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Birthstone Of The Month: Garnet

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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: Garnet

Niki Grandics

The new year is here, and it just so happens to land on a Monday. What a perfect coincidence for our blog. I (Hilda), would like to say congratulations to all the January babies out there. I was also born on January and know that all thought the cold nips at your toes, we couldn’t have asked for a better birth month. Most stores are eager to put on after holiday sales and our birthdays are just far enough from Christmas to be their own celebration. To help you celebrate Enji has made a list of 10 fun facts about our birthstone, the garnet.

1. This gemstones name comes from the 14th century middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red. That word derived from the word “granatum”, latin for seed. The gemstone resembles the brilliant dark red seeds of a pomegranate hence its name.

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2. The chemical composition of a garnet can vary and can cause the gemstone to have different levels of hardness. On Moh’s scale of hardness a garnet can range from 6.5 to 7.5.

3. A garnet can come in an array of colors, not just red. It has one of the largest variations of color in gemstones, occurring in every color except blue.

4. Besides brilliance and attractive colors, garnets sometimes exhibit optical phenomena such as asterism (a star-shaped pattern of reflections), chatoyancy (a “cat’s-eye” seen in reflected light), or a color change when viewed under different types of lighting.

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5. Garnet is found all over the world, including major mining sites include the Czech Republic, Greece, India, Madagascar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and The United States.

6. Garnets are commonly found as small pebbles in streams and watery places, where the igneous and metamorphic rocks that contain them have weathered away.

7. The garnet was very popular during the Victorian age and took much inspiration from the pomegranate. Small stones were clustered together to create large statement pieces.

8. A few of American states have elected to have the garnet be their official state gemstone. Idaho was designated the star garnet, New York picked the wine-red garnet, Connecticut chose almandine Garnet, and Vermont has the grossularite garnet.

9. This gemstone was also used as a talisman for protection both by warriors going into battle and to those who wanted to ward off pestilence and plague.

10. The garnet is believed to symbolize deep and long-lasting friendships. It should be gifted to people whose friendship you value deeply

 

Sources:

http://www.acebuyersmi.com/2017/01/06/facts-garnet-january-birthstone/

https://www.gulfcoastcoin.com/blog/4-fun-facts-about-januarys-birthstone-garnet

http://blog.allurez.com/garnet-fun-facts/