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Birthstone of The Month: Aquamarine

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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: Aquamarine

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San Diego has been very cold this past month, with many people wondering why winter felt like it came late. Lucky for us, March has officially begun and with it the promise of soft spring breezes and warm kisses from the sun. Spring is amazing and so are the people who are born on this month. To help our loyal and dedicated Enji fans celebrate their birthday (and we’ll be celebrating too, Niki’s birthday is also this month), we have composed a list of 10 fun facts about their birthstone.

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1) Aquamarine is a relative of the Emerald. Both stones are members of the beryl variety of gemstones. Golden Beryl and Morganite are also part of the beryl family and can often be found together in the same deposit.

2) Many aquamarine gemstones are heat treated to bring their color closer to a true, vibrant blue. This color change is permanent, but it doesn't harm or otherwise change the structure of the stone. Heat treated stones should be clearly marked as such, and they are often lower in price than natural stones with the same hue.

3) Aquamarine is well known for its distinctive blue-green color. Shades range from deep teal to a pale, crystal blue. The depth of color is actually influenced by the amount of iron found in each gem's structure, and that is why the color varies so much.

4) Aquamarine registers between a 7 and an 8 on Mohs scale. This is the unit of measurement that is used to test the hardness of different kinds of gemstones. This high score makes the gemstone perfect for daily use.

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5) Aquamarine is a favorite gemstone among contemporary jewelry designers because even the palest blue gem can be a stunning jewel. It lends itself to such an assortment of shapes and cuts, that it gives designers great freedom in artistic expression.

6) While the most valuable aquamarines are mined in Columbia and Brazil, caches of the gem have been found even in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Other mines extracting gem quality material are found in Kenya, Zambia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Madagascar.

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7) The world’s largest cut aquamarine is named the Don Pedro. The stone is exhibited at the Natural History Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

8) Aquamarine is the official stone of Colorado.

9) Believed to be a precious treasure from mermaids, sailors have worn aquamarine amulets to keep them safe at sea, ward off seasickness, and protect them from Satan.

10) The ancient Romans believed that Neptune, god of the sea, had a special affiliation with aquamarine.

 

Sources:

http://jewelry.lovetoknow.com/Facts_About_the_Birthstone_Aquamarine

http://www.gemstonebuzz.com/10-interesting-facts-about-aquamarine-gemstone

http://www.turleyjewelers.com/blog/13-fascinating-facts-about-aquamarine

https://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/aquamarine/aquamarine-info.php