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Taking Care Of The Ones You Love - Part 2

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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 2

Hilda Chang

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Last time we talked about 5 ways to keep your jewelry looking pristine in daily use. But what if you are the type of person who just bought an elegant piece that is perfect for that event in a few months? How do you keep it looking its best so that you can look your very best? Today I will share a few ways of how to store the most common jewelry and how different metals require special attention.

 

General Storing

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The most important thing to remember is that not all jewelry is created equal. There are many different metals and gemstones that require different care. First let’s talk about proper care for metals and second gemstones. In general, all jewelry should be stored in a dry and clean place such as a fabric lined jewelry box or display. If you do not have a jewelry box it is acceptable to use a reusable container that can be lined with a soft cloth. Resist the urge to throw all jewelry together in the same space. This can cause tougher pieces to scratch more delicate pieces. Necklaces and bracelets should be clasped to prevent tangling and rings should store individually from each other. Although you can get most pieces of jewelry cleaned via industrial or store-bought cleaners, I will be talking about more natural ways to clean our jewelry.

 

Gold

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There are an array of gold standards ranging anywhere from white gold to yellow gold and the percentage they each carry. You can treat most gold pieces the same, but I advise speaking with the place where you originally bought your jewelry and ask for specific cleaning instructions if you are unsure.

●      Preventions is always the first step. As discussed in the last post, keeping this metal dry and clean is a safe way to avoid cleaning often.

●      Do not use Chlorine on gold. Chlorine can permanently damage and discolor gold pieces. This includes bleach in pools or laundry detergents.

●      Use warm soapy water and a soft bristle brush for regular cleaning. You can use mild hand soap and a toothbrush to remove build up. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. This is usually safe for most gemstones as no harsh chemicals are involved.

●      If you have tougher build up, you can add a few drops of ammonia to a soapy water mixture. Rinse in water and repeat the process until desired results are reached. Don’t forget to pat dry.

●      If you get grease you may use plain rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth. You can either dip the jewelry in the alcohol or use the soft cloth dipped in alcohol to clean the piece if it is too big to submerge. This should be used with caution around gemstones and verified with the original jeweler of seller.

 

Platinum

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With its rise in popularity and demand, platinum is one of the most rare and durable metals in the market. It resists tarnish and discoloration more than gold and is not affected by chlorine and other chemicals as easily. However even if it is a more durable metal it still requires proper care and cleaning to ensure it lasts a lifetime.

●      As stated above platinum is one of the tougher metals available and therefore should be stored separately from other jewelry and each other to prevent scratching

●      If scratches do appear visible it is possible for a jeweler to refinish your piece as many are shallow and easily buffed out.

●      You should follow the regular cleaning instruction as stated above for gold for any buildup or grease that you might encounter.

 

 Sterling Silver

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            Silver tends to be more temperamental and should be stored in dry places. With time it tends to oxidize and lose its luster. But with these helpful hints we can have your silver back to its original shine. Avoid harsh chemicals like chlorine and household chemicals when wearing silver.

●      For regular cleaning use a mild soap and water solution to massage your silver until sudsy. Rinse in water and pat dry.

●      Here is another recipe: Bring one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Drop silver in the pot for 10 seconds or longer if more tarnished, then remove using kitchen tongs. If built-up tarnish persists, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons of water. Apply with a damp sponge, then rinse and dry.

These have been my tips and tricks on how to properly care and store your special pieces of jewelry. Next time will be our last and final part of how to take care of the ones you love. Leave a comment below on how well these tips worked for you and if you have any other revolutionary ways to clean jewelry without all the harsh chemicals found in commercial cleaners. I would love to hear your feedback.

 

Sources

http://www.4facets.com/jacare_cleaning.html

http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/how-to-clean-silver/

https://www.jenreviews.com/best-cleaning-products/