Metalsmith and Owner of Lackadazee
“My whole life I've had a passion for art and creating with expression. I care very much about nature, and will always strive to be part of a solution to make this world a better place for tomorrow. Designing and making ethical jewelry allows me create an ideal reality for myself. I am grateful to be in a position that I can be innovative in my work and to have the ability to nurture my passion for sustainability.”
What does Lackadazee do to be considered ethical and sustainable?
Lackadazee takes several measures to maintain sustainability. Using post-consumer and traceable high-quality gemstones. Fabricating and casting with only recycled 10k-22k gold and sterling and recycled silver. Plating is never used, because plating will eventually wear off, exposing base metal, creating an unwearable. High-quality tools are used to minimize trash.
Someday, Lackadazee wishes to run entirely on renewable energy. In the meantime, Lindsey does everything she can in her personal and professional life to minimize her footprint, by eating sustainable foods, buying locally, driving a fuel efficient car, using recycled packaging,
Lackadazee was chosen for two reason; Firstly, because I absolutely love the sound of it. It's phonically pleasing. More importantly, though, it's a (new, made up) word.
Pro-noun | Lack-ah-dayz-e
definition: a one-woman-proprietorship specializing in handcrafted, ethically-sourced and sustainably-made fine jewelry; specifically fabricated by hand in the city of Louisville, Kentucky.
What does "Lackadazee" mean?
Where do I get recycled gold and silver and my ethical gemstones?
The gold and silver I use is high-quality and recycled. I source my silver from a company in New Mexico that specializes in refining recycled silver. My gold comes from a harmony certified company that specializes in refining gold. I also cast some of my work, and in this process I melt down scrap and post consumer pieces that are broken and that don’t hold value to history.
The natural stones I use are either vintage, estate, or ethically sourced. Natural post consumer stones make up a majority of my collection.
I use both natural and lab-created gemstones. Lab-created stones are molecularly the exact same stone. I love the personality of natural stones, and I also love the purity of lab-created stones - speaking in terms of ethics and physicality. Because they are created in a lab, some argue that lab created stones are a higher quality product. They are also much easier to track and guarantee to be a product free of slave and child labor, poor and dangerous work conditions, and contributions to war funding. I tend to use Lab created stones in my casting, but I am also fond of Montana sapphires.
I starting making jewelry after having a difficult time finding the kind of jewelry I want to wear; high-quality, affordable, modern, and most importantly, ethical and sustainable. Being an painter, a generally a person that wears many hats, I began teaching myself the basics of silversmithing, and eventually moved onto classes in lost wax casting and fabrication. I love jewelry with personality, the kind of pieces that seem to have been waiting their whole lives waiting for you, and you for them. I also value subtlety; jewelry that seems so simple from first glance, but you still discover tiny details long after purchase. Jewelry should be built you last. Good design, quality materials, and thoughtful craftsmanship are the key ingredients to a lifelong relationship with your jewelry.
Why did you start making jewelry?