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Birthstone of the Month: Emerald

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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: Emerald

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May is a beautiful time of year. The new warm sun is inviting, and everything is bursting with life and colors. Spring babies will agree that May is the best time of year. Enji wants to help celebrate with those who were born in this spectacular month. We have found 10 interesting facts about your birthstone.

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Emeralds are considered one of the four precious gemstones. The other stones are sapphire, ruby, and diamond.

Not only is Emerald part of the precious gemstone family, but it is also the rarest of them all. This combination gives the emerald its high prices.

Another attribution to Emeralds high prices is the fact that they are only a 7.5/10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. This means they are vulnerable to chipping and cracking making it difficult to set them into jewelry.

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Emeralds are known for their variety of rich green colors. They can range from soft green to a deep forest green, with the deeper color being considered more valuable.

Any stone not dark enough to be considered an Emerald is classified as a Green Beryl.

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Not only is the color of Emeralds important, but so is the clarity. Unlike diamonds, imperfections in the emeralds can make them more valuable. Clear emeralds free of imperfections are rare and typically a sign of a synthetic stone, making imperfect emeralds more desirable.

Emerald’s clarity can also be inspected with the naked eye. A diamond’s clarity would have to be examined under 10x magnification.

If you compared a 2-carat diamond next to an emerald, you would notice the emerald is slightly bigger. Due to its density, a 2-carat emerald would be bigger than a diamond.

The first documentation of emerald mining is in Egypt during 1500 BC. They were even Cleopatra's favorite gemstone and her obsession with them was well known.

Emeralds were first discovered and mined in America in 1997 when they were found in the Yukon Territory. However, large Emerald quantities are difficult to find in the United States and further north. 

 

Sources:

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/emerald-facts-2042967

http://www.charlesschwartz.com/10-enchanting-facts-about-mays-birthstone/