When you think of beautiful jewelry, you must remember the exquisite work of Sandy Baker, a fine jewelry designer known since the 1970s for her gold earrings, necklaces and bracelets. This Harlem-based designer has been invited to present her jewelry collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to coincide with its exhibition “Represent: 200 years of African-American Art.” Baker’s work will be exhibited along with a total of 75 works by some 50 artists. Running until April 5, the show includes ceramics, drawings, furniture, paintings, prints, silver and textiles. Baker’s work is also available for purchase at the museum gift shop.

Her signature pieces are on view. For the front and back of the ear, you’ll love selections from her Art-to-Wear designs. These convertibles are cleverly crafted so that their fronts remain stationary while their backs, “the jazz stems,” as Baker calls them, are fluid mobiles. For a second look, the fronts can be worn without their backs. Her experience as a goldsmith and silversmith has given her an inherent understanding of materials and form.

In her featured work, Baker takes a painterly direction with her color inlay designs. There are curves, swirls and narrow silvers of rich, organic materials. In her creations, she combines non-traditional materials, such as mother of pearl, non-endangered red sponge coral, jet, South Sea abalone and resin, and then artfully sets them in sterling.

“I like expressing color in a fresh, eclectic way,” said Baker when asked about her unique inlays. Her designer earrings are modern, clean-lined mini-sculptures. Many have kinetic movement. “Each design is approached as a work of sculptural art luxuriating in the use of three dimensional space. The results are bold, fluid pieces that are feminine without being frilly.”

Baker’s work was also included in the traveling exhibition of the American Jewelry Design Council’s “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design.” This exhibit is currently showing at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. The show highlights key points in the development of Baker’s signature jewelry style over her decade-spanning career.