I’ve loved lapis ever since I went to see the blockbuster King Tut museum exhibition in the 1970s and saw Tut’s solid-gold death mask in person. (That’s lapis lazuli on the eyes and eyebrows; the stripes in the headdress are glass colored to look like lapis.)
I still have the souvenir book I got at the exhibit. I used to flip through this all the time when I was a kid.
I credit the exhibit and book with nurturing my passion for gold too. Look at how gold endures for millennia! In fact, it gets more beautiful over time.
Decades later, when I designed a ring in honor of the famously beautiful Egyptian queen Nefertiti, I naturally created it in 18K yellow gold and lapis lazuli.
I had the lapis custom cut in the oval shape of a cartouche, which I then set horizontally instead of vertically. I’m a rebel like that. Because a queen needs protection — sometimes in the form of a little poison — I gave the Nefertiti ring a secret compartment.
I only created one Nefertiti ring in gold. Right now, it is specially priced to celebrate the Pantone news. Get it while you can.
I prefer lapis combined with yellow gold, like the Egyptians did it, but I’ve done a few one-off pieces in silver and lapis. A friend persuaded me to make a Nefertiti ring in silver, just for her.
I even did it as a poison ring, though I normally don’t make my poison rings in silver.
Several years ago, gorgeous blogger Sheila of Ephemera snagged another silver-and-lapis ring.
Right now, the only other lapis piece I have in stock is my famous Empress Wu dragon ring, with the revolving lapis globe clamped in her jaws.
Watch it go!
We're #reposting this video of the #WendyBrandes Empress Wu ring for the #ChineseNewYear! The dragon is 18K yellow gold with diamond eyes. In her mouth, she is holding a spinning lapis lazuli globe. The ring was inspired by Empress Wu, who is the only female ruler of China to refer to herself as "emperor" during her reign (625-705 AD). #HappyChineseNewYear #LoveGold #repost #regram
I do have some lapis lazuli stud earrings in the works, so if you’re interested, holla at me at info at wendybrandes dot com so I can reserve a pair for you.