Ladies and gentlemen, please take you seats for our premiere production of the Theatre of Gems, coming to a screen near you on 28th August.
The stage has been set, lines have been learned and everyone has their part to play in what promises to be a show to remember.
See star-quality gems and learn from our experts in this dazzling show filled with opulent designs.
In the run up to this exciting performance, our gem buyer Doug gives us the lowdown on which gems are taking the leading roles in this performance, and tells us how he came to be an expert in the world of gemstones…
“My career in the jewellery industry started as a 16 year old fresh out of school back in 1991 – I was due to start a business course at college, but came across an advert for a trainee at a local manufacturing jewellers; It didn’t take much to convince me that earning £50 a week while I trained was a better alternative than college, and the rest, as they say is metalwork.
I studied jewellery craft and hand engraving at Guildhall University at Whitechapel in London, and although I passed all of my exams it was clear to me that my strength was not at the bench – it was time for me to take the skills I’d learnt and apply them elsewhere.
In 1996 I replied to an advert in the Evening Standard newspaper – a combination of youthful enthusiasm, glaring inexperience and questionable long hair clearly set me apart from the crowd, and I was appointed buyer’s clerk for the gold jewellery buying department at QVC.
Leaving in 2000 to explore other head office roles including high street, mail order and internet, I re-joined QVC 20 years after I’d first joined the jewellery industry, as a buyer on the gemset department – a little older, a little wiser, and with a reasonably sensible haircut.
I’m privileged to travel the world these days visiting leading suppliers, factories and trade fairs, and some of my most exciting finds will be coming up in our Theatre of Gems, including…
Our Today’s Special Value (TSV) for the day, this stunning Tahitian pearl necklace, free-running on a highly polished, rhodium-plated sterling silver cable-style chain, will be at the lowest price we’ve ever offered for the proclaimed ‘queen of pearls’.Tahitian pearls are renowned for being one of nature’s most sought-after creations, admired as pearl royalty for the difficulty of producing these outstanding gems that are natural in colour and shape, and never treated, enhanced or re-cut.
We will also be showcasing a stunning 7.5ct morganite pendant in 9 carat rose gold with diamond accenting. Morganite is becoming increasingly scarce in the marketplace due to the rise in popularity of rose tone metals and gemstones, and stones of this size and quality are incredibly difficult to find in quantity. Demand is currently outstripping supply as the mines are depleted, and our suppliers are predicting higher prices and declining availability of gem quality material unless a new source is discovered.
All things blue are trending in the gemstone world, and none more than tanzanite. QVC was a pioneer in bringing tanzanite to the UK, and we have long-established contacts across the world looking out for premium material on our behalf. We will be showing you a gorgeous ring which is a beautiful example of the finest quality tanzanite offered in a classic 18 carat gold cluster setting.
The state of Minas Gerais in Brazil is a huge natural resource of gemstones, and the mines in the Itinga region are recognised by gem experts as being a premium source of topaz, bearing an unusually high yield of lustrous material. We have great direct links to the mine owners, and will be showing a huge 15 carat oval-cut topaz ring, which is a great example of the incredible material from this region.
Discover these gorgeous gems and more this Thursday, when you are invited to The Grand Opening at 12am, giving you the first look at at our very special TSV, and The Grand Finale, shown at 11pm. In the meantime you can visit our gemstone glossary and watch this sneak peak video clip…
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As for the encore… watch this space!