Many of Susan Highsmith's designs evoke a sense of the past, as they are influenced by architecture and ornamentation. The Brooklyn based artist skillfully hand carves her pieces in wax and casts them in metal. She combines classic materials, with a focus on rose cut diamonds and finds a marriage between beautiful stones and the richness of gold.
She has always been inspired by her father’s cousin, Richard Nickel, who was a famous Chicago architectural preservationist. Her love of jewelry began as a child, with many trinkets given to her by her grandmother and aunt. This instilled in her an appreciation and sentimentality for precious objects, especially those that are worn and handed down to future generations. It is this commitment to tradition and old world skills that Susan brings to her fine jewelry collection.