See more objects with the tag stars, lacquer , embossed, patinated.

Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.


  • Work on this object began.




  • You found it!

Coldstar Necklace

This is a necklace. It was designed by Helen Britton. It is dated 2012. Its medium is silver, molded plastic, lacquer. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Helen Britton is an inveterate collector of materials from where ever she works and travels. Her studio is filled with nascent treasures from the banal to the exotic, ready to be transformed into unexpected jewelry compositions such as the molded plastic and silver in this elegant Coldstar Necklace, part of her “Dekorationswut” series (roughly translated as “decoration rage”).

It is credited Promised gift to the Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

  • Brooch (USA)
  • copper, silver, bronze, brass, 14k gold.
  • Museum purchase from Monet Jewelry Fund.
  • 1980-75-6
  • Brooch (Germany)
  • steel wire, silver, lacquer.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Harry Paine Bingham and Eleanor and....
  • 1999-20-1

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

  • Hanakarakusa W Brooch
  • gold powder, gold beads, egg shells, mother-of-pearl, colored lacquer....
  • Gift of Van Cleef and Arpels.
  • 2011-42-2

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 41 × 18 × 0.9 cm (16 1/8 × 7 1/16 × 3/8 in.)

It has the following markings

red pigment dot applied to link where clasp would be (behind neck), cipher stamped on dot

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Coldstar Necklace |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=4 February 2023 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>