This post is long, long overdue. I've been reading Wendy Brandes' Blog religiously for about a year now. Wendy is a fine jewelry designer who, in addition to conjuring up the most exquisite and fearless jewelry, also possesses a razor-sharp wit combined with a quirky sense of humor which will have you laughing in a most unladylike manner at most inopportune times (i.e., do not read her blog while drinking coffee. Your keyboard will thank you).
Every so often, Wendy delights her readers with her "Book Club" posts — retellings of the biographies of famous women in history. These posts are ingenious; while containing heaps of historically accurate biographical data, Wendy's recountings are hysterically funny, so no fear of heavy classroom type historical overload. I always devour these posts, both on ladies with whose biographies I'm intimately familiar and the ladies whose names I've barely heard mentioned — they are the best entertainment on the Web. What's more, many of Wendy's jewelry creations are inspired by these very same queens, empresses, and wonder women.
The latest book club entries were on Empress Matilda (Read them here) who, for a mere instant in 1141, was Queen of England. Wendy's Matilda Necklace is a nod to the warrior queen: it is a sword which pulls out of its scabbard!
Now this necklace would be worth a battle to get, don't you think?!
-> Wendy's posts on Queens
-> Wendy Brandes Jewelry
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