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All About Canadamark Diamonds

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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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All About Canadamark Diamonds

Niki Grandics

When we mention the word “diamond” most people think of the African mining operations, but there is another source many seem to forget. Today Enji believes that we should bring attention to those who choose to be ethically and sustainably responsible. Canadian Diamonds are among some of the world's most sustainable diamonds and we feel that it is time you got to know why.

As the name infers, Canadamark diamonds, are all mined in Canada’s Northwest Territories. These mines were not found until the 1991, by two geologists, Chuck Fipke and Stewart Blusson. These men discovered there was evidence of diamond-bearing kimberlite pipes 200 miles from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Since then the mine have continued to grow with, three major mines producing over 13 million carats of gem-quality diamonds per year in 2006.

But what makes these mines so different than those in Africa is that Canada is a well-established country that takes pride in ethical and sustainable practices. Canadamark Diamonds pledge to their customers that their diamonds are mined with the utmost respect for their employees and environment.

On Canadamark official website they state “Every Canadamark diamond comes with the assurance that it has been mined in a way that prioritizes workers’ health and safety, upholds labour laws, pays people fairly and benefits local communities”.

Canadamark also insures their diamonds meet the following standards 1) ”Responsibly mined in Canada’s Northwest Territories” 2) “Natural and untreated” 3) “Tracked through audited processes at every stage from country of origin to polished stone” and 4) “Polished to meet specific quality standards.”

Clearly Canadamark takes the process of the diamond seriously. Electing to have various check point during its journey to guarantee the consumer the highest quality. However, Canadamark does not stop with the consumer. They ensure to also prioritize social and environmental responsibility.

Canadamark ensure the wellbeing of the local environment by working under strict regulations that help protect the land, water, air and wildlife of mining sites. On their website they state that they work with indigenous people of the land both, older and newer generations, to ensure that preserve their traditional knowledge for future generations, as well as help protect the land and wildlife.

Dominion mines, one of Canadamark’s main mining operations, continually makes stride toward positive social impact. They have contributed $6.6 million to northwest territories and nunavut through payments, scholarship, and donations. Diavik Mines also contributed $5 million every year towards local communities through, projects, donations, and scholarships.

Enji’s faceted diamonds are all certified Canadamark and ensure that your diamonds are ethically and sustainably sourced. Please tell us what you love most about how the Canadian Diamond is changing the jewelry industry.

 

https://ftjco.com/pages/canadamark-certified-canadian-origin

https://www.canadamark.com/responsibility/social-impact

http://responsibility.ddcorp.ca/2015/community.php

http://www.earthexplorer.com/2008-08/Diamond_Discoveries_in_Canada_North.asp

http://geology.com/articles/canada-diamond-mines/