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.

ASHA New York

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.

Annie Hammer

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!

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.