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    Michelle TVSQ
    Gazette Editor
    New York

    We had a lovely chat with jewelry designer Stephanie Wells yesterday!

    As some of you may know, Stephanie is a popular designer based in California, and she recently debut her DOUBLE HAPPINESS collection on JTV! All of Stephanie’s jewelry are handmade in the U.S.

    At the end of the event, we had a Giveaway! A matching set of Stephanie’s Freshwater Pearl Brass Necklace & Freshwater Pearl Brass Earrings to 1 random lucky winner, courtesy of JTV, went to our random chat participant winner, Kitty!

    Links to the Double Happiness line on JTV:

    Visit Stephanie’s official Double Happiness website here:

    http://www.doublehappinessjewelry.com/

    #144398

    Michelle TVSQ
    Gazette Editor
    New York

    Here is our Chat Transcript!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:00 PM
    Michelle_Host: Hi Girls! Thanks for joining us today!

    Then we had a tinsy weensy bit of technical difficulty so I’ll continue our Chat Transcript at the 3:04pm point :)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:04 PM
    Michelle_Host: I’m going to introduce you to Stephanie Wells now!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:04 PM
    Michelle_Host: Stephanie, will you say Hello to our ladies?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:05 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Hi ladies. I am really looking forward to connecting with you all today…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:05 PM
    Michelle_Host: There we go!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:05 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Thanks for logging in

    Jan 15 2012, 3:05 PM
    Michelle_Host: As usual, we have an hour to learn about our guest

    Jan 15 2012, 3:05 PM
    Michelle_Host: so I’m going to start accepting questions now :)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:05 PM
    Michelle_Host: Here comes the first one!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:05 PM
    Gardener: It’s nice to meet you, Stephanie! How long have you been designing and making jewelry?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:06 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Hi Gardener, I have been designing and making jewelry for over 10 years

    Jan 15 2012, 3:06 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: My company actually launched 1 month following 9-11.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:06 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I began making jewelry for fun – for myself and my family

    Jan 15 2012, 3:07 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: In the beginning I had no training on how to make jewelry – I sort of fell into it

    Jan 15 2012, 3:07 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I have taken a few classes on basic wire wrapping, but for training, I am mostly self-taught.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:08 PM
    Michelle_Host: Thank you, Stephanie!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:08 PM
    Michelle_Host: and I think I forgot to thank you for spending part of your Sunday with us

    Jan 15 2012, 3:08 PM
    Michelle_Host: sorry about that! :)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:08 PM
    Michelle_Host: Here is our next question

    Jan 15 2012, 3:08 PM
    love2shop: Hi Stephanie, thanks for spending some time here with us today. Can you tell us what your first jtv appearance was like?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:08 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: No worries – thank my husband for watching the kids while I do this!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:08 PM
    Michelle_Host: (nice hubby!)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:09 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: FUN!!! The people there are so lovely – really warm and supportive.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:09 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: JTV is located in Knoxville, TN – very different from So. Cal where I live.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:09 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: The organization itself has heart. I have been approached by other shopping networks and did not feel motivated to work with any of them

    Jan 15 2012, 3:10 PM
    Michelle_Host: They are more corporate-y, huh?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:10 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: JTV cares about its people – the people who work there are happy to be there – I want to be a part of that energy

    Jan 15 2012, 3:10 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Yes – the other networks are way more bottom line driven.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:11 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: During the holidays, JTV hired a piano player to play christmas songs in its center courtyard for the week prior to the holiday to lift the spirits of its employees – I thought that was very thoughtful

    Jan 15 2012, 3:11 PM
    Michelle_Host: Christmas sounds lovely there

    Jan 15 2012, 3:11 PM
    Michelle_Host: That must have been very nice for everyone in the building

    Jan 15 2012, 3:12 PM
    Michelle_Host: Many of us here are pretty new to jtv

    Jan 15 2012, 3:12 PM
    Michelle_Host: but we have been learning a lot

    Jan 15 2012, 3:12 PM
    Michelle_Host: about them and enjoying ourselves

    Jan 15 2012, 3:13 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: JTV is working on re-branding itself as a more fashion-forward shopping network. In the past it was known for its stones and more traditional jewelry.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:13 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I feel very blessed to be one of the first designer jewelry lines on the network

    Jan 15 2012, 3:13 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: AND working with JTV has brought the prices of my most popular pieces WAY DOWN!!!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:13 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I feel fortunate to be able to offer some of the pieces that my celebrity clients wear at amazing prices.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:14 PM
    Michelle_Host: We like having the same access as the celebs lol!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:14 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next question we have

