A big thank you to the delightful Panna Munyal for interviewing me for an article in The National about secret-compartment jewelry and watches. (The National is the English-language daily newspaper of the United Arab Emirates, so hello to Abu Dhabi!)
I told Panna about one of my jewelry inspirations — a ring I first wrote about 10 years ago:
“Celebrity jewellery designer Wendy Brandes says: ‘One of my favourite examples of secret jewellery is the ruby and diamond locket ring that Elizabeth I was wearing when she died in 1603. On one level, it’s simply a daughter’s connection to the mother she lost. On a deeper level, Anne Boleyn’s fate influenced her entire life: Elizabeth was declared illegitimate, imprisoned and threatened with execution herself. Even after she rose to be queen, maybe she kept this reminder of a ruler’s political vulnerability literally at hand.'”
I also explained why secret-compartment jewelry is the ultimate luxury:
“‘Secret-compartment designs are about a personal connection to jewellery that goes beyond surface appearances. Big, gorgeous gems will always be desirable, but, to me, true luxury must encompass details that are best appreciated by the sophisticated customer, rather than the casual onlooker. Secret jewellery and watches are the ultimate version of that,’ says Brandes.
‘The extra or hidden detail is what makes the piece compelling, because the story of the design is now one for the wearer to share as she chooses.'”
Please take the time to read the whole article, because there are fascinating examples from other designers. The watches are particularly awe-inspiring.
If you are interested in purchasing one of my secret-compartment or secret-detail jewelry designs — or if you’d like me to create a one-of-a-kind secret-compartment piece just for you — email me at info at wendybrandes dot com.