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My Introduction to Italy and VicenzaGold Jewelry...I Love My Job!

Posted by Lisa Robertson 1350499740.22
One of the greatest opportunities I've had with QVC is being able to do the "Live From Vicenza" remotes from Italy for the past 15 years. Did I ever tell you how I lucked in to that? I'd only been with QVC for a couple years (and was very new by the company's standards) when QVC decided to try this new concept of doing a show live from Italy. They had no idea if it would be successful or not, as they had no history with international remotes. But the green light was given and the gold merchandising team knew exactly which host they wanted for the show, as she was one of the most experienced hosts on our team. The only problem was there was another very large, very important event scheduled in the studio a few days before the remote. And, whomeverwent Italy would have to be gone for at least a week between travel and show times. So, QVC had a decision to make…take one of your most valuable hosts off the air for over a week, or, send someone you wouldn't miss. Hmmmmmm....who's expendable? ME! I happened to have that same week booked for vacation, so I was already off the calendar. And, I was more than happy to volunteer to forgo my vacation to do a show in Italy. It became the opportunity of a lifetime.
 
The whole event was just spectacular. It was my first time in Italy and here I was seeing the biggest gold show in the world. Walking the show with our buyers, working with the factories, meeting the people…it was overwhelming. There was so much to see and I was trying to cram it all in my brain. I didn't know if I'd ever get the opportunity to return, so I wanted to learn as much as I could.
 
And then, there was the "Cinderella" evening…a huge celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the Vicenza D'Oro. Our hotel that year was a beautiful villa on a hill overlooking the valley of Vicenza. We went to breakfast in the morning on the terrace and looked out over the most idyllic landscape imaginable. The night of the celebration, we came back from the fair early so we had extra time to do our hair and makeup. We were all dressed up in long gowns and everyone had borrowed jewelry from some of the very high-end factories at the fair. (I was wearing $200,000 worth of gold and diamond jewelry and was so nervous that something would happen to it!)
 
The bus came to pick us up and took us to the center of Vicenza, where we were greeted by an official-looking gentleman who motioned us down a red carpet. We followed the carpet around a corner (to what used to be a large courtyard) but was now another world…one of beautiful soft candle light, soft music and conversation, beautiful sculptures and flowers, long tables of food and wine, a high ceiling of fabric gathered into large flowers at its center, and people all sparkly, bejeweled, and stunning. It was breathtaking. The evening was filled with laughter and friends, old and new and I never wanted it to end.
 
After dinner, our entire party was ushered out of our little world back onto the red carpet. By this time, the streets of Vicenza were filled with people. The streets and sidewalks were just solid people…only the roped-off red carpet flowed like a river through the crowd. Everyone was taking pictures (just like at an awards show) and it became more intense as we approached the center of the city.
 
When we entered the Piazza dei Signori, it was filled with chairs. And at one end, by the Lion of St Marks, an acoustic shell had been erected and there was a stage and an entire orchestra was assembling. The square and whole surrounding area…anywhere there was an inch of space…was filled with people. There were even people behind the seats, down the side streets, and on every terrace overlooking the square. The energy was intoxicating! But, I didn't know why everyone was there. We all sat down in our chairs, the darkness of night came in, the orchestra tuned, the lights on the stage came up, and then...Andrea Bocelli started singing! A live concert by Andrea Bocelli....in Italy...on this evening....beyond words!
 
That was my introduction to Italy and Italian jewelry. How could I not fall in love with everything about it?
 
So, when I say visiting Italy and bringing jewelry back to QVC has been one of the greatest opportunities and joys of my career, you know it's true. Italy is unique in the world of fine jewelry. It's something that's been in their culture and lives since before Rome was an empire. From father to son, and sometimes mother to daughter, the knowledge and passion of creating beautiful jewelry is something that's literally in their blood. To be able to visit Italy is something I wish everyone could experience, but to own a piece of it doesn't require a passport. We have been working with the artists in Italy to bring you beautiful Italian pieces for many years, and it's something I believe sets us apart.
 
Tonight on QVC, I have three hours of my favorite thing…Italian jewelry. This includes a new Today's Special Value from one of our favorite craftsman, Benito, and his factory, GMB. It truly represents what he does best; creating stunning designs that incorporate the trends, but at the same time, are timeless. It includes Drusy, Labradorite, and a substantial gold presence. It's a beautiful piece and I think you'll love it.
 
