‘Tis the Season for Unique Gifts

 

Great gifts feel good to give and to receive. What better way to spark joy than to find a clever, curious, and/or beautiful gift for your favorite person (or even yourself). Stand out this holiday season by giving unique gifts. We’ve assembled items in our roundup below that you’ll wish you would receive.

Little Geniuses

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Aww worthy gifts that the little ones are sure to love.

1. Baby Elements Onesie, $14.95
2. Fiona Walker England Unicorn Head, $165.00
3. The Community Cloth Handknit Hat, $36.00
4. The Human Infant Project Book, $24.99
5. Uncle Goose Braille Alphabet Blocks, $42.00
6. Baby Armadillo Plush, $19.95
7. 20” Triceratops, $125.00

Neckline Subtleties

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Dainty necklaces are the perfect everyday necklace and versatile enough for layering. Sometimes a little sparkle goes a long way.
1. Ginette N Y Malachite Diamond 18kt Rose Gold Charm Necklace, $1050.00
2. Zoe Chicco Diamond Curved Bar Necklace, $650.00
3. Melissa Joy Manning Herkimer Quartz 14kt Gold Necklace, $300.00
4. Rebecca Lankford Love White Sapphire Rose Gold Necklace, $340.00
5. Dinny Hall Bamboo Oval Pendant, 22kt Gold Vermeil, $240.00

Quirky Under $150

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Practical home décor items that give that whimsical touch to any home.

1. Radiant Relics Cushion – X-Ray Skull Profile, $40.00
2. Periodic Barware, $9.95
3. Gummy Bear Red, Anatomically Correct – Limited Edition, $44.95
4. Alligator Bookends, $80.00
5. Duck Mirror, $99.99
6. Unicorn Skull Bell Jar Ring Holder, $80.00
7. Ice Dwarf Art Glass, $135.00
8. Heart of Gold – Metallic Plush, $24.95
9. Light Up Newton’s Cradle, $39.95

 

Make a Statement

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A dazzling piece can make a huge statement long after it is unwrapped.

1. Alexis Bittar Tribal City Crystal Encrusted Figurine Cuff, $495.00
2. Vilawain Iridescent Broken Chandelier Bead Necklace, $950.00
3. Eddie Borgo Europa Black Lace Agate Statement Earrings, $450.00
4. Rebecca Lankford For H.M.N.S Rose Quartz Butterfly Ring, $890.00
5. Julie Cohn Designs Eclipse Sapphire Ponyhair Bracelet, $395.00

 

Natural Habitat in Color

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Timeless natural specimens are the eye catching gifts you’re looking for. Truly one of a kind natural works of art.

1. Variety In Motion Butterfly Display, $660.00
2. Bottle Stopper, Natural Stone $29.95 each
3. Amethyst Specimen, $495.00
4. Lapis Gemstone Box, $3,995.00
5. Dugway Druzy Agate Geode Bookends, $295.00
6. Citrine Specimen, Brazil, $695.00

As usual feel good about shopping knowing that 100 percent of museum store proceeds benefits HMNS’s educational programs!

Looking for even more gift guidance? Peruse our 2016 Holiday Shopping Guide “The Thrill of the Hunt”, check out our Pinterest where we have additional mini guides. Don’t forget our social media; Instagram and Twitter where we feature our products daily.

Happy Shopping!

HMNS Weekly Update

Lecture – Fabergé Symposium – The Wonder of Fabergé

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November 4, 2016 at 6.30pm

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More than doubling in size since the 2013 Houston Fabergé Symposium, the McFerrin Collection now totals nearly 600 objects and will be displayed in its entirety for a limited time. Recent acquisitions focus on rare Imperial pieces with fascinating stories. Join us at the Houston Museum of Natural Science as renowned Fabergé researchers discuss the genius of Fabergé and his place in history as related to the royalties of Europe.

 

Lecture – Family Talk – Secrets of Ancient Games

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Suggested for ages 6-12 and adults.

Cosponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America Houston Society.

Tickets $5

People all over the ancient world played games. Dr. Irving Finkel of the British Museum has decoded several ancient games. He will share how these games were played 5,000 years ago. An ancient game tournament will follow the presentation. You can try your hand at Senet, the Royal Game of Ur, Parcheesi and Go and Chess with 12th century Lewis chessmen.

 

World Trekkers: Ireland

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Friday, November 11, 2016 – 6:30 PM

Enjoy a chidren’s event featuring live entertainment, face painting, a balloon artist, crafts, activities and more. Bring your family to HMNS and you can travel the globe with World Trekkers! The perfect family outing, these events highlight a diverse set of cultures from around the world through food, entertainment, arts and crafts and more. This November we’re heading off to Ireland. But no need to pack your bags – HMNS brings the world to you with World Trekkers!

