Lackadazee jewelry is 100% handmade in the USA from recycled silver and gold, post-consumer and ethically mined gemstones.
Lackadazee is built on three pillars; sustainability, quality, and ethics. To achieve the Lackadazee standard, every corner of production must satisfy these three fundamental concepts. From tools, materials, packaging, studio space, transportation; all of it. It is my mission in this company to create and provide an option in fine jewelry of elegance and beautiful design, that also satisfies your inner philanthropist. Let's be the difference we want to see in the world.
Gold & Silver Sourcing:
Mining practices utilized by the jewelry industry can be notoriously questionable. Gold and silver mining can be dangerous work, and environmental devastating. Strip mining as well as the use of hazardous chemicals are commonplace to find and mine various gemstones, gold and silver.
Responsible and fair-mined gold and silver are a second to recycled metal that has already been in circulation. By using what we have and keeping it out of garbage dumps, we can decrease the impact we have on the earth.
When recycled metals fall short, using responsibly mined and fair-mined gold ensures the safety and fair pay of miners.
I ship my items in 100% recycled and sustainable materials including recycled paper envelopes, recycled tissue and ribbon, and cotton filled paper boxes. Some items will include a recycled linen pouch.
Engagement rings come in handmade wooden boxes - made from sustainability harvested lumber.
Buying heirloom-quality jewelry, especially of recycled precious metal and vintage/post-consumer gemstones, is another step away from the throwaway mentality. Recycling precious metals will actually produced a higher quality metal after being refined. Argentium silver(sourced recycled silver) is 93.5% silver, while standard sterling is 92.5%
I hold a high standard for quality in Lackadazee. I do not use plating methods to adhere a thin layer of gold or silver to an otherwise non-precious metal. This technique is often used to mimic the beauty of solid silver or gold, but will wear away over time.
Lackadazee is dedicated to creating heirloom-quality jewelry that you will be able to pass down to the next generation.
The commercial gem has been under scrutiny for some years now, due to poor ethics. The gemstone market, especially of diamonds, sapphires, and rubies has been found to fund war and repression in some parts of the world. Working conditions can be unacceptable and dangerous. Child and slave labor have been indicated in all three industries.
Lackadazee uses alternatives to avoid contributing to unwanted violence and unethical trade. Methods such as sourcing conflict-free certified gemstones, recycled gold and silver, and vintage gemstones that have been in circulation for years are along these practices. Transparency in origin is key to our sourcing.
Every bit of Lackadazee's jewelry line is created, packaged, and shipped with sustainability, mind. This means I have committed to using only recycled precious metals, no dirty gold, post-consumer gemstones and conflict-free gemstones sourced from Canada.
Handmade in Louisville, Kentucky.