This exhibition was on display from November 10, 2017 to May 28, 2018.

There were 155 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 146 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection
Spanning the worlds of design, craft, and art, the contemporary jewelry in this gift from the Susan Grant Lewin collection captures the diversity and achievements of over 100 jewelers from eighteen countries. For nearly four decades, Lewin has passionately supported this evolving field, cultivating personal relationships with established and emerging jewelers from across the globe.
The earliest works in the exhibition are by mid-20th-century American and European pioneers who pushed the boundaries of form and material and set the stage for future developments. These groundbreaking works are followed by highly innovative abstract compositions based on simple geometric shapes or mathematical engineering principles and others more organic in nature. A selection of painterly two-dimensional pieces serve as small canvases for the body. A major section presents content-driven jewelry that draw on themes of memory and metaphor, popular culture, the human body, and nature. Highly conceptual works comment on humankind’s desires and foibles that have long motivated our passion for jewelry.
The value of each piece lies in the unique idea of the jeweler as expressed through a mastery of materials, whether commonplace or costly, and innovative techniques that range from traditional metalsmithing to assemblage to computer-aided design. The inventive new forms prompt us to question jewelry’s history and social function, conventional standards of beauty, and relationship of scale to the human body. Extravagant metals and gemstones frequently take on a subordinate role in the designs—thus subverting the traditional notion of preciousness in jewelry.
Additional contextual information and insight into works from the Susan Grant Lewin collection may be explored at the digital tables.
Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection is made possible in part by the Rotasa Fund, the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Gallery Loupe, Sienna Patti, William P. Short III, in memory of Nancy Jean Fulop Short, Helen W. Drutt English, Kim and Al Eiber, and Ornamentum Gallery.

  • Brooch, 1995
  • molded, pressed, folded and stippled gold sheet with applied pigment.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-1
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Ring, 1995
  • gold with applied resin.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-2
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Ring, 1981
  • gold.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-3
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Blinker Brooch, 1988
  • gold, acquamarine, pvc-laminated newspaper.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-4
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Ring (kinetic), 1993
  • silver, acrylic.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-5
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Postpriori II Brooch, 2008
  • enamel on electroformed copper, silver, gold.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-6
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Bracelet, 1997
  • sawn, sheet plastic bands (hosta-glas) wrapped in iron wire.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-7
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Cono Brooch, 2015
  • stoneware (gres ceramic), gold with neillo (alloy of silver,copper, and lead....
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-9
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Brooch, 1987
  • gold, cut coral.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-10
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Ingredients Necklace, 2008
  • pyrite, glass, gold, wool, kevlar.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-11
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Dekorationswut Bracelet, 2013
  • silver, enamel, mirrors, paint.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-12
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Dekorationswut Ring, 2013
  • oxidized silver, swarovski chain, lacquer.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-13
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Coldstar Necklace, 2012
  • silver, molded plastic, lacquer.
  • Promised gift to the Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian....
  • 7067.14.2016
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Black Sectional Neckpiece, 2011
  • 3d-printed glass-filled and dyed nylon, silver.
  • Promised gift to the Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian....
  • 7067.15.2016
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Brooch, 1998
  • sawn and mounted silver.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-14
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • FOREVERRING Ring, 2007
  • hammered and patinated copper.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2017-4-1
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Weiss Brooch, 2009
  • porcelain, leather, silver, thread.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-21
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Bird Slip-on Brooch, 2012
  • sheet copper, electroformed copper, ribbon (silk).
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-22
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • X Necklace And Stand, 2014–2015
  • oxidized nails, metal wire, silver, steel, wood, perspex.
  • Promised gift to the Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian....
  • 7067.29a,b.2016
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Egg Pendant Necklace, ca. 1991
  • hollow formed and fabricated silver and stainless steel.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-26
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Double Cylinder Pendant Necklace, 2008
  • fabricated oxidized sterling silver, hand drilled and perforated yellow gold....
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-27
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Rambutan Ring, 2003
  • plastic, knitted, knotted and dyed nylon filament with black pearls.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-33
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Brooch, c. 2013
  • urushi lacquer.
  • Promised gift to the Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian....
  • 7067.41.2016
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Temptation Brooch, 2013
  • cast, ground, sandblasted, acid etched and polished glass, anodized niobium,....
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-34
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.