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Museum Shop Picks

Museum stores have long been prized for their hand-crafted, unusual and one-of-a-kind gifts. From jewelry to limited edition prints, home accessories and books, your purchase will not only make someone happy this season—it goes to support your favorite museum. To get you started, here are five top picks from area museum stores:

Handmade, 18k gold plated bracelet, $995, at the Dallas Museum of Art’s gift shop

1. Vaubel 18k Gold Plated Bracelet
Brooklyn jewelry designers Steve and Anita Vaubel create highly-collectable, wearable works of art in gold and semi-precious stones. Each piece is handmade, signed and numbered. Pictured above, the 18k gold plated bracelet has large chain links and a toggle closure. $995, shopDMA, 1717 North Harwood Street, 214.922.1200, dallasmuseumofart.org

2. Rob Wilson’s Modern Texas Prints
Commissioned by the Nasher Sculpture Center to create modern interpretations of iconic Texas images, Dallas artist Rob Wilson’s “Tall Drink of Water” print is based on the water towers that dot the vast expanse of west Texas, and his “Lone on the Range” print is based on the great ranches that dominate west Texas landscapes. Each comes in a black wood frame. $450 each, Nasher Sculpture Center store, 2001 Flora Street, 214.242.5100, nashersculpturecenter.org

3. Ed Ruscha’s Limited Edition Prints
A set of limited editon prints was created by Ed Ruscha in honor of the DMA’s exhibition, Ed Ruscha: Road Tested. Each set (from a series of 38) is signed and numbered by the artist. The 8x10 inkjet prints, done on 330g Somerset Satin enhanced paper, depict images Ruscha took with his camera on road trips throughout his career and include such urban Americana as gasoline stations, parking lots, and vintage cars. $3,500 each, Museum of Modern Art store, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, 817.738.9215, mamfw.org

4. La Mega Cooperativa’s Ecuadorian Beaded Collar
A five-year-old cooperative of women’s organizations called La Mega market the exquisite beadwork created by 78 female artists in Saraguros, the southernmost part of the Ecuadorian Andes. Profits go to support the artists’ communities, their children’s educations, and a women’s shelter. The process of weaving beads is ancient in the Andes, and the beaded collars the women create are highly prized. Gold beaded collar, $300, Meadows Museum store, 5900 Bishop Blvd., 214.768.2516, meadowsmuseumdallas.org

5. Ginny Marsh Studio Pottery
Dallas potter and teacher Ginny Marsh creates high-temperature stoneware and porcelain vessels, both wheel-thrown and hand-built. Her skilled techniques bring out subtle color variations in the glazes, producing pottery that looks at once ancient, contemporary and organic. Coarse stoneware vase in the Japanese style, $250, at the Crow Collection of Asian Art store, 2010 Flora Street, (214) 979-6430, crowcollection.org