Her road from jewelry empire, Harry Winston, to television’s HSN was pavéd in diamonds. Carol Brodie, international jewelry expert and host of Rarities: Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie on HSN, has had an impressive and enviable career working with some of the world’s most prestigious brands along the way. From luxury guru to HSN maven, Carol designed and handcrafted her own professional success, leading to the ultimate achievement… building her own brand that bears her name.
Under the direction of HSN CEO Mindy Grossman, Carol joined the $3 billion interactive multi-channel retailer in 2009, bringing Rarities, her own collection of fine jewelry, to the HSN audience. Today, Carol continues to deliver a message of empowerment along with her profound expertise and extensive knowledge of jewelry to women of all ages. Leveraging the power of social media and her on-air success, Carol has been able to reinvent herself from a luxury branding expert and advisor into an electronic superstar becoming one of HSN’s top-sellers in the fine jewelry category and gaining a loyal and devoted following of fans and consumers.
Prior to joining HSN, Carol was Chief Luxury Officer of CurtCo Media, publisher to a family of magazines targeting the world’s most affluent readers including Robb Report, Worth, Showboats International and Art & Antiques. In this exclusive position, Carol led strategic partnerships, special events, promotions and targeted marketing and public relations initiatives to position CurtCo’s most influential titles as the voice of the international luxury marketplace.
Carol headed to CurtCo following her monumental role as Global Director of Communications for world-renowned jeweler Harry Winston. During her eight years there, Carol was credited with expanding the reach and image of the old-world brand to appeal to a younger clientele and introducing the concept of red-carpet jewelry dressing.
In addition to her work with some of the world’s most prominent brands, Carol is a sought-after speaker at conferences worldwide on subjects ranging from luxury marketing to international branding. She is also a recognized media personality appearing as a correspondent on Extra, as a style expert on E! Style Court and ABC’s Extreme Makeover as well as frequent appearances on The Bachelor, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, Today in New York, CNBC, CNN and Martha Stewart Weddings earning her the moniker: The Queen of Luxury. In 2004, Kiplinger’s named Carol – The Queen of Diamonds – a title that has defined her experience and expertise in the fine jewelry industry.
Her energy and passion are infectious, her personality is larger than life, her generosity is admirable and her incredible beauty speaks for itself. Carol Brodie is an unstoppable Woman You Should Know.
What Else She Shared… More With Carol Brodie
WYSK:What is the most interesting item in your handbag right now?
CB: My son’s EpiPen that I always keep in my purse.
WYSK:What gadget or technology can you not live without to do what you do?
CB: Bet you think I’m going to say my Blackberry. Well you’re right… it’s my Blackberry.
WYSK:What is the last book you read?
CB: Oh my god… I don’t have time to read books (laughter).
WYSK:What is your biggest pet peeve?
CB: I don’t have a lot of patience. So I think my biggest pet peeve is when people are slow or ill prepared or don’t care and they waste time. I just can’t deal with time wasters.
WYSK:What is your favorite indulgence?
CB: There are several… many of which I can’t tell you (wink). But, my true favorite indulgence is time in bed with my boys. To me that is the most delicious, sweet, wonderful, amazing time in the world.