Inspired by the natural world and exotic travels, Mish Tworkowski’s fine jewelry creations combine classic shapes and materials, but in modern, unexpected ways. His brand has garnered a discerning international following, offering dazzling pieces like his signature diamond pavé Bond Bow cuff, strands of stunning South Sea pearls, and statement-making earrings that incorporate precious stones, fossilized coral, and petrified wood. Drawing on past experiences as a specialist at Sotheby’s in New York and London as well as his work with the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and the New York Botanical Garden, where he sits on their Boards of Trustees, Tworkowski’s joyful designs celebrate horticulture, fine gems, expert workmanship, and vibrant color.
Having spent more than three decades in New York City, Tworkowski is now based in Palm Beach. After a three-year search for the right location for his new studio and boutique, he found it in a classic Mediterranean-style building designed in 1924 by storied architect Addison Mizner, whose work defined much of South Florida’s architectural legacy. Originally constructed as a home for the city’s first department store, Bonwit Teller, the bright and airy space features expansive windows with sweeping views of the historic Phipps Plaza architecture.
Tworkowski transformed the delightful pink stucco building into a welcoming salon with an imaginative and unexpected mix of colors and patterns, exceptionally curated furnishings, and tropical plants throughout. The couple enlisted longtime friend and interior designer Katie Ridder to collaborate on the 2,000-square-foot space, which conveys Tworkowski’s colorful and cheerful creative style and his love of gardens. “It is a magical and inspiring place that reflects the spirit of Palm Beach,” he says.
The building’s Mediterranean-infused heritage was preserved and enhanced by architect Joseph Singer, Tworkowski’s business partner and husband who oversaw the project along with a local architecture firm. Walking into the inviting space, it’s a place of discovery and delight: The Reception Gallery features a curated selection of nature-inspired, brilliantly hued pieces designs in framed showcases. The jewels, naturally, are the star: Big juicy tourmalines, chunky rock crystals, and rich turquoise are just some of the signature stones set in the artistic gold pieces. The adjacent Trellis Room, which is encased in custom lattice work painted in Mish’s signature saturated lavender, is an intimate space where clients can meet privately with the designer to dream up bespoke commissions.
Tworkowski’s personal Design Studio is a vivid oasis filled with many of the natural elements that inspire the Mish creative spirit, including shells, flowers, and a specially commissioned Nancy Lorenz triptych painting. A communal workspace is anchored with an antique table painted in a vibrant chartreuse green, and the ceiling’s coffers are appointed with handmade white porcelain flowers. Among the whimsical artifacts in the Studio is a tall vintage metal pagoda—a Mish icon—that was purchased at a Sotheby’s auction from socialite Carroll Petrie’s estate, and a series of oversized tropical flowers prints by Lloyd Sexton that once belonged to Brooke Astor.
As consummate entertainers, Tworkowski and Singer regularly host cocktail parties and intimate dinners on the building’s charming covered loggia overlooking Phipps Plaza. Longtime supporters of the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation, the couple is excited to be a driving force behind the revitalization of the Phipps Plaza design neighborhood. The new Mish salon is already a must-see location for jewelry fans and design lovers alike.
Shop FREDERIC Editors’ Favorites
Strawberry Flower Pearl Charm Necklace
“This pearl necklace by Mish has me smitten – it’s delicate and simple, yet incredibly intricate at the same time. Look closely and you’ll see a surprising array of pearl colors and sizes — some hang singly from the delicate chain and some in pairs. It’s such a divinely beautiful and thoughtful piece – and so pretty on!” – Dara Caponigro, Editor in Chief
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Cabana Turquoise Charm Bracelet
“If you love tradition with a twist, Mish is the go-to jeweler. He riffs on traditional jewelry concepts by using unusual and unexpected stones to translate nature into beautiful and wearable pieces (think his bamboo collection) and by paying close attention to detail (a closure made to look like a rope?). I am always surprised and delighted when I see his pieces, and this charm bracelet in turquoise is no exception!” – Tori Mellott, Style Director
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Jungle Bamboo Hoop Earrings
“I’ve always been a stud earring devotee, but recently, I’ve started expanding my horizons a bit. These petite hoops from Mish are at the very top of my wish list: They make a statement without overpowering, and can be dressed up or down. Plus, who doesn’t love a bamboo motif? They’re the perfect go-with-everything accessory.” – Emma Bazilian, Content Director
Why Knot? Rope Embrace Ring in Rose Gold
“I love classic jewelry but love it even more when it has a twist. This rope ring is (literally) twisted and is a cool take on a simple gold band. What’s amazing about it is that you can incorporate into your everyday wardrobe, but it somehow still manages to feel elevated in the way that only Mish pieces can.” – Eugenia Santiesteban Soto, Design Director
Strawberry Flower Choker Necklace
“I love the reference to nature in this pretty necklace by Mish. I’m always on the look out for pieces that I can layer or wear alone, and this one is perfect. Plus, I’m obsessed with the twig and leaf toggle closure. The details are astonishing!” – Stephanie Diaz, Art Director
Tahitian Keshi Pearl Stud Set
“Cufflinks are a nice finishing touch—and a surprise when the suit jacket pulls back. These pearl studs are the perfect understated option, for when you want a little something special without the bling of a traditional accessory.” – Hudson Moore, Design Editor
This STORY was produced in partnership with MISH FINE JEWELRY.