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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tweet I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I redesigned my own engagement ring years after my 2001 wedding, but I’ve never found a good picture of the original to share. Turns out I wasn’t looking in the right place, because here’s a close-up of my first setting. As you can see, there’s nothing extraordinary […]

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tweet Kanye West popped the question to Kim Kardashian with a 15-carat diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz. I appreciate his timing, because yesterday I launched another Instagram account — @WendyBrandesJewelry — which focuses solely on my jewelry designs and other jewelry news. No cats and dogs (you need to follow @fitzroy_the_cat for those) and no […]

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tweet There’s a story in today’s New York Times Thursday Styles section about “bespoke jewelry.” “Bespoke” is a fancy word for custom jewelry, the term that I prefer. I was especially interested in this paragraph. “So-called bespoke pieces (the term started in men’s wear but has spread, like ‘curate,’ to everything from bicycles to software) […]

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tweet I don’t know how I missed the original announcement of the auction of the diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring Napoleon gave to Josephine, but I’m quite disappointed. I would have loved to own this piece of history! It was sold by the Osenat auction house in France, and I have to admit that the final, anonymous […]

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tweet My Jewel of the Month for July was Lori Kadezabek‘s unusual custom engagement ring. Lori and her fella, Brian “Roley” Riolo, got married on November 10. This week, Lori emailed me a photo from her wedding with the note “I uploaded a pic to Facebook and I am getting shout-outs on how amazing my […]

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tweet My favorite metal is 18K yellow gold — I think it works best with my history-inspired designs — but I use platinum, 18K white gold and silver in my jewelry as well. My “Gravity” wedding/engagement designs, for instance, all got their start in platinum. The Gravity name came from the unusual heft of the […]

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tweet It seems some online commenters have worked themselves into a tizzy over the big diamond in actress Jennifer Aniston’s engagement ring. As a designer who has done some offbeat engagement rings, I think all that matters is that the wearer is happy. As for my personal taste, you can learn about that in my […]

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tweet I design all kinds of engagement rings for my customers. I’m happy to do a traditional solitaire, but I’ve also done mixed-metal stacking rings …. … and a white-sapphire ring that looks very different from a conventional engagement ring. Basically, I would do nearly anything so that you have a ring you love. But […]

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tweet I make custom engagement rings for all budgets and, as I’ve said before, I prefer the woman to be involved in the design. If the bride-to-be is not personally meeting with me because the man (or woman) who is proposing is trying to maintain some element of surprise, I want him (or her) to […]

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Tweet April’s birthstone is a diamond, so my Jewel of the Month is a redesigned diamond engagement ring.  I met gorgeous client Mindy through my equally gorgeous friend Tina during Tina’s birthday festivities in Las Vegas. Mindy was wearing her wedding band, but not her engagement ring. Because we were in Vegas, I was hoping […]

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