VicenzaGold 14K Gold Reversible Pendant
 
Hope to see you at 11pm ET. Drink some coffee, we'll be up for awhile. {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}
Lisa
 
P.S. When we were sitting in the square and the concert was going, I turned to my friend Suzanne and said, "The only way this evening could get any better is if you were a good-looking guy!" {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

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kary17171350517798.581 PostsRegistered 11/18/2010

Thanks for sharing the story Lisa. Nice to know some history from our favorite host on QVC and a little backround on how things come about on the "Q". Talk about Destiny Huh...

Sunniegirl1350521155.381066 PostsRegistered 8/21/2008So. Calfornia

I agree with Kary1717 - it's nice to hear how show hosts get to do certain shows, or even have their "own" shows. My husband and I have been to Italy and can hardly wait to go back. Being half Italian and having grandparents born there, it truly is a special place. You are right Lisa - it is someplace everyone should try to go and see. Talk about history!! Thanks for sharing - looking forward to your show.Smile

pinot g1350526593.367239 PostsRegistered 10/5/2012

YAWN. Get over yourself. You're boring and so predictable.

ROMARY1350530946.28717559 PostsRegistered 4/28/2010

Italy, the love of fine jewelry, wine, family, friends...........{#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

Yellow Rose

ennui1350536898.93719957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007

I remember when you first came to the Q, Lisa. I have to applaud you -- you've gone from "expendable" to indispensable, and made it look easy (and I'm certain it was a lot of work). {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

stevieb1350558762.68331034 PostsRegistered 11/4/2007
On 10/17/2012 pinot g said:

YAWN. Get over yourself. You're boring and so predictable.

Pot, meet kettle...

Fluffy_21350568273.4872704 PostsRegistered 5/22/2012+7803 posts since Aug. 2009

Love Italy ! I have been there many times, but I don't care for Vicenca jewelry. The Gold Expressions was the best 14k gold line on QVC. Unfortunately it's gone.

And I don't buy silicon filled stuff, druzy, steel, resin etc...

"Don't be afraid of perfection. You will never attain it!" Salvador Dalí.

jjill1350583306.993337 PostsRegistered 11/12/2008

Quite the monologue. If you talk long enough you can make some people believe anything. This revere certainly ties it up with a pretty bow. Italy and it's gold of years ago is somehow supposed to vamp this Italian stuff offered by QVC today. The gold I've seen and bought in Italy recently is nothing like what QVC is offering. Quite a stretch, in fact. But then, that's your job, isn't it Lisa.

zeemah1350584207.743113 PostsRegistered 10/25/2007
On 10/18/2012 jjill said:

Quite the monologue. If you talk long enough you can make some people believe anything. This revere certainly ties it up with a pretty bow. Italy and it's gold of years ago is somehow supposed to vamp this Italian stuff offered by QVC today. The gold I've seen and bought in Italy recently is nothing like what QVC is offering. Quite a stretch, in fact. But then, that's your job, isn't it Lisa.


Nothing new really. What Italians buy and what's offered by QVC has always been a stretch.

Janet Sobo­sly1350589569.9932 PostsRegistered 1/25/2012

Hi Lisa,

Loved all the information...very interesting. Some people just dont have any manners online. I think your interesting and very beautiful. I read all your posts. Have a very happy holiday. I love your holiday picts and have stolen some of your decorating ideas. Take care.

Sugardrops1350593042.2632 PostsRegistered 10/18/2012

Hi!

Maybe someone can help me locate piece of jewelry that I saw last night on the Vicenza Gold show. Lisa was wearing it and it looked like a braided/woven ? necklace with something like an infinity symbol at the bottom. It was all of one piece...the symbol was not separate..... it was fashioned from the chain itself.

Lisa said tht it had been made in a small place in Italy that employed something like 6 people ! It was on Waitlist in Gold and Rosetone but was still available in Sterling Silver when I saw it. NOW I cannot locate it to save my soul!

If ANYONE knows what I am talking about could you please email me at my personal email .....

chwarwick@charter.net ??

