Thank you to JustLuxe.com for featuring my 18K gold chicken-in-the-egg locket in its “Six Geese-A-Laying: The Perfect Golden Eggs for the Holidays” slideshow.
The egg locket opens up to reveal a tiny silver hen with diamond eyes.
Lift the hen off her nest, and you’ll spy three 18K gold eggs.
I’ve only made one of these lockets to date. To learn more about the inspiration for the design and the process of making it, click here. This locket also happens to be the design that Poppy’s Forge chose to illustrate this post last month, in which my “Get Smart (About Manufacturing)” blog was mentioned. Thanks for the love, Poppy!
The chicken is part of my luxe 18K gold signature line. For the more budget-conscious, the Huffington Post’s technology section included the silver emoji earrings from my WENDYB by Wendy Brandes diffusion line in “Gift Ideas for the Texting-Obsessed Friend in Your Life.” I was kind of amused that the story described the $35 earrings as “a little on the pricier side.” It’s true that my earrings — made in groupings of 10 at a time, here in New York City — can’t be sold at H&M prices (Why? Refer to the “Get Smart” post mentioned by Poppy as well as my other “Get Smart” posts), but they cost less than any device one might use for texting! This reminds me of my 2007 post called “Why Does Buyer’s Guilt Focus on Fashion?” I wrote, in part:
“I’m always annoyed at how a fashion is incorrectly perceived as a woman’s topic, and therefore trivialized and criticized. We’re told we should feel bad about it even though men can pour their money into technology and sports-related consumerism guilt-free. Yet, food, clothing and shelter are the most basic of human needs. Do you see the iPhone on that list of basic needs? No.”
Obviously, earrings aren’t clothes and therefore aren’t on the list of basic needs but it’s human nature to want to adorn oneself. Earrings from 3000 BC have been found in royal graves in Iraq, and, about 10 years ago, Chinese archeologists reported finding jade earrings that were more than 7,000 years old. That’s a pretty impressive history. The first iPhone was introduced in 2007, and nowadays, if you want a 16GB unlocked, no-contract iPhone 5c, it will cost you $549 — $514 more than a single sterling silver emoji earring from my line. Just sayin’.
Anyway, speaking of the emoji, if you live in New York, you’ll have a chance to shop for them in person this Thursday, Dec. 12. I will be participating in a pop-up shop at the Emoji Art and Design Show presented by Forced Meme Productions, Eyebeam and GroupMe. Come to the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center at 540 W. 21st Street from 7 PM to 10 PM and get the perfect stocking-stuffers for those free-spending iPhone-loving friends of yours! If you’re a blogger or other sort of journalist and want to come to the press preview earlier, email me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com to be put on the list.