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Did you know? PLUS A picture says a thousand words…AND, MORE NEW JEWELRY!

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Dear Friends,

 

Last week, I received a wonderful note from a customer, who wrote the following:

     Dear Judith,

     I love your jewelry. I have been collecting for many years and always tune in to your QVC shows. Recently, I have been reading your blogs and trying to learn more about you and the inspiration behind your designs.  It amazes me how creative you are. But, I want to know what people do not know…the behind the scenes, so to speak.  Beyond design and jewelry, the little known facts that make you who are. I feel like I know you when I watch you on TV, but of course, I am curious to know more. Please tell us more!

     And, thank you for designing such beautiful jewelry.  It brings me so much joy when I put it on in the morning.

            Sincerely,

            Martha, Charlotte, NC

 

Martha’s note really got me thinking.  I know exactly the feeling when you think you know someone; however, you don’t know the details or the “little known facts,” as Martha says, that make someone who they are.  So, I thought that it would be fun to play a little game in this blog called “Did you know?”  Below, please find a list of personal / fun questions – they are “did you know” questions.  You know, the types of questions that you would say, “Oh my goodness…did you know [FILL IN THE BLANK] about that person?”  Here is the fun part – as we have all become so friendly in the forum, I thought we could all post our answers in the forum, in response to this blog, to get to know each other better.  Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the answers to my questions.  See how many you can answer correctly about me!

QUESTIONS:  Did you know?  10-Little questions with big answers!

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
  2. What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song?
  3. What is your secret indulgence?
  4. Name a word that describes you best.
  5. What is your favorite vacation spot?
  6. What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when       you go on vacation?
  7. What is your favorite book?
  8. What is your favorite meal to cook?
  9. What is your favorite sound?
  10. What is your favorite word?

I am very excited to check the forum in a few days to see everyone’s answers.  We also just played this game in my office.  My team had a great time learning “little known facts” about each other.  It was a great team building exercise.  Thank you, Martha, for your inspiration! 

Without giving away all of my answers to the above questions, I have to share part of my answer to Question #6 – What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation?  The first thing I ALWAYS put in my suitcase and have ever since my very first plane ride is a picture of my family.  As most of you know, my #1 priority is my family; therefore, surrounding myself with photos of them always makes me smile, especially when I am on the road – for business or pleasure.  One of my biggest pet peeves is that somehow my photos always get crinkled and bent and never seem to make it back to NYC the way they left.  I realize that with today’s technology of cell phones, iPads and more, many people keep all of their photos online.  That said, I guess I am a bit old-fashioned, and I like to touch and hold my photos.  To me, there is nothing more powerful than a photo – a picture always speaks louder than words.  But, for years, I have been thinking to myself that there must be a better way to travel with my photos.  I thought of wearing a locket charms and cutting small photos of my boys and grandchildren to fit in the small frame; however, some cutting those tiny photos never seems to do the photo justice. 

So, for quite some time, I have been working very closely with QVC to come up with a solution, which I will debut on my upcoming August shows on 8/29 at 4:00-6:00 AM, 12:00-1:00 PM, and 10:00-12:00 AM.  Drumroll please – it is with great pleasure that I will present to you my NEW photo charms, J286745.  It is my modern day version of a locket charm, but better!  It is so easy – take a picture and email it to QVC, then QVC will customize a charm with your favorite photo of your children, grandchildren or even your pet.  They are available in 2-sizes, small and large, as well as 3-color ways, silver, yellow or rose gold.  Both sizes fit on any chain, but if you would like to purchase the coordinating chain, I have created a new shot-bead necklace, J283822. in 3-lengths, 18”, 20” or 36”, which is available in silver, yellow or rose gold to match perfectly.  I am very excited about the photo charms because they are such a personal piece of jewelry which tells a story.  The perfect way to always have my grandchildren close to my heart!

From L to R:  My granddaughter, Jamie, in the small rose gold charm; my beloved, Pookie, in the large silver charm; and, my granddaughter, Katie, in the large yellow gold charm.  Both Jamie and Katie are David’s daughters.  The chain featured in this photo is the silver shot bead chain.

