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Sunday, February 14, 2010

This winter, I’ve spent a number of insomniac nights watching 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Logo. After seeing the episodes Double Meat Palace and Dead Things, I complained via Twitter that Buffy was unkind to her Billy Idol-esque, Brit, bad boy vampire lovah, Spike.

Spike ... what's not to love?

To my surprise, I got about 40 replies from fellow Spike fans. I eventually asked them if I should do some Spike-related jewelry and got a resounding “yes.” I immediately had two designs in mind.  The recent mega-popularity of vampire book/movie series Twilight (Team Edward!) and mega-sexiness of TV series True Blood never inspired me to do any vampire jewelry, but a show that went off the air seven years ago? Of course! The first Spike-inspired design is a variation on my heart-shaped Diana design and is February’s Jewel of the Month. Here is the Vampire Diana, complete with a “wooden” stake through the heart.

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I just got this piece done on time for my sale this week — it was finished that day — so the official pictures aren’t yet taken and it’s not on my site. If you want it, it’s $450 and you can email me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com to order. The perfect belated Valentine’s gift, for a loved one or yourself, whether dead or undead. I’ll be coming out with several variations, including necklaces and gold versions, so stay tuned for those. And, of course, I have one more Spike-inspired piece coming up.

I can’t mention Buffy and Twilight in the same post without sharing this video, which shows how feminist Buffy kicks Twilight ass.

For previous Jewels of the Month, click here.

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44 Responses to “Jewel of the Month: Vampire Valentine’s Day”

  1. Poochie says:

    It’s amazing how comfortable this ring is now that I’ve had a chance to try it on. I really need one, especially with a spike. If only it came with a vampire lov-ah!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I love that ring! Spike was the best – I totally had a ridiculous teenage crush on him.

  3. Rosie says:

    I may have screamed, just a bit, when I read this. My mum and I are HUGE Spike fans. I want want want one of these so so so bad!

  4. LPC says:

    Oh, I was SO Team Spike.

  5. tess says:

    the ring is fabulous!

  6. Hey Wendy!

    I use to Love Spike he was so badass. Your ring is so pretty omg I really love the stake going through

  7. stacy says:

    How did I miss this the other evening?? Maybe somebody was trying it on… Anyway, it’s a great piece!

  8. Inventive and spikey!

  9. Ms. Smart says:

    Sexy Spike, Buffy, Edward and you/your jewelry. Chomp!!

  10. Jill says:

    I’m very excited about the new ring! Way cool!

  11. KD says:

    Seeing this in person was awesome!

  12. Marian says:

    love the inspiration for this stake through Diana piece!
    Happy Valentine’s Day sweetie, wishing you love, joy and glam kisses.

  13. deja pseu says:

    Fabulous Buffy/Twilight mashup, and even more fabulous ring!

    My favorite vampire is still Barnabas Collins, though… 😉

  14. Even though I have never seen Buffy, I LOVE that ring. Happy Vampire Valentine’s Day, Wendy!!

  15. Tina says:

    OMG that Buffy/Twilight clip is awesome!!! And so is the new ring of course!

  16. Alicia says:

    I really hate how the vampire thing became a fad, but I would wear this ring. Everyday. And night.

  17. Ms. P & C says:

    Ohemgee. How sexy awesome is this ring? I love the original, but I love this even more! Perfect for those days when you really want to kick ass. Imagine the swear rings on one hand, and then this on the other! Hell hath no fury!!!

    Such a great design…congrats!

  18. liz says:

    i loveee it, it’s really gorgeous, the spike is killer

  19. janettaylor says:

    Amazing ring!

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  20. As one of my good friends says, “Do these kids really believe they just invented sexy vampires?” Her vampire of choice is Gary Oldman in Dracula, mine is probably Eric from True Blood (I liked him better with long hair). I cannot wait to see what else you have in store.

  21. I love, LOVE Spike (it’s disappointing hearing his real accent). What a brilliant piece!

  22. indigo says:

    Wonderful work! I was wondering how the process of jewelery design actually works. Do you draw it than have craftsman create it or do you make a model (out of clay or something) for them to duplicate. Or do you do it all yourself once than have the manafactuer recreate it?

  23. ohladye says:

    OMG OMG OMG OMG. This is just too awesome! I must get my grubby paws on this one, for sure.

  24. sharon rose says:

    The ring is just so gorgeous, another example of how creative and brilliant you are!!

  25. Kashaya says:

    Oh that ring is totally amazing!

  26. love the video! love the ring!

  27. Diana says:

    That ring is just fantastic. I love that it was inspired by Spike instead of all the modern vampire media.

  28. Fab ring!

    Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day, darling!


  29. Tracie says:

    I love it! The spike makes it so interesting. Love it!

  30. PinkBow says:

    absolutely gorgeous, definitely one of my favourite pieces of yours

  31. Amazing ring. Buffy will always be so much better than Twilight etc. Buffy vampires were badass, not wussy. Thanks for including that video too, it’s brilliant. Now to link my Edward Cullen-loving flatmate to it..

  32. lisa says:

    Your jewelry designs always delight me with their wit, playfulness, and elegance! This one’s a winner.

  33. Shaz says:

    that is a fab ring! dark romance! for some reason, i see mary-kate olsen wearing it, the design would be so up her alley! 🙂

  34. enc says:

    I see another necklace in my future!

    Wouldn’t it be fab with red ruby blood dripping off the stake?

  35. Girl Japan says:

    Hey there, how was v-day? That piece is really freak’n fucking fabulous.. it is so unconventional.. and I love it.

  36. Love the ring! Loved the remix, too.

    Pffft – Twilight. The obsession with it is just absurd sometimes. Me, I like True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse series 🙂

  37. hehe! that is such an hilarious video

  38. erindyan says:

    Oh. My. Goodness.

    I love it. LOVE. It’s perfect. I love that you took one of your really sweet feminine pieces and punked it right out.

  39. Stephanie says:

    That clip is hilarious and I love the ring. I’m going to start saving now so I can buy as a birthday present to myself.

  40. TheShoeGirl says:

    OMG. I have fallen head over red hot heels for this piece. It will be mine. PLEASE don’t tell me they are super limited?? Urgh.

    PS- I always had a crush on Spike… I think it was the Billy Idol-ness. <3

  41. StefM says:

    Love this. Oh, I miss Buffy so much. I finally watched Twilight and it made me miss Buffy that much more…

  42. DUDE. I got so excited when I saw this post like 4 days ago, and showing the Beau about it and being excited about it, I FORGOT TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVVEEEE EEEEETTTTTT.

    So on my to-do this year is save up for this ring, and then the Swear rings.

  43. […] an image. An image of a heart…with a spike plunged through it. What was this vision? It was Wendy Brandes Vampire Diana ring, modified to be a fitting and flattering tribute to Spike, vampire god amongst fan girls and pained […]

  44. Amanda says:

    Love,love, love the necklace version you have up on your site. If I ever get enough money together that may be my first WendyB purchase. I am an avid fan of all things vampire but especially Buffy. I must admit though, that while I do like Spike, I really was more of an Angel fan. You are so creative and really come up with fun and interesting designs. Makes me think of jewelry in a whole new light.