My Jewel of the Month posts highlight my newest — or newsiest — jewelry designs. Here are 2015’s hot jewels from both my luxe signature line and my social-media-inspired WENDYB by Wendy Brandes diffusion line. Click the photos to read the original posts.
Most of the engagement/wedding jewelry I do is customized to the clients’ taste. It’s not very often that someone hands me a sizable diamond and says, “Do whatever you want with it.” That’s the kind of thing only a mom would do. My mother, BarbaraB, had me surprise her by resetting a diamond from a necklace she didn’t wear anymore. She wears it as a right-hand ring, but I think it would make a fabulous engagement ring. I started the year off with a bang by making this January’s Jewel of the Month.
February’s birthstone is amethyst. You can see February’s Jewel of the Month — amethyst cabochon studs set in 18K gold — in this photo with other birthstone studs and emojis.
Speaking of February, it will be here before you know it! Why don’t you do your birthstone shopping now: My stunning amethyst Queen Min ring is part of my holiday sale.
In March, I did my first Instagram video. Some of my mechanical pieces need to be seen in action to be truly appreciated. I focused on my Vampire Diana ring — a gold heart pierced by a removable silver stake.
Anne Boleyn/Tudor fans were captivated by Wolf Hall on PBS in April, so I reminded everyone that I have Boleyn initial pendants in 18K gold and silver.
Cartier has its prestigious Panther design. I’ve got … FitzRoy, the cat who sits in a bowl. Well, he’s got 15,000 Instagram followers, so that’s kind of prestigious, right? Here is FitzRoy as an 18K gold ear climber and May’s Jewel of the Month.
I had a two-part Jewel of the Month post for June. First, I introduced my nine-piece Punk Platinum collection, with a barbed wire theme.
I focused on my barbed wire ankle bracelets for a second post. Hot summer days call for bare legs, and, I’m telling you, anklets are due for a big comeback. I have this style in platinum, 18K yellow gold and silver.
My gorgeous ex-employee Eryn (whose ankle is seen above) had a passion for a dancing crab emoji that could only be found on Gmail. July’s zodiac sign is Cancer the crab, so the dancing crab was a must. My earring is pixelated just like the real thing.
August babies are so lucky to have peridot as their birthstone. It’s such a beautiful shade of green. The peridot in the earrings that were August’s Jewel of the Month are of exceptional quality.
In September, I introduced arrowhead Y-necklaces … or bikini necklaces … or lariats. It seems no one has settled on a term, so use whichever one you like. A necklace by any other name is still really sex-ay.
My parents officially celebrated their 50th anniversary this week, but BarbaraB got her anniversary ring early. This was another job where a parent said, “Do whatever you want.” This time, it was GeorgeB giving me the go-ahead. I had a lot of fun with this.
November was all about my seventh Maneater design — the Dragon and the Knight — ring. I have shots of the work in process and video for this special piece.
December is my birthday month, so I spoiled myself by highlighting a design that features two of my favorite things. Here’s FitzRoy the cat, as an orange-sapphire Y-necklace. Or bikini necklace. Or lariat. His toy is a gorgeous black opal even though in real life, he likes to play with pennies.
The Jewel of the Month posts for 2016 will start next week!