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 strong women and female characters who literally assume positions of power over men.“A lot of my other jewelry designs are inspired by strong, historical female figures…women some people would call man-eaters,” says Brandes. Thus far, there are four rings that portray what the designer calls

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