Ramona Singer green jade and diamond sterling silver wrap necklace ($299.90, hsn.com).
Do you have a favorite piece?
I love them all! They’re all like my children. Every day I wear something different. Today, I’m wearing my jade piece that can go from day into night. One of the great things about my jewelry is that it makes you feel very special and beautiful every day.
Who are your favorite designers?
I like anything with a sense of style. I especially love estate jewelry and deco jewelry because it looks just as good now as it will in 30 years. They’re investment pieces—you can pass it on to your children. I did I few little pieces inspired by a Fifth Avenue store that does floral and clover looks.
What made you want to get into the fashion industry, specifically jewelry design?
I’ve always been into fashion. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and then went into jewelry with my husband (Mario Singer.) I have always loved jewelry, and I thought to myself, why can’t I create a line that is affordable for every woman in America?
What inspires you?
Mostly my travels and things that I see on people. I used a lot of green this season because I was recently in Africa—the colors there were so vibrant. That trip also made me want to experiment with wider cuffs and exotic woods. I also went to Capri, which inspired my huge pear shape ring and matching necklace.
What is it like to be on HSN?
HSN is a really great company. They’re so friendly and warm, I feel like I’m working for family. They’re fab and they love what they do—and to be successful in work, you must love what you do.
How is it different than the Real Housewives of New York?
Housewives looks for the drama. Then after you’re filmed, you don’t know how you’re being edited. HSN is totally professional, and I really enjoy dealing with a host who likes jewelry how much I do.
Do you get nervous on camera?
Nope. Sometimes I think I speak too much, and sometimes too little. It’s hard to gear that. I’m used to working when I don’t even know the cameras are there (on Housewives.) When I’m on HSN, looking directly at the cameras is hard. Sometimes I don’t even know where to look! I’m like, “which camera?!”
How do you pick your outfit for the HSN appearances?
I dress on HSN how I do in real life. I like wearing solid colors. Prints own you, and you need to be the one wearing the outfit! I’m kind of over black these days, though. I want to show people that it’s not only diamonds you can wear with color. If you’re in a purple dress, it’s fun to wear peridot or jade.
What do you do to prepare for your HSN show?
I talk to my jewelry! I look at each peace and caress it, because each one is my special creation.
Brooke Sager is BettyConfidential’s multi-talented, fabulous intern.