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Adornments of the Season

The Met Store presents glittering ornaments, sparkling jewelry, and other bejeweled delights

Welcome to “A Season Adorned,” our shining celebration of the merriest time of the year. As we celebrate Jewelry: The Body Transformed, a major exhibition drawn from across The Met’s curatorial departments, we’ve added a little sparkle to our own holiday offerings, from jewelry to bags to our beloved holiday ornaments. Read on to see how the artworks that inspired our new arrivals are dazzling indeed.

If the Shoe Fits…

A colorful take on our annual tradition of holiday shoe ornaments, this collectible version takes after a pair designed by Katharina Denziger for Herbert Levine. The bright colors of the shoe—and of the ornament—fit the Pop Art and Space Age aesthetics of the 1960s.

Left: ShoesKatharina Denzinger for Herbert Levine Inc. (American, founded 1949). Leather, polyvinylchloride, polyurethane; 1965. Gift of Herbert Levine Inc., 1973 (1973.276.29a, b). Right: Race Car Shoe Ornament, $28


Crowning Achievement

Add a touch of festive whimsy to your tree. This glittering ornament takes its inspiration from a 19th-century Norwegian bridal crown in The Costume Institute collection at The Met. With its colorful stones, the original silver crown presents a wonderful example of a Scandinavian wedding tradition that is still practiced today.

Left: Wedding crown. Norwegian. Silver, stones; 19th century. Gift of Mrs. Mansfield Ferry, 1955 (C.I.55.66). Right: Jeweled White Crown Ornament, $38


Color Blocking

Since a well-dressed tree needs the right bag to go with its shoes, we are delighted to introduce bag ornaments, adapted from styles in The Costume Institute, to complement our 21-year tradition of fun and fancy footwear. 

Left: Purse. Emilio Pucci (Italian, 1914–1992). Silk, leather, metal; 1966–67. Gift of Donna Schneier, 1987 (1987.287.1). Mod Striped Purse Ornament, $28


Emerald Pile

A true treasure of The Met collection, the “Crown of the Andes,” from the 17th  to 18th centuries, is rich with more than 400 emeralds mined in Colombia. It provided us plenty of motifs to incorporate into our scarves, bags, and holiday decorations.

Left: Crown of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, known as the Crown of the Andes. Colombian; Popayán. Gold, repoussé and chased with emeralds; H 13 1/2 in. wide; ca. 1660 (diadem) and ca. 1770 (arches). Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Acquisitions Fund and Mary Trumbull Adams Fund, 2015 (2015.437). Right: Jeweled Green Crown Ornament, $38


Visit store.metmuseum.org for even more colorful, sparkling holiday inspiration.

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