From L to R:  My granddaughter, Gabby, in the small yellow gold charm; and, my grandson, Jesse, in the small silver charm.  These are Allison and Brian’s children.  And, the chain featured in this  photo is the yellow gold shot bead chain.

In addition to the photo charms, I will be debuting many other NEW designs during my upcoming shows, as well as bringing back some of my best-sellers and past TSVs.  To keep the summer vibe alive, I am excited to launch J285707, the Sterling Blue Topaz and Turquoise Ring.  This is a beautiful blue topaz and turquoise cocktail ring features 6.00 carats of faceted Blue Topaz as a center stone with a row of prong set Diamonique stones around it, as well as another row of small pave set turquoise beads around the Diamonique. What I love about this ring is that it is for every season, not just summer.  This ring will transition you into fall and add a pop of color to your grey and black ensembles, as well as take you into the holiday / resort season with its bold hue.   It is the perfect piece for anyone who loves the colors of blue and also has a beautiful matching pendant.

I am also very excited to bring back J34999, the Sterling Gemstone & Diamonique Heart Bracelet.  This bracelet is a past TSV, and QVC will offer it “While Supplies Last.”  This gemstone heart bracelet is available in either amethyst and mother of pearl (with 18K yellow gold foil in doublet) hearts or ginger quartz and Tiger’s eye hearts. It also includes Diamonique accents and bead drop with Diamonique and gemstone cabochon on the bottom. It is great starter piece or the perfect addition your collection to wear alone or layer with your other Judith Ripka cuffs and bracelets.  As you know, I love to say, “More is more and wrap your wrist in luxury!” 

Again, thank you for all of your love and support.  I am very much looking forward to learning more about everyone.  And, did you already know the answers to my questions or did you scroll ahead and peek?  Either way, I hope you have fun with my “Did you know?” game, and please tune in to my upcoming shows on on 8/29 at 4:00-6:00 AM12:00-1:00 PM, and 10:00-12:00 AM.

Until then, with much love,

Judie

MY ANSWERS:  Did you know?

1.      Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
My mother, a couturier, was my most influential teacher in life and art. 

2.      What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song?
It had to be you.  It is the song to which I walked down the aisle to marry my husband.  It always puts a smile on my face and make me think of him.
 
3.      What is your secret indulgence?
It’s a secret!
 
4.      Name a word that describes you best.
Happy.
 
5.      What is your favorite vacation spot?
April in Paris.  My husband’s birthday is in April, and we try to spend it in Paris. 
 
6.      What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation?1.      Family photograph
2.      Sketchbook/Pencil – I am always inspired on vacation.
3.      Extra jewelry – a woman can never have enough jewelry!
 
7.      What is your favorite book?
John Adams by David McCullough.  The letters between John and Abigal are remarkable, illustrating how a man and a woman, each with their own distinctive point of view, can work together for the greater good. 

8.      What is your favorite meal to cook?
Anything that I can barbeque.  I love barbequing, because then it means that it is summer.  And, I love the summer.
 
9.      What is your favorite sound?
The laughter of my family.
 
10.  What is your favorite word?
Yes, he said yes, he would yes.

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Pepper221377575761.49311900 PostsRegistered 10/31/2007small town, Ohio

Dear Judith, I love how your dear daughter in law calls you Judie when she's on air. It shows how much she loves you!!! I'm really loving the new pieces you have highlighted in your blog. I'm really looking forward to your shows this time. The past few times I have been busy with family things and couldn't watch live....I DVR'd.

I really respect how much you talk about and love your family. I wish that more people realized how important family & friends are.

Us Ripkanistas will have to get these questions going on the forum. Thank you so much for answering them.

Thank you & Take care, Pepper22

donnaluby1377603971.0131202 PostsRegistered 4/12/2009boca raton, fl

dear Judith, loved reading your blog and getting a little more insight about you and your wonderful family. I am so looking forward to your next show--those new locket charms are lovely and thank you for bringing back some retired favorites (I always loved the gemstone heart bracelets and happy I have the one in amethyst). Hope you will learn more about us Ripkanistas as we answer the questions for you.

