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Taking Care Of The Ones You Love - Part 1

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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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Taking Care Of The Ones You Love - Part 1

Hilda Chang

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We have all been there. We buy an amazing piece of jewelry and do one of two things, we either save it for a special occasion or wear it every day. But rarely do we stop to think if we are taking care of our jewels in the proper way. Do some pieces require more attention than others? Is there a difference in how we treat different metals? What about gemstones? Well friends I am here to help you find your way through this elaborate maze of jewelry care with a three-part blog on how to properly care for your pieces. Today we talk about prevention and day to day wear.  Here are five simple steps to ensuring that your jewelry stays almost as new as the day you bought it.

1. Take off Jewelry before tasks

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the best way to ensure that your jewelry can stay pristine is to ensure that it does not go through unnecessary conditions that expose it to different chemicals, cleaning fluids, or physical harm. Cleaning products that are used in our daily lives can damage the metals and stones. Make sure that all rings and bracelets are removed before washing dishes, gardening, cleaning the house or other activities that can lead to unnecessary exposure to your jewelry.

 

2. When you put it on matters

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It is always best to put on jewelry after getting ready to face the day. Cosmetics such as hairspray, perfumes, and lotions can be harmful to jewelry and can deteriorate metals over time. Make sure that jewelry is the last part of getting ready for the day. It should also be the first part of getting ready for bed for the same reasons.

 

3. Avoid water 

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Jewelry can also be sensitive to water. Water tends to corrode things over time and your jewelry is no exception. Safely store your jewelry before entering a pool, spa, shower, or any body of water. 

 

4. Sports/ Exercise are not jewelry’s best friend

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As mentioned above any blunt force to jewelry should be avoided. Although many metals are made of the highest quality they are still vulnerable to damage from direct contact. It is safest to store jewelry than to risk an accident and damage your beloved jewels.

 

5. Don’t toss it in the bottom of a bag

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When you store Jewelry remember that it can still be susceptible to damage even in our bags or pockets. The best way to store jewelry when not in use is to place it in a cotton or soft bag. This will prevent scratches and any accidental damage from coins and keys.

 

Taking advantage of these five simple steps will ensure your jewelry will look elegant for years and that you are the envy of your friends. Come back in two days for part 2 of how to care for the most common types of jewelry when not in use.

 

sources

http://www.zales.com/jewelry101/index.jsp?page=basicJewelryCare

http://www.twistonline.com/jewelry-facts_care-of-your-jewelry/