Getting To Know Carolyn Pollack

Chances are you already know a lot about jewelry designer and color expert Carolyn Pollack. From her exciting jewelry presentations on QVC to the intimate glimpses inside the Design and Production Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Carolyn loves to share her world.

To celebrate Carolyn’s birthday month, we thought we’d catch up with her about her latest collections, trends and what she’s most looking forward to for the Spring season. Let’s jump in!

Happy Birthday! How did you celebrate?

Our Marketing Team surprised me with a gourmet donut party! I received lots of fun texts, emails, and videos from friends and family that I’ll save until next year!

Bill and I had a wonderful dinner, and I wrapped up the day with phone calls from my mom and sister Becky.

What Amethyst gemstone design should every February-baby and purple-lover have in her jewelry wardrobe?

I personally love the bold amethyst ring in the Harmony collection. The quality of the stone is amazing and check out the SIZE!

Looking ahead, what colors are you most intrigued by this year?

Green. It is my favorite color and I am so excited that it is the Pantone Color of the Year! They call it Greenery, which in the gemstone world is peridot. It is a refreshing and revitalizing shade, and symbolizes new beginnings.

And what gemstone pairings are you loving for Spring 2017?

Well, you’ll have to stay tuned! As a matter of fact, I will be introducing many fresh gemstone combinations on CarolynPollack.com in the coming weeks. I love how interesting and unexpected gemstone pairings can inspire us to take a new, fresh look at the clothes in our closets and pull things together in ways we may not have thought to do.

Refresh, renew!

What is your favorite Spring holiday and way to spend it?

Easter. It is such a time of hope, rebirth, and the promise of spring. It was my Grandma Dooley’s favorite. We would all gather at her house after church and no matter the Minnesota weather, we would be in our new Easter dresses and shoes and hunt for eggs, sometimes in the snow. Now we spend it with our grandchildren, including one who just happens to be named Easter Lily!

Be RADIANT!

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Recently we sat down with designer Carolyn Pollack to talk about her new Radiant Collection. Here’s what she had to say:cp-headshot-with-line

What is your inspiration for the Radiant Collection?

I love to know that our collectors LIVE in our jewelry. I also know that you enjoy pieces that make a statement. My vision for Radiant was everyday elegance. Being a lover of gemstones and sculptural silver, I took a bold approach to fine jewelry with this collection. It is truly fine jewelry to be worn EVERY day, not only for a special occasion. Because you deserve to feel Radiant every day!

Do you have a favorite stone color in the collection?

If so which one and why? I love them all, but if I have to chose one, I would say Peridot. Green is my favorite color, and this particular shade of green is Pantone’s color of 2017! Peridot offers a vibrant pop of green to your rich jewel-tone wardrobe pieces, as well as to denim and neutrals. 

Did you select the faceted stones to work together in one outfit, or do you think they work best separately?

Each of the gemstones in the Radiant collection are of the highest quality, so they all have a stunning saturation of color. For that reason, they work beautifully together. I would definitely suggest mixing the colors within the collection, and even layering the bracelets and necklaces. This way, you won’t have to make the difficult choice among these dazzling gems!

Is there another Carolyn Pollack collection that pairs well with the Radiant Collection?

I love wearing Radiant with the Wings collection, also with Harmony. And the silver detail in Radiant works beautifully with my CP Signature pieces.

What is the best season to wear Radiant?

This collection is timeless and season-less!

Do you plan on adding any additional colors to the collection?

White Topaz is the latest addition. There aren’t too many additional options when you consider the quality and size of the gems in Radiant. We’ll have to see what Mother Nature has in store.

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Is Radiant worn best with formal or casual attire and what is your ideal outfit to pair with Radiant?

I wouldn’t wear it on a hike or rafting down the river, so I wouldn’t call it a casual collection. However, Radiant is fabulous with casual chic, daytime/business, and definitely evening/formal wear.

Why is the collection named Radiant?

You’ll look and feel radiant when you wear these brilliant gems set in bold, reflective sterling silver!

Watch Carolyn explore the Radiant Collection here:

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The Belle of the Ball

When convention attendee, Tracie McGuire is on the hunt for something special, she doesn’t stop until she finds it.

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When Tracie found this vintage brocade and mink dress and jacket while shopping in Adamstown, PA, she knew she found something special.  “It’s circa 1967, which is about my birth year.  It was meant to be!”

But, in the haste of packing for her convention, she forgot the traditional earrings she chose to wear with it. With the help of Gallery Manager, Deb, Tracie spotted the perfect pair!  Carolyn’s beautiful Purity and Promise Cultural Pearl and Citrine Earrings added just the finishing touch.  As Tracie raced off to awards banquet tonight, we think she’ll be the belle of the ball!

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Visit our Gallery at the Gaylord, or shop on carolynpollack.com 

Happy Color-Fall!

wrc_-5186This is my absolute favorite season! I love everything about it; the crisp air, bonfires, hayrides, football, and of course fall fashion. Some of my favorite flashback fashion memories include gauchos, Frye boots, corduroy Levis and definitely the preppy trend. Yes, I had a kilt, corduroy walking shorts, oxford shirts, argyle socks, monogrammed sweaters and pink and gray saddle shoes.