    Jan 15 2012, 3:14 PM
    peridot: Hi Stephanie! I love the textures in your metal work! But I haven’t bought anything yet–I have sensitive earlobes, and brass earrings make them hurt. Are your earwires nickle free? If so, you need to state that on air–I’m sure others like me stop listening at the words “gold tone brass”!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:14 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I agree – when the host mentioned those words, I cringed inside!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:15 PM
    Michelle_Host: (lol)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:15 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Unfortunately the product might contain some elements that might make you uncomfortable.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:16 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: If you like, I would be more than happy to post on my DH site a guide on how to switch out earwires to metals that will work with your chemistry.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:16 PM
    Michelle_Host: (I’m allergic to nickel too)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:16 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: That is, you can purchase the jewelry, AND you can purchase Gold Fill earwires ( maybe $5 ) and I can show you how to switch them out

    Jan 15 2012, 3:16 PM
    peridot: Do you have plans to go nickel free?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:16 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I can talk with the network. I think it’s a great idea and I know there are many women out that with the same issues –

    Jan 15 2012, 3:17 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I will definitely bring it up!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:17 PM
    Michelle_Host: That would be great, I’d love to see that too

    Jan 15 2012, 3:17 PM
    Michelle_Host: And next we have…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:17 PM
    Kitty: Hello Stephanie and nice of you to chat with us! I see why your line is called double happiness!! It is very unique and nothing cookie cutter about any of it!!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:18 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Thanks! I call it double happiness as originally the jewelry was to come with a personal poem my sister was going to write.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:18 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Logistically the poetry idea was difficult.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:18 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Double Happiness came to mean a Karmic Chain Reaction. Women who wear the jewelry get noticed and often complimented.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:19 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: They take in that energy and in turn will pass it on to those they come across.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:19 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Ultimately my jewelry is about making women feel beautiful and powerful.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:19 PM
    Michelle_Host: Many of us here are about “feel good” everything

    Jan 15 2012, 3:19 PM
    Michelle_Host: that’s me, anyway!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:19 PM
    Michelle_Host: It’s a lovely name

    Jan 15 2012, 3:19 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next we have a Hello!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:19 PM
    Debra: hi Stephanie & Michelle

    Jan 15 2012, 3:20 PM
    Michelle_Host: Hi Debra!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:20 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Hi Debra!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:20 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next question we have…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:20 PM
    yogagirl: Hi! Can I see your jewelry in person in stores? Which stores carry your collection?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:20 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Hey yogagirl! LOVE your name – I am a practicing yogi myself. 11 years – cant imagine life without it!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:21 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: My line is in over 400 stores worldwide. My biggest account is Anthropologie.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:21 PM
    Michelle_Host: That’s a lot of stores!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:21 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I am also carried in Nannette Lapore, Olive and Bettes, and many smaller specialty boutiques.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:21 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next is…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:21 PM
    MacyDuran: Hello, Stephanie! How did you and JTV connect? Did you know about JTV beforehand? I am new to them, heard of them here on this site.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:22 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Interesting question. I have another company called Elli. Its a direct sales platform. JTV contacted me about working with Elli.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:22 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: The Elli/JTV connection did not work it – but JTV wanted to move into more of a boutiquey direction.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:22 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: They liked my press, they liked the line and we began to talk.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:23 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I had not heard of JTV beforehand – I think they are on the verge of really growing into a powerful company.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:23 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I am excited to be with them as they grow.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:23 PM
    Michelle_Host: Our next question …

    #144399

    Michelle TVSQ
    Gazette Editor
    New York

    Jan 15 2012, 3:23 PM
    CTolivia: I read you worked with celebrities before! Who are some of them and what do you think looks good on them?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:24 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I am so fortunate that celebs like my jewelry. I try to create unique designs and I think these celebs see so much of the same that they too want something different.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:24 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: My most fun celeb experience was with Oprah. She purchased a pair of earrings at a store in Santa Barbara ( they are the Lourdes style earrings on JTV right now )

    Jan 15 2012, 3:25 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: She had just come back from hiatus and had her ears pierced. We

