Sue Rosengard launched her jewelry company in New York City after receiving a B.A. in French from the University of Illinois, following studies in Paris and Italy. Her jewelry education, while primarily self-taught, began with a jewelry making class at the New School in New York. She continued with classes over the next few years eventually returning to her hometown of Chicago to start making jewelry full-time. She considers each design a small sculpture to wear.
Her 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 .