high-quality amazonite, the bluish-green opaque stone, that Deasy found in Colorado, as well as malachite, the pretty deep green striated stone that’s very “in” this year.

“We found a tremendous source in the Democratic Republic of the Congo…The material is gorgeous,” Deasy said of his malachite, which is a byproduct of copper mining.

Judy Crowell

Finally, the “Gem Insider” show will offer bright green gaspeite from western Australia. We love the vivid color of gaspeite, and we used to often see it featured in jewelry in shops in Scottsdale. But we haven’t spotted it in recent visits. Deasy said that’s because gaspeite isn’t even being mined right now.

“It’s really rare stuff,” he told us.

Deasy has big plans for “Gem Insider” this year. Look for “Mined in America” shows that will feature rubies, sapphires and emeralds from North Carolina; peridot from Colorado; and turquoise from veteran mines.

“We think there’s a lot of stories to be told right here in our own backyard,” he said.

Deasy will also be going to mining sites in the United States and South America to film videos that will air during his “Gem Insider” shows later this year. Both he and Crowell traveled to mines when they were at QVC to give viewers a bird’s eye view of the gem business.

“We found that formula to be very successful in the past because I’ve always felt that people certainly love the gemstones, but they love to find out a lot more about history and culture,” Deasy said. “It’s also a way for them to vicariously enjoy the mining experience without getting their feet dirty.”

Crowell is busy, too. While we were interviewing Deasy, she got her first look at sample of a piece of outerwear – part of her new line for ShopNBC — that she had sent to the hotel in Minnesota.

Crowell has already introduced a collection of handbags and scarves on ShopNBC, and will be premiering the outerwear on the channel next month.

HSN Rock God Jay King Says Lapiz Bowls Will Be Back In May, But Not Turquoise Ones

February 14, 2010

Rock god Jay King has been on HSN all this weekend with his Mine Finds from the Tucson Gem Show, and he gave an update Saturday night about his popular turquoise bowls and lapiz bowls.

King told viewers that his lapiz bowls will be back on HSN in May, and that he’ll have 200 to sell. But the news as the turquoise bowls was not so great.

It doesn’t look like we can expect them anytime soon. King, who travels the globe looking for unusual stones to craft into jewelry, said the turquoise bowls use a lot of “rough,” as they say in the rock biz.

To make 700 turquoise bowls for a recent visit, King said, “We burned through tonnage (of turquoise).”

As a tease, King had one of his lapiz bowls sitting on the table as he did his HSN presentations.

King has HSN’s Today’s Special Sunday. It is a pair of turquoise inlay interchangeable earrings, which have turquoise, mother of pearl and black enhancer that you can change out on the earrings. The earrings are $90.

Hey QVC, We Do Believe That HSN Coined The Term ‘Tucson Finds’ First

February 12, 2010

Wieck's peach morganite Tucson gem find

As rock hounds, we’d love to one day travel to Arizona, our favorite place in the world, to attend the Tucson Gem Show in February.

We hear it basically takes over that small city, which we have visited several times, and the place is invaded by gem buyers, including execs and vendors for HSN and QVC.

We wouldn’t mind cruising the floor of that gem fest, and then heading out for Happy Hour and margaritas at a local cantina. Sounds like a dream day to us.

Anyway, HSN especially — but also QVC — each do jewelry shows offering sparklers found at the Tucson show. This year HSN beat QVC to the punch with a Tucson Gem Show Today’s Special from Beverly Hills jewelry designer Victoria Wieck. It sold out, but it was a peach morganite ring for $129.

Wieck, a lovely lady who speaks with a bit of a lisp, described the floor of the Tucson show as “a sea of gems.”

HSN will continue with the Tucson Gem Show theme through the weekend with shows such as Fine Turquoise Tucson Gem Finds and Jay King Tucson Gem Finds. King will have the TS Sunday.

It looks like QVC is going to be a bit of a copycat. Next Wednesday its Today’s Special Value will be “Gemstone Expressions — featuring Tucson Finds.” We do believe HSN has been using that “Finds” term for years, with King’s line named “Mine Finds By Jay King.”