About Jennifer

Jennifer is the Divisional Merchandise Manager for the Museum Stores.

Handpicked gems meet gold vermeil at Tummino’s Trunk Show

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Native Texan Mirta Tummino discovered her talent for jewelry design while working for a Fortune 500 company in Chicago. Her part-time design and metalsmithing studies at the Lillstreet Art Center quickly became a passion when she started selling her one-of-a-kind designs in Chicago area boutiques.

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Lariat necklace, multiple gems.

As demand grew, Mirta was able to fulfill her true calling and become a full-time artist. Moving back to her native Houston opened new opportunities for her collection and she soon realized her colorful gemstone jewels were a perfect fit for the museum with the world’s finest gem and mineral collection.

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Handpicking her stones, Mirta complements classic gems like aquamarine, labradorite, and blue topaz with the less common kyanite, Russian amazonite, and black opal. Each stone is delicately wire-wrapped in sterling or gold vermeil to create an intricately precise bezel.

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Amazonite necklace.

Mirta will make an artist appearance Friday, Aug. 7, from 10 to 4 p.m at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Museum Store. The entire Mirta Tummino collection will be 20% off the day of the show, plus membership discounts.

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Feel good about looking great knowing that 100% of museum store and trunk show proceeds benefits HMNS’ educational programs.

Trunk Show features Masterson’s coveted glass art jewelry

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Houstonian Mariquita Masterson has always had the eye of an artist. Thirty years ago, Mariquita was commissioned to design a glass table setting for an art gala. Working with the glass blower, she became fascinated with the chunks and shards of colorful glass and imagined the pieces set as jewelry. Fast forward three decades, and Mariquita’s hand-blown jewels have become a coveted status symbol within the Texas social scene.

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Extending her artistic skills beyond her jewelry line, Mariquita has designed a stained glass window for the chapel at Houston’s non-profit Amazing Place adult wellness center and created an iconic necklace for the Absolut Artists advertising campaign.

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While Mariquita’s designs are immediately recognizable, each piece of glass is one-of-a-kind as they are blown and slumped by hand from recycled materials. The glass is then hand set in custom sterling silver or gold vermeil settings.mariquita masterson ring grp

The incredible color selection of Mariquita Masterson’s glass will be on display July 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All pieces will be 20% off the day of the show in addition to member discounts.

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Feel good about looking great knowing that 100% of Museum Store and Trunk Show proceeds benefits HMNS’ educational programs.

Lankford’s layerable styles featured Friday at Trunk Show kick-off

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Raw diamonds, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, South Sea pearls, leather and hand cast metals. The luxe boho style of Houston jewelry designer Rebecca Lankford is immediately recognizable to her fans and collectors. Her delicate styles are perfect for layering and stacking.

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Rebecca started designing jewelry while working as a paralegal in the early 1990s. As her hobby slowly began to flourish, Rebecca was inspired to perfect her craft and enrolled at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. The foundational knowledge Rebecca gained from her work at Glassell allowed her to become a beloved local favorite as well as a renowned national and international jewelry designer.

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Rebecca’s designs were introduced to HMNS in 2002 for the Duval Mineral Collection exhibit. Her unique take on gemstones seemed the perfect fit for a museum with the world’s best gem and mineral collection. A true partnership was born during the 2003 The Nature of Pearls exhibit. Rebecca created an entire collection of unique custom designs with one of the world’s oldest precious gems.

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Thirteen years later and our love of her work has only grown stronger. The Rebecca Lankford for HMNS collection debuted this year. Using gemstones handpicked by our buyers at market, Rebecca has designed a one-of-a-kind collection exclusive to our museum.

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We will be featuring Rebecca Lankford designs at our first trunk show of the summer. All pieces will be 20% off the day of the show in addition to member discounts.

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Feel good about looking great knowing that 100% of museum store and trunk show proceeds benefits HMNS’ educational programs.

 

Sparkle Exclusive: 3rd Annual HMNS Summer Trunk Show starts Friday

Our third annual Summer Trunk Shows kicks off Friday, July 17. This year, we are featuring local artists Rebecca Lankford, Mariquita Masterson, and Mirta Tummino. As always, the featured artist’s design will be 20 percent off the day of their show, on top of museum membership discounts! You can feel good about looking great knowing that 100 percent of Museum Store proceeds benefit the educational mission of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Rebecca Lankford
July 17 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Favorite local designer Rebecca Lankford is back! With hand cast metals, fine leathers, and a casual take on gems like raw diamonds and South Sea pearls, her luxe boho looks are perfect for layering. Rebecca’s 14-year partnership with the HMNS store means you’ll find unique designs that aren’t available anywhere else in the city, including her exclusive collection she created with gemstones picked by our buyers at market.

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Peach brace by Rebecca Lankford.

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Turqoise earrings by Rebecca Lankford.

Mariquita Masterson
July 24 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mariquita’s blown glass jewels have been a staple of fashionable Houstonians for 30 years, and it all began while Mariquita was working with a glass blower designing a table setting for a museum gala here in Houston. When she saw the chunks of crystal ready to go into the furnace, she thought they would be beautiful set as jewelry. So she got out a drill and made her start. We are proud to be one of a very limited group of stores chosen to showcase her luminous designs.

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Gold leaf necklace by Mariquita Masterson.

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White blown glass beads jewelry assortment by Mariquita Masterson.

Mirta Tummino
August 7 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Leaving corporate America behind, native Texan Mirta Tummino realized her true calling when she began designing jewelry. With an eye for color, Mirta combines unusual gemstones to create her signature wire-wrapped designs. Her distinct style includes bezel settings made of gemstones, tassels, and convertible lariats for a refined, romantic look.

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Moonstone necklace by Mirta Tummino.

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Apatite necklace by Mirta Tummino.