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Tourmaline And It’s Beauty

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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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Tourmaline And It’s Beauty

Hilda Chang

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In previous articles we mentioned that Enji’s founder, Niki Grandics, loves tourmaline and uses them in her jewelry line. Maybe you are familiar with tourmaline and its varying colors and patterns, but today we want to dive a little deeper into this amazing gemstone. This gemstone is unique and has a rich deep history.

Tourmaline is very interesting as it is the gemstone available in the most colors and textures. This key characteristic created confusion for hundreds of years causing tourmaline to get misidentified with emeralds and rubies.

It was originally in 1500 when a Spanish conquistador found a vibrant green tourmaline and confused it with an emerald. This mistake went on for decades and wasn’t recognized as tourmaline until the 1800. The name tourmaline also reflects the confusion that this gem created; toramalli is Sinhalese (Sri Lanka’s language) for “mixed gems”. It is probable that tourmaline has been use even further back in history, but was misidentified until modern advances of mineralogy.

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Tourmaline also has some interesting properties when exposed to heat or pressure. If a tourmaline crystal is heated and then cooled, or has pressure applied (e.g, by rubbing), it will become electrically charged. This electrical charge is strong enough to attract small particles of dust and paper; this positive charge is why tourmaline sometimes must be cleaned more often than other gems.

 

Tourmaline can be found in three different ways. The most spectacular and amazing crystals come from hydrothermal activity. They form when hot waters and vapors carry the elements needed to form tourmaline into pockets, voids, and fractures, which offer an open space for crystal growth.

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Tourmaline can also be found as deposits in rivers and stream sediments. Tourmaline can resist weather changes and will get carried away from their original. The third and most common occurrence to find tourmaline is as an accessory to other igneous and metamorphic rocks. Small crystals can be found growing in granite, pegmatite, and gneiss.

 

Another interesting fact about tourmaline is that it is sought after for its dual or tri colored properties. Any changes in weather or growing conditions during the formation of tourmaline will result in two or three distinct colors among the crystal. Most jewelers want gemstone to be uniformed in color, but tourmaline is the exception to that rule. 

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Check out our beautiful black tourmaline necklace and earring set at our shop. They are both statement pieces that would have any of your friends in awe.

 

 

Sources:

http://geology.com/minerals/tourmaline.shtml

https://www.gemselect.com/help/newsletter/newsletter-mar-07.php

https://www.gia.edu/tourmaline-history-lore