Growing up, I also loved fall because it meant seeing my friends every day. To me, fall is a season of gathering; in the school hallway, around a fire, at a football game, or an apple orchard. And so I kicked off this season gathering with my wonderful friends on a beautiful day in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It all began at our favorite store, Tish Boutique. Ashley has an amazing selection of colorful fall fashion, and I brought a trunk full of jewelry. This year’s Fall Fashion Pantone palette is so vibrant, from blue and green to red and yellow, we had a blast getting into the spirit of the season! Susanne, Deana, Jenna and Luann looked gorgeous on a perfect fall day. Take a look!

Happy fall,

Carolyn

Be Color-Fall with Carolyn!!!

Get ready to color your fall with rich, genuine gems hand-selected by Carolyn! Carolyn has long been celebrated as the Queen of Color! For years, she’s helped us transform our wardrobes through jewelry. Inspired by Pantone’s colors of the season, Carolyn is bringing us fresh, unique and unexpected gemstone combinations. This brilliant gemstone palette will have you accessorizing with the season’s must-have colors and the best part is, they’ll pair beautifully with everything you already have in your closet!

Read below for Carolyn’s picks and check out our lookbook here!

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Let your fall jewelry wardrobe center around Riverside, Pantone’s new blue.
This shade says it all. Calming, yet confident with subtle vibrancy and sophistication, Riverside represents the constancy found in a clear blue sky that stretches above us. Take the perfect sky home with you in designs featuring the dreamy heaven stone, Lapis.

Continue the sky-blue celebration with Airy Blue. Evoking feelings of lightness and freedom, Airy Blue comes to life in dazzling Blue Topaz and Milky Aquamarine.
Complement these gems with Lush Meadow or Dusty Cedar for a fresh approach.

The warmth of rose-toned Rhodonite makes it the perfect stone to capture the welcoming autumn essence of Dusty Cedar, while your favorite green gems from Carolyn Pollack Jewelry create the landscape for Lush Meadow. Rich Malachite, Green Chalcedony and Peridot will elevate your favorite earth tones and bring a touch of elegance to every look.

Revamp your fall neutrals with Sharkskin. Wearable with any of the fresh colors in your new fall palette, this go-to gray tone is a great base for layering your more vibrant and daring color choices. Choose Hematite, Abalone, Labradorite, or the always-lovely Gray Mother of Pearl to showcase this contemporary neutral.

Mix and match things up in Aurora Red. This dynamic and sensual hue is captured in bold Coral and glowing Garnet gemstones.

Add Spicy Mustard to your wardrobe for an even more exciting and exotic twist. Citrine and Gold Mother of Pearl will each bring an elegant, yet unexpected accent to any ensemble.

See more vibrant color combinations unfold with Bodacious. The name says it all! This bright purple hue can be easily paired with pinks and reds and is sure to turn any look into an instant fashion statement. Try this vivid shade on for size with Phosphosiderite or Rhodolite Garnet.

Finally, complete your Pantone Perfect fall with Warm Taupe. Another pleasing neutral for the fall season, this trusted earth tone is celebrated in timeless gemstones like Picture Jasper and Smoky Quartz.

Your color-FALL jewelry wardrobe is waiting…

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A Purity & Promise Story

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Last month, a gentleman walked into the Gaylord Texan Carolyn Pollack Sterling Gallery. He told me that he was looking for a anniversary gift for his wife. I asked him how many years they were celebrating and he said, 50!

As I walked with him around the gallery, he mentioned that she loved pearls. I took down the display of the Purity and Promise Collection Necklace with Beaded Pearls. I showed him how the extender could be adjusted so she could wear the necklace at different lengths and he loved that! I then showed him how Carolyn builds her collections around coordinating pieces, like the beautiful matching cuff, ring and earrings. He knew her exact ring size, but said that she still doesn’t have her ears pierced. He said, “She’ll get around to it one of these days,” with a smile.

After he selected the three collection pieces, I asked him if they were staying in our resort. He said that they live close and that he was going to bring her back for dinner the next night at our famous steakhouse, Old Hickory. Since I knew the resort looked busy for the weekend, I asked if I could call and make reservations for them. He thanked me and said yes! I explained to the Reservations Desk that it was a very special occasion and they promised to let the chef know. Since the reservations were at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and the gallery would still be open, I suggested that I wrap the boxes with ribbon and tissue and put them in one of our signature bags and keep them in the office, so when they arrive, he could just stop by and pick them up on the way to the restaurant. He loved that idea, “Less to remember.”

As he was leaving, I asked him his secret for a 50 year marriage. His response. “To give and forgive.” Perfectly said. We are so blessed to have played a small part in his marriage philosophy.

