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Thursday, September 12, 2013

I got a nice mention in the September issue of Jeweller Magazine, a jewelry trade magazine for Australia and New Zealand.  The story by India Nicholson is about jewelry with secret compartments; it really gets into the history of this type of design:


Click to enlarge and read.

I was pleased to see a mention of a locket ring owned by Elizabeth I because that ring has been a big inspiration for me.


Click for my 2007 post mentioning this ring.

It was also good to see a reference to Lucrezia Borgia because I have a ring named after her.

borgia ring collage

My 18K-gold-and-diamond Borgia ring shown open and closed. Click for more information.

The examples of contemporary designs included work by well-known designers such as Stephen Webster and Theo Fennell, so I’m in great company. Here’s my part of the story.


The photo is of my 18K-gold-and-diamond Mia scent-locket ring, shown open. Here’s how it looks closed.


Mia scent-locket ring. Click for more information on my website.

I also have a matching necklace.


Mia scent locket. Click for more information on my website.

If I’d known the magazine was only showing one view, I would have suggested one of my many locket designs with something inside. Maybe my Juana peekaboo skull locket …


My Juana locket in 18K gold and rubies, shown closed and open. Click for more information on the woman who inspired this piece.

… or my Chicken-in-Egg locket, whose golden egg opens to reveal a silver chicken with a diamond eye, sitting on a nest. The chicken opens again to show three tinier gold eggs. People always get a kick out of that one.


Click to read my 2009 post on this design.

My Virginia Woolf Whistle necklace and acorn-and-squirrel necklace are other examples of jewelry designs with a surprise inside.

Still, I’m thrilled by the recognition, especially because I’m very committed to the idea of “covert luxury” in my signature 18K gold line. Even when my jewelry doesn’t open locket-style, there are special hidden details to delight the wearer. You can see more examples of those in this March post.

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13 Responses to “Wendy Brandes Jewelry in Jeweller Magazine”

  1. stacy says:

    Yay! This is great, congratulations!!

  2. Melanie says:

    Your hidden treasure work is always magnificent. Congrats on the mention.

  3. Suzanne says:

    I love that chicken necklace!


  4. mystyle says:

    Hi there! that’s fantastic news, congratulations and really well deserved too! xxx

  5. Eryn says:

    Congratulations! And that chicken necklace is such a unique piece!

  6. Bethany Grant says:

    Congrats on the mention! You have an awesome list of mentions – When I first started reading your blog, I saw the list. I will never forget it & I am still impressed today!

    I remember from your past blogs that you also like poison rings, which I think are under-appreciated.

    I have always loved that hidden aspect, like you have secrets, which is always fun & intriguing. Its like wearing sexy clothes but not being too revealing. 🙂

  7. Congratulations! I love all your little “secret” designs they’re so interesting, creative, and beautiful! XXX