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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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Antique Jewelry vs. Vintage Jewelry

Niki Grandics

Antique jewelry and vintage jewelry have made a fierce comeback lately and there are a lot of similarities between the two. It can be difficult understanding the difference, but let’s go into it a little deeper.

The first thing you should know is the age of a piece. This can determine if the jewelry is vintage or antique. Vintage jewelry is usually from a specific time within the last 99 to 20 years. While Antique jewelry usually has a unique style that represents an era more than 100 years ago. Any jewelry younger than 20 years is usually known as estate jewelry if it has had a previous owner.

So, what are some examples you may ask. Well here are a few helpful photos of three different eras to help you understand. Take note that each era carries a distinct style and preference.

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The Georgian period covered the reigns of five English kings. The reigns of George I, II, III, IV, and William IV lasted from 1714 to 1837. Most surviving jewelry from this period is handmade, typically with 18K gold and silver. Because gold was so expensive during the Georgian period, most diamonds were set in silver that was backed with gold to protect the silver from tarnishing over time.

The Victorian Period was named for Queen Victoria. Victoria obtained the throne in 1837 when she was only 18 years old. Her tastes in fashion and jewelry were highly regarded and inspired the jewelry trends of the time. During this era, it was very common to use birthstones as engagement rings and it wasn’t until her later years that diamonds gained popularity. Victoria’s beloved Albert unfortunately passed away in 1861 and inspired gold lockets with black jet pieces.

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