Posts Tagged ‘turquoise’

Evine Live Does A Day Of Turquoise, Whoppee

June 22, 2015

We must have died and gone to heaven: Evine Live is doing a whole day of turquoise jewelry!

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Paul Deasy has the network’s Today’s Top Value, a line bracelet with Sleeping Beauty turquoise and gemstones, including our favorite, white topaz. We find it a little pricey at $250, though.

http://www.evine.com/offer/default.aspx?offercode=147-376&icid=HP1-_-TTV147376-_-062215

But we have always loved the combination of opaque turquoise with gemstones.

There are about 100 new items airing on this Turquoise Obsession event.

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HSN Shoppers Blast Jay King Over Shoddy Sterling Cuff

July 22, 2013

Let us preface this blog by saying we are big fans of HSN rock god Jay King’s jewelry. Some of our favorite necklaces are by King. We love the enthusiasm and passion he exudes as he talks about his globe trotting hunting for his “mine finds.”

That’s why it pains us to ask what the hell happened with his HSN TS earlier this month? It was a sterling silver cuff bracelet with cabochons of either redskin turquoise, lapis, coral or variscite, a lovely shade of green (#269-813). The price tag was only $90, and you could purchases matching earrings and pendants.

http://www.hsn.com/products/jay-king-oval-gemstone-sterling-silver-7-cuff-bracelet/10063984

When we got our cuff, we couldn’t believe our eyes. True, the stones was pretty, but the bracelet was so flimsy we felt it might break when we squeezed it to fit our wrist. We know the price of silver has soared, but this skimpy bracelet was back in the mail to HSN shortly.

The Leo Feeney pendant we bought in Cave Creek

The Leo Feeney pendant we bought in Cave Creek

But trying to be fair, we decided to see what other HSN shoppers thought about the cuff before we blogged on it. If they disagreed with us, we would not offer our negative review of this King piece.

Well, there were HSN jewelry geeks who gave the cuff five stars. But there were a boatload who had the same complaints that we did — and more! There were 146 comments last time we looked.

http://www.hsn.com/products/jay-king-oval-variscite-sterling-silver-cuff-bracelet/7170932

Many of them, and we mean many, said when their bracelets arrived with stones that had already fallen out of them, sitting in the box. Others complained that the first time they wore it, a stone fell out. Others blasted King for having the cuffs manufactured in China, with the resulting shoddy workmanship.

Many asked what happened to HSN’s quality control.

Still others said, like us, that the cuff was too flimsy and they would have gladly paid more for a sturdier piece. Others said the lapis was too dark, a deep navy blue. Others wailed that the stones on their pieces didn’t match.

We ordered the variscite cuff because we thought it would match a pendant we bought when we went to Arizona last month. The one type of turquoise we were looking for was Carico Lake, which has a gorgeous almost pistachio green color.

It is very expensive turquoise. We saw a gorgeous necklace made out of Carico in Scottsdale, and it was more than $3,000. Our pendant was much more modest, picked up in Cave Creek. It mixes the opaque Carico with gemstones, citrine and peridot.

We love turquoise and gems combined. And that is the specialty of the artist who crafted our pendant, Leo Feeney. The King variscite cuff actually matched the pendant, but again, we thought the sterling on the cuff was not wear well over time.

Here is a sampling of some of the damning reviews on HSN.com:

“This is my first time buying from mr king. i don’t like to much weight on my jewelry but not to light. But this is to light scare to bend it. i purchase 2 bracelet and 1 pair of earrings. Was so happy when i receive my bracelets and earring. But so sad when i open my package and the stone were loose inside the package. poor quality i could real see why he was saying they did not make money.”

“When I opened the box and saw this bracelet I immediately loved it and put it on. It fit perfectly, the stones were as pretty as they looked on TV and I was ready to wear it for the whole summer. However, within 5 minutes of first putting it on,I looked down and saw that one of the stones had fallen out. Fortunately I found the stone but unfortunately the bracelet is going back! I have many Jay King pieces but this does not meet their standard. Sorry.”

“Shame on the makers of this Jay KIng cuff bracelet! I received cuff with 2 stones flopping around the bag! I have many pieces of Jay King and love them all. When I called customer service I knew other people had the same problem. Then I looked at reviews, so many had the same problem. Again, SHAME on makers of this cuff. Apology should be given to us all. Need I say… it’s going back.”

“I used to not be able to resist Jay King’s items but I guess the glory days are over. I can’t believe how far the quality of his pieces have fallen. The glue was still on the stones on one of the turquoise bracelets I received. Very sad because he used to have such nice things. He now uses compressed stones or stones that are poorly set in China. Heartbreaking.”

“I ordered four of these bracelets and as soon as I am through writing this review all four are going back to the post office for their return trip. What a disappointment!”

“My bracelet had a stone fall out within 5 minutes of opening the box. The silver is really lightweight and when you squeeze it to close around your wrist, it creases — it’s that flimsy. And I have a 7 inch wrist — not small at all. Lapis was fine but it needs to stay in the ‘bezel.’ Not really a bezel — it’s just glued in and not well at that. Really disappointed since I had a necklace it would have gone well with. Going back.”

Here’s Another Turquoise Piece, With Bronze Matrix, That’s Like HSN Rock God Jay King’s

June 15, 2011

Not to beat a dead horse, but we will.

HSN rock god Jay King had a turquoise ring with bronze matrix that he claimed was “unique” and one of a kind.

Jay King's take on bronzed turquoise

We pointed out that Paul Deasy on ShopNBC had a smilar ring, and now even HSN’s Himalayan Gems line has similar earrings.

