Sparkle Exclusive: 3rd Annual HMNS Summer Trunk Show starts Friday

Our third annual Summer Trunk Shows kicks off Friday, July 17. This year, we are featuring local artists Rebecca Lankford, Mariquita Masterson, and Mirta Tummino. As always, the featured artist’s design will be 20 percent off the day of their show, on top of museum membership discounts! You can feel good about looking great knowing that 100 percent of Museum Store proceeds benefit the educational mission of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Rebecca Lankford
July 17 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Favorite local designer Rebecca Lankford is back! With hand cast metals, fine leathers, and a casual take on gems like raw diamonds and South Sea pearls, her luxe boho looks are perfect for layering. Rebecca’s 14-year partnership with the HMNS store means you’ll find unique designs that aren’t available anywhere else in the city, including her exclusive collection she created with gemstones picked by our buyers at market.

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Peach brace by Rebecca Lankford.

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Turqoise earrings by Rebecca Lankford.

Mariquita Masterson
July 24 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mariquita’s blown glass jewels have been a staple of fashionable Houstonians for 30 years, and it all began while Mariquita was working with a glass blower designing a table setting for a museum gala here in Houston. When she saw the chunks of crystal ready to go into the furnace, she thought they would be beautiful set as jewelry. So she got out a drill and made her start. We are proud to be one of a very limited group of stores chosen to showcase her luminous designs.

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Gold leaf necklace by Mariquita Masterson.

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White blown glass beads jewelry assortment by Mariquita Masterson.

Mirta Tummino
August 7 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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. Her distinct style includes bezel settings made of gemstones, tassels, and convertible lariats for a refined, romantic look.

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Moonstone necklace by Mirta Tummino.

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Apatite necklace by Mirta Tummino.

 

Treat yo’ self : Sharpen your shopping chops at the Summer Trunk Shows in our Museum Store

Congratulations! You’re doing a fantastic job getting through the summer: hydration levels are up, tan looks good and you’ve had your suitcase packed for vacation since May.

Museum Store Treat YourselfAll that summer prep is hard work though — time to treat yourself! Starting this Friday and continuing every Friday through August 8, you can treat yourself to 20 percent off select items at our Summer Trunk Shows in the Museum Store

July 18 – BEACH PARTY 
Featuring Krystal Sasso, James Peach, Ax + Apple, Zad and more!

July 25 –  REBECCA LANKFORD

August 1 – THE COLOR OF SUMMER
Featuring Alexis Bittar, Leighelena, Lele Sadoughi and more!

August 8 – MIRTA TUMMINO

Each Trunk Show features different designers and themes, so no matter what you need to treat yourself, we’ve got it.

But you’ve got to start somewhere. Let us help. Do you need:

Tooth jewelry?
Krystal Sasso Beach Bunny Shark Tooth Bracelet 

Treat yourself!

Awesome necklaces?
Made UK Irima Pendant Small Diamond Pendant

TREAT YOURSELF.

Pearls?
James Peach Cluster Pearl Leather Necklace

#TreatYourself

Understated elegance?
Rebecca Lankford Labradorite Diamond Necklace 

Treat-Yo-Self

Antlers?
Rebecca Lankford Antler Sapphire Necklace and Antler Snake Necklace

TREAT. YO. SELF.

Turquoise?
Alexis Bittar ‘Elements’ Turquoise And Labradorite Necklace

Treat YourSELF!

Gems, gems and more gems?
Mirta Tummino Moonstone Labradorite Necklace

TREEEEAT YOURSEEEEEELF!

 

The Procrastinator’s Guide to Mother’s Day: Let our Museum Store make her day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and we’re stocked full of gifts for every mom — in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide! Whether the mom you’re shopping for loves to sparkle or stays low-key, is a Suzie Homemaker or a fierce rebel, we’ve got something she’ll absolutely adore.

She’s A Gem: She’s the jewel of your life; make her sparkle!

Designers include Mirta Tummino, Judith Haas, Annie Hammer, Jessica Winzelberg, Ananda Khalsa, Rebecca Lankford, Alexis Bittar and Love Heals.

Click here to see the rest of “She’s a Gem” from our Gift Guide.

 

Mommy Fiercest: For the non-conformist mom who shuns the mainstream

Designers include Monserat De Lucca, Swallow, Mawi London, Assad Mounser, Ax + Apple, Charles Albert, Leighelena, Krystal Sasso, Rebecca Lankford and Judith Haas.

 

 Click here to see the rest of “Mommy Fiercest” from our Gift Guide.

 

A Heart That Blooms: For that one-of-a-kind beauty with a big heart

Designers include  Alexis Bittar, Mirta Tummino, Kris Nations, Page Sargisson, Mawi LondonAnna Ruth Henriques and Made UK.

 

Click here to see the rest of “A Heart That Blooms” from our Gift Guide

 

Earth Momma: A bohemian like no other, she gives Mother Nature a run for her money

Designers include Annie Hammer, Love Heals, Blydesign, Ax + Apple, Rebecca Lankford, Satomi Studio, A Peace Treaty, Made UK, Krystal Sasso and Alexis Bittar.

  Click here to see the rest of “Earth Momma” from our Gift Guide.

 

Queen of the Castle: Big, bold and glam, these moms don’t just reign — they rule!

Designers include Mawi LondonRebecca LankfordLeighelenaAlexis Bittar and  Assad Mounser.

 

  Click here to see the rest of “Queen of the Castle” from our Gift Guide.

 

 

 

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!