Sandy Baker’s ‘Pyramids’ necklace at F.I.T. Museum
Renee Minus White | 1/11/2018, 11:07 a.m.
Renowned jewelry designer Sandy Baker’s “Pyramids’ necklace was selected to be a part of the Museum at F.I.T.’s permanent collections. What an honor and a wonderful recognition for this Harlem-based jewelry designer! Ever since I met her in the late 1970s, she has been a designer to watch with a vision. Back then, Baker specialized in gold jewelry. Throughout her 40-year career, her goal has been to create modern jewelry that carries the reverence of art while remaining practical and comfortable.
Baker’s piece “Pyramids” is a necklace composed of four, two-inch interconnected boxed pyramidal shapes made of sterling silver. “As the name implies, this piece is based on my passion and love of the Egyptian pyramids, one of the most beautiful and complex mysteries of the modern world,” noted Baker. “I am honored to see ‘Pyramids’ join the permanent collections of the Museum at F.I.T. and look forward to viewing my work’s inclusion in upcoming exhibitions. “
The necklace is a statement piece, inspiring a sense of drama and elegance. Despite the size, it is light in weight and easy to wear. The Museum at F.I.T. is the only museum in New York City, and one of a small group of institutions around the world, dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Baker is a longtime champion of higher education. She gives talks and lectures to students throughout the country about the power of art, design and entrepreneurship.
For the past three years, her “Pyramids” necklace has traveled as a part of the touring exhibition, “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design for the American Jewelry Design Council.” The show opened at the prestigious Forbes Gallery in New York City.
Baker’s work is included in the Design archives of the Smithsonian, and has been published in a number of books, including “BRILLIANCE! Masterpieces of the American Jewelry Design Council” and “500 EARRINGS, New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry.”