Lotus brooch in 18-carat yellow and rose gold with diamonds and removable peridot by Mish Tworkowski
Mish Tworkowski, owner of Mish New York, has designed a special 18k-yellow-and-rose-gold-with-diamonds lotus blossom brooch for Lotusland. Mish, an avid gardener, is an admirer of Madame Ganna Walska’s 37-acre Montecito estate and has become a major supporter of the world-renowned gardens. Mish, who began designing jewelry as a child, includes Oprah Winfrey, Arlene Montesano, and many other high-profile Montecito residents on his client list. He held a showing of his jewelry at Lucky’s recently as a benefit for Lotusland, and for three years running has donated a piece of jewelry to the garden for its annual fundraiser.
The brooch is unique, in that it has been specifically designed for Lotusland and features a hidden compartment that currently holds a removable Peridot stone, but is meant to house any secret treasure.
The brooch was gaveled down on July 22nd at the “Lotusland Celebrates” fundraiser for $60,000 (!) and all the proceeds of the sale go directly to the garden. The brooch is inscribed “Lotusland 2007 No.1,” and Mish has offered to donate a portion of the sales of any additional Lotus Brooches that are ordered after the event.
Mish, a onetime employee of Sotheby’s, apparently prides himself on designing jewelry with a personal touch, admitting that he prefers “dealing directly with customers.”