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Birthstone of the month: Moonstone, Alexandrite, Pearl

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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: Moonstone, Alexandrite, Pearl

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Summer is officially starting this month and it's arguably the best month according to June babies. We all have fond memories of summer vacations and sweet treats. June babies are lucky to be born such great weather and to help them celebrate their special day Enji is sharing 10 fun facts about their birthstones.

1. Pearls are the only gemstones created by living creatures. Mollusks, like clams and oysters, will produce a smooth protective film over irritants, slowly building it up to a beautiful pearl.

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2. The name “pearl” comes from the Latin word Perna or “leg” because of how an open mollusk looks like a leg of mutton. The name “pearl” is used to refer to any object rare and valuable.

3. Natural pearls are seldom perfectly round. Most round pearls are either cultured on farms or synthetic. The easiest way to tell if you own a real pearl (cultured or natural) is by placing the pearl between your teeth and feeling for a slightly gritty texture. Real pearls will have small inconsistencies from layering and hence feel gritty in your teeth.

4. Alexandrite is relatively new and first discovered in the emerald mines of the Ural Mountains, located in Russia.

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5. This unique stone has a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl that changes color from bluish green in daylight to purplish red under incandescent light. Because of its color shifting, alexandrite has been named the official gemstone of Russia.

6. Because it was originally mined in Russia, the first mine helped set the industry standard for Alexandrite. Today it can be mined from Sri Lanka, Brazil, and East Africa, but their gems are usually duller than their Russian counterparts.

7. Due to the gemstones scarcity, Alexandrite is considered one of the rarest gemstones, far rarer than rubies or diamonds.

8. The beautiful Moonstone got its name from Roman natural historian Pliny. He noted how the stone would reflect and seem like it would change with the moon’s cycles.

9. Moonstones are not the sturdiest stone. They are only 6/10 on the hardness scale and need to be carefully guarded against scratching and chipping. Because of this most moonstones are worn as brooches, earrings, and pendants most frequently.

10. Also known as the Traveler’s Stone, it’s believed to protect travelers at night. Moonstone is used to treat insomnia and sleepwalking, is thought to encourage sound sleep, and create beneficial dreams.

 

Sources:

https://www.americangemsociety.org/page/junebirthstones