    Jan 15 2012, 3:25 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: She wore our earrings for her big launch back with pierced earrings and we got a TON of press.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:26 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Following her stylist found us and we began sending her jewelry regularly which she paid RETAIL for (most celebs I work with want it for free ) and she began gifting it to her friends.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:26 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: We began working with Rachel Ray before she had her show and now Rachel wears our jewelry all the time and I have even gotten the chance to meet her on several occasions.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:27 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: In terms of what looks good on them – its not really up to me – its up to the celeb and their stylist.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:28 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I like it when they break out of their mold and try something different – say a celeb is often in large hoops but with DH they wear long dangly earrings – that makes me feel good.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:28 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: We have worked with many many celebs – such as Jessica Simpson, Victoria Beckham, Rachel Ray, Beyonce, Paris Hilton, to name just a few.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:29 PM
    Michelle_Host: Firstly…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:29 PM
    Michelle_Host: congratulations, Stephanie!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:29 PM
    Michelle_Host: Oprah…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:29 PM
    Michelle_Host: what a big win and it happened so naturally too

    Jan 15 2012, 3:29 PM
    Michelle_Host: She is such a generous person

    Jan 15 2012, 3:29 PM
    Michelle_Host: Secondly, it’s such a great way for us to see new styles on celebs

    Jan 15 2012, 3:30 PM
    Michelle_Host: and decide if it’s something we like for ourselves

    Jan 15 2012, 3:30 PM
    Michelle_Host: That’s a long list of famous clienteles you have there

    Jan 15 2012, 3:30 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next question we have…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:30 PM
    Tampa: Hi Stephanie, Your jewelry is exotic! Where do you get your ideas from? And do you wear other designer’s jewelry too? Who are some of your favorite?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:31 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: You are so cute! I did live in Israel for 3 years and I have spent many years ( pre- kids of course !) backpacking through So East Asia, India, Africa, Europe.

    Jan 15 2012, 8:32 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: In terms of inspiration, I find the materials talk to me

    Jan 15 2012, 3:32 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I am sure what I have seen comes through my designs, but mostly I sit at my desk and stare at the raw materials

    Jan 15 2012, 3:32 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I try to find out how I feel about them – it takes place in my stomach, really

    Jan 15 2012, 3:32 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I begin playing around and eventually something comes together that I am happy with

    Jan 15 2012, 3:33 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: It’s not always easy – there are times where I want to cry and leave the table, but I force myself to sit with it

    Jan 15 2012, 3:33 PM
    Michelle_Host: (true artist )

    Jan 15 2012, 3:33 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Eventually something hits and it feels so good!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:33 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: In terms of other designers, I LOVE Alexis Bittar, Cheryl Dufault, Gurhan

    Jan 15 2012, 3:34 PM
    Michelle_Host: I’ll have to check them out!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:34 PM
    Michelle_Host: and your Oprah earrings, for sure!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:34 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next we have…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:34 PM
    Debra: which metal or stones are your favorites to work with and why?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:35 PM
    Michelle_Host: (I love Debra’s hair… see her avatar pic!)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:35 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I love gold and warm metals.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:35 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I also love turquoise, ruby, pyrite, emerald, garnet and tourmaline

    Jan 15 2012, 3:36 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I prefer working with natural gemstones to crystals

    Jan 15 2012, 3:36 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next up is…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:36 PM
    rntc: Any plans to work in a beautiful red stone into your jewelry? I love red!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:36 PM
    Michelle_Host: which is interesting

    Jan 15 2012, 3:36 PM
    Michelle_Host: because Stephanie just said

    Jan 15 2012, 3:36 PM
    Michelle_Host: on the phone that she

    Jan 15 2012, 3:37 PM
    Michelle_Host: likes red/pink-ish stones :)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:36 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I love red too!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:37 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Red is a seasonal color and I operate within seasons as that what is done editorially

    Jan 15 2012, 3:37 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Red is usually for Fall.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:37 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Unless its in the form of red coral and that can be spring/summer.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:38 PM
    Michelle_Host: ah i see…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:38 PM
    Michelle_Host: so you work with stones based on what is in fashion or in season for fashion magazines?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:38 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Yes and No. I am aware of seasonal cycles.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:39 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I know that turquoise will sell better in spring then for holiday.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:39 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: There are rules to fashion and fashion cycles which in the US we have four of them

    Jan 15 2012, 3:39 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: In Europe there are really only two seasons – Winter and Spring

    Jan 15 2012, 3:40 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Editors will use certain colors in certain seasons

    Jan 15 2012, 3:40 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: If I want press I need to give them something they can use.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:40 PM
    Michelle_Host: Learnt something new!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:40 PM
    Michelle_Host: Makes sense… the mags will print what compliments their opinion for the season

