Monday, May 18, 2009

SANDY BAKER

The wonderful fragrance of an array of blooming antique roses, floribundas and shrub roses fill the air as we stand in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden. New York is also the hometown of featured jewelry designer Sandy Baker.

A former graphic artist, Baker transformed a jewelry-making hobby into a long, distinguished career rivaling that of Neil Lane.

For close to four decades, Baker remained consistent with creating modern jewelry designs for her primary demographic, career women.

"Women want engaging jewelry that is attractive and comfortable. It has to make a personal style statement yet remain wearable throughout the day," she says.

Working primarily with gold, sterling silver, black onyx, abalone, coral, pearls, and even wood and bamboo, her designs have received many honors. Among Baker's many design awards are the Women's Jewelry Association Award for Excellence in Design; the Blenheim Award for Continued Excellence in Design; and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum selected Baker's creations for inclusion into its archives.

In addition, the Seebeck Gallery ran an exhibition of Baker's work. Baker shows no sign of slowing down and continues to create beautiful, fashion jewelry for women to wear, "whether we're on the phone, running for a taxi, enjoying a candlelit dinner or dancing up a storm."


McCall's, Glamour, Vogue, and Essence magazines have featured Baker's sculptural pieces, and many celebrities, including Julia Roberts, have worn them. Baker was among the first jewelry designers to sell her delectable wares on television.
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Photo 1 (top right): 14-karat Gold Gable EarringsPhoto 2 (bottom left): Hand-painted Wood Pendant with Sterling Silver Chain
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