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Using The 3 R’s To Change The Jewelry Industry

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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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Using The 3 R’s To Change The Jewelry Industry

Niki Grandics

We all know that the responsibility of helping reduce waste and pollution rests squarely on our shoulders. But it can be difficult known where to start.  Most, if not all of us, are aware of the 3 R’s, as Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, to help cut down on waste. This is one simple rule to follow that can help bring down your carbon footprint. Today I want to talk about how you can use these rules relative to the jewelry industry as most jewelry today carries a large carbon footprint.

REDUCE:

This is step is easier said than done. When you think reduce, you can imagine yourself skipping that extra cup of coffee at Starbucks, or maybe even bringing a plastic cup instead to reduce waste, but this is harder to imagine with jewelry. Instead of looking for big and flashy designs, you can choose simpler designs. Simple designs take up less materials to make, which is already a step in the right direction. You can also choose designs that have ethical mining practices and sources. This is by far the hardest step as some companies will not be transparent with their sources, but if you aim to change the world sometimes you have to ready for research. You can also ask relatives for some of their older jewelry they no longer wear as a birthday present instead of gift card. I am sure your aunt has a pretty necklace stashed away in an old box, just full of stories to tell.

(Enji uses minimal designs to maintain a low carbon footprint while embodying elegance)

REUSE:

Jewelry can be made from many different materials and it is ok to get creative with it. You can reuse most types of cheaper or broken jewelry to create something elegant and chic. For example you can take an old necklace and repurpose it as a curtain wrap for a pop in decor. An old broach can make a chic belt buckle. A cute metal flower makes a pretty magnet. You can also use broken jewelry to decorate an old frame and create a one of a kind gift.  Another way to reuse is to go to local pawn shops and find jewelry that has a unique stone of features and have jewelers make you a one of a kind piece from their parts. This will save you a few bucks while still saving the environment and you end up with a one of a kind piece of jewelry with lots of history.

(broken jewelry can make a one of a kind picture frame)

RECYCLE:

I personally love the idea of recycling older jewelry. An old necklace from your grandmother can become a beautiful engagement ring. How touching would it be to have a one of a kind jewelry piece forged from a loved one's jewelry, and to always have a part of them with you. If you do not have any broken or old jewelry to recycle, you can go to a pawn shop or thrift store to look for recyclable pieces. Recycling should be done with higher quality pieces that can be broken down and their parts used.

(Story of a diamond getting a new life)