They seem too handsome for something that started out in a geometry lesson, but that's where these stars are said to have first taken shape: at a 19th-century Moravian church school in Germany, where math students pieced together paper pyramids to create multipoint polyhedra. By the end of the century, an alumnus of the school began selling the paper stars in his shop, and they soon became popular as Christmas decorations. Those evolved into more permanent glass-and-metal lanterns.
Decades later, the star-shaped lights have become a cottage classic, frequently hung on porch ceilings and inside or outside entryways. More sought after than ever, the form can now be found as flush-mount ceiling fixtures, semi-flush-mounts, and even as sconces. But it's hard to beat the 3-D beauty of the classic pendant. Here, 10 of our favorites, all sure to leave you starry-eyed.