Wendy calls her artwork Gelastic Art. The word “Gelastic” comes from an out of use word Gell found in a one hundred year old dictionary when looking up the definition of her own name, meaning “capable of producing laughter; risible; healing by laughter.” A Gelasin is the dimple on the cheek produced by smiling. Jewels and rhinestones, brightly colored Swarovski Austrian crystals, small antique toys and objects, fabric, cherubs and religious artifacts, Wendy’s old jewelry, inlaid bits of Pop Culture or the playful icons of retro-Americana are major players in Wendy’s art. Some start as oil paintings and become encrusted as the jewelry and art “Gell” into something brand new. All Wendy’s gelastic art and oil paintings will be signed before shipping.
Shown here are recent jewelry pieces I have designed and vintage pieces from my collection that are available now. Each is a one of a kind work of art, encrusted with jewels, Swarovski stones, vintage found objects, pop art icons and other adornments. Every piece is a spectacular jewelry statement sure to attract attention…and compliments! Be sure to check the additional pages, numbered at the bottom of this page, for more items. Some categories only show a piece or two of the entire collections that is available on the first page. Please click the category titles to view all items in that category and explore more pages to see additional categories.
A mezuzah (Hebrew: מְזוּזָה “doorpost”; plural: מְזוּזוֹת mezuzot) is a piece of parchment, often contained in a decorative case, inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah. These verses compose the Jewish prayer “Shema Yisrael”, beginning with the phrase: “Hear, O Israel, the LORD (is) our God, the LORD is One”. A mezuzah is affixed to the doorframe in Jewish homes to fulfill the mitzvah, or Biblical commandment, to inscribe the words of the Shema “on the doorposts of your house”. Some interpret Jewish law to require a mezuzah on every doorway in the home, apart from bathrooms and closets too small to qualify as rooms. The parchment is prepared by a qualified scribe (a “sofer stam”) who has undergone many years of meticulous training, and the verses are written in black indelible ink with a special quill pen. The parchment is then rolled up and placed inside the case.
While the important part of the mezuzah is the klaf, or parchment, and not the case itself, designing and producing mezuzah cases has been elevated to an art form over the ages. Mezuzah cases are produced from a wide variety of materials, from silver and precious metals, to wood, stone, ceramics, pewter, and even polymer clay. Wendy has made available gorgeous one of a kind wooden pieces made by a close friend and is making jeweled mezuzahs in her own bejeweled style in hopes you will find just the right mezuzah for your own home or that of a Jewish friend in the selection of handcrafted mezuzot below.
You will also find Wendy Gell’s opulent jewelry design talent adapts itself beautifully to creating sparkling one-of-a-kind hamsas and more Judaica with which to decorate your home.
Wendy Gell’s wristies are what got her started making her opulent jewelry designs…and then made her famous! See what Wendy has in store for you here, with both recently created wristy cuff bracelets and vintage pieces from her collection available here at wendygell.com.
Through the Seventies and on into the Eighties, Wendy Gell’s designs were on the cover of Vogue and in thousands of editorials in magazines all over the world. Wendy created sequined Disney characters, jeweled Roger Rabbits and his friends, Wizard of Oz jewelry, and masks from The Phantom of the Opera. She designed special pieces for Bill Blass, Oscar de laRenta, and Louis Dell’Olio that were worn by supermodels in their runway fashion shows.
Her worldwide client list includes celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Isabella Rossielini, and Cher. Actress / model Marisa Berenson included designs by Wendy in her Style Book, and Wendy Gell jewelry can also be found in the private collections of the late Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John (Wendy designed sunglasses for him), Hillary Clinton, the late Andy Warhol and the late Princess Diana.