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My 20 Year Anniversary on QVC!

by on ‎03-22-2017 11:59 PM

Hello All,

 

I am simply delighted to be celebrating my 20th anniversary on QVC and the 40th anniversary of my brand this month.  My, time does fly! Looking back on all these wonderful years with you brings me the happiest memories.  When I started out on the network I could not have imagined how I would feel so connected to women wearing my jewelry.  It has been a joy and an honor to see you style the jewelry so beautifully and to hear your stories about what my pieces have meant to you.  It still is the highlight of my day whenever I run into a woman wearing my pieces – you are a wonderful and loving group!

 

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Thinking back to how it all started, I have John Calnon, then a QVC Vice President, to thank for approaching me about bringing my designs to QVC. I met John for lunch at the Four Seasons with my husband Ron, and he was very important in convincing me that I would have all the creative control I needed.  To me it was not only about beautiful jewelry but of course also about offering designs that were well made and priced affordably.  John made feel sure that I would be able to include all of the hallmark Judith Ripka design features such as texture and matte finish, kickstand hinges, and artistic closures – everything that I felt was important to be incorporated into my pieces. After that lunch, I knew I wanted to do it!

 

In addition to John, there have been so many wonderful partners who have helped me grow my brand at QVC, and I have to thank all of them for their enthusiasm and friendship. QVC is a such a warm and special place that feels like a family.  I even used to bring one of my own “family members” to work at QVC, my sweet Maltese, Pookie.  Pookie loved coming with me for my shows, but she was a little bit of trouble.  One time Pookie wandered out of a conference room without anyone noticing, only to be brought back in the arms of another QVC employee who sat down the hall.  It turns out Pookie had introduced herself to Darlene Daggett, a legendary QVC executive.  After finding out Pookie belonged to me, she gave us a very special invitation to her office – and the two of us became great friends after that.  She was always so supportive and lovely.

 

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Over the years I have also gotten to work with so many fun and talented QVC hosts in front of the camera. They are consummate professionals who always help me feel at ease even though I am not naturally inclined towards being in the spotlight.  For example, Rick and I love to tease each other and entertain our viewers with playful banter.  One time on air he asked me why I still get a little nervous before a show and I responded wryly “Because I never know what you’re going to say, Rick!”  I could not do what I do without wonderful relationships with all of the hosts especially the ones like Jill, Rick and Jane who were with me from almost the very beginning and, more recently, Antonella. 

 

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Behind the scenes, the QVC jewelry buyers have also been instrumental in helping me grow my business into what it is today, especially Erin Oschell who works the closest with me on merchandising my collection.

 

However, it is all my loyal fans, especially the Ripkanistas with whom I have a special bond, that make my show so much fun and so enjoyable. Hearing from callers is a special highlight of the shows, and I love their enthusiasm.  One time a woman called in, on-air, whispering.  I asked her to speak up and she said she couldn’t because she was hiding in a closet.  She was delaying having her husband take her to the hospital for an urgent condition until she could see the next item on the show that night!  I have the best and most passionate customers.

 

Twenty years went by way too fast and sometimes I cannot believe how fortunate I am to have become part of this amazing place. I started by selling my jewelry from behind the counter of a clothing boutique. It was that experience, the one on one with my customers, that was special as I learned what they were wearing and how they wanted to accessorize their wardrobes with jewelry that most informed my designs. QVC allowed me once again to reconnect to my customers, allowed me to speak to them directly and hear their feedback in calls during the shows, emails and texts to me and conversations when we meet around town, in airports, restaurants and in stores. I love these meeting and chats and always welcome constructive feedback.  I am grateful to you all and QVC each and every day. 

 

Here’s to another 20 years!

 

With love,

Judith

 

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Comments
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on ‎03-23-2017 07:19 AM

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on ‎03-23-2017 01:06 PM

Judith, your designs have become a daily part of my life and given me so much joy--thank-you.  I hope that we have a chance to meet some day.

 

I also would like to recognize several others who were instrumental in the success of JRQ: former host Lisa Robertson and model Suzanne who helped to explain and show the brand to its best effect.  Lisa and Suzanne most often factored highly in my decisions of whether or not to add a piece to my collection.  Much gratitude to both of you!  Also Vice President Beth was very helpful personally, always a quick and honest response to any issue.

 

Also, all the fantastic Ripkanistas, ongoing happiness.  Best wishes~Peach

 

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on ‎03-23-2017 09:15 PM

dear Judith Ripka -  what a pleasure it has been to enjoy your presentations over the years - and more especially to wear your lovely jewels!  i have been fortunate enough to mark special birthdays/events with a special piece from you.  i am looking down at my gold and sapphire bangle (happy holidays to me) and just ordered the lion earrings (happy big birthday to me!). thanks for sharing my big moments with me.

by Mimi in Chesapeake
on ‎03-24-2017 11:35 AM

Congratualtions.  I have quite a few of your pieces, and love them all. 

I'm looking for something special.  My hubby passed a year and a half ago.  I would like to find a remembrance ring to wear instead of wearing my wedding rings.  It needs to be sturdy, not flashy.  Something for everyday wear. 

Thoughts??

Thanks.

Kathy

by
on ‎03-24-2017 11:46 AM

Hi Judith.  It's a nice photo of you and Rick together.

by
on ‎03-25-2017 10:56 AM

Happy Anniversary Judith!  Here's to 20 more so there's something to watch on TV. Heart

by almarsch2
on ‎03-25-2017 01:00 PM

Judith I have been a devoted Ripka follower and purchaser since "day one!"  I had admired your jewelry at "well known" 

 

dept. stores, however they were sadly priced "above my paygrade!"  When I discovered you were bringing your designs

 

to QVC at more affordable prices, I couldn't wait.  Since that first show I have followed your designs and purchased them!

 

You are truly an American success story both personally and professionally!

by kirbople
on ‎03-27-2017 01:12 PM

Happy Anniversary Judith.  I've been fortunate enough to purchase many of your beautiful pieces from the very beginning.  I must  have at leat 30-40 bracelets, many, many necklaces and rings.  I love them all.  Thank you for giving me such pleasure for so many years.  Many more to come I hope!!

by
on ‎03-30-2017 11:04 PM
I am so delighted to have 20 years worth of special Ripka pieces. They are my every day enhancements that make my days just a little sparklier and more beautiful. Through the last 20 years there have been wonderful days celebrating the birth of grandchildren, worrisome days beginning new careers, and very sad days, too. Throughout, my Ripka pieces have become old and dear friends. Thank you, Judith, for your classically beautiful esthetic that truly does go from blue jeans to black tie. I love my old pieces and enjoy choosing new designs to complement my old friends. You make my life sparkle and that is a very very good feeling. Thank you!
by SLeeJ
on ‎04-03-2017 05:31 PM

Congratulations Judith! I don't have 20 years worth of your designs yet, but it have plenty of time to reach my own 20th anniversary with you. Your silver band ring with purple diamonds (J330817) has become my favorite piece of jewelry and is on my finger most days! Now, all I need are pruple diamond earrings to go along with it. Perhaps there's something on the drawing board??

 

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