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Gems, Gems and More GEMS!

Posted by Peyton Kelley 1308931196.9

I just saw the final selection for Gem Day and WOW, absolutely incredible.  Allison, the gemstone buyer, and her team have put together a selection of gemstone product that rivals the finest jewelry store on Fifth Avenue in NYC.

There are so many new stones offered and fantastic designs that I am not sure where to start.  Gem Day will launch with the fabulous Jane Treacy and her Rock Stars.  The beautiful first ever Tanzanite Tennis Necklace will be launched.  It is an amazing 9.5 cts in the 18 inch and 10.50 cts in the 20 inch.  Our stone partner cut and sorted through over 400,000 carats to come up with the quantity and quality needed for this necklace. The necklace has a special non-flip mechanism manufactured in a trademarked manner to lay flat on the neckline.  Also look for the new green garnet from Brazil and the launch of Huetopia, gemstone jewelry for the gem lover who also loves fashion forward jewelry.  The purple version of bracelet J159993, is my favorite.

Gem day continues with the first ever offer of Persian Turquoise.  This is a true rarity and we were lucky enough to find one small group of stones.  The color is unparalleled and if you are a turquoise lover-please don’t miss this.

I am especially excited about the launch of OstroblueTM Topaz.  This is a color of blue topaz never seen before and can best be described as an intensely blue color only cut by master cutters for pristine brilliance and exceptional luster.  After the passing of Max Ostro, the owner of Ostro Minerals in 2011, his son Maurice, took over the family business and discovered a treasure trove of exquisite blue topaz that Max has been quietly collection over the decades.  Max decided to share the gemstones and is launching the OstroblueTM Collection named after his family.

Please don’t miss the two hour Garnet Jewelry show at 4:00PM featuring colors of Garnet.  Yours truly will be on air with Nancy to bring you limited edition garnets that are true rarities and the gem collections dreams.  During the Tucson gem show in February, we discovered three garnets that had never before been presented.  Many times you hear about new gemstones found at a show and they are offered immediately after the show.  That is really not how it works.  Once we discovered these stones in February, we partnered with the gem cutter to sort through the only parcels available of these stones.  Once we knew the quantity and quality of what was truly available, we designed pieces of jewelry especially to showcase the richness and specialness of each gemstone.  Of course, then the rings needed to be manufactured.  There are always challenges during this process because during the manufacturing process stones may be chipped or loss.  You really don’t know the true number you will have until they are complete.  Anyway, that was long winded, but wanted you to know how special these really are.  Please watch for the Malaya garnet, a fabulous peachy/rosy color, the Mali Honey or Limon garnets, and the absolutely incredible color change garnet from Madagascar.

I have read every one of your comments to my last three blogs and promise to answer them all in my next post.

-Peyton Kelley

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JLLH3581309022804.395028 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Being a rock hound, I love seeing the new stones/new finds that the Q brings us. Thank you for that. I will be watching as much as I can and checking the web for those shows I miss!

CalmInTheH­eart1309035199.36986 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007

Why is Q so stingy with easy pays on the 14k gem pieces?

Peace

Flowershop­Girl1309035774.562525 PostsRegistered 3/30/2011CA

I'm so glad to see the colors of garnet!! I love the different colors and the show had some beautiful garnets, all the colors are beautiful!! I bought the Persian offerings and the prices are excellent for this rare stone. Thank you for these!

fluffy21309107717.234464 PostsRegistered 8/29/2009SPB.RUS >>>Beautiful So.California

I was watching QVC GEM GAY, but made my two purchases on eBay. I like gemstones set in gold and QVC was offering mostly silver. I would like to see newer moderm styles and greater variety of gems set in gold - garnets, tourmalines, turquoise etc ..

fluffy21309107824.6974464 PostsRegistered 8/29/2009SPB.RUS >>>Beautiful So.California
On 6/25/2011 CalmInTheHeart said:

Why is Q so stingy with easy pays on the 14k gem pieces?

Exactly!

I would like to see more updated styles with nice amount of gold and easy pays options!

jaguarette1309108152.1331630 PostsRegistered 10/19/2007

I echo the others in asking for more gold settings and easy pay options. In addition, please ask your hosts to talk about gem origins and treatments, gold weight and show *all* sides of a piece of jewelry when presenting. They seem to babble on about everything but this crucial information about the products.

