Fans were initially advised shipping would take place from April – June, hence the enthusiasm of fans to receive their gift (Oprah fans are, after all, a pretty enthusiastic bunch).
Harpo says the cut-off date for registration, and the final delivery date, was always June 30th.
Here is the statement in full:
In response to inaccurate stories circulating in the Australian media, Harpo Productions would like to clarify the status of distribution of the Sydney Audience gift of Argyle Diamond necklaces.
Audience members at the Sydney afternoon show on 14 December, 2010, received a voucher to redeem their gift of a diamond necklace provided by Argyle Diamonds. June 30, 2011 is the cut-off for people to register to claim their necklace. To date, almost all of the 6,000 audience members have registered.
The first group of 2,000 necklaces has already been sent out by registered post – people will receive a notification from Australia Post that the necklace has arrived and will need to visit their post office to collect it. The 303 US-based audience members will receive their necklaces next week.
According to a spokesperson from Harpo Productions, it was stated on the voucher for the necklaces that they would be delivered by 30 June, 2011, which is still eight weeks away.
“Many of the necklaces have been sent and received, and Argyle Diamonds has assured us that any that remain will be sent in time to meet the promised date of 30 June. Those who have signed up will receive their necklace by the promised date,” the spokesperson said.
But there were also complaints about the necklaces being outsourced to China, rather than being Made in Australia, which hasn’t been addressed by Harpo.
Still, by the time they arrive no doubt most will have forgiven the manufacturing process. It’s a whole lot better than a showbag with a bumper sticker and a tea towel, after all.