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The Story Behind our Hashtag Earrings

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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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The Story Behind our Hashtag Earrings

Niki Grandics

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Following the Golden Globes red carpet blackout, I saw so many articles covering the gorgeous gowns and stunning diamond and emerald jewelry the stars wore to the event. And for good reason, there were some truly out of this world amazing pieces to cover, but especially among jewelry publications, I saw nothing covering the reason for the blackout or its underlying message that time’s up. However, Friday morning I came across an article by Barbara Palumbo for InStore Magazine (a jewelry trade publication) saying that time’s up for the jewelry industry. (Read the article here: http://instoremag.com/know-how/159-column/24638-time-s-up-but-is-it-really )

 

As a woman in the jewelry industry, I too have my fair share of stories and can definitely say sexism is alive and well in the trade. I absolutely love jewelry and the industry I work in that is so full of inspired and passionate individuals, but I’m still shocked at the level of sexist behavior I’ve seen, heard, and experienced. I’ve encountered everything from casual sexism to sexual harassment at a professional networking event. And I was so glad that someone finally decided to speak up in an industry that is very private and largely sweeps issues like sexual harassment under the rug.

 

I shared the article after I read it to show how much I agree that we need to have this conversation as an industry, especially at a time like now where these issues are really at the forefront in the media. Others in a large closed industry Facebook group also shared the article and I was really disappointed in many of the responses I was seeing. Instead of using her article to start a dialogue, some chose to attack the journalist who wrote the piece, the magazine that published it, and people (mainly millennials, women, and snowflakes) who obviously “can’t take a joke” or “can’t take a compliment.” I was stunned at the level of casual and blatant sexism that I was seeing in the Facebook comments. Some went as far as to say that the author only wrote the article to get back at him for unmatching her on Tinder! Am I the only one who thinks that’s ridiculous? Yes, it’s a private Facebook group...with 20,000+ members from all over the jewelry industry, how is that an appropriate thing to say?

 

So, I decided to add my voice to the conversation and do something. So, I designed these earrings to say Time’s Up! In jewelry. Using the hashtag symbol that preceded those words all over social media, I created simple stud earrings in 14k yellow and rose recycled gold (and maybe in sterling silver in the very near future too) to send that message. 25% of each sale will be donated to Time’s Up! So, we can help other women. Because when women come together and support each other, amazing things can happen, and real change can be made.