Art Smith, “Galaxy” neckpiece, about 1960

A photograph of a rigid, silver necklace decorated with thin metal pieces that have silver balls on each end.

Silver. The Daphne Farago Collection. © Art Smith / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Jewelry maker Art Smith was perhaps the most prominent of many fine craftsmen operating out of Greenwich Village in the middle of the 20th century. Smith was known among contemporaries for his distinctive style—large-scale pieces brought to life through the movement of the human body. His “Galaxy” neckpiece, made for Cab Calloway’s sister Bernice Calloway Monroe, was crafted to wrap around the wearer’s neck, resembling planets along a curving line. With his futuristic aesthetics and dynamic jewelry designs, Smith was at home within the jazz community.