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Jewel of the day: Museum of Modern Art Corsi Jewelry Resin Necklace

One of my first stops in NYC is typically the Museum of Modern Art, but for the gift shop. (Yes. I’m a Philistine.) I love the jewellery in their store collection and love rummaging around in the shop.

This necklace by Corsi Jewelry is made of resin to mimic precious gems, complete with bubbles/inclusions. It sells for USD$125 to non-members, $112.50 to members. There are also matching earrings available for USD$65/$58.


Jewel of the day: Maasai Glass Earrings

The designers’ name, Maasai, is not a misspelling of a Kenyan company, but rather the collaboration of “Marina and Susanna Sent, whose work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout Europe, belong to a family who has worked for generations in Murano, Italy, the center for the production of Venetian glass. The art of Murano glass-blowing was highlighted in MoMA’s past exhibition Sculpture in Glass, featuring works by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, and Jean Arp, designed and executed in glass in the ancient factories of Murano. The sisters continue the long-standing tradition of glasswork with their jewelry design, adding a contemporary flair to the timeless art form. This design of these earrings is inspired by colors and necklaces worn by the Maasai people of Kenya and northern Tanzania. The earrings have sterling-silver posts, each suspending a red glossy glass bead.”

These are easy and sophisticated and would be a lovely jewel box addition. They sell for USD$48 through the Museum of Modern Art store.

Maasai Glass Earrings

Jewel of the day: Shinobu Marotta Crystal Necklace

The Museum of Modern Art gift shop is a dangerous place for me. Lots of goodies of the jewellery variety. I managed to not purchase this (but only because, um, I purchased some other things, because of course I did), but it is very covetable. Three joined strands of flat but sparkly rhinestone fun, by Shinobu Marotta.

The site notes, “Combining sparkle and glamour with graphic appeal, this Swarovski crystal necklace is composed of nine different colors of glittering stones. Versatile enough to punch up an everyday outfit or add the final touch to a cocktail dress, this lightweight statement-maker is backed with a suede-like material that’s soft to the touch.”

It sells for USD$298.00; $268.20 to museum members.

Shinobu Marotta Crystal Necklace

Jewel of the day: Laura Santi Mesh Gau Bracelet

In additional to being eye catching, mobile and tactile (good for boring meetings!) this mesh bracelet by Laura Santi just looks like it would be fun to wear.

Sold at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Santi designed this in 2010. The site notes, “These lightweight bracelets are created from two layers of soft, pliable copper mesh in complementary hues. The Mesh Gau Bracelet exhibits a unique use of innovative materials, a design principle celebrated in the Museum’s collection. Can be worn separately or layered together. Expandable up to 4″ in length.”

It sells for USD $48.

Laura Senti Mesh Gau Bracelet

Jewel of the day: Fiato Sul Collo Necklace

Every time I look at the offerings of one museum shop, I have to rummage around the web sites of others. Here, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York is a striking geometric necklace and earrings made by Mario Trimarchi. Designed in 2011, it is inspired by a childhood memory: “of playing cards that would swirl mid-air from the gust of a Sicilian tornado wind. Constructed from mirror-polished stainless steel, the piece creates an alluring display of light and shadow on the skin. Made by Alessi, an Italian-based manufacturer whose work is featured in the Museum’s collection and has been displayed in several exhibitions.”

It sells for USD $167, with a discount for museum members.

MOMA Fiato Sul Collo Necklace

Jewel of the day: Carolyn Forsman Glow Necklace

One of the things I love about jewelry is that it has the power to delight in a very simple and visceral way. Sometimes, it’s because of a piece’s materials or tactile qualities. And sometimes, as with this Glow Necklace by Carolyn Forsman, it’s because it brings out the happy kid in us.

I bought this at the Museum of Modern Art NY gift shop. It’s a very simple design – a Swarovski crystal that is illuminated when the piece is fastened. That’s because in the clasp is a tiny lithium battery that lights up an LED inside the crystal cube. It lasts 60 hours and an extra battery is included, which just pops inside the clasp. It’s really quite wonderful. A little bit of glow and a lot of happy can be yours for USD $50 ($40 if you are a MOMA member).

Carolyn Forsman Glow Necklace


Jewel of the day: Alexander Calder Necklace

So, if you had been rummaging through the goods at a flea market and happened upon this piece, would you have bought it? Would the seller’s $15 price proved irresistible? How about the design, so contemporary looking, though it was actually designed around 1940?

For the lucky owner, it proved a must-have.  Not knowing anything about it, they plunked down the money and later discovered this to be a rare silver Alexander Calder piece. When it goes up for sale at Christie’s September 26, it is estimated to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.  Based on recent past auctions, I’m guessing this may go even higher. A Calder piece auctioned by Christies in 2011 sold for $506,500, with the same presale estimate. It’s a truly spectacular find, in all aspects. It’s worth downloading the catalogue as there are several other wonderful pieces of Calder for sale (among other fabulous items).

From the Christie’s catalogue for the upcoming auction, some fascinating history and perspective on this piece: “Alexander Calder’s spectacular necklace, a classic work of the early 1940s, is as extraordinary in provenance as it is in aesthetic and design. The whereabouts of this important example were previously unknown until the discovery in the Atlantic Antic fair, the last known record of the work in the historic 1943 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The owner was unaware of the work’s remarkable origins until she saw a similar necklace on the cover of Philadelphia Weekly announcing the Philadelphia Art Museum’s exhibit, “Calder Jewelry.” After contacting the exhibition’s curator, Elisabeth Agro, she brought it to the Calder Foundation in New York, where it was registered in the archive.

With its refined swirls and light, graceful construction, the necklace derives from Calder’s years living in Paris, where he found inspiration in the late Bronze Age artifacts and African sculpture exhibited in local museums. Absorbing the iconography of ancient and exotic cultures, he transformed the motifs into his own, thoroughly modern spiral. According to his grandson, Calder “instinctively filtered forms patterns and symbols from organic sources and early societies into his pieces often connecting the wearier to something primal” (A.S.C. Rower, Calder Jewelry, exh. cat. Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, 2005, p. 17).

Though the necklace draws on the traditions of ancient and exotic cultures, its avant-garde design converges closely with the aesthetics and materials of the modern age: the work’s crisp geometric forms echo the designs of Art Deco, while its unpainted, bare surfaces champion the triumphs of industrial progress. Calder was against, however, mass manufacturing his
artwork, and instead he hand tooled each piece—preserving the hammer marks on metal surfaces to emphasize the connection
between the maker and his material.

Jewelry was perhaps the most personal of all his work, as they were made as individual gifts to family and friends.
Famous recipients included artists Joan Miró and GeorgiaO’Keefe, legendary art dealer Peggy Guggenheim, and actress Jeanne Moreau. This dazzling necklace, carefully assembled and adorned in Calder’s iconic motifs, suggests an equally captivating narrative—evermore so for its serendipitous discovery at a Brooklyn flea market.”

Alexander Calder flea market necklace

Jewel of the day: Nakamura and Oki felt parakeet brooch set

If all that holiday shopping has depleted your bank account and your appetite for shiny things, this whimsical felt brooch set could be your antidote. Mike Nakamura and Komako Oki have created this parakeet and faux emerald set, perfect if you want to attract attention of the “what is that you’re wearing?” sort.

Available from the Museum of Modern Art store for a very affordable USD $20.

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