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I’m Niki, the founder and designer of Enji Studio Jewelry. We’re a sustainable luxury jewelry brand based in beautiful north county San Diego.

at Enji we’re on a mission to bring you meaningful, modern, ethical design that shows off your style, honors the journey of your life, and reflects your values. We craft each piece for you in our Carlsbad studio bringing new life to recycled gold and silver and using only FairTrade and ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones.

Enji was founded in 2014. We take steps toward positive change in our industry by practicing ethical sourcing and manufacturing and giving back to the local and global community. We create our pieces for everyday wear.

Enji is about modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. As creators and consumers, our choices now have a global impact. This is why we consider how things are made to be important and this to be part of our responsibility as a business and global citizen. As a designer and jeweler, I only work with suppliers that share this view. This is why we make all of my pieces using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fairtrade stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials made using recycled paper and clothing.

Niki is a GIA Graduate Jeweler. She was awarded the 2016 Halstead Grant Award and 2014 Windgate Fellowship Award by the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. She has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Europe and her work can be seen in the pages of Glamour UK, Basic, Evening Standard, National Jeweler, and more. To see her one of a kind art pieces and CV check out nikigrandics.com

Enji is about modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. As a designer and jeweler, I only work with suppliers that share this view. We make all of my pieces using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fair mined stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials made using recycled paper.

As a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, we hope to be among the first movers bringing transparency and sustainable practices into the luxury fashion jewelry world. Ethical Metalsmiths and Fairmined gold and gems.  All our pieces are made in our studio in San Diego and we use low-impact, environmentally conscious studio practices to lessen our footprint. 

We take steps toward positive change in our industry by practicing ethical sourcing and manufacturing, because it’s important. To us, to you, to the women and men who mined the stones we use to create our pieces. We also donate a portion of each sale to organizations that help empower women locally and globally and work to end domestic violence and human trafficking because that’s part of the future we want to see.

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Circuits and Boards: What You Want To Know About Electronic Recycling

Hilda Chang

Take a good look around you and notice how electronics have influenced us. From being woken up in the morning by our alarm clocks to setting our security systems before bed, electronics are prevalent in our lives more than we care to admit. Our electronics have lives and as time marches forward, they will become futile as they are replaced by newer versions or worn down. Our modern world relies on various electronic systems, and with the rapid growth rate of our technology, you might wonder where do all our old devices end up? Enji had the same question too, and we decided to do a little research and give you everything you need to know about electronic waste.

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Beyond Blood Diamonds: Myths and Facts to Shine a Light on Diamond Sourcing

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Diamonds are one of the most well-known gemstones in the market today. Their rise in popularity has even caused a bit of a confusion about their journey from mining to market. It is undeniable that certain companies have made ethical sacrifices in the name of profits, but that does not mean that the diamond industry isn’t riddled with false claims and misconceptions. Like any industry, rumors are started, and myths created, but at Enji we aim to deliver only the truth! Not all diamonds are bad, and we are here to shine a light on some of these convincing facts.

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How To Bring Sustainable Lunches To Work

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Being sustainable impacts every aspect of your life and shapes how we begin to consume products. Lunches are a perfect example, many of us work full time jobs and this means you usually swap lunches at home for those at our desks. Most offices are not equipped with all the luxuries of a full-sized kitchen, often forcing us to bring in a premade lunch or eat out. But a person who has a sustainable lifestyle might not find any of those option enticing as they both can produce a lot of waste. Enji want to share some tips for those of us who want sustainable lifestyles without forgoing any meals.

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Equal Pay Day: Why it is Important to Remember

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Tomorrow is Equal Pay Day, and although America has progressed from previous years, it is important to understand why this day has great significance. The past year has been pivotal in America's history as we bring more democratic change for minorities, women, children, and environmental issues. But, there is still one problem that isn’t getting address or is often out of sight out of mind. Equal pay! You might think “why is it important to discuss? We live in a free market society, if employees accept low wages, then that is their problem.” But there is more to this story than meets the eye, for a complete understanding why this is an issue we must dive deeper.

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Journey of a Lifetime: A Starter’s Guide for Sustainable Travelers

Hilda Chang

How you get to your destination also matters. Every single transportation option comes with a degree of impact. Biking and backpacking have relatively low impacts while flying probably has the most. Consider all the possible ways for you to arrive to your destination. Perhaps instead of a plane, you can take a transcontinental train where you can enjoy the scenic route. Consider taking a direct flight to your destination if you absolutely must fly. Most emissions from planes come from takeoff and landing.

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5 Gemstone Alternatives for a Diamond

Hilda Chang

Diamonds are beautiful and regarded as one of the most expensive gemstones due to their brilliant shine. Although often described as “a girl’s best friend”, there has been a steady shift to more economically and environmentally friendly stones. These substitutes offer quality and brilliance at a fraction of a price of diamonds. For this article’s purpose we will not be looking at lab created diamonds as they are still technically considered diamonds, but instead focusing on other gemstones who can resemble a diamond. The following gemstones are Enji’s top 5 diamond substitutes.  

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Green Paws And Love: A Sustainable Pet Owner’s Guide

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Love. A strong motivator since the dawn of time and creating bonds that can last an eternity. Many people convert to a sustainable lifestyle because they love their homes, their planet, and they want to do what they can to protect it. But, what about those of us who choose to share our homes and hearts with our special friends? Our four-legged companions are directly impacted when it comes to our lifestyles. Whether you have a mischievous pup or a cuddly cat you want to take care of them to the best of your ability and ensure they live out their days in luxury. Enji personally knows a great deal about pets and sustainability, as more than half of our employees own one or more pets. And then there’s of course Dio, our shop dog. As dedicated sustainability pioneers, we thought it was about time we share some of our secrets about how we maintain our pet’s green paws as they join our sustainability journey.

