About Jennifer

Jennifer is the Divisional Merchandise Manager for the Museum Stores.

Attention, jewelry lovers: Glam up with new designers at our Museum Store!

Spring is a great time to refresh your look and we’ve got some new lines in the Museum Store just in time to help!

 

ax + apple

Jamie Lyn of ax + apple dabbled in almost every possible visual art before falling in love with jewelry design. Having worked on a few period films in her stint as a props person, she accumulated an assortment of vintage findings, including an array of world coins, various men’s pocket watch chains, and pen knives. She began artfully combining these and other fine vintage components, with a modern eye and an appreciation for “making things like they used to.”

Click here for ax + apple from the Museum Store

 

Blydesign

Katie Bly of Blydesign started her creative career as a classical pianist before exploring jewelry making. Her geometric line of hand-hammered brass features handmade resin “opals.”

Click here for Blydesign from the Museum Store

 

Made UK

MADE UK’s designers are dedicated to producing handmade jewelry, crafted from sustainable materials in a fair trade environment. The MADE workshop in Kenya employs over 60 artisans, from highly skilled to novice crafters. Raw materials are sourced locally, at a fair price, strengthening the local economy and small vendors.

Click here for Made UK from the Museum Store

 

MAWI London

MAWI London is a luxury costume jewelry line based in Shoreditch, London. Inspired by Indian jewels and the British punk scene, MAWI is high-glam and high-attitude. With a flagship store in London, a Montenegro boutique, and a presence in stores like Harrods and Selfridges, HMNS is proud to be only the store in Texas (and the only museum in North America) to represent the line.

Click here for MAWI London from the Museum Store

 

Style Spotlight: Jessica Winzelberg makes rough-hewn gems of jewels you can only get at HMNS

Have you ever sat at your desk, daydreaming about leaving your 9 to 5 and becoming an artist? (I never have, but then my job happens to be awesome). Jessica Winzelberg took that leap and left investment banking to become a San Francisco jewelry designer and metalsmith.

I stumbled across Jessica’s work surfing the internet one day (it’s called RESEARCH, I swear!) and knew immediately that her vibrant stone choices and elegant, streamlined metalwork would be a perfect fit for the museum store. Fortunately, Jessica thought that was a great idea, too, and we are now the only store in Texas to carry her gorgeous designs.

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Jessica handpicks unique stones just for us — like fiery boulder opals, unusual agates and jaspers, and sliced aquamarines — and custom creates each piece. Sometimes, because she knows we can never have too much of a good thing in Houston, she doubles up on the glamour by setting a polished, organically shaped opal with say, a brilliant pink tourmaline.

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While all of the stones are beautiful (I don’t want any of them to get their feelings hurt), the boulder opals are my personal favorite. Found in Australia, veins of opal occur in an ironstone rock matrix — it’s like catching a glimpse of a gemstone rainbow through a secret window.

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Check out Jessica’s work in-person at the Museum Store, or take a look online. Orders made by Dec. 17 are guaranteed delivery by Christmas, and 100 percent of the proceeds from our pretty things benefit the Museum and its programming.