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Birthstone Of The Month: Blue Zircon, Tanzanite, and Turquoise

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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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Birthstone Of The Month: Blue Zircon, Tanzanite, and Turquoise

Hilda Chang

Congratulations and happy birthday to the loyal Enji fans who are born in the magical month of December. It can be a bit challenging to share your birth month with major holidays, but we’re here to help you celebrate. And because you have three major birthstones associated with your birth month, we will be giving you an extra five interesting fact about your birthstones.

1. A piece of Zircon found in Australia is believed to be the oldest mineral on earth today. At approximately 4.4 Billion years it is almost as old as our 4.54-billion-year-old earth. That is one old mineral!

2. Zircon can be found in multiple colors ranging from blue, green, brown, yellow, orange, and red to even colorless stones.

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3. Colorless Zircon has a brilliant shine and is often used as a cheaper alternative to diamonds.

4. Historians are uncertain where the name Zircon originated from. They either believe it comes from the Arabic word zarkun which means vermillon, or from the Persian word zargun which means gold colored.

5. Zircon is usually treated with heat to bring out its color. This treatment can cause the zircon to change color and appearance over time. Natural untreated zircon crystals are very rare today.

6. Tanzanite is a trade name that was first used by Tiffany and Company for the mineral zoisite with a blue or purple color.

7. The name "tanzanite" was given because the world's only known tanzanite deposit of commercial importance is in northern Tanzania.

8. To help meet the public demand of Tanzanite, laboratories conducted experiments and found that heat will enhance the blue hues in zoisite and change brown and green to vibrant blue and purple.

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9. Today, nearly all the gems being sold as "tanzanite" have a blue color that has been produced or enhanced by heating. The seller should disclose the treatment as it has a significant effect on the stone's value.

10. There are currently no synthetic Tanzanite in the market. No one at this point has been able to successfully produce and market synthetic tanzanite. Should it occur in the future, reputable sellers would disclose this information.

 11. Turquoise deposits are found in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Virginia, and Utah.

12. The turquoise mineral is considered one of the highest value minerals in the world by most collectors.

13. Turquoise is sacred to many Native Americans and was carved in the shape of animals and birds. These carvings were placed in the Indians tombs to attract beneficial spirits and to guard the dead.

14. The mineral turquoise is formed by a chemical reaction which occurs when water containing specific minerals such as copper and aluminum leak through a rock. It forms in veins, which later then turn into turquoise.

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15. The name turquoise is apparently related to the fact that is was brought to Europe from the Eastern Mediterranean by Levantine traders, more commonly known as Turks.

 

Sources:

http://gemkids.gia.edu/gem/zircon

http://www.gemsbrokers.org/gemstone/gems_and_gemology/zircon_myths.htm

http://list-of-birthstones.com/Zircon%20Birthstone.html

http://geology.com/gemstones/tanzanite/