Dazzle in the latest Diamonique design


I hope all’s well during this fabulous hot spell! It was of course to be expected as Richard J said we were in for a wet and windy May! I’m only joking, he actually said May, June and July! 🙂

I’m still away from the Q at present and still keeping myself busy at home. I’ve also taken the plunge into Instagram and to keep it simple if you’d like to find and hopefully follow I have the same handle as on my Twitter account namely dalefranklintv!

I must say I’m a bit nervous about joining a new social platform. It’s silly really but until I’m au-fait with the modus operandi – wow, he’s gone all multi-lingual – Latin too! Sorry… as I was saying, until I’m happy that I understand what I’m sending and to whom, there’s always that concern in the back of your mind that personal embarrassment is just a tap or click away.

My buddy Charlie Brook told me a very funny story related to this last week and I was laughing so much I literally started a coughing fit on the phone. I’m sorry I can’t share it with you and I doubt Charlie will either, but trust me it’s gold dust. Here’s a still taken from a promo we were shooting for a jewellery show – as you can guess – it took a while to complete.

Charlie and I are often found presenting what we at The Q consider to be the world’s finest simulated diamond – Diamonique. You may have noticed that each month we have been featuring a Diamonique Design of the Month and the design for May is this fabulous flamingo necklace. It’s cast in precious sterling silver and available in a choice of Rhodium, Yellow or Rose Gold plate and the head, neck and body are encrusted with countless simulated diamonds totalling over one third of a carat – it also comes with a matching 45cm sterling silver chain at an incredible feature price under £20!

I love it’s quirky, novelty silhouette style and flamingos have always been such a popular inspiration for jewellery designers none more so than now – more usually seen as a brooch – I think it works beautifully as a necklace. May is also Accessories Month at QVC so keep an eye out live on air and online for some great accessories to finish off your summer look.

I mentioned earlier that I’m now on Instagram and my first post last week was (surprise surprise) a picture of one of my beloved dogs. Yes the picture shown here was my first effort with the caption “Ellie co-ordinating with the bluebells”! It won’t win a literary prize anytime soon but I loved the photo and wanted to share with those of you not on Twitter or Instagram.

Until next time … stay cool and sparkling!



  1. Susan Smurthwaite May 8, 2018 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, just lovely….thanks for sharing. I am not on any social media, so the chance to see photos of precious animals is such a joy. Thanks.

  2. Dale Franklin May 9, 2018 at 1:06 am -  Reply

    You’re very welcome Susan x

  3. Jean Barlow May 9, 2018 at 3:18 am -  Reply

    Lovely photo Dale

  4. Sandy Hill May 9, 2018 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Aaah what a beautiful dog Dale, xx

  5. Judith Bosworth May 10, 2018 at 1:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Dale just love your dog. What breed is he and is the other one the same?

  6. Maz Cameron May 13, 2018 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Just gorgeous love the ribbon.x

  7. Christine May 15, 2018 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Your dogs are beautiful. It takes a lot of work to keep them like that. Do you brush them everyday? We have a westie my husband cuts him

  8. joyce pate May 26, 2018 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    I had a bearded Collie called Charlie a few years ago now and I was told not to tie their hair up because it’s protection for their eyes against the sun and wind as they have sensitive eyes.

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