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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Like I said yesterday, crazy is the new chic, so my sterling silver Sigmund Freud cufflinks are the Jewel of the Month.

Click to buy Freud. He’s $400.

These cufflinks would be a thoughtful gift for the well-dressed psychiatrist, psychologist or psychopath in your life.  People who don’t fall into any of those categories like the cufflinks too: MrB, who is neither in the medical profession nor certifiably insane, loved them so much that I gave him his own set. When he was interviewed by Canada’s National Post recently, the cufflinks got their own shout-out: “Dapper in silver Sigmund Freud cufflinks made by his wife, he is a veteran journalist who retired from the top of one of the world’s top news operations to pursue his vision of public service...”

I never would have gotten that nice, though nameless, mention if it weren’t for gorgeous blogger Jill of Trend de la Creme. She requested a Freud design as a gift for her husband for his graduation from medical school. I liked her idea and the result so much that I added the design to my line. This is the second time I’ve added a custom-ordered cufflink from a Jill to my line: the first was Mud Flap Jill.

Most custom work doesn’t make it into my line. Sometimes, the design is very specific to the client, like these dog cufflinks. Other times I’m creating a new design for a client’s old gems, in which case I’ll do a one-off, hand-made setting that accommodates the exact sizes and shapes of those stones. Sometimes a client specifically requests a piece that will remain forever one-of-a-kind.

If I do want to add a custom design to my line, I’ll ask the client. And when that happens, it’s the client’s lucky day because she is going to save some money. Why is that? The short answer is that I’m going to absorb some of the manufacturing costs that the client would normally pay for a one-of-a-kind piece. Of course, with me there’s always a long answer too. Come back tomorrow for that. Right now I have some Freudian issues to deal with. Did you know that the famous quote “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” is merely attributed to Freud? It hasn’t been proven that he said it or wrote it . (Rudyard Kipling was the one who wrote, “And a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.”) Freud definitely did write, “What does a woman want?” He said it was a question that had never been answered. That drives me fucking crazy, no pun intended. The Wife of Bath’s Tale in Chaucer‘s Canterbury Tales is all about that question and explicitly answers it: “Wommen desiren to have sovereynetee” (“Women want to have sovereignty“). I especially like these two lines: “And eek I praye Jhesu shorte hir lyves/That noght wol be governed by hir wyves.” (Translation: “And I pray that Jesus shorten the lives/Of those that won’t be governed by their wives.“)

In addition to sovereignty, some women might want a necklace version of Freud, so I’ve got one in sterling silver for $275. Email me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com if you’re interested!

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42 Responses to “Jewel of the Month: Freudian Links”

  1. lisa says:

    These are wonderful! Yet another WendyB design that gives me a silly grin from ear to ear. Love it.

  2. I loved this post. You are without doubt one of the greatest writers in the blogosphere.
    The Freud cufflinks are right up there with the mud flap Jill cufflinks. They are instant classics!

  3. K-Line says:

    Gotta love a woman who quotes Chaucer while discussing manufacturing with a little jewel sale info thrown in!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I’m finally in style.

  5. MY HUSBAND LOVES HIS CUFFLINKS!! Plus, he’s the coolest Psychiatry resident in all of Boston 😉

  6. enc says:

    I love these cufflinks. They’re very clever. I love how they look like currency!

    * * *

    I get a charge every time I put on my one-off custom stacking rings (set with my grandmother’s old stones) that you made for me. Thanks for the nice mention!

  7. You made Freud look like a badass. Mad props, yo!

  8. Jessica says:

    Freud cufflinks = brilliant. That’s all there is to say.

  9. apparellel says:

    these are so perfect for me right now!!!


  10. drollgirl says:

    this is pretty fucking brilliant!

    now of course i am thinking of all sorts of inappropriate jewelry you could make….charles manson cuff links, dolly parton rings…..oh, i can’t think of any more right this sec, and i know i should stop now! 🙂

  11. Tracie says:

    Those are so funny! Love them…

  12. Hooraaah
    crazy should be chic now & forever!

  13. Brie says:

    I am loving those! Great cufflinks!

  14. These are wonderful, Unfortunately I don’t seem to own any cuff links

  15. Alicia says:

    You’re awesome. That is all.

  16. I/M says:

    Those are RAD!
    And with very little tweaking they could be Lenin cufflinks.

  17. Smokin’ – every professional psychologist/psychiatrist should have them.

  18. sharon rose says:

    A big well done, they are truly gorgeous and its great MrB is joining in with you to proudly show off your designs!! There is also an award and tag for you on my blog too!!

  19. hiyaluv says:


  20. I love this post, i love these cufflinks, i want the necklace

  21. pennerad says:

    holy shit that’s so freaking cool!

  22. issa says:

    haha you are too awesome.

  23. Sally says:

    I know MY main desire is sovereignty …

  24. Tina says:

    Crazy IS the new chic. Love!

  25. Amy Kelinda says:

    Oh, I love those! I love how you described that they are for the “well-dressed psychiatrist, psychologist or psychopath in your life,” haha! It must be awesome for your client to know that their design was so cool that you want to make it into a line. I like! Also, Chaucer was one of my favorite authors to read when I was studying Middle English!

  26. Both my id and my superego want those amazing cufflinks, WB!


  27. I thought that Mel Gibson helped answer the question ‘What women want’.

    Awesome cufflinks. And funny, I do believe I did have a psychopath in my life at one time, but it was Nietzsche he loved. No Wendy B cufflinks for him. (Speaking of Nietzsche, years ago I discovered that a ‘male friend’ had a huge portrait of him over his bed. The sexy wizzened right there and then.)

    Interesting theory on the Vicodin ODs, makes total sense of something that always baffled me, and sorry to hear it’s not helping you. Stupid pills.

  28. Miss Janey says:

    Miss J is CRAZY about these!

  29. Cool!!!

    Crazy is the new chic!


  30. Jill says:

    FANTASTIC! Love the detail. That’s one of the many great things about your designs.

  31. portia says:

    this is so awesome! i have a friend whom i can just imagine gifting this to, because we call her The Freudian. . brilliant work as always!

  32. stacy says:

    these are so damn clever.

  33. tiffany says:

    every time I read your blog, I learn something new! you are just a wealth of information.

    The detail on your pieces are incredible!

  34. Danz says:

    Those cufflinks are so quirky and cool!

  35. Nathalie P says:

    That reminds me. I have a Chaucer midterm tomorrow. DAMMIT!

  36. I heart the Wife of Bath. Perhaps you could do “twin” cufflinks: with Dr F asking the question and the WOB responding, off the cuff, so to speak.

  37. Marian says:

    ahh these are genius Wendy!

  38. firefly says:

    Too bad he was a sexist, misogynist prig. Envy for men’s “sensitive parts”? They’re just jealous that they can only create with the mind, not the body.