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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Big thanks to South Florida’s Aventura Magazine for including my 18K-gold Diana heart necklace in the September/October issue. The necklace is on the upper right side of the “Jewelry Box” page.

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If you see the issue with basketball star Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat on the cover, check it out!

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The necklace, which can be ordered in yellow or rose gold, is adorned with over half a carat of diamonds. Click the photo to purchase from my website.

$9,000. Click to purchase.

I’ve got a Diana heart design for everyone. On a budget? The necklace comes in sterling silver, without diamonds.

$600. Click to purchase.

Or are you a vampire fan?  A lot of my gorgeous clients are. They inspired me to design a Diana heart necklace that’s pierced by a “wooden stake” (actually blackened silver).

$650. Click to purchase.

Here’s the ring version of the Vampire Diana on gorgeous blogger Beautifully Invisible.

Beautifully Invisible has beautiful hands! Click for original post.

My favorite version of the Vampire Diana design would be on my finger constantly, but it’s on display at Broken English Jewelry in Santa Monica, Calif., waiting to go to a good home. I made the heart ring in 18K yellow gold and the stake in sterling silver.

$7,000. Click to purchase at Broken English Jewelry.

Pretty, right? But look, there’s more! You can pull the stake out of the heart.


I do love jewelry with a secret! And you don’t really have to be a True Blood or Twilight fan to enjoy this one. It’s good for anyone who occasionally feels a little stabby over affairs of the heart, and isn’t that everyone? I’ve only made one of these rings so far; whoever buys it at Broken English is going to have something very special.

The Diana heart rings also come without the stake, in silver, gold and gold with diamonds.

I’ve worn the 18K yellow gold version next to my Siobhan ring. Click to purchase the Diana for $5,500.

The silver version on gorgeous blogger Susanna of Jewel Box Dreams. Click to purchase ring for $500.

You have to try one of these rings on to truly appreciate it. I like rings with heft, so I used much more metal than many jewelers would use in a design like this. People are always wowed by the feel.

My jewelry designs are often inspired by royalty, but this is the only one created in honor a modern royal: Diana, the late Princess of Wales.  In 1987, at a time when many people still believed that AIDS was spread by casual contact, Diana publicly shook hands with a patient at the opening of the U.K.’s first AIDS ward. Her act dramatically changed the public’s understanding of the disease and for that, I made her my queen of hearts.

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10 Responses to “Wendy Brandes Heart Jewelry in Aventura Magazine”

  1. sulky kitten says:

    Love them all but that ring with the stake through it is fabulous!

  2. Love this design. The silver necklace will be mine someday. Oh, and Dwyane Wade too, shhhhhhh.

  3. stacy says:

    Yay! You are just all over the place my dear! Great to see your heart pieces getting press… they deserve it 🙂 And I agree that they are much more impressive in person. The photos show off the gorgeous workmanship, but can’t convey the weight.

  4. drollgirl says:

    i love the ring so much. i think my favorite is the plain silver. or maybe the gold? of course i need both. lol!

  5. Silvergirl says:

    woo hoo
    love this design and that ring has always been one of my favs of yours

  6. Aggie says:

    Oh, I love the story about Princess Diana. I guess you could say that she’s also tough, just like your rings 😉

    How awesome is the removable stake? It would be a lovely way to de-stress after a long day just “stabbing” the heart.

  7. Dwyane Wade came into my work once to rent a Bentley. I thought he was just some random hot guy. We smiled at each other and it was magical.

    Then a bunch of other customers started taking pictures of him. It was all very confusing for someone like me that knows nothing about sports.

    At any rate, I would love the yellow gold ring!

  8. So glad to see your work getting featured! The offset, sculpted design and gorgeous weight of the Diana heart make it spectacular, and I am wild about how the stake pierces the metal like skin.

    I totally gushed all over it in my post talking about my usual aversion to non-anatomical heart shapes: http://butaneanvil.blogspot.ca.....heart.html