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Enji’s Favorite 2018 Engagement Ring Trends

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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 Favorite 2018 Engagement Ring Trends

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Spring has just arrived in San Diego and just like the flowers, love is about to bloom. It’s wedding season here in southern California where our weather permits us to start the wedding season early and end later than most cities. But every wedding has a humble beginning and you cannot get to the most important day without asking the most important question. 2018 has already been filled with love and many newly engaged couples share their unique rings. Enji has made our top favorite engagement ring trends that we are absolutely in love with.

 

Unique Cuts

One of the biggest emerging trends among new brides is one of a kind diamond cuts. With today’s mass production it is easy to find common cookie cutter wedding rings. These rings are not only made for mass production but often lack the unique detail most brides are looking for. We love how brides are seeking gemstone as rare as their love story. Here at Enji our favorite unique look is the rough diamond. Although not technically cut, rough diamonds will never be the same and give an amazing fresh breath to the standard engagement ring.

 

Rose Gold

In case you missed it, rose gold is trending again. Enji loves how this trend finally reached wedding and engagement rings! Rose gold had a huge explosion in popularity the past couple of years, so we knew it was only a matter of time until it influenced our brides to be. Rose gold is beautiful for spring or summer proposals adding a splash of color to any wardrobe. Its unique pink shade is stunning and works well with most diamonds and stones. Enji even has a few rings that were inspired by these trends, featuring unique gems set in rose gold.

 

Colored Stones

Enji is a big fan of this rising trend. This trend was originally inspired by the rising awareness of the unethical and inhumane mining practices of conflict diamonds. Many conscious brides realized colored stones were a better option and the jewelry industry quickly caught on. Colored stones also gained momentum from celebrities praising these vibrant gems for their beauty. What bride wouldn’t want to express herself with breathtaking colored gemstones?

 

Cluster stones

Another popular trend is clustering stones together to provide a unique feel. This technique is stunningly different to what is mass produced in the market today. Although traditionally engagement rings have one big diamond, not all brides want a big flashy stone, some brides elect to have a more sensible and delicate balanced ring. The cluster stone trend gives simple brides the option to have a unique and beautiful ring that matches her personality. Remember sometimes less is more and every bride is different.

 

Split Shank

Although the split shank ring style isn’t new, there has been a wider version gaining attention. This beautiful technique relies on two bands parallel to each other, with a stone in the middle. The delicate ring detail gives the illusion that the diamond is suspended in the middle. Enji loves how this style can be simple and delicate without losing any of its elegance. It is one of our best sellers and even comes in three colors.

 

Square Band

2018 is the year brides are breaking the mold. Literally! This year has been filled with one of a kind designs and out of the box styles and the bands are no exception. While circular bands are traditionally used in engagement ring designs, brides have been speaking volumes about square bands. This shape provides sleek elegant features while providing the bride with more comfort as the shape is known to pinch less than circular bands. This simply goes to show that there is a ring for every type of woman.

 

Open Rings

Another popular out of the box idea is open engagement rings. Unlike traditional wedding rings that are a closed loop, brides have decided to go in a more modern style and wear rings that do not connect. These stunning rings give a contemporary feel as opposed to traditional styles. Enji elects to design modern and one of a kind styles so we love how this trend is gaining more momentum.

 

Sources:

https://www.southernliving.com/weddings/engagement-ring-trends-2018#oval-cut-engagement-ring-trends-2018

https://www.brides.com/story/engagement-ring-trends

https://www.theknot.com/content/engagement-ring-trends