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.

Attention, shoppers: The HMNS Museum Store has a new address at museumstore.hmns.org

Ermagherd, it’s here!

The HMNS Museum Store has a new address online

 

The HMNS Museum Store is now online. That’s right, all the gleaming goodies at our stunning store are now available for purchase at our brand new online address: museumstore.hmns.org.

Apparel and accessories that make you think. Home goods that make you giggle. Jewelry that makes people jealous. It’s all online just in time for the holidays, with a little extra cheer: 100 percent of the Museum Store proceeds benefit HMNS and its programming. AND you can get it all with your member discounts that you won’t get anywhere else.

 

The HMNS Museum Store has a new address online

 

So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

Look smart with jewelry that fuses fashion and science — only at HMNS!

Some of you might not know that some of the Museum’s most spectacular specimens are located downstairs in the Museum Store. We’ve long been a go-to destination for fabulous jewelry by the likes of Alexis Bittar and Houston’s own Rebecca Lankford, along with other  designers you can’t find anywhere else, like Hyla Dewitt and Assad Mounser.

Now, we’re welcoming a new designer that perfectly fuses fashion and science: Somerville, Massachusetts-based brand Nervous System.

Nervous System jewelry fuses fashion and science

Nervous System approaches jewelry design with a scientific mindset. Using generative design methods — including mathematical algorithms — founders (and MIT-grads) Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg create jewelry inspired by natural forms and processes occurring in the world around us. From aggregations of coral to cell cycles to the growth patterns of algae, Nervous System crafts its designs by developing systems that create distinct forms — every one unique.

Nervous System jewelry fuses fashion and science

Our always impeccably styled buyer, Jen, first heard of Nervous System a number of years ago when its designs were featured in the blog Design Sponge. After the Museum Store was expanded and Jen was reintroduced at a convention this August, she reached out and secured the line for HMNS. The Museum Store is now (at the time of publishing) the only place in Houston to carry these innovative designs.

Come see for yourself! One hundred percent of proceeds from the Museum Store support HMNS and its programming.

Because we love your mom, too: Save 10% when you shop the HMNS Museum Store for Mother’s Day

1801389We know you love your mom. We know you’d give her the moon and the stars if you could pull them down from the sky.

We also know that Sunday, May 13 is Mother’s Day. (Yes, that’s only one week away.) We know you want to treat your mom to the very best. But trust us, she doesn’t want a blender, an apron, and probably not even a Kindle Fire (shhh, your dad already bought one for her).

She wants jewelry. Again, you’ll just have to trust us on this one.

Thankfully, we can help. You see, this Mother’s Day, we’re making it easy on you — mostly because we love your mom, too. So we’re offering 10% off all jewelry in our HMNS Museum Store with this coupon.

You read that right: You’ll get 10% off all jewelry (excluding Curator’s Choice gems and minerals) when you print or show this coupon at checkout. Choose from amazing artisans like Rebecca Lankford, Alexis Bittar, Assad Mounser, Leigh Elena — the list goes on.

But the offer doesn’t. This limited time offer is valid through May 13, 2012 (that means even you last-minute shoppers have time!).

Make this Mother’s Day extra special. Support your favorite museum, and surprise your one and only mom with something that makes her feel like the queen she is.

Save 10% when you buy jewelry for Mother's Day at the HMNS Museum Store

Oh, and here’s the fine print: This offer is not valid towards previously purchased merchandise. It may not be combined with any other coupons or promotions. Members, however, may combine this coupon with their member discount.