Wishing you the best!

newjersey1377624172.222850 PostsRegistered 6/14/2006

Judith, wearing and seeing your jewelry on QVC makes me very happy. You design beautiful jewelry. Looking forward to all your shows in the future.

Patty (newjersey)

jojo121377627801.31516 PostsRegistered 12/18/2009

Dear Judith,

Thank you so much for the insightful blog! I absolutely love your jewelry. It makes me feel special when I wear it and I always get many compliments! Your jewelry puts a smile on my face while I'm working. You are not only the "queen of hearts" but the "queen of cuffs" in my opinion, as no one can design a cuff like you can! They are the tops in my book, absolutely gorgeous and I have many! {#emotions_dlg.tt1} Thank you for the unique and classy designs that only you can create!! I never miss a show or event and I always look forward to what is coming next! Sending many blessings to your and your family!

josie (Rochester, NY)

My answers:

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life? (My mom, a former dressmaker, I will be forever inspired by her talent in sewing as well as cooking and making my life so happy! - Whenever I feel blue, she makes it better) {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}
  2. What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song? Favorite Song -"I Want to Know What Love Is" - Foreigner
  3. What is your secret indulgence? Buying Judith Ripka jewelry! Wink
  4. Name a word that describes you best. Caring
  5. What is your favorite vacation spot? Hawaii, took mom there when she retired - a trip I will treasure forever.
  6. What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation? My rosary, makeup, jewelry
  7. What is your favorite book? The Notebook (every girl should have a Noah!) Kiss
  8. What is your favorite meal to cook? Pepper Crusted Roast Beef
  9. What is your favorite sound? The rain
  10. What is your favorite word? Joyous!

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Starcross1377633398.615227 PostsRegistered 2/15/2009Central Florida

Hi Judith,

Thanks for telling us more about you personally. I hope you can join us one day for lunch in Atlanta.

Here are my answers:

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life? My Dad, he taught me that I could achieve anything I wanted to.
  2. What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song? I have many but probably "Collide"
  3. What is your secret indulgence? I can't say but it's good....
  4. Name a word that describes you best. Loyal
  5. What is your favorite vacation spot? Dillard, Ga but I'm going out west soon so that might change.
  6. What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation? Jewelry (yours, of course, in case there was any question!), sanitizing wipes, flip flops
  7. What is your favorite book? The Help
  8. What is your favorite meal to cook? Chilli
  9. What is your favorite sound? Rain falling
  10. What is your favorite word? love

I've been adding some of your red corundum pieces to my collection and I love them!

All the best,

SC

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bks561377635626.347120 PostsRegistered 8/19/2013

Love the photo charms !!QUESTIONS: Did you know? 10-Little questions with big answers!

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life? My Grand Mother on my Mom's side. She had so much patience! She taught me how to cook. She was the best !
  2. What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song? Don't Stop Believin by Journey
  3. What is your secret indulgence? Jewelry
  4. Name a word that describes you best. Caring
  5. What is your favorite vacation spot? North Carolina
  6. What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation? Jewelry, sun screen, good book
  7. What is your favorite book? Anything by Stephen King
  8. What is your favorite meal to cook?Lasagna and Garlic Bread
  9. What is your favorite sound? Children laughing
  10. What is your favorite word? Hope

Mimi2Maddi­eandJack1377673462.4271013 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007Atlanta

Hi, Judie! What a fun way to get to know each other!!! Here are my answers:

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life? My father. He was so confident and although he faced many trials in his life, he was always so positive and looked for the good in everything. He has been gone for over 15 years and I still miss him every day!
  2. What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song? Amazing Grace
  3. What is your secret indulgence? Your jewelry, but I don't think I have been good at keeping that a secret!!
  4. Name a word that describes you best. Obsessive (when it comes to buying your jewelry)
  5. What is your favorite vacation spot? The beach
  6. What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation? Jewelry, make-up, magazines
  7. What is your favorite book? Don't have a favorite, but love reading biographies
  8. What is your favorite meal to cook? Spaghetti
  9. What is your favorite sound? My grandkids' laughter
  10. What is your favorite word? Yes

Formerly known as luvsjewels!!