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Spring Back To Life With Our New Line

Hilda Chang

With the recent thawing of the winter’s chill, San Diego is getting ready to come back to our perfect weather. Spring is the beginning of the warm seasons to come and all the vibrant colored flowers sprouting simply beg us to join them with new floral inspired dresses. Whether you are a colorful individual or a shy introvert, the warm weather offers us the opportunity to show off our new styles. Although San Diego is known for having sunny weather throughout the year, there is nothing more exciting than the thought of being able to frolic in the warm sun with a new look. Enji has composed 8 possible outfits that will hopefully give you inspiration for the new season and help you use jewelry to enhance your new look.

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China's Ban on Imported Trash and It's Global Effects

Hilda Chang

China has been importing trash globally since the 1980's and with recent changes in legislation there could be some global impacts. Although it is great that china will now reduce the amount of 24 different solid wastes, they have been the lead processor of excessive waste. Australia who use to export their garbage is now faced with an overwhelming amount of consequences. An out of sight out of mind behavior among exporting countries, like Australia, is now coming full circle as countries contemplate what to do with their excess waste. 

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Green and Clean Stain Removers

Hilda Chang

Trying to remove stains and dirt from clothes can be difficult. There are so many products out in the market today that all advertise pristine whites and vibrant colors if you use their products. But these companies often hide how unnatural or harmful their chemicals can be and can even ruin your clothes if used improperly. A better way around these harmful or toxic chemicals is natural and green stain removers you can make in your own home. You will be able to control what works best for you while still being sustainable. Plus, the natural ingredients are easy on delicate skin and your wallet.

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Sapphires, are they an ethical choice?

Hilda Chang

With Enji’s newly released sapphire rings and earrings, you might be wondering about the stone’s ethical background. Ever since princess Diana chose her stunning 12 karat sapphire wedding ring, the magnificent blue gemstone has been making a strong comeback in the jewelry industry. With the sapphire gaining popular momentum and emerging ecofriendly trends, there has been more demand for ethical sapphires than in previous years. But, where exactly do these little gemstones come from? Who produces ethical sapphires? Enji is here to explain it all.

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5 Apps Every Sustainable Consumer Needs In Their Life

Hilda Chang

Making the transition into a sustainable lifestyle can be challenging. There are many aspects of your life you must change drastically and although there are degrees to living sustainably, most people know their goal is to be 100% sustainable or as close as they can get. Lucky for us, we live in a society booming with technological advance that can help us be more sustainable in ways we never imagined. Think about it, we literally hold small computers in our hands with the knowledge of the world, and these smartphones can be used to improve your life in any way. Blow are just some of the great ways developers have created apps for those who commit themselves to being sustainable. To ensure they are user friendly, we even tested and reviewed them ourselves and only included apps that can be downloaded for iOS and android.

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Enji's Jewelry Guide to Different Occasions

Hilda Chang

Being a woman in today’s time can be challenging, everyday people expect you to look well put together. Your job expects you to come in looking your professional best and certain events like weddings and formals even have a dress code. Whatever the occasion, jewelry can be a powerful ally when putting together an outfit. Today we will go over some common occasions you encounter, and what is the best type of jewelry you can wear. What metals or types of jewelry you should own, and what styles are best.

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Cruelty free makeup guide

Hilda Chang

The cosmetic industry is problematic. From heavily relying on fear tactics for marketing to testing and welfare issue, the makeup industry has many situations where it might seem less than optimal. However, companies listened as women found their voice and started standing up for what they believed in. Concerns about testing, quality control, and sustainable/ ethical practices became known and cosmetics started changing and evolving. Outdated practices, such as animal testing, became frowned upon and started a revolution of beauty products with sustainability in mind. Supporting the transition to cruelty free make is huge for further development. Enji has comprised a list of 10 animal friendly cosmetic brands to support as they help revolutionize the standards of the makeup industry.

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Birthstone of The Month: Aquamarine

Hilda Chang

San Diego has been very cold this past month, with many people wondering why winter felt like it came late. Lucky for us, March has officially begun and with it the promise of soft spring breezes and warm kisses from the sun. Spring is amazing and so are the people who are born on this month. To help our loyal and dedicated Enji fans celebrate their birthday (and we’ll be celebrating too, Niki’s birthday is also this month), we have composed a list of 10 fun facts about their birthstone.

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Miniseries challenge Part Four: Producing No Waste

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As the month of January ends, so does our challenge. It has been a wonderful and stressful past few weeks as I try a different challenge all month long. I feel that I have learned so much information in the past few weeks and that I have educated myself more than ever. Experiences are some of the best teaching tools one can have, and as I reflect on my journey this month I realized that I left my biggest challenge for last. This challenge was one I was dreading due to the intense requirements.

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What You Want To Know About Organic Cotton

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The word “Organic” has become a bit of a buzz word lately showing up on restaurants, foods, and other products. But it is more than just a trend, it is a movement toward a more sustainable and ethical future. When most hear the word organic we picture foods free of harmful chemicals and additives. However, the word organic applies to more than just food. Cotton for example is one the top growing industries to use this word, proclaiming that their organic product is superior to the modern cotton harvests. Enji wants to help our readers and fans understand what exactly this means and why you should care about organic cotton, even if you are not eating it.

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