Brooklyn-based designer Susan Highsmith first discovered her love of jewelry when going through her aunt and grandma’s finds from their frequent trips to flea markets. Later, it was a friend who recognized Susan’s love of jewelry who encouraged her to take a jewelry class, and she found herself immediately drawn to the process of wax carving. Continually influenced by architecture (the older, the better!), a passion she gives her dad’s cousin, Richard Nickel, credit for, Susan’s pieces reflect the artist’s ongoing commitment to perfecting her craft.

JA New York: 5 words that best describe your brand DNA?
Susan Highsmith: Elegant; intricate; Distinctive; Handcrafted; Romantic
JA New York: What’s your trade show uniform?
SH: Understated and classy
JA New York: Go-to news source?
SH: My sister
JA New York: Guilty pleasure?
SH: Potato chips
JA New York: Tech must-have?
SH: I’m not the most tech savvy person, but if I had to choose it would be my computer.
JA New York: Favorite Cities?
SH: New York and I have a feeling Barcelona would be on the list, yet I’ve never been.
JA New York: Your most prized possession?
SH: My sweet little dog, Mia. She’s from a rescue organization in Georgia.
JA New York: If you had a Super Power it would be….?
SH: Teleportation
JA New York: You have a one-way ticket, you’re going…?
SH: In a circle back to New York! I’m right where I want to be.
JA New York:Won’t leave home without __________?
SH: My keys
JA New York: Dream celebrity client?
SH: Michelle Williams