My Jewel of the Month posts highlight my newest jewelry designs — or, occasionally, existing designs that suit the season/holiday. Here’s what was hot in 2012. Click the photos to read the original posts.
In January, I answered the question “Is it okay to mix metals?” with a resounding, “Hell, yeah!”
February isn’t always about Valentine’s hearts. Sometimes you just want to say, “OMG WTF.”
March’s birthstone is aquamarine, and I can’t believe no one snatched up my stunning aquamarine poison ring from Broken English Jewelry last year! March will be here again before you know it, so hop to it.
April’s birthstone is a diamond, so it was a good time to feature a custom job: Mindy’s redesigned diamond engagement ring. After I shipped the ring to her, she emailed: “Got it, love it, THANK YOU!!!!!”
I didn’t name an official Jewel of the Month in May, but I didn’t have to, because everyone was focused on my swear-ring design from 2008. First, Topshop knocked it off. Then a Dutch magazine asked whether the rings were “Only for tough ghetto chicks or a must-have for every fashionista?” (I wear the rings myself, so am I a “tough ghetto chick”? Awesome!) Meanwhile, InStyle contributing editor Marion Fasel declared herself “obsessed” with them.
July’s Jewel was another custom engagement ring. This one was for dares-to-be-different graphic designer Lori Kadezabek. You can see more photos of the ring at her November wedding here.
Forever-young MrB celebrated his 70th birthday in August, so I made him pearl-and-tsavorite cufflinks.
October 16 was the 219th anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution. I refrained from making a joke about the French queen “losing her head” over the beauty of my Marie Antoinette earrings. Well, I refrained until now.
I had been wanting to make mid-finger rings for ages. I finally got to do them. They debuted in November.
I ended the year on an affectionate note. My “hugs and kisses” stud earrings were December’s Jewel of the Month.
Have a happy New Year’s Eve, peeps! Send me photos of any Wendy Brandes jewelry you wear out tonight (or wear to stay in — however you celebrate!) and I’ll post them this week, along with January’s Jewel of the Month.