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Friday, May 23, 2014

My designing friend Zang Toi had a sample sale earlier this week, and I joined him at his showroom to sell my WENDYB by Wendy Brandes jewelry. In between customers, I admired Zang’s offerings, including this dress from his Spring 2014 “Ballet Babe” collection. I couldn’t resist trying on a couple of dresses. I decided […]

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I’ve loved singer Kelis ever since she appeared on the scene in 1999 with her debut single, “Caught Out There.”  The song’s “Augggggh! I hate you so much right now!” line — aimed at a cheating man — and Kelis’s rainbow hair in the video always screamed “Badass!” to me. Because of Kelis’s badass credentials […]

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Gorgeous singer Skylar Grey was interviewed on the music channel Fuse TV last week, and I was thrilled to see she had on the special double-ax necklace I made for her last summer! You can see it in this screen cap. (P.S. Her new chest tattoo says “Woodrat.”) Here’s the whole interview. I’ve written about […]

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

When I introduced my TWERK necklace as August’s Jewel of the Month, I noted that the overuse of a word/acronym tells me when the time is right to add that word/acronym to my pop-culture-inspired WENDY by Wendy Brandes diffusion line. An expression has reached critical mass when I’m ready to cut the next bitch who […]

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The TWERK necklace that I introduced as August’s Jewel of the Month is getting hotter and hotter! Days after Miley Cyrus’s publicity-generating, twerktastic performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday, the word “twerk” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. And Miley has teamed with Justin Bieber on a new song called, simply, […]

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I’m happy to announce that Jewel Gallery in El Paso, Texas, is now carrying my social-media-inspired WENDYB by Wendy Brandes diffusion line! Celina Ortega, the gorgeous sales manager at Jewel Gallery, came across my work in JCK Magazine and — voilà! — I’m in Texas. Here’s a peek at the store. This spot looks cozy. […]

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

My signature, 18K gold jewelry line — simply called Wendy Brandes — is inspired by women’s history, but my WENDYB by Wendy Brandes diffusion line is inspired by pop culture, especially social media. Do you want to know how I decide when it’s the right time to immortalize a word or acronym in jewelry form? […]

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Monday, February 25, 2013

I was excited to see today’s Women’s Wear Daily story about the social-media-influenced fine-jewelry designs. While my signature Wendy Brandes line is inspired by women’s history, my WENDYB by Wendy Brandes diffusion line is all about pop culture, particularly the online world. My first design for the diffusion line was the four-ring swear ring set […]

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Can’t find the jewelry design of your dreams? Let me make it for you! I do custom engagement/wedding rings in both traditional and avant-garde styles. I can also do any other kind of non-wedding jewelry. Want a big tiger ring? Got ya covered. Fancy cufflinks that look like your dogs? Sure thing. Want to put your […]

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The reaction to my “romantic, gothic, alien” jewelry that I hear (and enjoy) the most is, “I’ve never seen anything like that in my life.” Other jewelers gasp when they see that my golden egg locket opens to reveal a tiny, diamond-eyed silver chicken … which, in turn, opens to reveal three gold eggs. I […]

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