Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Today's Blue Plate Specials ... Thou Shalt Steel

HSN's TS is a 4.12ct Absolute Sparkle Cut Ring. Now we all know how Queen Bea *hearts* fake diamonds, but this is just u-g-l-y bad. This is what gives fake diamonds a bad name!

Let's take a tour, shall we? First, at a whooping 4 carats, the center stone has just flown past believable and even pushed beyond aspirational. The stone alone would be at least 50k (and that's one of average quality at best--certainly not the always-touted D-flawless).

Second, if you were so lucky as to get this stone, you certainly wouldn't set it in an cheap, flimsy setting like this one. It's made out of silver ... couldn't they have made it a little heavier without increasing the price to much? Yuck. Double yuck. Boo!!!

QVC's TSV is a Steel by Design 7" or 8" Set of 3 Hinged Bangles.
Oh how I love Steel by Design ... let me count the ways! However, I'm only preachin' about the steel-colored stuff because I haven't tried anything with the gold plating yet. I've heard that it's not as good because the color is either fake looking or wears off quickly.

Seriously, chickadees, give this line a try because it's awesome! Not expensive, durable, heavy, looks like platinum ... I just can't say enough about it.

And don't forget to watch Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, tonight! He's amazing.

ShopNBC's OTV is a Laurel Burch Large Tote & Mini Bag Set. I like her cat collection and used to have some Laurel Burch thank you cards. The tote just isn't my thing though. Looks like something I should be keeping my knitting in and I don't knit. Check out Laurel's website here.


  1. jenn in knoxvilleJuly 2, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Gotta agree with you, QB. That giganto rock belongs in a sturdier setting. It reminds me of those lollypop rings I used to buy in the vending machines!

  2. You're right, Jenn! It does look like those Ring Pops! I still love those. Wish they would fit my fingers.

    Forgot to mention that I do find the new "sparkle" cut interesting--hope they can make it a tad smaller though!

  3. i do love me some steel by design! i have about a dozen pieces and i wear them with my platinum. so affordable and trendy.

    the only thing i get pouty about is that it scratches. i have a bold polished ring (PR presented it in last night's show) and the top scratched the first time i wore it. still have it & wear it, but the metal does scratch :-(

    have you had that problem, QB? no issues with my textured pieces (harder to see the blemishes), just the high polished.

  4. It does scratch (just like my silverware does!), but I haven't noticed that it scratches any worse than my gold or silver jewelry.

    Also, the more you wear it the less it looks "scratched" and the more it looks like it has a nice "patina" to it.

    But, no, it's not going to keep that super high-polished look. Except my SBD watch, which is still really shiny. Go figure.

    I also love the Signity Modern Metals line at ShopNBC. :-)


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