Timeless Appeal

The Modern Cuff by Art Smith


Left: Art Smith pictured holding his Modern cuff bracelet, circa 1950 Right: A model wearing the Modern cuff, circa 1948

Examples of this design can be found in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Cooper Hewitt and the Brooklyn Museum.

A piece of jewelry is in a sense an object that is not complete in itself. Jewelry is a ‘what is it?’ until you relate it to the body. The body is a component in design just as air and space are. Like line, form, and color, the body is a material to work with. It is one of the basic inspirations in creating form.

Art Smith