WYSK Profile: Carol Brodie

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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.

Rarities Fine Jewelry with Carol BrodieUnder 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.

Carol BrodieIn 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

Carol Brodie RingWYSK: 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.

Carol Brodie EarringsWYSK: 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.

  • Alice

    Inspiring, intelligent, charming and beautiful! Carol has it all and is doing something with it. Thank you for this amazing profile.

  • Jo

    I had the pleasure of meeting Carol a few months ago. She is one remarkable lady! Congratulations, Carol.

  • Carolyn Kurtz

    I have always known that Carol is incredible and it is only fitting that she has finally been profiled in the manner she totally deserves! GO CAROL!

  • Guy from Hells Kitchen

    My first time on your site. Very interesting. Looking forward to more.

  • Jen

    My favorite Carol Brodie moment… I was in LA for business just before the Oscars one year and I just happened to be on Rodeo Drive, when a swanky Rolls Royce passed me and stopped in front of Harry Winston. Out popped this tall, stunningly glamorous blond woman, who then very confidently and stylishly flipped a fur stole over her shoulder before elegantly floating in to the House of HS. She had this very cool allure that left me pondering, “who was that woman and what the hell did she eat for breakfast?” Two hours later I am at a red carpet style luncheon and who happens to be sitting at MY TABLE, but the stole wearing, confident, glamazon who I just saw saunter in to Harry Winston. That’s when I met Carol Brodie for the first time and I have been awed, entertained and inspired by her ever since. To know her is to love her. Much deserved success Carol.

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  • Suverna Shah

    Congratulations Carol.

    Very inspiring and interesting !
    I got an opportunity to work for world renowned Harry Winston where I met few very hard working personalities and learn a lot from them. You are one of the most inspiring charming woman! Wish you more success.


  • Harry Winston

    Carol is an opportunist, who is only nice to people if they “are someone” (as she is known for saying). Sad, but true.

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