About Sue Rosengard
I started Sue Rosengard Jewelry Design, Ltd. in New York City after receiving a B.A. in French from the University of Illinois, following studies in Paris and Italy. My jewelry education, while primarily self-taught, began with a jewelry making class at the New School in New York. I continued with classes over the next few years eventually returning to my hometown of Chicago to start making jewelry full-time.
I have always tried to create affordable, well-crafted and well-designed jewelry. The contemporary geometric shapes are structured to flatter the face or lapel of the wearer while being lightweight, easy to wear, and timeless. My inspiration partly comes from growing up in Chicago among the skyscrapers and Frank Lloyd Wright influences. The designers of the Modernist era (1940-1960) have also been significant – jewelers Margaret de Patta and Paul Lobel, sculptor Alexander Calder, and designer Russell Wright .
My contemporary jewelry is hand fabricated primarily in silver, gold and black. Whether a piece is a free form wire shape, formed entirely by hand using only pliers or mandrels, or a cast geometric three dimensional shape, I consider each design a small sculpture to wear.
The designs appeal to people across all ages and tastes and my goal is to have my customers wear a piece of jewelry that complements their own style and personality. In the words of Oscar de la Renta, “Fashion is a trend. Style lives within a person.”
Jewelry Design Studio
My studio is located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Pilsen has been home to artists' studios and lofts for over 40 years. Our 1000 square foot space is located on the first floor of a building that was built shortly after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The tall tin embossed ceiling and walls have retained their old world charm and it is a welcome contrast to my contemporary jewelry. I have a wonderful assistant that helps with all aspects of the business. We also have 2 resident dogs that primarily lay around all day while trying to look intimidating.