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Enji's Jewelry Guide to Different Occasions

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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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Enji's Jewelry Guide to Different Occasions

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Being a woman in today’s time can be challenging, everyday people expect you to look well put together. Your job expects you to come in looking your professional best and certain events like weddings and formals even have a dress code. Whatever the occasion, jewelry can be a powerful ally when putting together an outfit. Today we will go over some common occasions you encounter, and what is the best type of jewelry you can wear. What metals or types of jewelry you should own, and what styles are best.

 

Colors

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Colors play a central part to your wardrobe whether you prefer mostly black (like I do) or vibrant festive patterns it is important not to clash. The same can be said about your accessories. If you are not sure what colors look good together you can consult a color wheel. You would want to pick a primary color like red, blue, or yellow and have a secondary color to help highlight your wardrobe. If you are adventurous you can pick a color opposite of your primary color. And of course, don’t forget that black and white typically go with just about any color.

 

Styles

Jewelry comes in many forms and styles, but here a few that Enji finds important to have.

 

Classic accessories: pearl or diamond earrings. They are small but elegant on any occasion

Glamorous accessories: dangling earrings, short necklace or statement necklace, cocktail ring,

Playful accessories: chunky jewelry in bright colors

Edgy accessories: thick cuff bracelet, choker necklace,

Workday accessories: delicate necklace, classic watch, subtle earrings

 

It is important to have both statement pieces and delicate or subtle for various occasions. Don’t be afraid to try on different styles of jewelry.

 

Occasions

Now that you have an idea on what kind of jewelry would go well with what outfits, here are some likely scenarios where your jewelry can help elevate your outfit.

 

Job interviews:

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When going to a job interview it is important to dress in clean sharp clothes and minimal classic accessories. A pearl necklace or diamond earrings are a good contrast against a dark suit. Wearing silver piece, like a bracelet, also makes a good contrast against dark colors. These Enji earrings are good abstract earrings that subtly highlights the shirt. The layered rings are also contributing a delicate touch.

 

Casual night with friends:

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Although your friends wouldn’t judge you if you were to show up in jeans and a plain white shirt, there are easy ways for you to accessorize. Wearing a long necklace that compliments your shirt color is a quick way to impress. Consider a statement necklace, like Enji’s black tourmaline, that matches your jacket or shoes. Layering on necklaces and bracelets is another easy way to breathe life into your outfit. These earrings also help frame your face and the ring brings attention to your outfit.
 

Work:

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Depending on what industry you work in, your jewelry should reflect that. Professional environments can require either subtle or statement jewelry. If you do not have to work with customers directly and if your office allows, consider wearing more vibrant colors. Let your jewelry reflect your personality while still being professional. Using the color wheel, a simple purple dress can really make gold jewelry pop.

 

Dinner Party:

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This is one of the occasions where you have the most creative liberty with your jewelry. You choose to be extravagant or as simplistic as you want. I am personally a fan of wearing a little black dress and having my jewelry be the center of the attention. Pick colors that will stand out like silver on black, don’t be afraid to try something new. Wear whatever makes you feel confident.

 

Formal events:

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Opposite to the dinner party, formal events are all about the dress. Everyone want to look their best and the easiest way for you to do so, is by letting your jewelry compliment your beautiful elegant gown. Color gemstones are a great accessory to match your gown, while long and delicate necklaces can help highlight slender flowing gowns. Gemstones like diamonds and crystals can also help give an elegant feel.

 

Sources:

http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/844513/how-to-match-accessories-to-your-outfit

https://www.groupon.com/articles/how-to-wear-jewelry

https://www.workingmother.com/what-jewelry-you-should-wear-for-specific-occasions