Himalayan Gems' take on bronzed turquoise

We’re just sayin.

Don’t Look For HSN Rock God Jay King’s Turquoise Bowls After October

July 21, 2010

You may not see this King bowl anymore after the fall

HSN rock star Jay King’s current turquoise and lapis bowls are not long for this world.

King, who has HSN’s Today’s Special Wednesday, said on his first show at midnight that he will have some of the popular bowls coming in October.

“After that, I don’t know if we’ll be able to do it anymore,” King said.

With turquoise so scarce and expensive, it looks like doing the bowls in the current design just uses up too much of that “rough.”

King was asked about the bowls again at 1 p.m., from a woman who wanted to buy one for her husband’s birthday.

That time, King hedged a bit and said he was “trying” to bring the bowls back in October, again citing skyrocketing turquoise prices as the problem.

“The turquoise had gone through the roof,” he told that caller.

And even later King hedged again about even having the bowls in October, saying, “That’s not a guarantee.”

King's garnet necklace

But take heart. King, who just came back from being on the road for five weeks, also mentioned that he has just designed four more bowls. So maybe we’ll see them coming up on HSN.

Wednesday is HSN’s 24-hour Silver Celebration, and King’s TS is a garnet waterfall necklace for $100.

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.

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 King Jay King Expects To Bring Lapis Bowls To Network In February

December 29, 2009

Jay King, HSN’s rock star, Monday night said he hopes to be bringing lapis bowls to the home shopping network in February.

King, who travels around the world to find unusual stones to bring to HSN as his “Mine Finds,” was on the home shopping channel all weekend, with the Today’s Special, a turquoise and opal necklace, on Monday.

One of King’s newest and most popular items have been turquoise bowls, a small one and a large one. The items, with the small 8 1/2-inch bowl costing $310, have quickly sold out.

During his presentations Monday King had such a bowl, this one made of cobalt blue lapis, sitting on the table. “I hope to have it in February,” King said. “And you’ll see turquoise bowls back in 2010.”

King, who HSN describes as its own Indiana Jones, said one of the issues in getting the turquoise bowls back is that they are using more stone rough than King and his crew had anticipated.

Not To Be Undone By QVC, ShopNBC Expands Black Friday to Holiday Shopping Weekend Must-Haves

November 26, 2009

ShopNBC has launched an expanded Black Friday promotion with Holiday Shopping Weekend Must-Haves.

This special sales event extends the traditional Black Friday deals by beginning Wednesday and continuing through Cyber Monday, Nov. 30.

QVC also has a big Black Friday schedule planned starting Thanksgiving night.

The ShopNBC sales event will feature a “Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy” theme with gift ideas for him, her, and the entire family, including jewelry, watches, beauty, fashion, electronics and home decor.

All items featured during the event will be eligible for ValueShipping, 5 ValuePay offers, guaranteed Christmas delivery, and an extended return policy through Jan. 31. Plus, throughout the event, select items will be featured on 6 ValuePay.

Top 10 Expanded Black Friday Must-Haves from ShopNBC:

1. Mitsubishi 60″ DLP HDTV (V51644 & V51645).

2. Invicta Reserve Specialty Subaqua GMT/Alarm Watch (J177785).

3. BodyBlade Core Trainer (C74042).

4. Grand Suites 1000TC 6pc Egyptian Cotton Sateen Sheet Set (G13402).

5. “Fantastic Five” Tiffany-Style Stained Glass Accent Lamp Set (K40265).

6. Sterling Silver/ Palladium/ 18K Vermeil Kingman Turquoise Ring (J311534).

7. Sterling Silver/Platinum/ or 24K Vermeil Brilliante In-Out Hoop Earrings (J315960).

8. Geneology Fashion DNA Quilted Coat (A18333), which is Thursday’s Our Top Value.

9. Dream Oaks Micro Plush Oversized Reversible Throw Blanket (G13325).

10. Waltham Women’s Lady Diva 25 Piece Interchangeable Watch Wardrobe (J177795).

“We are thrilled to expand Black Friday for our viewers with this Holiday gift giving event,” Kris Kulesza, ShopNBC’s Chief Merchant, said in a prepared statement.

“By revealing our Thanksgiving Weekend offers on Wednesday, we are able to give our customers an expanded shopping opportunity from wherever they desire to shop: home, work, on the go,” he said. “Throughout the weekend, viewers will find a unique selection of great gift ideas from fashion, beauty, electronics, jewelry, watches, and home. With all of the exciting offers and expanded merchandise categories launching on ShopNBC, we are well-positioned as a true multichannel shopping destination for our customers this Holiday season.”

The grand finale of the weekend will be Cyber Monday. Special promotions include Web-exclusive top offers, special pricing on luxury watches, and 5 ValuePay on all online merchandise. ShopNBC.com will offer a huge selection of more than 10,000 items ideal for gift-giving, including a newly expanded assortment of web exclusive brands such as Singer Sewing, Samsonite, Wenger Watches and more.

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).

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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.

HSN Jay King Update: More Turquoise Bowls Are Coming In November

October 4, 2009

On HSN Jay King’s large turquoise bowls were such a hit that they sold out Saturday. We couldn’t even find them on the home shopping channel’s Web site. But King said that he will have 500 smaller turquoise bowls coming to HSN in November.

He also had a bowl made of gorgeous blue lapiz on display during one of his afternoon shows, but there was no word about when that will be available.

King has the Today’s Special coming up for Sunday.