Deb Ebeling, Gallery Manager Gaylord Texan

It’s Beginning to Feel Like Fall

Our daughter Tiffany and her daughter Easter and son Ivo are heading back to Brooklyn after a fun visit to New Mexico. As we deflate all the pool toys, put the outdoor cushions away and pick up the puzzle pieces, reality hits that summer is coming to an end. Here in New Mexico, it may be 90 degrees outside, but now that the kids are back to school, it feels like fall. I have no idea where the summer went, the months seem to fly by at an accelerated rate with each year. The good news is that autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors, the aroma and the activities of fall. I look forward to football games, bonfires, green chiles roasting and hot air balloons in the sky. And I absolutely love fall fashion! Cozy sweaters, leather jackets, lots of layering and boots. Of course, everything starts with the jewelry in my closet. And this fall, I am so excited about the rich, vibrant faceted gem stones in my new collections! They will be fabulous with all of the colors in Pantone’s fall fashion palette; blues, greens, reds, yellow, purples, gray and taupe. It’s going to be a glorious fall!

I hope you’ll join me this week on QVC to discover how jewelry can transition your wardrobe into a beautiful new season. Friday from 8-10pm ET, Saturday 1-3am and 8-9pmET, and Sunday 1-3am ET. Tune in and treat yourself, you deserve it!

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Happy Fall!

– Carolyn

 

 

 

Live Life Fabulously

FABULOUS. It’s a big word. And a word with high expectations. What I’ve come to realize is how FABULOUS life is when we embrace time with family and friends, old and new. I have been living life fabulously these last three weeks connecting, reminiscing, laughing, and talking about things that truly matter. Relationships.

I co-hosted a bridal shower for my niece Jessica in Minnesota. My sister Becky, Jessica’s mom, married her high school sweetheart Al, and our family and Al’s have been like one big family. One of my best childhood friends was Al’s sister Sue. My mom Linnea and Al’s mom Shirley are great friends. These connections are lasting and true. It was wonderful to spend time playing shower games, opening meaningful gifts, and seeing the joy on our guests faces when  they opened their shower favor…….CP Sincerely Fabulous pendant enhancers in the bride’s color, rhodonite on mauve cord.

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Fourth of July is my favorite national holiday, it’s the weekend Bill and I were married! This year we had a romantic dinner at Wyebrook Farm in Pennsylvania and spent time reminiscing. That weekend 22 years ago on Mackinac Island in Michigan, Bill’s family and mine came together for the first time. Tiffany and Miles bonded with my nieces, and these were moments we also fondly recalled at the bridal shower in Minnesota three weeks ago. Special memories are lasting and connect us over the years and miles. Creating those moments is a life lived fabulously.

Carolyn Pollack Jewelry pieces are a way to turn first impressions into lasting connections. Each time a new friend compliments your favorite statement necklace and you gift an old friend a timeless design is a chance to share memories and make new ones. It’s the little things shared that mean the most and create the connections that will last a lifetime.

Let’s keep connecting!

Love,

Carolyn

 

Connecting though jewelry is so much fun!!

I recently returned from the largest jewelry show in the country, JCK Las Vegas. Of course I love the show for the endless displays of every style of jewelry and every color of gem imaginable. It is both overwhelming and incredibly inspiring!  But I have to say, what I most look forward to each year is connecting with all of the friends Bill and I have made through our love of jewelry.

We had a great time brainstorming and live streaming with our lovely QVC Buyer Erin and the beautiful QVC Host and good friend Nancy Hornbeck.

Speaking of beautiful show hosts, I was so delighted that Judy Crowell dropped by!

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We became friends years ago when Judy was a host at QVC. I swear, this women does not age! She shared a picture from 2003, when she and her husband Paul joined Bill and me for dinner just before they were married.

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She and Paul are loving life in St. Petersburgh, Florida. I would be too if I could cruise around the neighborhood in her custom golf cart! It’s solar powered and street legal.

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There is a lasting connection I will cherish forever, our friendship with John and Kathleen Avila. If not for them, Bill and I would never have met. They introduced us over a business dinner 23 years ago, and the rest is history! We were delighted that they stopped by our booth at JCK while shopping for their fabulous airport gift stores.

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I hope your summer plans includes connection with those you love!

Carolyn

 

A Big Thank You!

Hi Everyone!!

Wow, what a great day we had together on May 29th! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more fabulous than 9 hours together live on air on QVC, we managed to create a little more fun through Facebook Live Stream!

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In case you missed our fun chats, below you’ll find links to Jane Treacy and me two days before the big day, Nancy Hornback and me 5 minutes before the 3pm show, and finally, Antonella and me 30 minutes after the long, fabulous day!!! Seriously, I could have talked for another hour or two, thanks to YOU!! We loved your comments and questions, and also your sense of humor and patience with us!!!

Let’s do it again!

Love,

Carolyn

Link to chat with Carolyn and Jane Treacy

Link to chat with Carolyn and Nancy Hornback

Link to chat with Carolyn and Antonella Nester

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