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Birthstone Of The Month: Sapphire

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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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Birthstone Of The Month: Sapphire

Niki Grandics

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Congratulations and happy birthday to our friends out there who have September birthdays! Here are 10 fun facts about your birthstone on your special day. Tag any of your friends who also have September birthdays and tell us what day your birthday is on.

1. The word “Sapphire” is derived from the word “Sapphirus” which means blue in Greek language. The Sapphire is deep blue in color.

2. Sapphires can be any color, except red (that would make them a ruby). Although they are traditionally associated with deep blues, Sapphires can appear in any color combination from yellow to gray.

3. Sapphires are part of the corundum family. Rubies are also part of the corundum family which is why Sapphires cannot be red, although a pure corundum stone will be colorless.

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4. Sapphires are almost as hard as diamonds, and score a 9/10 on a scale of hardness, very close to the 10/10 that a diamond has.

5. Sapphires can also be more expensive than diamonds. The “Blue Belle of Asia”, a stunning 392.52 carat Ceylon sapphire, was sold at Christie’s Geneva on November 11, 2014 for a record price of $17.7 million. It was the first time some Sapphire outperformed diamonds.

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6. Sapphires have been a symbol of royalty for centuries and often symbolize truth, sincerity, and faithfulness.

7. Sapphires were favored by kings and queens in the olden days. It was believed that wearing a sapphire protects the wearer from jealousy and bad thoughts.

8. There is a rare phenomenon among sapphires called the Star Effect where the gemstone will develop a six-ray pattern giving it the appearance of a star. These stones are highly coveted and highly sought after.

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9. Sapphires are mainly sourced from Cambodia, Colombia, India, and Kenya. Other areas include Afghanistan, Australia, Nepal, the United States, and Vietnam.

10. First synthetic sapphire was created in 1902. Lab grown sapphires cannot be distinguished from natural sapphires except for gemologist and only with the use of professional equipment.

 

Sources:

http://battlegroundblog.com/2017/05/10-interesting-facts-about-sapphire-gemstone/

http://www.leibish.com/10-things-you-need-to-known-about-sapphires-article-1400