Jewelry Television

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Jewelry Television
Jewelry television logo.png
LaunchedOctober 15, 1993; 25 years ago (1993-10-15)
Owned byMultimedia Commerce Group, Inc.
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganOpening the world of fine jewelry and gemstones to everyone
HeadquartersKnoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Formerly calledAmerica's Collectibles Network (1993-2002)
Websitewww.jtv.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Available on some television stations full-time or late nightcheck local listings
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 313 (SD only)
Dish NetworkChannels 83 & 227 (SD only)
Cable
Verizon FiOS152 (SD) 652 (HD)
Available on many cable systemsCheck local listings
IPTV
AT&T U-verse197 (SD) 1056 (HD)
Streaming media
Live StreamWatch live
Digital media receiverRoku

Jewelry Television (commonly initialized as JTV) is an American television network. It was formerly called the America's Collectibles Network. The company sells both women's and men's jewelry. It has an estimated reach of more than 80 million U.S. households, through cable and satellite providers, online streaming and limited over-the-air broadcasters.[1]

The headquarters of Jewelry Television are located in Knoxville, Tennessee. It has manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

History[edit]

Jewelry Television was founded as "America's Collectibles Network" (ACN) in 1993 by Jerry Sisk, Jr., Bob Hall, and Bill Kouns.[2][3] Sisk was a graduate gemologist, Kouns was a jewelry expert, and Hall had previously worked in the television industry.

The fledgling network began broadcasting from a studio in Greeneville, Tennessee, with just one television camera. ACN initially sold gemstones, jewelry, and collectible coins.[4] Sisk, Hall, and Kouns later moved the network to a larger headquarters and television studio in Knoxville.

In 2002, the company relaunched as Jewelry Television and has since focused on selling gemstones, jewelry and jewelry-making kits.

In 2006, Jewelry Television bought competitor Shop at Home and its assets from Scripps.[5]

On June 21, 2006, Jewelry Television replaced Shop at Home on Shop at Home-affiliated stations owned by Scripps.[6][7]

In 2008 and 2009, Jewelry Television experienced multiple rounds of layoffs, due to the "great recession" and increasing prices of gold and silver.

Jewelry Television has approximately 1,400 employees, as of May 2019.[8]

Overview[edit]

Jewelry Television airs 24 hours a day, although programming hours vary between each region, based on the local TV provider. In October 2008 the network began broadcasting in high definition. The network also streams online through its website, like most home shopping networks.[9]

In April 2012, Jewelry Television launched the Titanic Jewelry Collection. Created in partnership with Titanic Museum Attractions, this proprietary collection offers pieces in the Art Nouveau and Edwardian styles typical of that era.[10]

Lawsuits[edit]

On March 26, 2008, Jewelry Television filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Tennessee against Lloyd's of London, as a result of a criminal scheme that took place in 2006 and 2007. A person had used a bank account of the Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York to buy more than $3.5 million in jewelry.[11]

On May 23, 2008, a $5 million class action lawsuit was filed in California against Jewelry Television. The suit alleged that since 2003 the shopping network has sold a gemstone called andesine-labradorite without disclosing its treatment, while promising buyers that this stone was rare and untreated. On June 2, 2008, Jewelry Television said andesine-labradorite has been sold in the gem trade since 2002 as natural and untreated material. "Lab reports from major laboratories have consistently confirmed these gemstones as natural and untreated. Jewelry Television, like other major retailers, relied upon the lab reports and general industry information".[citation needed]

On May 19, 2009, an age discrimination lawsuit was filed against Jewelry Television alleging an employee had been terminated as part of a company-wide reduction in workforce the previous May.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butcher, Dan (2014). "Jewelry Television targets consumers on the go with mobile shopping platforms". Mobile Commercial Daily. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Jewelry TV Cofounder Jerry Sisk Dies". Jewelers Circular Keystone Magazine. 2013-01-14. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  3. ^ "Jerry Sisk, JTV co-founder, dies at 59". National Jeweler. 2013-01-15. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
  4. ^ Ruben, Douglas H. (1997). Writing for Money in Mental Health. Psychology Press. pp. 277–278. ISBN 0-789-00101-2.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2015-05-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link).
  6. ^ "Jewelry Television Buys Shop at Home". JCK Magazine. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Jewelry Television Buys Shop at Home". jckonline.com. September 2006. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  8. ^ "About JTV (Jewelry Television) | JTV.com". www.jtv.com. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  9. ^ "Jewelry Television Celebrates "The Wendy Williams Show" Milestone". prweb.com. 2012-05-10. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Titanic Jewelry Collection". jtv.com. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Diamonds.net - Jewelry TV Sues Lloyd's, Plans More Suits in $3M e-Payment Fraud". www.diamonds.net. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  12. ^ "Report: Jewelry Television Sued By Ex-Employee". JCK. Retrieved 2019-05-11.

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