ETA, I ordered one of the Persian turquoise pieces and would have considered the ring also if it were not for the diamond accents. Please consider featuring gemstones in good settings without the chips of low-grade diamonds. It really diminishes what might otherwise be a great piece.

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fluffy21309109222.784464 PostsRegistered 8/29/2009SPB.RUS >>>Beautiful So.California
On 6/26/2011 jaguarette said:

I echo the others in asking for more gold settings and easy pay options. In addition, please ask your hosts to talk about gem origins and treatments, gold weight and show *all* sides of a piece of jewelry when presenting. They seem to babble on about everything but this crucial information about the products.

ETA, I ordered one of the Persian turquoise pieces and would have considered the ring also if it were not for the diamond accents. Please consider featuring gemstones in good settings without the chips of low-grade diamonds. It really diminishes what might otherwise be a great piece.

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I TOTALLY AGREE!

grandma c1309116759.253490 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I was very disappointed in the lack of affordable, more commonly-known and loved gemstones, i.e. true red garnet (NOT colors of garnet), citrine, peridot, blue topaz, mother of pearl and other opaques. These gemstones fit much better into my lifestyle and into my budget. Casual dining bistros, etc. I go to, I don't wear the dressy, expensive gemstones, but rather artisan-crafted style pieces, etc. I did not enjoy Gem Day at all; the rare and exotic $500+ gemstones do nothing for me.

AnnieDWi1309128690.10349 PostsRegistered 2/8/2011
On 6/26/2011 grandma c said:

I was very disappointed in the lack of affordable, more commonly-known and loved gemstones, i.e. true red garnet (NOT colors of garnet), citrine, peridot, blue topaz, mother of pearl and other opaques. These gemstones fit much better into my lifestyle and into my budget. Casual dining bistros, etc. I go to, I don't wear the dressy, expensive gemstones, but rather artisan-crafted style pieces, etc. I did not enjoy Gem Day at all; the rare and exotic $500+ gemstones do nothing for me.

I agree- it's nice to see the occasional unique and exotic choice, but other options would be better for the vast majority of us. I seem to recall last gem day had a greater variety of gems in 1 hour shows vs. this year's multi-hour blocks of tanzanite. for example. It would be refreshing to have more 1 hour programs with one or 2 gemstones which might reach a wider audience. Then 1 premier show and (please, please...) just 1 "Jane ego show", aka rock stars, is plenty during the 24 hours.

Also, in the description, more info on the jewelry construction (prong vs. bezel vs. adhesive, grill, overall construction, etc. ) and less about the "legends and lore" or some random reference to symbolism.

Amber Grace1309585589.4273 PostsRegistered 7/20/2009Texas

Peyton, I must say that Gem Day was Fabulous! I got several Tanzanite and Aquamarine [my birthstone, that I never pass up] but my favorite new piece is the OstoBlue Topaz 16+ ct. ring!!! I've "collected" for about 50 years, but this stone's color and shape just go together like wine and cheese. Any other shape/cut would cause a person to admire the facets and sparkle rather than this majestic color. I have about 20 other Topaz stones, in various colors [London, etc.] and shapes and jewelry designs, but this is one is most unusual. I tip my hat to the artist/designer of the mounting for this ring...a splendid choice for this OstoBlue stone!

I really enjoy hearing your stories of your many travels; the cultures, artists, stones, metals and design meanings---it's very educational, when you're on the programs to give those first-hand accounts of the product's origination. I envy your job!

It is just wonderful, how QVC has brought us unbelievably high quality, at low prices, compared to stores I've visited/shopped (in several countries...but not in as many as YOU!).

it is a pleasure, doing business with QVC....efficient Customer Service and knowledgeable personnel, from the presenters to the phone operators!

Thank you, Peyton, for going out and finding so many of the unusual pieces for us from unknown artists around the world that we could never have found without spending a fortune in travel expense! I can sit on my sofa with my 2 poodles, prop up my feet and buy all I choose to, yet spend less than the cost of 2 nights for my husband and me in a nice foreign hotel. Yes, I recognize a bargain when I see one on QVC.

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Amber Grace

biancardi1310301867.75346465 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005

Hi Payton, last year you wrote that the Bronzo line would be relaunched this year. Do you know when that will be? I keep looking for new Bronzo items, but there is nothing...the Q is now down to one Bronzo item and it is on clearance.

thank you!!

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