Thursday, February 11, 2016
Here’s a jewelry design for Throwback Thursday that’s also ruby-red for Valentine’s Day: my Lady Jane necklace.
The true story of Lady Jane Grey — the “Nine Day Queen” of Tudor times — inspired me to create this teardrop-shaped pendant in 2008. It was made from two pieces of custom-cut rock crystal, loose rubies, and 18K yellow gold. I planned to make three pendants — meaning I had six pieces of rock crystal — but one piece of rock crystal broke during the setting process, so I only made two pendants. I totally forgot that the second one was different than the first one! The rock crystal in that one was sealed by blackened sterling silver with 18K gold accents. Very complicated!
These were sold years ago, so you can look but you can’t buy. Sorry! If you want rubies, I’ve got those beautiful studs from day five of my Valentine’s Day/anti-Valentine’s Day countdown. A big thank you to Hannah Connorton for including those in her own Valentine’s Day selection for National Jeweler!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
For today’s anti-Valentine’s Day choice, I’ve got a classic mismatched earring pair. “Screw U” comes in silver …
… and 18K yellow gold.
If you’re in one of those “it’s complicated” relationships that has a lot of ups and downs, you can get the single heart earring as well.
That way you’re prepared for the good moments!
Hope springs eternal, after all.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
How’s THIS for a Super Bowl 50 ring?
Today’s Valentine’s Day selection is the redesigned engagement/50th anniversary ring I made for my mother last year, using her original center diamond and baguettes. Obviously you can’t buy this particular ring but I can use this style of platinum setting for any custom engagement ring.
If you’re just getting married, you most likely won’t want an 18K rose gold “50” inside the ring (unless someone pops the question at tonight’s Super Bowl). Instead you can have initials, a date, or whatever best symbolizes your romance.
Keep it in mind if you plan to propose — or be proposed to — on Valentine’s Day. Yes, you CAN propose without having a ring at hand, so that you can then create the perfect ring together. That’s how MrB and I did it! And it turned out that my engagement ring was the first thing I designed, ultimately leading to Wendy Brandes Jewelry.
Not only do I have the best Super Bowl 50 ring … I have the best Kitten Bowl.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
In case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog this week.
I’m doing a big Jewels of the Month series: a 14-day Valentine’s Day/anti-Valentine’s Day countdown. I’ve got something for everyone, alternating between Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the lovebirds and anti-Valentine’s Day designs suitable for self-gifting.
- Valentine’s Day/Anti-Valentine’s Day Countdown: #1 of 14. Good things come in little heart pendants packed with diamonds.
- Valentine’s Day/Anti-Valentine’s Day Countdown: #2 of 14. “You hear this finger? Oh it’s upside down. Here, let me turn this motherfucker up right now.“
- Valentine’s Day/Anti-Valentine’s Day Countdown: #3 of 14. I want to wear red sequins and ruby-eyed skulls.
- Valentine’s Day/Anti-Valentine’s Day Countdown: #4 of 14. When you have zero fucks to give about Cupid.
- Valentine’s Day/Anti-Valentine’s Day Countdown: #5 of 14. Rubies for National Wear Red Day.
- Valentine’s Day/Anti-Valentine’s Day Countdown: #6 of 14. Inspired by Beyonce’s “Formation.”
Also, last Sunday, I handed out my Best Dressed and Wear What You Want honors for attendees of the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Before I chose Alicia Vikander and Carol Burnett, respectively, I did linger over Susan Sarandon, seen here with her daughter Eva Amurri.
I do appreciate a white pantsuit and good cleavage at any age. Plus, my hair guru Keith Carpenter sometimes works with Susan, so I always keep an eye out for her just in case she has a Keith ‘do. I thought it was cute that Susan and Eva were a little matchy in the way they bared some skin at the waist. Basically, I thought she looked great, but, for me, she wasn’t particularly daring. For other people, she was too daring: There was a big outcry over the fact that Susan’s décolletage was on display while she introduced the In Memoriam tribute. Obnoxious television personality Piers Morgan just had to tweet about it.