    Jan 15 2012, 3:41 PM
    Michelle_Host: and next question is…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:41 PM
    peridot: When is your next visit to JTV? How often will we get to see you and your work?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:41 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: February 7th!!!!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:41 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: And I am excited as I will be on four 4 hours –

    Jan 15 2012, 3:41 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Time flies when you are on air – I love it –

    Jan 15 2012, 3:41 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Having four hours will really help me communicate my passion

    Jan 15 2012, 3:42 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I am not sure about the frequency on JTV – I did not think it would be every two months but its turning into that

    Jan 15 2012, 3:42 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I have sent them some new designs using druzy which are AMAZING!!!!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:42 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Not sure when those will hit but I think you will love the look!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:42 PM
    Michelle_Host: Lots of the girls here loves DRUSY!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:43 PM
    Michelle_Host: 4 hours! Is that two 2 hour shows?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:43 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I dont really know.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:43 PM
    Michelle_Host: LOL

    Jan 15 2012, 3:43 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Live TV is not really determined until the last minute

    Jan 15 2012, 3:43 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I will probably find out the day before –

    Jan 15 2012, 3:43 PM
    Michelle_Host: We’ll look forward to watching you – bring coffee on air with you LOL

    Jan 15 2012, 3:43 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next up we have…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:43 PM
    Debra: ah, thanks Michelle! Is silver to soft often to work with?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:44 PM
    Michelle_Host: (Debra’s back lol)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:44 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I am thinking you are a silver girl!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:44 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: No silver is not too soft, its just that I dont like silver without an antique finish and as all work is done by hand in my office

    Jan 15 2012, 3:44 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I dont really want to stink up my office with liver of sulfer!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:44 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: That’s the truth!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:45 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I love silver, but I guess I am just a bit lazy

    Jan 15 2012, 3:45 PM
    Michelle_Host: and that’s an honest answer LOL

    Jan 15 2012, 3:45 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next is…

    #144400

    Michelle TVSQ
    Gazette Editor
    New York

    Jan 15 2012, 3:45 PM
    Kitty: I think making jewelry must be like fashion. You have to know what will go at the right time. For instance we mentally associate red with Christmas and Valentine’s Day and rust, brown, orange and green with Thanksgiving and Fall and lavender, mint green, peach and yellow with Easter and Spring. So of course I would imagine in the marketing world you would have to have pieces of jewelry ready with these colors for the time of year it is.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:45 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Your exactly right.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:46 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: But its a fine line

    Jan 15 2012, 3:46 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: As I mentioned, people want to fall in love with something

    Jan 15 2012, 3:46 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: they want to see new and exciting jewelry that makes them feel sexy and powerful when wearing it

    Jan 15 2012, 3:46 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Its a fine line between bringing something new to market and staying within those conditions

    Jan 15 2012, 3:47 PM
    Michelle_Host: I personally like the Fall colors, Kitty!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:47 PM
    Michelle_Host: Thanks Stephanie

    Jan 15 2012, 3:47 PM
    Michelle_Host: and Debra wants to say…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:47 PM
    Debra: Interesting! Thanks

    Jan 15 2012, 3:47 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: My pleasure

    Jan 15 2012, 3:47 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next up we have…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:47 PM
    SamInPA: Hello! Thank you for chatting! What makes you passionate about jewelry making? Do you still make them yourself or do you design only now?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:48 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I do make jewelry for myself as well as I understand the needs of women on both the east coast, west coast, mid west…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:48 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I fell into jewelry making. It took me some time to feel like I deserved all the accolades I was receiving as I mentioned that I have very little training in this

    Jan 15 2012, 3:49 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: My bottom line is I feel jewelry contributes to the world by helping women feel strong

    Jan 15 2012, 3:49 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: feel confident, pretty and sexy.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:49 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: If women can be powerful than children and animals will be better protected as we are the care givers

    Jan 15 2012, 3:49 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I joke and say I may not be a brain surgeon, but helping women feel their power makes a difference

    Jan 15 2012, 3:49 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: that is my passion

    Jan 15 2012, 3:50 PM
    Michelle_Host: You are so humble, Stephanie…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:50 PM
    Michelle_Host: and have a kind heart!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:50 PM
    Michelle_Host: I think we all learned a lot about you today

