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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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How Millennials Can Save The Earth

Niki Grandics

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Millennials have been at the end of various joke through the years, especially from older generations. But, recently Millennials have shown many amazing qualities which could save the world with sustainability. Being a part of this generation myself, I feel it is my responsibility to help change the world. We are one of the most charitable generations and are known for wanting our careers, lifestyles, and the products we buy to align with our values and sense of purpose. Despite all the articles saying we’re killing this industry and that industry, maybe it’s time to change things for the better. Here are some ways we’re making it happen.

 

Millennials have a large force

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“May the Force be with you” is exactly what we heard growing up. Luckily there is some truth to this.  Richard Fry, a writer for the online newspaper Facttank, stated in his article Millennials overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation that this is indeed true, “Millennials, whom we define as those ages 18-34 in 2015, now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 51-69)”

The truth is that there is power in numbers. Perhaps that is why older generations feel threatened by us, or when we speak out about injustices happening in our country. Our large numbers put us in the perfect position for creating social, economic, and cultural changes. If a small percentage of millennials are already having an impact on our day to day global awareness, imagine what we can do when most of us commit to more sustainable practices. Now more than ever, it’s time to be the change you want to see. For me, that meant looking at my supply chain as a designer and the way I work and making changes to my lifestyle with my eating and shopping habits to name a couple.  

 

Millennials are the most educated

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There is power in numbers but knowledge is also power. Various online sources such as NPR.org and Pewresearch, confirm that millennials are the most educated out of all the generations and will continue to climb higher. Pewresearch also shows numbers for a survey taken in 2014 that showed 27% of millennial women and 21% of millennial men have a bachelor's degree compared to baby boomers where 14% of women and 17% of men achieved a bachelor’s degree.

Education is power, and it is exactly how millennials will change the world. We are educated enough to understand the consequences of our actions, discuss ideas and concerns with our educated peers, and can climb into positions of power to change laws and regulations. Education and knowledge are the best tools to fighting oppression, unethical practices, and corruption.

 

Millennials can spread their message

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So, you are educated and you have great numbers, but it those aren’t simply enough to change the world. You also need to spread the message of sustainability and compassion. If only there was a way for you to tell the world what you’re thinking...

Millennials are one of the most digitally literate people on the planet, each interconnected through our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat.... These platforms give us a unique opportunity that previous generations haven’t had to voice their concerns and use that voice appropriately to change and better the world.

However social media is a double-edged sword, so appearing well educated can be an advantage. There will always be, unfortunately, people who want to ignore science, facts, and general ethical standards, but as educated individuals we must stand our ground. Change isn’t easy, but millennials do have the numbers and education to make this transition into a sustainable world smoother.

 

What can you do?

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●      You can elect to choose ethical and sustainable clothing, food, and accessories.

●      Tell your friends or people you know, about what environmental products you find helpful (people trust word of mouth more than anything else)

●      You can have a simple discussion with your friends and family to insight talk and commitment for a more sustainable future.

●      Donate time to local nonprofits that help shape the world towards more sustainable practices.

●      Support ethical and sustainable businesses in your hometown

Everyone has different levels of activism and that is perfectly fine. No one is encouraging you to single handedly take down governments or change civilization as we know it. Simple awareness and individual changes are more than enough to help change the course of history. I heard a great saying recently, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, trying sleeping in the same room as a mosquito.” Change isn’t always radical, it takes time and the combined effect of a lot of small changes. The only thing we suggest not to do, is to remain neutral. Change can never come with complacency and silence.

 

Sources:

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/04/25/millennials-overtake-baby-boomers/

http://www.npr.org/2014/11/18/354196302/amid-the-stereotypes-some-facts-about-millennials

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/03/19/how-millennials-compare-with-their-grandparents/

http://ecowarriorprincess.net/2017/06/how-millennials-can-save-the-world-through-eco-fashion/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikaandersen/2016/12/09/how-millenials-will-save-the-world-part-i/#59a9793e8e43

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/millennials-save-the-world_n_4174079.html