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Designing a One of a Kind Ring for Kym Gold

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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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Designing a One of a Kind Ring for Kym Gold

Niki Grandics

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(Kym Gold with PHX Fashion Week Director Brian Hill)

 

PHX Fashion Week wrapped up a few weeks ago and one of my most memorable experiences and greatest highlights from their designer boot camp was winning the Kym Gold Challenge and designing a runway-ready piece of jewelry for her. For those who may not be familiar with her name, you’ve probably heard of her brand, True Religion Jeans. Kym was the designer of and co-founded True Religion Jeans, building it from the ground up into a billion-dollar business, which is pretty amazing. She is also a best-selling author and producer. (I also love that she kept much of their manufacturing in LA!). As a designer and entrepreneur, I definitely look up to her and admire her accomplishments so being able to design for her was a dream come true.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first arrived at her home in LA, but she was very welcoming, very down to earth, and full of sound advice free of BS for our group of emerging designers. “Always be humble and always be grateful.”

After a Q&A with Kym, she and Brian from PHX Fashion Week introduced the challenge: to create a piece for Kym to wear to a red carpet event that embodied her signature “Disheveled Sexy” style. Raw diamonds immediately came to mind. To me, they embody that energy in that they are naturally alluring even before they are faceted and polished into the cuts we normally see in jewelry. And of course, because she loves diamonds!

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Winning this challenge and creating this piece for Kym has definitely been an honor. I left her home feeling inspired and energized and designed a few different raw diamond looks for her, of which she loved the raw black diamond ring!

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The finished piece at the bench