    Jan 15 2012, 3:50 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next up is…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:50 PM
    Kitty: It doesn’t really matter if you have had training or not what matters is that you have a talent for it and you really can’t learn that. You either have it or you don’t.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:50 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Agreed, but its subjective.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:51 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: And you are sweet.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:51 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next we have…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:51 PM
    praewright: That’s true Stephanie..didn’t care much for pearls, or the designs that use them, always seemed to old fashion or something! But I do have to say I really like what you have done with them!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:51 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Thanks – I go in and out with pearls, but many women love them

    Jan 15 2012, 3:51 PM
    Michelle_Host: I do :)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:51 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: they are very feminine and delicate and many women love to feel that way!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:52 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Thanks for the compliment!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:52 PM
    Michelle_Host: And next question…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:52 PM
    peridot: Were you surprised by anything about the process of being on live tv? Did the hosts help give you tips?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:52 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I watched so many hours of QVC my family went crazy!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:52 PM
    Michelle_Host: Just like my BF, LOL

    Jan 15 2012, 3:53 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I am a bit familiar with TV as I do fashion segments for my local news station.

    Jan 15 2012, 3:53 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: The difference with JTV is they have very specific times with which to address certain designs

    Jan 15 2012, 3:53 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: You have to really stay on top of time with them

    Jan 15 2012, 3:53 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: But the hosts really lead it –

    Jan 15 2012, 3:53 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I just follow and I really connected and trusted the hosts

    Jan 15 2012, 3:54 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: No real tips other then dont swear or chew gum ( kidding )

    Jan 15 2012, 3:54 PM
    Michelle_Host: lol!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:54 PM
    Michelle_Host: and about the hours of QVC you’ve watched

    Jan 15 2012, 3:54 PM
    Michelle_Host: i think my BF has watched way more shopping tv than he cares to

    Jan 15 2012, 3:54 PM
    Michelle_Host: because of my hobby here!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:54 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: funny!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:54 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next we have…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:54 PM
    shopalot: Hi! Do you design all of your jewelry or do you have designers? And what would you love to see in your jewelry line in 2012?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:55 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I do 90% of the work, but I do have a great team of women who help me and whose opinions I trust

    Jan 15 2012, 3:55 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: It’s a true team and I love my girls

    Jan 15 2012, 3:55 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I have one women who has peyote stitching skills that I dont have and she helped me create a line

    Jan 15 2012, 3:56 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: of seed bead jewelry for DH which has beautiful images threaded through with beads

    Jan 15 2012, 3:56 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I could not have done that without her

    Jan 15 2012, 3:56 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: But the main energy is mine

    Jan 15 2012, 3:56 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: In terms of 2012 – good question! Did not think about it –

    Jan 15 2012, 3:56 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Its one of those things that if I see it I will let you know

    Jan 15 2012, 3:56 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Sort of like the cup holder at movie theaters-

    Jan 15 2012, 3:56 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: wish I thought of that!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:56 PM
    Michelle_Host: lol

    Jan 15 2012, 3:57 PM
    Michelle_Host: we have 2 comments…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:57 PM
    praewright: You’re talented and funny!!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:57 PM
    Debra: LOL- yep Q watching is addictive!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:57 PM
    Michelle_Host: We have a few more min…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:57 PM
    Michelle_Host: so quick answers for these

    #144401

    Michelle TVSQ
    Gazette Editor
    New York

    Jan 15 2012, 3:57 PM
    Cristo: Pearls are my fav. Will you have more pearl pieces?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:57 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Maybe – not sure – have to see how well they sell – I’ts JTV’s bottom line – not mine

    Jan 15 2012, 3:57 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:57 PM
    Bookworm: What hours do you do as a designer and someone who has her own business? How do you balance everything?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:58 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I barely do – had to cut my own bangs this month!

    Jan 15 2012, 3:58 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I say 80% running a business and 20% designing =

    Jan 15 2012, 3:58 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: but I am always designing in my head – I sketch it out and that 20% is used to work out my sketches

    Jan 15 2012, 3:58 PM
    Michelle_Host: Next is…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:58 PM
    9to5: How would you describe your personal style, Stephanie? Also, how would you describe the style of your line?

    Jan 15 2012, 3:59 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Ironic. I like wearing things that dont make sense and I like layers, texture and color. I think that is all reflected in my designs

    Jan 15 2012, 3:59 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I also don’t like perfection so you will notice a bit of imperfection in my designs

    Jan 15 2012, 3:59 PM
    Michelle_Host: and our last question…

    Jan 15 2012, 3:59 PM
    Michelle_Host: (so glad we fit EVERYTHING in yay!)