Me2Me1377715551.8376827 PostsRegistered 11/7/2007In my own little world

Hi Judith!!!

You asked for it! Now you are getting it!!

1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
My grandmother! She taught me how to have fun and be able to always laugh at yourself when the going gets tough.

2.life? Or favorite song?
Anything Bon Jovi! Hallelujah is my favorite!

3. What is your secret indulgence?
Godiva Dark Chocolate Truffles and your jewelry! Shhh! Don't tell anyone....{#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

4. Name a word that describes you best.
Versatile.


5. What is your favorite vacation spot?
Key West!

6. What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation?1. Camera
2. sunscreen
3. A big bottle of Tequila Gold Jose Cuervo Especial with Margarita Mix ( I like mine on the rocks!)

7. What is your favorite book?
Usually anything Stephen King. Recently, I have picked up The Hobbit and I am now diving back into reading the trilogy...The Lord of the Rings. Last time I read them I was a teen. They are my old favorite!

8. What is your favorite meal to cook?
Chicken rolled in olive oil with garlic, seasoning and parmesan. Then as a side, zucchini/tomato/cheddar casserole.

9. What is your favorite sound?
The ocean...the sound of the wind in the breeze with the salt water on your face.

10. What is your favorite word?
I can't tell you that! No way, am I opening that can of worms!
-I am looking forward to watching all your shows tomorrow!!!
Thank you, Christine
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Have you met or seen my friend Harvey? Harvey loves Judith Ripka and her jewelry!! He says," Judith Ripka makes me very "hoppy!"

kaplan2061377736216.21310762 PostsRegistered 1/27/2008from the cradle of liberty & cheesesteak

Here they are, Miss Judie. Have a wonderful Silver Designer Day. I'll be waving!

XO

Sharon

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  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
  2. TIE - My eldest son, who, and continues to, go through horrific health issues and hasn't given up. And my husband who bears the brunt of caregiving for him.

  3. What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song?
  4. "It's A Wonderful World," Louis Armstrong

  5. What is your secret indulgence?
  6. It is not such a secret if you know me - Miss Judie's creations! Second place is any Jane Austen book made into film; I could do narration if the sound went I've seen them so many times.

  7. Name a word that describes you best.
  8. Hmmm. It's very difficult to use only one word so I'm going to cheat and use three - loyal, dependable and goofy.

  9. What is your favorite vacation spot?
  10. What's a vacation?

  11. What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation?
  12. What's a vacation?

  13. What is your favorite book?
  14. "To Kill A Mockingbird" and then, for laughing out loud, any of the Janet Evanovich books.

  15. What is your favorite meal to cook?
  16. I like the history involved in preparations for the Passover Seder, although it is a huge amount of work.

  17. What is your favorite sound?
  18. My dearest toddler grand daughter calling to me, "Bubbe!"

  19. What is your favorite word?
  20. Forgiveness, although at times it is a struggle for me to incorporate it into my being. When one is able to grasp the true meaning of the word, it's magic.

“ I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.”  
Rita Rudner

slippy1377736380.18573 PostsRegistered 9/13/2009Woodstock, Ontario
What a great way to get to know each other. I have been a ripkanista for five years and very much enjoy the forum. I know that we are a group of interesting, caring and diverse women. Who is your biggest inspiration in life? My mother who had taught me to be a caring mother, to have fun and to be a woman of the world What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song? Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. It brings me to my knees What is your secret indulgence? I have lots of them - Judith's jewelry, chocolate, good wine and time with my partner Name a word that describes you best. It's complicated What is your favorite vacation spot? Georgian Bay in Ontario Canada where our sailboat is moored. It is the most beautiful spot in the world IMO What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation? A good book, my favorite toiletries and a great pair of heels What is your favorite book? War and Peace - I have never forgotten Tolstoy's description of Russia What is your favorite meal to cook? Chili What is your favorite sound? Silence What is your favorite word? Sublime Can't wait for the shows on Thursday. Hope everyone has a great time. Susan

CT Customer1377868925.331638 PostsRegistered 10/16/2006

Wonderful thread Judith - here are my answers -

Biggest inspiration - My husband. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa when he was 16, he knew eventually he would lose his sight. That has now happened but his attitude has always been nothing short of amazing.

