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So I've broken it up into 3 sections: Jewelry, Clothes & Accessories, Home Decor, and Stationary. I hope you enjoy going through these as much as I enjoyed putting it together! Much love!
These gorgeous cross drop earrings in 18K gold are decorated with a colorful enamel finish that makes them and the wearer stand out. The earrings pay homage to a beautiful silver-gilt reliquary cross that was produced in Limoges, France, around 1180. The double arms mimic the Byzantine era and form, while the colorful enamel represents the 60+ gems of colored glass on the original cross.
These are forever earrings. I love them!
This beautifully arranged collar necklace celebrates an ancient Egyptian broad collar in The Met collection. The original necklace features 18K gold with turquoise, carnelian, and black glass beads; it is 16'' long with a 2'' extender. Back then, in the New Kingdom (ca. 1550–1070 B.C.) this type of broad collar necklace was worn among the high society of Ancient Egypt. In fact, the original broad collar necklace was gifted to one of the three wise of King Thutmose III.
I love the stories that come with these pieces. It makes them extra special!
This cascading floral necklace is inspired by a lilac watercolor drawing done by Margaret Neilson Armstrong (American, 1867–1944). The necklace is made of 18k gold, pale blue glass, and cultured freshwater pearls. Love, love, love it!
These tiered drop earrings pull their bold design again from the ancient Egyptian broad collar in The Met collection. The earrings are crafted in 18K gold plate with carnelian drops and colored glass beads; the ear wires are 18K gold-plated sterling silver. I love the smooth curves and color combinations here.
There is something so powerful and simple about this piece. I love that it is both functional and an accessory. Maybe it can help me do my puzzles! This 24K gold-plated pendant is decorated with crystals and is available with elegant hand-applied accents in red or black enamel. This is one of The MET bestsellers and is based on a magnifying glass made by the famed Russian artisan Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920). The same man who produced the infamous Romanov Fabergé eggs. Yup, that man.
These drop earrings pull their inspiration from a bracelet from Ancient Eygpt. Excavated in Egypt by The Met in the 1920s, the original bracelet features tubular beads arranged in stripes of red and black, separated by rows of turquoise beads. This inspiration piece is decorated with colorful carnelian, lapis, and small gold glass beads, with vermeil wires. I love how simple and elegant these are!
These bold and sleek crescent drop earrings celebrate a rare gold pendant in The Met collection. Made of 18K gold plate with sterling silver ear wires these historically inspired earrings have a very modern look and appeal. The original pendant was made in Central Java in the 8th—early 9th century holds eternal appeal in its stylized simplicity. I feel like I could wear this to almost any event or occasion.
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
I love the richness of this deep red color. This red velvet scarf is inspired by an 18th-century book cover that contains the rare Portuguese scientific manuscript by Bento de Moura Portugal (Portuguese, 1702–1776). The original is bound in red Moroccan leather and features gilded leaves and the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Portugal.
I love the stitching detail and ornate painterly quality of the flowers. This is inspired by a beautiful wool shawl in the Museum's collection that was produced in France in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. The original's flowers are similar to nineteenth-century French weaving, yet the design is reminiscent of Russian embroidery, making it likely that the shawl was woven in France for the Russian market. It is an example of the cross-cultural facets of textiles in the 19th century.
This reproduction of the Spanish Dancer is cast using a model made from a mold by Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917) in the Museum's collection. I've loved Degas for as long as I can remember, so this was a must for the list!
I love these rug coasters! They're so cute and elegant! They've been based on rugs dating from the 14th to 19th Century from Northern India, Turkey, and Northwestern Iran or Caucasus. The soft, luxurious flocked surface is durable and completely colorfast, while the natural rubber backing helps protect furniture.
I think I would actually still play with this because it's so well made and gorgeous. You simply open the cover and to reveal a two-story eight-room Victorian dollhouse, with charming details, similar to architectural elements and furniture in the Museum's period rooms. Most importantly, it also includes 15 press-out toys, animals, and characters dressed in the latest fashions of the day, so you can create your own stories around home life in the late 19th century. How cool!
Another Degas reproduction! Yes! This reduced-scale reproduction pays homage to The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer by Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). This resin statuette is dressed in fabric and stands on a wooden base. What a wonderful piece to add to your bedroom or home decor in general!
Degas found a ready source of inspiration in the ballet dancers of the Paris Opéra. The original sculpture, modeled after dancer Marie van Goethem, is one of several that explore the dynamics of movement and of tension within the human figure.
This whimsical miniature handbag ornament recalls a purse crafted in Germany in 1913–14. The original bag displays a charming allover floral design in lavishly embroidered seed beads on leather, and is trimmed with silver and glass. I wish they made an actual bag as well! It would be so cool!
This vase turns a Met masterpiece into a unique addition to your home. The porcelain vase is designed to hold three separate buds and shows the Three Graces from the 2nd century A.D, as drawn by American illustrator Rebecca Clarke. I love how whimsical this piece is.
The original ancient sculpture is on view in the Greek and Roman galleries at the Museum.
Another of the Three Graces! These mugs show the Three Graces from the 2nd century A.D, as drawn by American illustrator Rebecca Clarke. The stacking set separates into four handled mugs ready for sharing a pot of coffee or tea. I just can't get enough of it!
This is a print reproduction of No. 3, 1953 by Mark Rothko (American, born Russia, 1903–1970). This framed print features one of the artist's signature compositions of soft-edged rectangles and luminous color. I would have this anywhere in my home, I just love this burst of bright color, and the use of space.
This amazing reproduction is based on a bronze seated Buddha in The Met collection. The elegant proportions and modeling originate from Thailand in the late fifteenth to the early sixteenth century.
Here, Buddha sits on a lotus throne, in the cross-legged yogic posture of satvaparyankasana, the right leg placed over the left. His right hand is lowered, long fingers pointing downward in the earth-touching gesture or bhumisparshamudra. The latter symbolizes his triumph over the demon Mara, who tried to distract him from reaching enlightenment.
This reproduction is cast from a mold made directly from the original, which makes it even cooler!
These amazing bookends are inspired by the Assyrian divine guardians (lamassu) that protected the palace doorways at Nimrud. It includes a human-headed winged bull and a human-headed winged lion in the Museum's collection. The horned caps the figures wear attest to their divinity, while their belts signify power.
I love peacocks and their amazing feathers so this was a must-have on the list! This note cube is inspired by one of the glass designs of Louis C. Tiffany (American, 1848-1933). Her explorations and inventions in glass led to the creation of his opalescent, iridescent Favrile glass with its subtle shadings, swirls, and textures.
You're in luck it comes in this gorgeous color as well! Add some flourish to your home office or desk and be amazed at the beautiful colors!
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