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Taking Care Of The Ones You Love - Part 3

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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 3

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It has been a great week here at Enji. I have tried different greener cleaning techniques for metals and shared how to properly care for your favorite jewelry pieces. Although this will be my last post for the week I am excited to share what I have learned with you. Today I will be sharing my research on cleaning and storing gemstones. There are many stones and here at Enji we continue to explore and learn more about different stones and gems each day. We advise you to seek the original jeweler for questions about cleaning your jewelry if you are unsure what stone you own. Here are some easy ways to care for your most common precious stones.

 

Diamonds

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A girl’s best friend, or so I have heard. Diamonds are known for being the strongest gemstone on earth and although they are a powerhouse, they still require special attention. To keep your diamonds shining at its very best you should be conscious of what products you use. Lotions, soaps, and powders, such as makeup, can make diamonds look dull and reduce its stunning effect.

●      Avoid tough work. We covered that diamonds are the strongest gemstones on earth and do not scratch, however this does not mean a diamond will not chip on impact with a sharp object. It is better to safely store diamonds before work.

●      To clean a diamond a mixture of soap and water works best to remove any dirt. You can use a soft brush if you have any hard to reach spots in the design.

●      Be mindful of the metal your diamond is mounted on and make sure to care for it properly too.

●      Avoid touching diamond with unwashed hands to reduce oil transfer. Like I said, this can reduce the diamond’s shine.

 

Colored stones

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There are a lot of different stones which we could discuss, but it would be very difficult to talk about them all on a single blog post. However, I will give you some information on how to care for general colored stones. Consult your original jeweler on the stone and how to care for it for more information.

●      Prevent your stone from getting dirty by wiping it with a soft cloth after wearing it. This will ensure that it keeps its clarity over time.

●      Again, like silver, avoid water and harsh chemicals. These can slowly eat at the polish many stones have applied to them after production.

●      As discussed in part 1 of this series, put your jewelry on after you have finished getting ready for the day. And take them off when you get home to avoid exposure to cosmetic chemicals. These can also diminish the clarity of your stones.

●      Do not expose stones to extreme and rapid temperature changes. These stones are very delicate and can easily crack or chip if temperatures are too extreme.

●      When in doubt consult a jeweler. It is very easy to misidentify a stone with a similar color, so to avoid potential harm it is safer to consult a professional.

 

Pearls

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Although pearls are official not a gemstone, it still named as one by the jewelry industry due to it is popular beautiful and elegant look. Pearls are formed in mollusk from a naturally occurring calcium carbonate coating called Nacre. This gives pearls their distinct colors and various shapes. But because it is not formed in the crust of the earth, but rather by nature, it can make this “gemstone” particularly more delicate than most colored stones. Here are some ways they require special attention.

●      Make sure that your pearls do not have contact with any chemicals. Being one of the softest substances, scratches can put them at risk of dissolving.

●      Whipping pearls with a soft cloth works best for regular cleaning.

●      Mild soap and water works best if your pearl does become dirty and a soft cloth does not work. Be careful as any abrasive materials can scratch your pearls.

●      Do not toss pearls carelessly into storage. Other pieces of jewelry have the potential to damage your pearls, and therefore they should be stored with care.

●      Ordinary wear and tear can weaken the strength of the thread for pearl necklaces. It is best to get pearls restrung once a year to prevent breakage and loss of pearl necklaces.

 

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Sources

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