Would Susan Sarandon wear this to a funeral? No.
It was thus horribly inappropriate for an In Memoriam tribute. pic.twitter.com/hMoGChJY8D
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 3, 2016
Um, what? She wasn’t at a funeral. She was at an awards show. I suspect that an actress who was younger than Susan’s 69 years could get up there showing side-boob and not get called out for it. SMH. I’m so bored with people policing women’s bodies.
Friday, February 5, 2016
It’s National Wear Red Day today — part of the effort to raise awareness about women’s risk for heart attacks and strokes. Did you know that women often experience different symptoms than men do? The illustrations posted here are very helpful, but you should check out the comments too. It’s educational to read about individual experiences and how and when people realized they were having a serious problem.
I’m wearing red in the form of ruby studs today. These are the fifth selection for my Valentine’s Day/anti-Valentine’s Day jewelry countdown.
The studs are shown on my website paired with 18K gold cat earring jackets.
You can also buy the studs alone. If you’re interested, email me at info at wendybrandes dot com.
Of course, I’m also wearing red lipstick too!
UPDATED TO ADD: The earrings and lipstick together.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
It’s Day 4 of my February Jewels of the Month countdown for Valentine’s Day/anti-Valentine’s Day. I’m alternating between the two themes, and it’s time for an anti-Valentine piece. It’s also Throwback Thursday, so I’m going to go with my most popular message necklace, introduced in 2012.
Got zero fucks to give about Valentine’s Day? Treat yourself to this I Don’t Give a Fuck necklace so everyone knows how you feel.
I frequently wear the 18K gold version.
This necklace can change your life, I swear. I was wearing it when I not only got into an elevator in the Conde Nast building with Anna Wintour — I also SPOKE to her. In all seriousness, I was emboldened by the necklace. Admittedly, the incident didn’t change my life in any big, meaningful way, but I’ve got an awesome story to tell because Anna reportedly doesn’t like to share elevators, let alone make small talk in one. How many people can say they bellowed, “HAVE A NICE DAY!” at Anna Wintour’s back? I can! Get one of these necklaces, and you too might someday be brave enough to speak to Anna Wintour’s back.
By the way, the New York Times had a great story about Conde Nast and Anna a few days ago. I like that she’s not scared of the changing media environment, which has been undergoing a huge shift away from traditional print towards digital delivery. That’s what I was dealing with in 2014 as chairman of the board of trustees at the Columbia Spectator, Columbia University’s student newspaper. Some of our alumni were very reluctant to part with print. But Anna asks, “Why do people want to get stuck in the past?” The article ends with this:
“‘If we sit back with our quills and the visors on and, you know, the old kind of printing presses that I used to see with my dad,’ she said, referring to her father, Charles, who edited The London Evening Standard, ‘what is the point of thinking that way? Come on.'”
A round of applause for a forward-thinking executive!
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
I’ve been daydreaming about wearing head-to-toe red sequins on Valentine’s Day. Bianca Jagger looked fabulous in her dress and matching beret in 1974.
Dustin Hoffman didn’t look half bad either!
You can skip the dress-shopping and look ravishing in red on Valentine’s Day (and every other day) with my one-of-a-kind Juana peekaboo skull locket. It’s especially good for a gal with Goth tastes, because it was inspired by the haunting story of Juana la Loca, the 16th-century Spanish queen who was said to have opened her handsome husband’s coffin to take a few last looks. To represent Juana’s story, there’s a ruby heart on the outside of the 18K yellow gold locket …
… and a ruby-eyed skull inside.
I have other Juana skull designs, ranging from stud earrings to a non-locket necklace to a statement poison ring. (Check out this lovely customer review of one of the Juana necklaces.) But there’s only one design with rubies. Get it while you can!