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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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Beat the Summer Heat

Hilda Chang

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The summer is a special season most people look forward to. However, the intense heat from previous years has been making it extremely difficult to survive the summer months. Don’t let the sun spoil your summer fun, Enji is here to help you have a more sustainable summer with 5 tips.

 

1. Reusable water bottle

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Our first tip to surviving the summer is drinking lots of cold water, this will help replenish your body’s lost moisture. Cold water in a reusable cup will also help lower your internal body temperature making you feel cooler in hot rooms while also reducing waste from disposable bottles. Humans are made up of 60% water and need to constantly replenish it if we are to survive extreme heat. In general drinking water will help your body run more efficiently, so make sure to double up on water intake during your summer excursions.

 

2. Eat Fresh

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One of the best ways to remain cool in the summer is to reduce your need for cooking indoors. Instead of making a roasted chicken, try a refreshing salad instead. There are plenty of amazing salads that require minimal ingredients saving you both energy and money on cooking a meal. Instead of making a pie in the oven make a beautifully sweet fruit salad made with your favorite fruits guaranteed to keep you hydrated.

 

3. Go Outside

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This might seem to counterproductive in the summer as the heat tends to be the most intense outside, but you would be surprised at the cool oasis nature can provide. Go day camping and find a shady area, trees help temperatures go down by as much as 15 degrees. Camp by a river to give yourself quick relief from the sun. Or perhaps gGo to the beach and enjoy the cooling sea breeze. Mother nature might be going through intense summers, but she will always provide a source of relief. Not only will you be nice and cool, but you will also use less energy at home, saving you money.

 

4. Cook Outside

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If you can, investigate making most of your meals outside. Elect to use a propane grill if you can, or low emissions and clean coal. Electing to cook outside is not only a great way to enjoy your summer, but to also reduce energy.  This will help keep your house from getting too warm and help you save the money and trouble of turning on a stove and air conditioner at the same time.

 

5. Make it Dark

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Another great way to conserve energy is to close your windows and curtains. Direct sunlight will help make your home hotter, so by closing the curtains, you are preventing excess heat from entering your home. Get blackout curtains and help your house stay dark reducing the amount of AC you must use.

 

 

Sources:

https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html

https://studybreaks.com/culture/sustainability/