Favorite Song - You've Got a Friend by James Taylor

Secret Indulgence - QVC (specifically Judith Ripka jewelry and Linea WS sweaters)

Word that describes me best - Organized

Favorite Vacation Spot - a house on a lake

Top 3 items to pack on vacation - Camera, Ipad (loaded with books and magazines), bathing suit (love to swim)

Favorite Book - Little House on the Prairie series (my mom used to read them to me as a child and I shared that with my girls when they were young)

Favorite meal to Cook - steak on the grill, garlic mashed potatoes and a nice big fresh salad

Favorite Sound - after the sun sets on the lake and the boats have all been tied up - I love to hear the lap of the water against the shore, and the quiet activity of the night.

Favorite word - peace

BGDC1377962976.9035084 PostsRegistered 12/22/2010

Hi Judith!

What a wonderful show(s) you had with so many new beautiful goodies! They save the best for last - and that will always be you. I posted this on the forum and am going to paste it here with hopes that you will see it. I bought the beautiful estate necklace, my only qvc estate thus far but I have pieces from your other collection, and I was hoping that you could do something like this, something that would go with both JR2 and JRQ! I know that you would knock it out of the park, and I LOVE your watches. TIA! ***************

How about an Estate Watch?

I have a costume piece that was my grandmother's. It is a silver cuff that over the top of the watch itself has a piece that lifts up (with an estate (dmq.) design on top of it when closed). If you need to see the time, it flips open to a secret time piece.

In other words, it would look like one of Judith's regular gorgeous cuffs done with an estate feel and you could lift up the trap door to look at the time

As in all of Judith's designs, it would be black tie to blue jeans and would coordinate of course with all of her beautiful estate (pia) things.

I would imagine Miss Judi could turn this idea into the most beautiful watch ever! Or she could do a vintage diamond strap or a cloth/leather strap with a pia bezel. So many options!


MoGirl1377975978.863588 PostsRegistered 10/8/2010

Judith,

How about a pill box? A lot of us are on meds for various reasons and a JR pill box would be great!!! The new BT and turquoise pieces would make an excellent lid (could be faux stones, of course) in various colors... amethyst... BT... citrine.. emerald.....

Just a thought!!! Adore your jewelry, I have BUNCHES!!!

Thanks,

MoGirl

SALMA1378439602.29327 PostsRegistered 8/10/2010

  1. Who is your biggest inspiration in life? My Mother
  2. What would be your theme song in life? Or favorite song? "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts
  3. What is your secret indulgence? Dark Chocolate
  4. Name a word that describes you best. Loyal
  5. What is your favorite vacation spot? Sitting on any beach watching a beautiful sunset!
  6. What are the top 3-items that you pack in your suitcase when you go on vacation? Judith Ripka Jewelry, Extra Pair of Contact Lens & Great Little Black Dress
  7. What is your favorite book? sorry...don't have a favorite!
  8. What is your favorite meal to cook? I do not enjoy cooking however, when I was young there was nothing better than waking up on a Sunday morning to the aromas of my mother frying her homemade meatballs and letting me try one right out of the frying pan!!!
  9. What is your favorite sound? Hearing the sound of birds chirping early in the morning accompanied by the wind chimes outside my window!
  10. What is your favorite word? Heart (as my 8 year old son tells me every day "I Heart You Mom!")

xo Sally Ann, NYC

Luvkats451379801240.473556 PostsRegistered 11/25/2007Alabama

Dear Judith,

I have been collecting your pieces for many years now and love each and every piece I have, however, I would really love a traditional cross and not a maltese cross. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful but would love an expression of my faith to wear to church. I know I can't be the only one out there that would welcome this! Any chances of making a cat charm for the charm bracelet? I would really love to finish my bracelet but have been hoping for a cat.

Thanks,

Cheryl

Luv me some Ripka jewelry!

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