Sunday, November 30, 2008

Two Things ...

First, according to godFreako on the QVC message boards, the big, pave hoops from the Diamonique commercial that I've been drooling over will be sold for ... drum roll, please ... $248.12!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Has QVC lost their minds? Two hundred and fifty dollars for CZ and silver ... for real? Is this supposed to be a joke? That must be a helluva a lot of platinum that they're plating on those earrings.

Y'all know how much I love my fake diamonds and I've been hunting for a big pair of pave hoops for a while now, so I was primed and ready with my wallet open and credit card in hand to buy those earrings tonight, but there is no number of Easy Pays that can make up for a ridiculous price tag like that. And for once I don't even care about free shipping. That price is just insulting.

Maybe they will realize the enormous error of their ways before tonight ... the Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise!

Second, the TSV--Keurig Ultimate Coffee Brewer w/ 54 K-Cups & My K-Cup Filter--is a rocking deal. Mr. Queen Bea wanted to get me a new coffee maker for Christmas and I do believe I have helped him find it!

My Bunn, which was supposed to last forever, now leaks more coffee than it makes. Although I'm sad and disappointed in my Bunn, I'm pretty sure that I can drink my sorrows away with this little baby.

The reviews are almost uniformly glowing (the naysayers seem to expect their own personal tree-hugging Starbucks barista to pop out of the machine to make their morning brew) and I can't find a better price. Plus you get 54 K-Cups, a coupon for more coffee of your choice, half-price shipping, and the K-Cup filter so you can use whatever coffee you want with it. And did I mention the 5 Easy Pays?

At least someone at the Q still has a clue. Oh! And I forgot to mention one of the best benefits of this coffee maker--watching the already hyper hosts get juiced up on caffeine all day!

So, when all is said and done, at least I will have a tasty cup of coffee to sip while I fume over my hoops (and they are mine even if they aren't technically in my possession).


  1. I too am a manufacturer, and those earrings are worth every penny. Look at how many cz were hand set into that bet is there are about 600 in that pair. Yes it is cz, and yes it is silver, but it is also a lot of labor.

  2. One other thing....but the way, I just read many of your past blogs and think you are terrific.

    You noted that ShopNBC is doing some jewelry with Cachalong. It started with Chanel...who did a carved flower in cachalong, and then Frank Gehry, who did a series in cachalong for Tiffany. Now other high end Italian designers are using the stone. Its a pretty opaque white stone, and it is also known as Peruvian opal....

    Thanks so much for letting me comment. I have recently found a faux cachalong which I will be manufacturing with, since I think it is a future "hot" stone.

    Happy December. Sophie.

  3. Hey Sophie!

    I do agree with you about the earrings being labor-intensive; however, they are using cheap foreign labor to set all those stones. I think that if these were manufactured in the US, then they would be worth every penny! :-)

    They are beautiful though, aren't they?

  4. (o_O) @ ... $248.12!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Sorry, but I'm skeptical of the quality of Made in China 'hand set' and I'm over the whisker thin amount of 'precious metal' Q specs call for in their jewelery. My collection of DMQ dates back to the last century when the great majority was still Made in USA. The silver has weight to it that would make today's Epiphany blush. :(

    I don't know how I feel about the coffeemaker. If you're having a group for coffee you're stuck fixing one cup at a time? And, that rack of K-cups sitting on the counter would make me crazy. LOL

  5. I have a pair similar to these in my line, and there are 692 cz set into them so they are the most expensive hoops in my line. If they were set in the US, they would be set, (at a very good price) at about $4.00 per stone, which makes the setting astronomical. This could only be done in CHina. THere are other cz silver hoops available with larger stones at less expensive prices, but these are worth the money....and they look like the real thing.

  6. Hi, I just found a pair of diamond earrings similar to the QVC earring in an ad in W magazine, so I searched and found a retailed in the US that carries the real earring, for a mere $26,500. This is the link if you want to see them. Thought you might find it interesting that even high end Italian diamond manufacturers are now manufacturing in China too.

    Have a great day! Sophie

  7. Hey Sophie!

    Those earrings are slamming! WOW! They look very similar to what Paula Deen has been wearing lately (now that is a woman with a bit of a diamond fetish). Only $26k???

    Everything is going to be made in China. We're going to lose craftsmen all over the rest of the world.

    BTW, I love your duck ring! How cute is that?

    And I do believe Joan Rivers would be all over your bee earrings! :-)

    Another thing I forgot to mention in the price of the pave earrings discussion: the Q is a huge company and gets the best deals from their manufacturers. They also have their biggest profit margin with jewelry. I think that they should suffer with a slightly lower profit margin on those earrings.

  8. If you still want these earrings I have them listed on ebay. I paid $300.00. They are beautiful but I am moving and need to pare down to nothing.


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