 

Lecture – More than Genes: Predators, Parasites and Partners of the Human Body by Rob Dunn

2006 Frank Collins Leishmaniasis is transmitted by the bite of infected female phlebotomine sandflies, injecting the infective stage (i.e., promastigotes) from their proboscis during blood meals.  Promastigotes that reach the puncture wound are phagocytized by macrophages ,and other types of mononuclear phagocytic cells, and inside these cells, transform into the tissue stage of the parasite (i.e., amastigotes), which multiply by simple division and proceed to infect other mononuclear phagocytic cells.  Parasite, host, and other factors affect whether the infection becomes symptomatic and whether cutaneous or visceral leishmaniasis results.  Sandflies become infected by ingesting infected cells during blood meals.  In sandflies, amastigotes transform into promastigotes, develop in the gut, (in the hindgut for leishmanial organisms in the Viannia subgenus; in the midgut for organisms in the Leishmania subgenus), and migrate to the proboscis. See PHIL 3400 for a diagram of this cycle.

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Tickets $18, Members $12

 

A great deal of recent research has suggested that many modern health problems relate to recent changes in our gut microbes. As we have started to look at skin and the environment of our homes, it looks as though the changes in what we are exposed to and covered in externally may be equally as great.

 

We evolved in a wilderness of parasites, mutualists, and pathogens, but we no longer see ourselves as being part of nature and the broader community of life. In the name of progress and clean living, we scrub much of nature off our bodies; however, a host of species still cling to us and always will. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Join biologist and author Robert Dunn as we explore the influence these wild species have on our well-being and the world.

 

Dr. Robert Dunn is a biologist with the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University. His lab studies the species around us in our everyday lives, species we tend to think of us as well known. Most of those species are not well known and so there are many things to discover in your backyard, in your bedroom, or even on your roommate. Book signings of “The Wild Life of Our Bodies” and “Every Living Thing” following lecture.

 

This program is sponsored by The Leakey Foundation.

Summer Trunk Shows: A Touch of Sparkle from Lankford and Tummino

One of our favorite things about summer has arrived — Summer Trunk Shows! This year we’re keeping it simple and local, featuring Rebecca Lankford July 22 and Mirta Tummino on Aug. 5, both from 12 to 4 p.m.

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Locally-renowned Houston artist Rebecca Lankford uses hand-cast metals, fine leathers, and a casual take on precious and semi-precious gems to create effortlessly stylish jewels. Her delicate styles are perfect alone and for layering and stacking.

Rebecca has also created an exclusive museum collection for HMNS using gems hand-picked by our buyers. Each piece is one-of-a-kind or limited in production.

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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.

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If that alone doesn’t convince you to attend our trunk show here are three reasons why you should:

1. Locally-made, handcrafted jewelry. Handmade pieces make unique gifts for others or yourself, all while supporting local artists.

2. A chance to meet the designer and team. Learn all about the gems, materials, and the creative process directly from the artist. Rebecca and Mirta are both inspired by the museum’s gem and mineral collection.

3. Jewelry with savings! Shop with a 20 percent discount in addition to your membership discount. Feel good about looking great knowing that 100 percent of museum store and trunk show proceeds benefits HMNS’s educational programs.

TREND REPORT: Summer Embellishments

Summer season is here and we need a reason to update our jewelry box. New designs have arrived just in time. For the simple classic to the carefree spirit we have the finishing touch for any outfit.

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Zoe Chicco
L.A. designer Zoe Chicco has created a fine jewelry collection that has become a modern classic. Everyday pieces significant enough to be worn alone but delicate enough to wear layered together. Designs marries 14k gold with diamonds and semi-precious gemstones such as opal and turquoise.

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SheBee
Based in New York, Ann Spence, founder of SheBee, has created designs that blend luxury with a carefree spirit. Featuring vibrant colors and modern silhouettes, her designs bring the vibrancy to match the summer heat.

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Workhorse
Workhorse is the lovechild of twin sisters Amber & Nicole Sutton. They take old and forgotten curios and re-imagine them for today using 14k gold, sterling silver, diamonds and turquoise stones. Handmade with love in their Los Angeles studio, the twins create ‘modern heirlooms’, each with its own story to tell – all intended to act as the “workhorses” in your jewelry box.

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Julie Rofman
Handwoven beaded cuffs/bracelets combining the craft of bead looming with current color combinations and geometric patterning reminiscent of Bauhaus designs. A mixture of matte, translucent, opaque and shiny glass beads make up each cuff, creating a unique color-field of sparkle.

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TNEMNRODA [nem-row-da] eyewear collection is infused with luxe refinement with influences from Caribbean background and drawing inspiration from East and West Indian culture. Designer Samantha Smikle creates eyewear designs bejeweled in 14k gold plated metals, semiprecious stones and other transformative materials.