Thanks in advance

Linda

expatgal1350595501.4935600 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005

T.M.I.

stevieb1350604266.1831034 PostsRegistered 11/4/2007
On 10/18/2012 zeemah said:
On 10/18/2012 jjill said:

Quite the monologue. If you talk long enough you can make some people believe anything. This revere certainly ties it up with a pretty bow. Italy and it's gold of years ago is somehow supposed to vamp this Italian stuff offered by QVC today. The gold I've seen and bought in Italy recently is nothing like what QVC is offering. Quite a stretch, in fact. But then, that's your job, isn't it Lisa.


Nothing new really. What Italians buy and what's offered by QVC has always been a stretch.

Isn't that the truth!

And this stuff they're showing the past few years isn't my idea of Italian gold jewelry, no matter how many times they show the same pieces... and try to convince me otherwise.

Wink

But yes, I guess it is the host's job to gild the proverbial lily...

As for the rather detailed explanation, maybe it was at least in part directed at those who perpetually question why Lisa gets the Italian gigs... Regardless, I understand Lisa's enthusiasm for Italy.

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LostGirl1350607552.775024 PostsRegistered 10/22/2009

It was nice of Lisa to take the time and share her experience. Sadly, the USUAL self-absorbed, needy creatures can't resist the urge to spoil it for others.

"Guys, where are we?"

ennui1350619898.119957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007
On 10/18/2012 LostGirl said:

It was nice of Lisa to take the time and share her experience. Sadly, the USUAL self-absorbed, needy creatures can't resist the urge to spoil it for others.

Sadly true.

The same explanation applies to the demise of the Jewelry forum.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

juanitalin­da1350679877.707152 PostsRegistered 1/27/2010

Lisa, great story. Nothing like being in the right place at the right time. Of course, even then, it takes hard work and preparation ....

Ennui, I totally agree with you. I'm often hesitant to share my excitement over a new piece of jewelry or even someone else's purchase because I don't want to come back to see the negative replies.

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jjill1350689106.427337 PostsRegistered 11/12/2008
On 10/18/2012 LostGirl said:

It was nice of Lisa to take the time and share her experience. Sadly, the USUAL self-absorbed, needy creatures can't resist the urge to spoil it for others.

Lisa sharing from the goodness of her heart? I don't think so. Mr. Director wants as much romance as possible attached to the mediocre collection so customers, who enjoy the romantic drivel, will snap it up. Lisa didn't take any extra time. She's paid to do this.

And the self-absorbed-needy terminology can be applied to the diva more so since she's the one who needs attention, going on and on and on about her first trip to Italy. For pity's sake. My trips to Italy and all over Europe have been just as fabulous as Ms. Lisa's, but I don't have to repeat the stories ad nauseum to draw a crowd to make a sale. Do you get my drift?

If you think the jewelry is wonderful, then have at it. Anything in the negative shouldn't bother you in the least. This shopper doesn't appreciate the verbal f1uff, omission of silicone-fill details on air, and the generic designs, no matter how much the hype and I can freely express my disgust with QVC if I want.

pinot g1350690494.327239 PostsRegistered 10/5/2012
On 10/19/2012 jjill said:
On 10/18/2012 LostGirl said:

It was nice of Lisa to take the time and share her experience. Sadly, the USUAL self-absorbed, needy creatures can't resist the urge to spoil it for others.

Lisa sharing from the goodness of her heart? I don't think so. Mr. Director wants as much romance as possible attached to the mediocre collection so customers, who enjoy the romantic drivel, will snap it up. Lisa didn't take any extra time. She's paid to do this.

And the self-absorbed-needy terminology can be applied to the diva more so since she's the one who needs attention, going on and on and on about her first trip to Italy. For pity's sake. My trips to Italy and all over Europe have been just as fabulous as Ms. Lisa's, but I don't have to repeat the stories ad nauseum to draw a crowd to make a sale. Do you get my drift?

If you think the jewelry is wonderful, then have at it. Anything in the negative shouldn't bother you in the least. This shopper doesn't appreciate the verbal f1uff, omission of silicone-fill details on air, and the generic designs, no matter how much the hype and I can freely express my disgust with QVC if I want.


ITA!

