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Meet the Designer: Lindsay Lewis of Lindsay Lewis Jewelry

Architectural elements meet fine art and earth tones compliment metal in Lindsay's eponymous line. We caught up the with Chicago-based to designer to chat about her career in jewelry.

Designer Lindsay Lewis

How did you get started making jewelry?

My high school had metalsmithing classes and a great art department. I became obsessed with working in metals at age 15 and never stopped!

Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?

I knew I'd end up in a creative field. I went to art school and was always making jewelry but wasn't sure if it was a sustainable career path. I dabbled in furniture design in college and considered going that route. After working under artists and jewelers I realized I could carve my own path and slowly made the transition to a self-employed jewelry designer.

Lindsay Lewis at her work bench.

How long have you been in the trade?

Jewelry has been my full-time gig for 7 years, but I sold work part-time for many years before that.

What does your business look like now, versus when you started?

It's night and day! 7 years ago I sat at a little workbench in a shared metalsmithing studio, hand making every piece myself and working long nights. Today I have a 1,200 sq ft brick and mortar showroom and studio space. I spend most days designing, planning, emailing, and overseeing production. It's been a whirlwind and dream come true.

Lindsay Lewis at work.
What’s your favorite part about being a jewelry designer?

Regardless of where I'm at with business, one thing has always remained constant — the reason I love making things. My favorite part about being a jewelry designer is creating something new and exciting at my workbench. I love discovering a new idea, composition, color palette, or shape. The moment when something clicks is so fulfilling. A close second is the feeling of working with metal — I love its permanence and heirloom quality, its malleability, its ability to transform from raw and dirty to refined and polished, and the countless tools you need to develop metal into something beautiful. It's a never ending learning experience!

Lindsay Lewis's work bench

Lindsay Lewis at work.

Do you have a favorite piece that you have made?

It's always the newest piece! I just finished a sample for a twist on our best selling Mosaic Ring. It's more of a signet style with colored gemstone baguettes in a modern composition.

Lindsay Lewis fine jewelry ring.

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