Behind the Designs

The Rose Cuff

This dazzling, one-of-a-kind stunner was made for Mrs. Kwiat, Greg's mother and the matriarch of the Kwiat family, when she attended the wedding of one of her sons. The flower— "kwiat" in Polish—features a ruby at the center and open veining on the sides. DeBell says her inspiration for pieces like this and others comes from architecture, textile, even furniture, studying how things come together. "We're making wearable sculpture," she says. "And it's important that you wear the jewelry—it doesn't wear you." Showing a little skin through the jewelry also makes it younger, fresher and more feminine, she says.