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Customer of the Day: Elena From Chicago

Customer of the Day: Elena From Chicago

Wendy Brandes

Shout-out to the lovely people from Amdur Productions for including me in two Chicago-area art festivals this summer -- one in Glencoe, Ill., in July, and one in Oak Brook this weekend. Not only did I meet great new people at both events, but I also met a gorgeous longtime customer for the first time! Thank you so much to Elena from Chicago for driving an hour to visit me today.
[caption id="attachment_43594" align="aligncenter" width="498"] When you meet an old friend for the first time.[/caption]
Elena was decked out with her previous purchases.
[caption id="attachment_43595" align="aligncenter" width="498"] My notorious swear rings on Elena.[/caption]
I was amazed to see this 33-carat blue-topaz ring again!
[caption id="attachment_43596" align="aligncenter" width="498"] Mega topaz set in silver, on Elena.[/caption]
The last photos I have of that ring are from 2012, when "Impossible" singer Shontelle wore it. Celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival and photographer Anthony Friend also used it in a beauty shoot that year.
[caption id="attachment_43597" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Photo by Anthony Friend, manicure by Tracylee Percival, rings by Wendy Brandes.[/caption]
Elena immediately started giving the most passionate sales pitch to the people who showed up at my booth during her visit. I seriously contemplated stepping away because she could tell my inspiration stories better than I could! She's also a stellar hand model.
[caption id="attachment_43601" align="aligncenter" width="498"] My Dragon and Knight Maneater ring, modeled by Elena.[/caption]
This experience has encouraged me to take my collections on more trips outside of New York. It's hard work to take the jewelry and all the necessary display items with me and to talk for eight hours nonstop. But I’ve always believed in jewelry functioning as armor or an amulet -- providing the wearer with psychic protection -- and it's so gratifying to see people get a real emotional boost from designs that they love. P.S. Thanks for the Godiva, Elena!

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