Treat yo self: New designers are beckoning in the Museum Store jewelry cases

We’re happy to report that our first Museum Store Trunk Show — featuring the works of revered local designer Rebecca Lankford — was a smashing success. If you missed it, fear not, ’cause we’ve got more in the pipeline. But you don’t have to wait until a Friday for great Museum Store finds; check out the new designers we’ve been sporting!

ASHA New York

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a priceless piece of art or a celebrated architectural masterpiece? Well ASHA New York strives bring the beauty of art, architecture and historical artifacts to jewelry design. ASHA is designed by Ashley Dodgen-McCorrick, and a few of her fabulous pieces can be found in our Museum Store. The small selection we carry means we only have one piece of each item shown on our website, meaning you need to act fast to own a wearable masterpiece like this.

Dodgen-McCorrick started gaining inspiration for her handcrafted line on weekend trips to Venice, Prague and Edinburgh. She was first inspired by frequent visits to the medieval chapel, Sainte Chapelle in Paris. Several of her designs focus on interpreting architectural motifs and vintage pieces that she has found in her travels.

A perfect example of her amazing designs is this Saskia Pendant for her Gramercy Park South Collection. It is a perfectly clear, free spinning orb of crystal encased in gold vermeil with moonstone cabochons.

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Annie Hammer

Complement your summer tan with some sunny jewelry from Annie Hammer. Hammer is based in Tucson, Arizona and features a lot of beautiful natural stones in her pieces. We just got in an order of her work and it is magnificently summery, with turquoise, lapis and quartz.

This amazonite, turquoise and apatite leather cuff is framed with a steel chain and set on a taupe suede cuff.

Annie HammerBelow is a quartz stalactite necklace with a silver-plated brass chain supporting the stalactite sliver wrapped in tan suede. Want.

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Hammer’s pieces have that special quality of being fresh and casual while still being sophisticated. So whether you want to dress it up or down, these pieces are totes appropes.

A Peace Treaty

If you enjoy jewelry with a strong sense of craftsmanship, then this new addition to our Museum Store’s list of designers might interest you. A Peace Treaty was conceived by combining a love of high fashion with a desire to increase awareness of ancient and disappearing crafting traditions.

Each season’s collection is inspired by a culture or region, and the line is produced in one of nine fair trade cooperatives. We are currently featuring the Neteret Collection, which is inspired by the evolution of ancient Egyptian symbolism and its influence on modern art and architecture.

A Peace Treaty

In addition to stimulating struggling economies and creating ethically-produced accessories and apparel,  A Peace Treaty is plain PRETTY.

And as always, 100 percent of the Museum Store’s proceeds benefit HMNS’ educational mission. So it’s a big, shiny win-win!

The Bakker is back! Join renowned paleontologist Dr. Bob Bakker at Jurassic Jam this Saturday and Sunday

World-renowned paleontologist, curator of the new Morian Hall of Paleontology, consultant and character inspiration for the cult classic Jurassic Park: Dr. Bob Bakker is back in Houston and lighting up the halls of HMNS this weekend at Jurassic Jam.

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The two-day event includes an adoption party at at the Museum Store, arts and crafts in the Herzstein Hall and a meet-and-greet with Dr. Bakker from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday for new and veteran dino parents.

Admittance to meet Dr. Bakker requires a general admission ticket and a prehistoric pet (either adopted that day or previously taken in).

Then on Sunday, we’ll be screening Jurassic Park 3D with a special introduction by Dr. Bakker, who consulted on the film and is even name-dropped by young Joseph Mazzello (Timmy Murphy). A Q&A session will immediately follow.

To book your tickets in advance, click here!

HMNS is here to handle the holidays: Whether it’s goodies to wrap or stuff to do, we’ve got gifts galore

You’ve heard a lot lately about our Museum Store. But aside from finding everything from kids’ gear:

spikeosaurus backpack

To dorky duds:

solid, liquid, gas tee

To fine jewelry:

suzanna dai necklace

To funky stuff for your home:

elemental wine markers

. . . (all in-store OR online, we might add), you should also remember that we deal in fun.

For example, for the budding astronomer in your life, some NASA-grade astronaut gear might be suitable, but you could make his or her holiday STELLAR with telescope classes at the George Observatory. The George offers tailored classes for Go-To and computerized telescopes as well as for simple, non-tracking reflecting and refracting telescopes. Classes for each are offered on Jan. 5, with expert astronomers on-hand to help set up ‘scopes and get students started tracking those stars away from city light pollution in beautiful Brazos Bend State Park.

So while you’re wrapping up boxes this holiday season, be sure to think outside them. From membership to adult education to classes for kiddos, we’ve got you covered.

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.