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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.”

Photo courtesy Washington Post. Click to see rest of the diorama and the other finalists.

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.

Look how happy I am in the candy aisle. (Click for full outfit photo.)

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.

View 1. Click to purchase.

Inside the egg is a silver chicken with a diamond eye …

View 2. Click to purchase.

… and inside the chicken’s nest are three tiny gold eggs.

View 3. Click to purchase.

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.

I'm wearing the necklace in this photo from 2011. Click for original post.

If you don’t have a queen-sized budget, you can buy the petite silver chicken alone for $220 at Max & Chloe.

$220. Click to purchase at Max & Chloe.

She still opens up.

Second view. Click to purchase at Max & Chloe.

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!

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12 Responses to “Even Better Than Peeps: Easter-Appropriate Jewelry”

  1. Megan Mae says:

    My family celebrates Easter like every other holiday -with way too much food! I think the only difference is we theme the meals. Starburst jellybeans are the DEVIL.. and I say that only because one year I thought it was a great idea to eat the entire bag. Blech.

    I can’t stomach eating peeps, but I love the dioramas! Peep Trek is still my favorite.

  2. I wish I had an extra 16000 dollars to spend. Totally worth it!

  3. Christine says:

    That chicken and egg necklace is fabulous. Your jewelry is always so witty.

    I love the peep dioramas! We should get all “Wendy’s Peeps” together to come up with a peep diorama for next year. I can offer several years of experience helping make dioramas for many a school project with Zeus.

    My word was “diamond” — my favourite.

  4. Bonnie says:

    That face in the candy aisle — SO ADORABLE. That’s what I look like every time I spy jellybeans.

  5. Andrea says:

    such a cute egg necklace :))

  6. Kara Nicks says:

    Ohh peeps! I use to eat way too many of those when I was a kid. Good luck with your goal this year!

  7. Tina says:

    I’m pretty crafty so if you want me to commit to your Peeps diorama 2013, I will!

  8. Marti says:

    I love that the little chicken has her own eggs, I love those chocolate covered eggs with the rich creaminess inside of them but it used to be that I could eat more and gain less and it pisses me off 🙂

  9. Silvergirl says:

    never heard of this peeps contest
    thanks for introducing me
    that necklace is just too adorable

  10. stacy says:

    Okay, I will NOT let you miss the peeps next year.
    I’ll do it with you and it will be spectacular. “Peeple” will be talking about it for year, decades, centuries. It will be the Guinness Book for our peeps.

  11. Rachel says:

    so cool how it opens up & those little eggs are inside. Happy holidays!

  12. Happy, happy, joy, joy dance at seeing your beautiful magical creation!