Ashley Lowengrub & Dara Gerson
Tell us about your business.By creating new jewelry from existing materials in abundance, Alkemie’s mission is to translate something that would otherwise be landfill-bound into wearable art. Capturing and reinterpreting texture from soft organic forms into lustrous metal is an integral part in Alkemie's design philosophy. An Alkemie cuff, ring or necklace first starts with an inspiration- a leaf, a starfish, or a one of a kind vintage piece. To replicate the texture and dimension of an object, the designers cast through a lost wax process, playing with the design, and discovering different light dimensions and form. The design process is then culminated in the final casting of the form in a solid piece of reclaimed metal. An Alkemie piece is an artistic manifestation reflecting the incredible depth and life of natural textures and objects.
What makes your business stand out?Alkemie Jewelry is a brand that pioneers with hopes to change the jewelry industry with its social and environmentally responsible practices. They have earned a devoted international following based not only on the originality of their designs, but their leadership as a socially and environmentally progressive company. All designs are made of 100% reclaimed metal & manufactured by hand in downtown Los Angeles, California. Alkemie promotes local living wage and eco-sustainable business practices as a way to combat the existing harmful effects and conditions of the jewelry industry; including social issues such as children working in dangerous conditions, as well as environmental issues like toxic chemicals from mines seeping into the surrounding land and severely damaging precious watersheds. Dara and Ashley’s motivation to live environmentally and socially conscious really comes from exemplifying responsibility to their daughters.
What's the best business advice you've received?Do what you love and success will follow.... and work for yourself!
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