Tattle: Priscilla Presley brings her jewelry line to QVC

Priscilla Presley will show her collection on QVC on Monday morning.
Priscilla Presley will show her collection on QVC on Monday morning.
Posted: August 06, 2010

ALREADY AN actress, author, businesswoman and charity organizer, Priscilla Presley is adding another line to her impressive resumé: jewelry designer.

The ageless grandmother, who's now having a great time with Lisa Marie's toddlers, will be on QVC Monday morning at 9 with host Jacque Gonzales, debuting the Priscilla Presley Collection, her own line of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings and more, inspired by her own life and rock 'n' roll. The fashion jewelry pieces will sell from about $35 to $170.

The QVC appearance has been nine months in the making, Priscilla said by phone yesterday.

"I've always loved jewelry," she said, "and I started designing quite a few years ago. For QVC, I decided not to go with fine jewelry because of the economy and QVC knows what their customers need and want."

Priscilla said that she's very involved with the pieces, which start with her own sketches, all the way through manufacturing. Even though everything is meant to be affordable, she stressed that she refused "to give up on quality. You want value for your customer.

"I don't do anything unless I'm full committed to it," she added, "and what I'm coming with is a product I'm passionate about and believe in."

And for now at least, that product is exclusive to QVC.

We couldn't let Priscilla go without getting her take on the troubled world of today's tabloid teens. Some of you may recall that she met Elvis Presley when she was just a teenager and he was perhaps the biggest star in the world (not to mention her daughter was briefly married to Michael Jackson 15 years ago, when he may have been the biggest star in the world).

It's almost inconceivable what the spotlight glare of the 24-hour news cycle would do to a Priscilla-Elvis relationship today.

"It's way too much too soon," she said of the starlets, "and it doesn't seem like a lot of these young women are surviving it. I was thrown into the race unprepared, but I had good grounding with my parents, who are still with me today. They said 'No' a lot.'

"These tabloids are not looking to help you but to tear you down."

Tattbits

* Rock icon/wife beater

Ike Turner is about to get recognition in his Mississippi hometown nearly three years after his death.

This weekend in Clarksdale, officials and music fans will gather to unveil two markers honoring Turner and his musical legacy. The unveilings coincide with the 23rd annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, dedicated this year to "Rocket 88," the 1951 Turner tune often cited as the first rock 'n' roll song.

* Wyclef Jean has

stepped down as leader of his embattled foundation because he's running for president.

Of Haiti.

The singer yesterday released a statement that he was resigning the chairmanship of Yele Haiti effective immediately. He then officially filed his election papers at the provisional electoral council in Port-au-Prince.

"I am not stepping down in my commitment to Haiti," Jean said in a statement. "On the contrary, regardless of what path I take next, one thing is certain: My focus on helping Haiti turn a new corner will only grow stronger."

Numerous candidates are expected to seek the presidency in Haiti's Nov. 28 election. They have until tomorrow to register.

The winner of the election will preside over the spending of billions in international aid for reconstruction from the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Among the most formidable contestants will be ousted ex-Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis, who secured the backing of President Rene Preval's powerful Unity party this week.

But he doesn't have the backing of the Fugees.

* Hot-dog-eating champ

Takeru Kobayashi will not face a courtroom grilling.

A Brooklyn judge said yesterday that Kobayashi's arrest at the July 4 Nathan's hot-dog contest will be purged from his record if he stays out of trouble for six months.

The ruling does not apply to his digestive system.

Kobayashi next plans to enter a pizza-eating contest Aug. 21 in Canada.

* Model Naomi Campbell told

a war-crimes tribunal yesterday that she had received some "dirty-looking stones" after a 1997 dinner party with former Liberian ruler Charles Taylor - but added that she didn't know if the stones were actually diamonds or who sent the gift.

Campbell had fought for months to avoid testifying and being questioned at Taylor's war-crimes trial before the Special Court for Sierra Leone on the subject of "blood diamonds" - illegally mined gems used to finance wars. She had declined to cooperate with prosecutors until judges last month ordered her to appear or face a possible seven years in jail for contempt.

"I didn't really want to be here," she said in court after arriving fashionably late. "I just want to get this over with and get on with my life. This is a big inconvenience for me."

If you're testifying at a war crimes trial, probably others have been more inconvenienced.

* British singer Lily Allen

("Smile") is expecting a baby.

In a statement, the singer and boyfriend Sam Cooper say that they are "very happy to confirm that Lily is expecting their first child."

Allen told the London Sun that she was three months pregnant and "absolutely delighted."

* According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mary Hart will hang up her heels as host of "Entertainment Tonight" after the show's upcoming 30th season.

First "Law & Order" and now Mary Hart? What's the point in owning a television?

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

E-mail gensleh@phillynews.com.

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