Photo Credit from top: Cleopatra 18K gold and diamond earrings by Wendy Brandes. Screenshot from Sex and The City 2. Image of Wendy Brandes in Cleopatra earrings. All images courtesy of Wendy Brandes
Welcome to the Object of Affection feature series. This series will see me put the spotlight on one specific decadent piece of design, destination, art piece etc that deserves to stand alone as an Object of Affection due to it’s attention commanding qualities.
First on the bill is New York based fine jewelry designer Wendy Brandes’s Cleopatra Earrings. The luxurious shoulder length dangle earrings as featured in above images are 18K gold adorned with 1.36 carats of diamonds. Named after Eqypt’s Queen Cleopatra, they are sheer unadulterated luxury. The designer is pictured wearing them in the last image.
I have been a fan of Wendy’s inimitable designs for a while now. Her work is often inspired by iconic historical women and their amazing stories. I interviewed her on her designs here.
The Cleopatra earrings by Wendy Brandes are today’s Object of Affection due to their bold, intrinsic and intelligent design.
The designer recently documented a day in her life for Mariankihogo.com here. In the said feature she mentioned that the Cleopatra earrings had been on loan to the Sex and The City 2 wardrobe department. She did not know at that time if they had been used in filming and whether they would make the final cut of the movie.
A few weeks ago the SATC2 trailer hit the internet and I could not wait to watch it. I started screaming with excitement for Wendy when I spotted her gorgeous earrings on Samantha as played by Kim Cattrall (see image two).
Last night I was honoured to get the background on those earrings that made the much anticipated SATC2 movie, the inspiration behind their design, how you can win a pair and much more from Wendy Brandes herself.
1. Hi Wendy darling, thank you for this super mini interview. Your Cleopatra earrings make Mariankihogo.com’s ‘Object of Affection’ as they are absolutely stunning! I am intrigued by their form. In your recent ’24 hours in the life’ feature for Mariankihogo.com you mentioned how the earrings had been called in by the SATC2 wardrobe department. I was so delighted to see them in the trailer that I started screaming at my laptop! How did you find out they had made the movie and what was your initial reaction?
A friend of mine saw them in an SATC2 preview at the movie theater. I refused to believe her until I saw them with my own eyes
2. What was the inspiration for their design and what metal/stone options do they come in?
A lot of my designs are named after queens, so I always knew I was going to do a piece for Cleopatra. When I was pondering her design, I remembered a single, long, squiggly earring that I wore when I was a teenager … an earring that made me think of the Nile AND snakes. The earrings are available in a gold and diamond version, which is what Samantha wore, and a silver version. There’s a necklace too.
3. How do readers go about ordering a pair so they can make like ‘Samantha’ in SATC2?
4. How would you like to see the Cleopatra earrings worn?
I personally like to wear them with a strapless dress and my hair pulled back so the earrings get maximum attention. That said, Kim Cattrall wears them in the movie with her hair worn loose and wavy and they look fabulous that way.
5. Your Cleopatra earrings are objects of affection because …..
Wendy Brandes jewelry kicks asp!
How great is the story and inspiration behind Wendy’s Cleopatra earrings? I love that the twists and turns in the structure of the design were inspired by the Nile and Snakes.
Sex and The City’s Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha have inspired women’s fashion for years. The series and movie has set a whole number of trends.
Judging by the trailer’s wardrobe this new movie will be no exception.
Entering that Polyvore contest for a fabulous chance to win a silver pair here is an absolute must!
I look forward to seeing this Object of Affection on Samantha (as played Kim Cattrall) when the SATC movie opens at the end of May.
Many kind thanks and kisses to Wendy for the mini interview.