LeelaNow1350694826.92365 PostsRegistered 8/30/2011
QUOTE: P.S. When we were sitting in the square and the concert was going, I turned to my friend Suzanne and said, "The only way this evening could get any better is if you were a good-looking guy!" {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}
What a nasty, hurtful comment to make to your friend. I cannot believe you would do this, no less brag about it on here. I hope she got up and left you there on your own.

stevieb1350705938.58331034 PostsRegistered 11/4/2007
On 10/19/2012 LeelaNow said:
QUOTE: P.S. When we were sitting in the square and the concert was going, I turned to my friend Suzanne and said, "The only way this evening could get any better is if you were a good-looking guy!" {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}
What a nasty, hurtful comment to make to your friend. I cannot believe you would do this, no less brag about it on here. I hope she got up and left you there on your own.

Really...? If I said that to one of my friends, most of whom have senses of humor, they'd either agree with me or we'd laugh together...

ennui1350713175.7519957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007
On 10/19/2012 juanitalinda said:

Ennui, I totally agree with you. I'm often hesitant to share my excitement over a new piece of jewelry or even someone else's purchase because I don't want to come back to see the negative replies.

Sad, isn't it?

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

crumpets1350760160.48588 PostsRegistered 3/27/2007
On 10/19/2012 stevieb said:
On 10/19/2012 LeelaNow said:
QUOTE: P.S. When we were sitting in the square and the concert was going, I turned to my friend Suzanne and said, "The only way this evening could get any better is if you were a good-looking guy!" {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}
What a nasty, hurtful comment to make to your friend. I cannot believe you would do this, no less brag about it on here. I hope she got up and left you there on your own.
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Really...? If I said that to one of my friends, most of whom have senses of humor, they'd either agree with me or we'd laugh together...

Whether it was meant in jest or otherwise, it seemed to be a definitive comment.

LostGirl1350770349.755024 PostsRegistered 10/22/2009
On 10/19/2012 jjill said:
On 10/18/2012 LostGirl said:

It was nice of Lisa to take the time and share her experience. Sadly, the USUAL self-absorbed, needy creatures can't resist the urge to spoil it for others.

Lisa sharing from the goodness of her heart? I don't think so. Mr. Director wants as much romance as possible attached to the mediocre collection so customers, who enjoy the romantic drivel, will snap it up. Lisa didn't take any extra time. She's paid to do this.

And the self-absorbed-needy terminology can be applied to the diva more so since she's the one who needs attention, going on and on and on about her first trip to Italy. For pity's sake. My trips to Italy and all over Europe have been just as fabulous as Ms. Lisa's, but I don't have to repeat the stories ad nauseum to draw a crowd to make a sale. Do you get my drift?

If you think the jewelry is wonderful, then have at it. Anything in the negative shouldn't bother you in the least. This shopper doesn't appreciate the verbal f1uff, omission of silicone-fill details on air, and the generic designs, no matter how much the hype and I can freely express my disgust with QVC if I want.

You are one angry clown! First of all, if you don't like to brag, then why even mention your trips at all, and point out how "fabulous" they were? And I said nothing about the jewelry, as I am not a fan of gold jewelry. But I'll forgive that comment, as it's quite obvious that you are not only angry, but also obtuse.

My main point is - and please try to keep up here, dear - there is a time and place for everything. To express your disgust in this particular thread where someone was merely telling a story, highlights just how needy you are to be noticed.

And before anyone points out that I've broken my own rule, yes, I have. But I have no desire to seek out this sad little person elsewhere.

"Guys, where are we?"

LostGirl1350770536.9735024 PostsRegistered 10/22/2009

Stevieb - Right, same reaction here. Only my best friend would have said something like, "I wish you were a good looking guy." And we'd have us a good laugh.

Maybe some people will get a sense of humor for the holidays, eh? Fingers crossed!

"Guys, where are we?"

SUHSE391350782575.331762 PostsRegistered 3/13/2012
On 10/20/2012 LostGirl said:

Stevieb - Right, same reaction here. Only my best friend would have said something like, "I wish you were a good looking guy." And we'd have us a good laugh.

Maybe some people will get a sense of humor for the holidays, eh? Fingers crossed!

You can buy jewelry, unfortunately, you can't buy a sense of humor nor can you buy class and it's a dang ole shame {#emotions_dlg.lol}

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