Gold: Wendy Brandes’ Maneater Rings



Rock and Bull StoryWho would’ve thought that a $10 trinket from a New York City street vendor could influence an artist for decades? Certainly not Wendy Brandes. Back in the 1980s, the jewelry designer bought a dragon-themed brass bell because the seller told her it “had a really good knight.” When she turned the piece over, she discovered a tiny knight-shape bell clapper sitting inside.Even today, the piece—with its concept of hidden treasures and concealing cool details—continues to inform her line. A case in point: Brandes’ small but growing series of Maneater rings, inspired by
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