Last week, I showed off some beautiful Hanukkah items from The Jewish Museum New York Gift Shop.
Today it’s all about jewelry, accessories and gifts for the home.
The Jewish Museum shop is such a great place to find that one-of-a-kind gift you just don’t see everywhere else. The museum works closely with artisans both locally and abroad to develop exclusive products that have a modern design aesthetic. There’s so much good stuff to show you that I needed two blog posts to share it all!
The Jewish Museum Sterling & Vermeil Love, Life, and Peace Charm Necklace. The circles of Love, Life and Peace grace this charm necklace designed by Carolee for The Jewish Museum. Each circle reverses to the Hebrew; Ahava (love), Chai (life) and Shalom (peace). The “life” charm is 14-kt. goldplated. The letters forming the Hebrew words were taken from a Torah binder hand painted in 1946.
72 Names Necklace: Soulmate. Designer Rachel Brown incorporates the 72 names for G-d on this round 18-kt. gold plated medallion and overlays those names with the Aramaic word for soulmate in sterling silver. Made in New York City.
Beshert (Meant to Be) Necklace by Aleph Foundry. Created exclusively for The Jewish Museum Shop, this stunning necklace spells the Yiddish word “beshert” in Hebrew. Israeli-American artist Yael Kanarek’s museum exhibition in 2006 featured the innovative netart work Object of Desire The netart narrative engages themes and motives born in the Mediterranean and Middle East in three languages. It was during that time that she created her first text necklace. In 2013, she co-founded Aleph Foundry — a fine jewelry company that specializes in text language.
Gold Leather Bracelet: Tikvah and Hope In this series of bracelets created exclusively for The Jewish Museum Shop by designer Laurel Denise, Hebrew and English pairs of words are laser engraved on screen-dyed leather in Laurel’s handwritten custom font. The words are separated by a coordinating symbol.
ID Bracelet by Rachel Brown: Protection. Made in New York City by jewelry artist Rachel Brown, this ID bracelet features an engraved Kabbalistic meditation, “Protection Against Evil Eye.” Brown’s pieces are based on Kabbalastic meditations, composed of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, which Kabbalah recognizes as the DNA of the universe.
Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Chantal Joffe Exhibition Scarf This scarf features a mosaic of women’s portraits found in the Museum’s lobby. The exhibition “Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Chantal Joffe. Hannah, Gertrude, Alice, Betty, Nadine, Golda, Susan, Claude, Nancy, Grace, Diane…” is a series of 34 portraits by London-based painter Chantal Joffe. The women included in this exhibition, who made major contributions to art, literature, philosophy and politics, are: Diane Arbus, Nancy Spero, Gertrude A. Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Susan Sontag and Hannah Arendt.
Evil Eye Coin Purse by Coral and Tusk. Brooklyn-based design house Coral and Tusk combines unique illustration, machine embroidery and hand-finishing to interpret the evil-eye in their signature look for this zip-top linen coin purse. The evil eye, a Middle Eastern symbol often seen on ancient Judiaca, is thought to ward off evil thoughts and glances. Made in Brooklyn, New York.
Grape Leaf and Wheat Challah Cover by Tina Davis. Inspired by the Shabbat ritual dinner, Davis chose the shape of the grape leaf for the cover to represent the kiddush, and then had the cover hand embroidered with a wheat design to represent the blessing over the bread. Each cover is made with the finest linen, which has been cut to shape, and has been pre-washed and pressed by the artist in Israel. The cover is then hand-finished and embroidered by specially selected artisans in Thailand. Exclusively sold in The Jewish Museum Shops.
Maquina Candlesticks by Rablabs. The design of Rablabs’ Maquina candlesticks began with an observation that taper candles never fit properly in candleholders and ended with a fusion of a mechanism typically used to fix a leak, and high design. The idea is to screw your candles into these aesthetically-refined candlesticks and know that they’ll never fall out.
Wave Candlesticks by AKMD Design. The Wave Candlesticks combine traditional craft production with a contemporary design sensibility. Hand turned by artisans in Jaipur, India and designed by Michael Dreeben for AKMD, the Wave Candlestick mimics the undulating curves of sine waves. Each candlestick is made from repurposed, sustainably-harvested Mango wood—a native tree to India— and is burned and oil finished.
Walnut and Porcelain Candlesticks by KleinReid New York City design studio. For this beautiful pair of candlesticks, KleinReid combined raw black porcelain candle holders with hand-turned, solid walnut bases. The walnut is harvested from low-risk forests; the porcelain is hand mixed from KleinReid’s own recipe and high-fired to over 2200ºF. 100% made in the USA.
Star of David Travel Candlesticks. When placed together, this pair of candlesticks forms the shape of a Star of David. They come with a small, velvet pouch and are perfect for celebrating Shabbat while you are travelling.
Set of 6 Orb Shabbat Candles This set of six Orb candles is perfect for celebrating Shabbat week after week. They burn 4-6 hours and are made in Canada with 100% organic Manuka beeswax and pure cotton wicks. Lisa Borden, the owner of Borden Communications, is a Jewish mother of three who wanted to create a safe, healthy and beautiful Shabbat candle. Together with her team at Borden she developed and launched this brand of eco-friendly candles.
Geometric Design Challah Board by AHeirloom. Designed by husband and wife team, Amy and Bill, of AHeirloom is this geometric shape and designed board for Shabbat challah. Each is handcrafted in their Brooklyn studio from quality maple wood.
Oy Vey Flask. English Pewter Company is the United Kingdom’s largest manufacturer of quality pewter giftware. Established in 1977, this family run business exports worldwide and their products can be seen in the world’s leading retail outlets. All of their pewter products are handmade in the world-famous manufacturing city of Sheffield.
Exclusively made for The Jewish Museum L’Chaim to life! Letterpressed Coaster Set consists of 100 coasters featuring the phrase “L’chaim to life!” The coasters are letter pressed using a 100-year-old machine. Half of the letters are in a beautiful blueberry hue and the other half are in an elegant silver. Makes a perfect host gift and also great for cocktail parties, bris, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding and holiday celebrations. Made in Virginia
Sol LeWitt Kippah. This kippah, featuring a rainbow Star of David designed by Sol LeWitt, is the final edition from the Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek Temple in Chester, Connecticut. LeWitt was a member of the congregation and helped design the temple. This kippah was made in honor of the 10th anniversary of the temple’s construction. Made in the USA.
Global Alphabet Blocks with Latin, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic and Japanese Hiragana scripts. This re-edition is made in the USA and comes with a copy of the original insert designed by Tibor Kalman explaining why he created this set and how to spell some sample words.
Mel Bochner: Amazing Pencil Set Inspired by his painting Amazing, 2010, this set of five pencils featuring words taken directly from the original artwork – Awesome!, Amazing!, Out-of-Sight!, OMG!, and Wow!. Artwork © Mel Bochner. Produced for The Jewish Museum Shop by Third Drawer Down design studio.
All products are available online at The Jewish Museum Shop, and the proceeds from the sale of merchandise is used to support the mission and programming of The Jewish Museum.