    Jan 15 2012, 3:59 PM
    PamAZ: What type of materials do you use for your jewelry?

    Jan 15 2012, 4:00 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: ALL – fabric, leather, metal, stones, crystals, silk thread – whatever inspires me and I feel has commercial value

    Jan 15 2012, 4:00 PM
    Michelle_Host: Silk! I would like to see more of those

    Jan 15 2012, 4:01 PM
    Michelle_Host: Thank you for chatting with us Stephanie!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:01 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I had a blast!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:01 PM
    Michelle_Host: and thank you to all our girls here – including new friends!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:01 PM
    Michelle_Host: Now I would love to have a min…

    Jan 15 2012, 4:01 PM
    Michelle_Host: and do a random drawing to pick our giveaway winner!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:01 PM
    Michelle_Host: give us a sec

    Jan 15 2012, 4:02 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Great questions ladies – you made me think!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:02 PM
    Michelle_Host: We got it!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:02 PM
    Michelle_Host: ok but first…

    Jan 15 2012, 4:02 PM
    Michelle_Host: we have lots of Thank you messages…

    Jan 15 2012, 4:02 PM
    Kitty: This has been very interesting and I am going to be watching for more of your unique designs in the future. It was a pleasure chatting with you. Michelle Thank you so much for bringing Stephanie on today and it was really fun and interesting to chat with someone sort of new to all of us! Once again you outdid yourself and I love the fact that you are opening up some new designers to us !! It gives us new avenues to check out! Cheering for you and all that you do from Arvada CO!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:02 PM
    Debra: thanks for chatting Stephanie {and Michelle for being you}

    Jan 15 2012, 4:02 PM
    praewright: Enjoyed this so much…continued success and blessings!!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:02 PM
    Gardener: Thank you for your time, Stephanie. Please visit again!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:02 PM
    love2shop: Thanks stephanie, michelle!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:03 PM
    Michelle_Host: I love all our ladies, so sweet!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:03 PM
    Michelle_Host: Our giveaway goes to

    Jan 15 2012, 4:03 PM
    Michelle_Host: Kitty!!!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:03 PM
    Michelle_Host: Congrats Kitty!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:03 PM
    Debra: woohoo!! Congrats Kitty!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:03 PM
    praewright: Congrats Kitty!!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:03 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: Congrats Kitty! And all you ladies are so kind! Thank you!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:03 PM
    Michelle_Host: Thank you, Thank you!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:03 PM
    Michelle_Host: I hope you’ll come back and chat with us again this year, Stephanie!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:04 PM
    Stephanie_Wells: I would love to! Thank you Michelle for inviting me and setting this up!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:04 PM
    Michelle_Host: My pleasure!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:04 PM
    Michelle_Host: and a word from Kitty!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:04 PM
    Kitty: Oh I am so excited!!! Thank You and I can’t wait to receive it!! You are so kind to do this Stephanie!!! Thank You everyone!!!! I can’t believe how excited I am!!!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:04 PM
    Michelle_Host: I’ll email you offline, Kitty :D

    Jan 15 2012, 4:04 PM
    Michelle_Host: Bye girls!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:04 PM
    Michelle_Host: I will upload this chat transcript later today!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:05 PM
    Michelle_Host: Please have a wonderful rest of this Sunday and see you on the forum

    Jan 15 2012, 4:05 PM
    praewright: Awwww..bye!

    Jan 15 2012, 4:05 PM
    Debra: bye~ :)

    Jan 15 2012, 4:05 PM
    Michelle_Host: Bye for now! :)

    #144783

    meTime
    Gazette Member

    Unfortunately, I missed this chat :(
    Well, I finally read the transcript and what an interesting woman!
    Her answers are so honest and thoughtful. And I love her desire to help woman feel good and powerful :D :D
    It made me very curious about her jewelry so I looked up her stuff on JTV and WOW, I LIKE :D. And am truly impressed, she’s self taught.
    That’s what I call natural talent!

    Kitty, the pearl set you won is absolutely beautiful! :D

    #144830

    Michelle TVSQ
    Gazette Editor
    New York

    SO glad you read and enjoyed the chat transcript, Maddie!

    I am really glad we got a chance to learn about Stephanie — her personality really came across in this chat with us, and I had a great time on the phone during the chat with her as well!

    You are so right about Stephanie’s desire to help woman. It is a highly admirable trait! If I remember correctly, I read a while back that her company works with women in 3rd world countries to help them make money for themselves by producing handmade goods!

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