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Birthstones of the month:  Peridot and Sardonyx

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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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Birthstones of the month: Peridot and Sardonyx

Niki Grandics

Enji is introducing a new blog segment to honor those who were born each month. If this isn't your month don't worry, just keep come back on your birth month and check out what birthstone is yours. Congratulations to the people who are born in August! Here are 10 fun facts to help you celebrate this special occasion. 

 

1. Peridot is a gem-quality form of the mineral olivine. It is also referred to as chrysolite.

2. Because it can be found around volcanoes, miner must dig very deep around the site to find Peridot. If you live near volcanic eruption there is a chance you might find the stone.

3. If you really are trying to find this stone it is probably best that you live near San Carlos reservation in Arizona as it is the most common place in the United States but it can also be found in Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, China, Pakistan and Kenya.

4. Hawaiians believe that Peridot symbolizes the tears of Hele, their goddess of fire and volcanoes. Mostly because of the gem’s association with Volcanoes.

5. There are several symbolisms associated with Peridot such aslove, truth, faithfulness and loyalty. The energies from the gemstone can also suppress ego and jealousy.

6. The name Sardonyx is split up into two words viz. “sard” and “onyx”. Sard is Greek word that means “reddish brown” and onyx meaning “veined gem.”

7. Sardonyx is mined on every continent and is in plentiful supply.

8. The stones properties are believed that it helps in building friendship and marital relations stronger. It is also believed to enhance the qualities like stamina, vigor, energy, self-control, and creativity thus, referred as “stone of virtue”.

9. This gemstone is orange-red in color and the colors of bands are white and reddish brown. It is also available in other colors such as yellow, brown, white, purple, gray, black, pink, and green.