Candace, what do you do for a living?
I am a contemporary art adviser based in NYC.
How did you find out about Jelena Behrend?
I used to walk my German Shepherd, Luke, in front of her old Orchard Street studio when I lived in
the East Village. I would ogle the offerings in the window and eventually Jelena came out and said hi
to Luke and I. Luke was my show-stopper!
What are your favorite places to wear Jelena’s jewelry?
Unless I am sleeping or showering, I always have on multiple pieces of Jelena Behrend.
What pieces are your all time favorite, and why?
Probably my Bubble Ring, now known as the Candace Ring. I wanted a statement ring in gold
with stones and basically told Jelena to make what she wanted based on this. It’s so special that
on the rare occasion I don’t wear it, people ask me where it is. It is truly an unforgettable ring.
Do they bring you fortune, love, and protection?
I am not a big believer in that sort of thing but all of her work definitely has a special power to it.
My gold nugget charm necklace is the go-to good luck piece!
How does Jelena make the jewelry perfect for you?
Jelena has a weird sixth sense about what styles work with different clients and collectors. I have seen her do it
over and over again with astonishing accuracy. When I am waffling about what direction to go in, she knows exactly
what type of metal, stone, length, etc. works. Because of this, all of my pieces I go back to again and again.
What do people say, when they see you wearing the jewelry, and how do you manage their envy?
I get so many compliments from so many different kinds of people. I was in London a few weeks ago at a dinner
and the artist I was sitting with was obsessed with my earrings. They were a relatively new design by Jelena. It was an open,
elongated, bird-cage shape. The artist sitting next to me just kept staring at them. I finally just took one off and let her put it on.
We were pretty lit by then. Thankfully I remembered to get it back at the end of the night.
What is your favorite place to wear Jelena’s jewelry? Are there pieces that you never take off, that are a part of your skin?
I don’t wear the flashier pieces when I am upstate in the country. Outside of that, I am always wearing Jelena’s earrings
and multiple rings at a minimum, plus a bracelet or 2 stacked up with my watch…
What pieces are you hoping to own next?
A new charm for one of my necklaces and maybe some stackable pinky rings in different
finishes with colored diamonds.
Candace established Worth Art Advisory in 2001 to bridge the gap between new art collectors and the art world establishment. In the last thirteen years, Worth Art Advisory has developed into a leading, internationally-recognized contemporary art advisory service representing a growing group of diverse art collectors. Prior to establishing Worth Art Advisory, Worth worked in the Contemporary Art Department at Christie's auction house, followed by positions at a blue-chip gallery in New York City and an internet-based art consultancy. Candace received her bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and studied at the graduate school of Art History at Columbia University.
Photographer JJ Jimenez | www.jj-jimenez.com
Make up Daniella Shachter | www.makeupwithdani.com
Candace is wearing customized Signature Link Necklace, her "Bubble" Ring, Stud Earrings and Custom Bangle, Number 80 Cuff and Custom Signature Link Bracelet
Still Life - Sterling Silver Spoon in progress