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5 Jewelry Myths We Believe

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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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5 Jewelry Myths We Believe

Niki Grandics

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There are a lot of common misconceptions about jewelry that we all believe. Today I give you my top five most believable myths and a little background on them.

 

1. Diamonds do not break  

This is by far the most common myth that I hear. Yes a diamond on Moh's scale of hardness are classified as a 10 which is the highest score possible, but it does not mean that diamonds are unbreakable. A 10 simply means that a diamond cannot be scratched. Although it is true that diamonds do last a long time due to their hard composition, it is possible for a diamond to crack or break from a direct hit or extreme temperatures. Therefore they should be taken off and stored safely when doing strenuous activity.

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2. You can bite gold to check if it's real

I do not recommend anyone to do this as it is unsanitary and an unreliable method. This myth was made by Hollywood portraying miners biting into gold coins to verify its authenticity. However the flaw that Hollywood didn’t realize is that there are other materials such as lead are just a soft as gold. Overall if you have any doubts or the piece is not hallmarked, I say it is better to get your gold verified by a jeweler than trying to bite it.

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3. Pearls dissolve easily

The truth of this myth is that pearls are extremely delicate and do in fact dissolve when placed in vinegar. However the process of dissolving a pearl is slow and takes days. This myth started when Cleopatra wanted to throw the most expensive dinner party and was supposedly dissolving pearls in vinegar and drinking them. Although it is possible to quickly dissolve pearls by crushing them first, it seems history might have exaggerated a little.

 

4. The Bigger the stone the more expensive

It seems like common sense that the bigger stones would weigh more and therefore cost more, but that isn’t always the case. It also depends on the 4 c’s of gemstones: Clarity, Cut, Color, and Carat (weight). It is completely possible to have a diamond be of mediocre color and cut but be very large and still cost less than a diamond that has high quality color and cut but be small. It is best to pick diamonds on their overall qualities rather than just their size.

 

5. Gold has only three colors.

It is very popular now to wear rose gold and white gold, but the truth is that only yellow gold is pure gold. Like myth #2 above said, gold is very soft and is usually combined with other metals such as copper, iron, or silver for stronger resistance. Even yellow gold is mixed with other metals to strengthen its durability. The mixture of these metals is what rose gold and white gold get their colors from.