Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The results of the Washington Post’s annual Peeps diorama contest were announced last weekend. The winner was “OccuPeep D.C.”
I’ve been obsessed with the Peeps diorama contest for years but have yet to enter. My extra-early New Year’s resolution is to build a Peep diorama for the 2013 contest. Of course, I made the same vow about 2011 and nothing happened. But this time I mean it! (Fast forward 365 days and there will be a post here swearing that I’ll do a diorama for 2014.)
I love Easter candy even when it’s not in a diorama. The fact that I don’t celebrate Easter doesn’t prevent me from stuffing myself with Cadbury Creme Eggs and jellybeans in addition to Peeps.
Before delicious creme eggs were introduced in the 20th century, people had to content themselves with giving each other outrageously expensive jeweled eggs for Easter. Well, I can get behind that too. One of my favorite mechanical designs is my Chicken in Egg locket, inspired by an objet d’art in the queen’s collection at Rosenborg Castle in Denmark. This necklace was my first Jewel of the Month in November 2009. The 18K gold egg pendant weighs 22.5 grams and is adorned with nine points of diamonds.
Inside the egg is a silver chicken with a diamond eye …
… and inside the chicken’s nest are three tiny gold eggs.
I’ve only made one of these necklaces so far. If you love it, you should have gotten it in 2009 when it was a mere $9,500. Due to the high price of gold, I am now charging $16,000 for this necklace. I figure it’s still a bargain compared to what the piece from the Danish royal collection would cost you. And it’s equally worthy of museum display, in my not-so-humble opinion.
She still opens up.
Need help with these or any other holiday jewelry options? Holla at me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com. I’ll happily send any piece to you express tomorrow so that if you’ll have it on Friday if you’re in the U.S. If you give Wendy Brandes jewelry as a gift on Sunday, you’ll be more popular than the Easter bunny!