The Jewellery Channel
|The Jewellery Channel|
|Launched||4 April 2006|
|Owned by||The Jewellery Channel UK Limited|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Eutelsat 28A||11390 V 27500 2/3|
|Virgin Media||Channel 757|
The Jewellery Channel is a British falling-price auction-style home shopping channel and online retailer specialising in jewellery and gemstones. They are one of the main TV shopping channels in the UK. The channel launched on 4 April 2006, and currently broadcasts 24 hours a day.
The Jewellery Channel is part of the VGL [Vaibhav Global Limited (VGL) group]. The company mines and handcrafts many of the products sold on its TV networks, hence its claim to cut out the "middleman" and to attempt to undercut high-street prices.
On 14 January 2008, The Jewellery Channel moved from Teddington Studios to new purpose-built studios in Middlesex, simultaneously switching to widescreen-format broadcasting. It plans to broadcast in HDTV in the future.
On 11 April 2008, The Jewellery Channel launched delivery to the Republic of Ireland for the first time.
TJC sells a wide variety of gemstone jewellery, loose gemstones, watches, fashion jewellery and simulated gemstone pieces. They are one of the eight sightholders of the Tanzanite One mine. They also sell their own jewellery brands:
- Iliana – Gemstones set into 18 carat gold
- Rhapsody – Gemstones set into platinum
- J Francis – Silver with platinum overlay and accessories
- Elanza – Simulated diamond jewellery
- Karis – Gold- and platinum-bonded jewellery
- EON 1962 – Classic-style watches
- Strada – Fashion watches
- Genoa – Fashion watches combined with classic design features
The firm launched an additional channel, TJC Gold, in October 2012 to offer more expensive gold and platinum collections. It runs for six hours a day.
TJC's website offers their full catalogue of products (approximately 15,000 items), online rising auctions, on-air auction products and web offers not available on-air; TJC's channel can be watched from the website. The TJC blog includes information on products, jewellery trends, interviews with guests, exclusive promotions and backstage 'gossip'. Its Facebook page which offers similar content to their blog, and also offers consumers the chance to interact with them.
There is also an educational section offering consumers additional information on gemstones - Gemopedia. Other educational guides include a diamond buying guide and ring size guide.
TJC has a UK call centre which operates seven days a week from 9am - 6pm. The call centre is based in Hampton Hill, north west London. A personal shopping service is also available, and an online chat function is available on their website. Consumers watching the channel live can call in and speak to the presenter.
The company offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
The Jewellery Channel was fined £3,200 by Trading Standards for making false claims about the treatment of a gemstone product sold through its TV channel. After complaints were made, the channel discovered that it had been selling jewellery described as natural 'pink topaz’, when in fact it was colourless topaz sprayed pink.
Auction date, 25 Aug 2013: The ASA received a complaint as to whether an auction starting price was misleading and exaggerated the item’s value. Although the Jewellery Channel attributes no worth or value to the starting price, the ASA upheld the complaint on the grounds that, in this case, most viewers would infer that the opening figure represented a genuine valuation of the ring, and therefore the final reduced price was a genuine saving.
The channel was also carried on Freeview channel 44 between 7pm and 9pm between December 2007 and May 2008. The channel was replaced with a second Gems TV stream, which itself ceased in April 2009 as it was used for extended hours of CNN. On 21 September 2011, The Jewellery Channel returned to Freeview on channel 60. On 19 September 2012, The Jewellery Channel moved to Freeview channel 49 as part of a reshuffle of the EPG.
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