Here’s the first in our series of OBJ Holiday Gift Guides, bringing you jewelry gift ideas to delight your loved ones and friends. One foolproof way to skip the Black Friday madness is to browse the online gift shops of your favorite museums and cultural institutions. These museum stores carry reproduction pieces unique to their collections, as well as artisan-made jewelry at affordable prices. Here are five we love:
Scirocco Necklace…Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Gift Shop
From Mario Trimarchi’s “La Stanza dello Scirocco” collection, the Fiato Sul Collo Necklace is inspired by Trimarchi’s childhood memories of playing cards that would swirl mid-air from the gusts of the Sicilian winds. The abstract piece is constructed from mirror-polished stainless steel, creating 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, the necklace is available for $167 at momastore.org.
Vintage-Style Ciner Cabochon Cuff…Metropolitan Museum of Art Store
This bold bracelet was made expressly by Ciner for the Met. Established in New York in 1892, Ciner Fashion Jewelry began producing high-quality costume jewelry in the 1930s using traditional methods of model making and hand application of enamels. Today, vintage pieces are prized by collectors, and luxurious examples of Ciner jewelry are represented in The Met’s Costume Institute. $125 at metmuseumstore.org.
Red Poppy Pin…The Chicago Art Institute Gift Shop
Wearing red poppies to support our veterans is a tradition dating back to World War I. Just think how terrific this one would look on a winter white sweater or a camel hair coat. Expertly rendered in resin with beautifully curved petals, the poppy pin is handcrafted in France and signed by the artist. 3″ diameter, $95.99; matching earrings, $59.99, at artinstituteshop.org.
Josef Hoffmann Kabaret Fledermaus Brooch… The Neue Gallerie Store
Austrian artists Josef Hoffmann and Bertold Löffler designed this brooch in1907. Thanks to New York’s Neue Gallerie, it has been expertly reproduced in silver plate with black vitreous enamel. The brooch was made by the Wiener Werkstätte Austrian design collective to be worn exclusively by the receptionists at Vienna’s famous Kabaret Fledermaus. 1 inch x 1¾ inches. $150 at neuegalerie.org.
Egyptian Triple Strand Earrings…Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift Shop
Turquoise was widely used by the Egyptian people as a pigment for glazes and paints and as colorful beads and amulets in jewelry. These turquoise earrings reproduced from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts collection include gold-plated lotus designs and wire hooks. $50, at mfashop.com.
Look for more jewelry gift ideas from OBJ in the weeks ahead. Happy shopping!