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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tweet Several newspaper articles this weekend struck a chord with me. In the  New York Times magazine, David Amsden wrote about New Orleans-born John Cummings, a white 77-year-old “trial lawyer who has helped win more than $5 billion in class-action settlements and a real estate magnate whose holdings have multiplied his wealth many times over.” […]

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tweet Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and I’ve been thinking about a decorative-arts museum: the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris. That’s not as strange as it might seem, because that museum has a tragic history that has been on my mind for months. I visited the museum in 2010. […]

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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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Monday, February 4, 2013

Tweet A lot of my jewelry is inspired by royalty, but I focus on females: queens, empresses, queen consorts, princesses. I figure history as it is taught in elementary and high school is basically about men, so I prefer to concentrate on herstory. However, I have a soft spot for one dude: England’s 15th-century Richard […]

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Tweet My non-New Year’s Resolution — going into effect immediately — is to better organize my calendar. I tend to keep too much information in my head or in email, thinking, “There’s no way I can forget about something as important as that!” Then, of course, I miss or almost miss the event. It happened […]

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tweet I like art and I like history, but sometimes one distracts me from the other. I started writing a post about a painting I have in my apartment, so I took a picture of the wall where it was hanging. That made me think of Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers, the name by which […]

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Tweet If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you’ve seen my gold and diamond Cleopatra earrings on Kim Cattrall in Sex and the City 2. And you’ve seen the silver version on a flock of bloggers and friends. Now you can see the silver Cleos on gorgeous model/DJ/musician/actress Tolula Adeyemi. Tolula was introduced to […]

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tweet I ripped out this small Reuters item from the New York Times on February 15, as a reminder that freedom of speech isn’t to be taken for granted: Syria: Teenage Blogger Sentenced to 5 Years A teenage blogger, brought into court chained and blindfolded, was sentenced Monday to five years in jail on charges […]

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tweet “The devil is in the details” normally means that the biggest challenges of a project are contained in its smaller elements. But I always think of the expression in relation to the personal stories told by or of the victims of catastrophic events. Such is particularly the case for me today, the anniversary of […]

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Tweet For this post, the fourth and final one on my favorite history book, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitious 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman, I wish I had a deep-voiced television announcer to say, “Previously on Wendy Brandes Jewelry …” and give a summary of the three preceding posts. Since I don’t have that guy, […]

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