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Fresh from the Tucson Fair & Gem Gala Show Tonight at 7pm ET!

Last Reply by BklynKinsey 1424795870.987 | Started by Peyton Kelley in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities

We use the term “Fresh from the Fair” at QVC to showcase items our merchants find while walking one of the International Jewelry Fairs.  David Markstein, for instance, travels to the Vicenza Jewelry Show every year and brings back single samples of the new, exciting, fresh styles he finds.  Jen, the Gemstone Buyer, and I just returned from the Tucson Gem Show, and while walking the show we found many incredible, unique, and beautiful gems.  Some already mounted in jewelry and some in parcels of loose stones.  Many of these special finds from the Tucson Ge... Continue Reading

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Gem Day

Last Reply by Peyton Kelley 1424439121.793 | Started by Peyton Kelley in Jewelry Talk, Affinity

Have you ever heard of Cleopatra’s famous Emeralds? What most people don’t know is that many of them were really Peridot! They were actually extremely fine Peridot from the legendary mines on St. John’s Island (Zabargad) in Egypt.  This is believed to be the oldest site for Peridot as a gem material and has been mined since antiquity.  The island, located 35 miles off the Egyptian coast, was mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia (circa 79 AD) and was well known as a mining location in the Hellenistic period (circa 100 BC). In the 19t... Continue Reading

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Elizabeth Taylor

Last Reply by Peyton Kelley 1420642389.34 | Started by Peyton Kelley in Jewelry Talk

Icon.  Film Star.  Humanitarian.  These are just a few words that describe a legend the world still mourns.  In 1963, my Grandmother took me to see the movie Cleopatra on the big screen (my Mother thought it was too risqué for a ten year old).  I was immediately mesmerized when Elizabeth Taylor rose from the bathing pool; I fell in love and that love continues today.  In over 35 years in the jewelry industry, I have had many incredible opportunities.  Two of them are especially close to my heart.  Several years ago I was able to work with the S... Continue Reading

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Suarti is Back!

Last Reply by kbcr 1420777280.68 | Started by Peyton Kelley in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities

Suarti is back! The Balinese Queen of Artisan Crafted is back on QVC for the first time since June of 2013.  We are thrilled and her new pieces are a wow!  Her new Abalone pendant (J294847) is spectacular and reminds me of the movements in the water of the Bali Sea with a full moon.  To top it off, there are two butterflies and a heart hovering above the water! Opals are the hottest thing in the market right now and Suarti has brought a ring and matching earrings using this fabulous gemstone, J294796 and J294799.  Her use of Australian Opal Triplets showcases her amaz... Continue Reading

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Gem Day! And please vote - we want to hear from you!

Last Reply by Peyton Kelley 1420645122.6 | Started by Peyton Kelley in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities

Gem Day has finally arrived and let me tell you, the array of gemstones is incredible!  From Kunzite, to Fire Opal, Baltic Amber, Pink Tourmaline, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Alexandrite, and beyond, it’s going to be an incredible journey through some of the greatest gemstone mines around the world. Exceptional brilliance and sparkle, a rainbow of colors, and fine craftsmanship come together as our spectacular Gemstone Cuff TSV.  Only QVC can offer you Master Cut™ gemstone jewelry, precision cut and distinctly faceted gemstones based on superior cutting and polishin... Continue Reading

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Las Vegas

Last Reply by Peyton Kelley 1408058304.09 | Started by Peyton Kelley in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities

Every year I dread and look forward to the Las Vegas Jewelry Show.  I dread it because, even though Vegas is a fabulous place, it’s just not my cup of tea.  I don’t gamble or drink much but do enjoy the shows.  I did put $3 in a slot machine and won $ 0.04.   I look forward to the Show because it is the biggest and best jewelry show in America.  I always see fabulous jewelry and lots of old friends. This year was no exception.  The jewelry was dazzling and the old friends even older.  We always look for new trends or directions in jewelry... Continue Reading

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Gemstones, Birthdays, the Basel Jewelry Show, and Why My Waistline Keeps Expanding!

Last Reply by Peyton Kelley 1403811061.77 | Started by Peyton Kelley in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities

Sorry that I haven’t been in better touch but it has been a hectic few months.  We were having a terrible blizzard here in Pennsylvania the day of January Gem Day and I had to leave the finale a little early.  A very nice guy from security was making one last run in the snow and offered to take me to my home.   I was leaving the next morning for vacation but because of the storm, was stuck at home for two days.  Finally, after a quick holiday, I headed to Vicenza for the Jewelry Fair, to see what new direction and colors were highlighted.   From there,... Continue Reading

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Gem Day!

Last Reply by Peyton Kelley 1392836980.773 | Started by Peyton Kelley in Jewelry Talk, TSV Talk

The breadth of gemstones on Gem Day is astonishing.  Every gemstone imaginable from milky Aqua to Amethyst to Garnet to Morganite and onward will be featured throughout the day.  We start the day with the spectacular and extremely limited Alexandrite TSV.   Alexandrite is one of the rarest gemstones in the world.  Discovered originally in Russia around the birthdate of Czar Alexander II and named in his honor, it is known for its magical phenomena of color change.  Called the “Stone of Passion” Alexandrite is a cool green color under normal lighting b... Continue Reading

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Diamonds

Last Reply by Peyton Kelley 1408627689.313 | Started by Peyton Kelley in Jewelry Talk, Affinity

Jennifer Coffey recently reached out to me about writing a blog on diamonds.  She asked me some great questions and I started thinking about my past and why diamonds were important to me.  They have played a major role in my business and personal life and I realized that I had never written a blog about my favorite gemstone. I was raised thinking I would follow in my father’s footsteps and become a doctor.  My handwriting is even bad enough to qualify.  During pre-med, I quickly realized it wasn’t what I truly wanted to do.  After many colorful and event... Continue Reading

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Generations...

Last Reply by Peyton Kelley 1384780721.927 | Started by Peyton Kelley in Jewelry Talk, Q News, Hosts & Personalities

This weekend I was in Louisiana helping my Mother clean out closets and storage in her home.  She moved into an apartment in a retirement community and wanted to start getting rid of as much clutter as possible.  There was one box with my name on it containing things such as my comic book collection from the early 60’s, miscellaneous rocks (I guess from my early interest in gems), newspaper clippings from various events, and a peace pipe (no clue where it came from).  In the bottom of the box I found a real treasure;   the ring mandrel that belonged to my Great G... Continue Reading

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