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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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How Millennials Can Save The Earth

Niki Grandics

Millennials have been at the end of various joke through the years, especially from older generations. But, recently Millennials have shown many amazing qualities which could save the world with sustainability. Being a part of this generation myself, I feel it is my responsibility to help change the world. We are one of the most charitable generations and are known for wanting our careers, lifestyles, and the products we buy to align with our values and sense of purpose. Despite all the articles saying we’re killing this industry and that industry, maybe it’s time to change things for the better. Here are some ways we’re making it happen.

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Easy Ways to Make Your San Diego Home More Sustainable

Niki Grandics

San Diego, and California in general have always been ecologically friendly especially with the recent droughts we’ve had. Clearly getting energy efficient appliances makes the most sense toward reducing your carbon footprint in your home, but can take a lot of time and money. Here are 5 simple ways to make your San Diego home more sustainable.

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All About Canadamark Diamonds

Niki Grandics

When we mention the word “diamond” most people think of the African mining operations, but there is another source many seem to forget. Today ENJI believes that we should bring attention to those who choose to be ethically and sustainably responsible. Canadian Diamonds are among some of the world's most sustainable diamonds and we feel that it is time you got to know why.

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Custom Engagement Rings 101

Niki Grandics

Congratulations! You are probably here because you feel that either your relationship with your significant other is serious enough to think about weddings, or you have already been asked and want the ability to customize your ring. Either way a custom ring can be a beautiful and special experience that will provide you with a one of a kind piece. Making a custom ring can be a tedious process if you are not aware of all the requirements that it entails. Below is my step by step process of how to be prepared for your unique journey.

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Common Questions About Lab Created Diamond

Niki Grandics

Diamonds are known for their elegance and beauty, but with the rise in ethical and sustainable greener practices, many jewelers and companies are turning to another source for diamonds than the traditional mines. Lab grown diamonds are starting to grow in popularity especially within the engagement ring industry, but there are many assumptions about these ethical gems. I am here to answer some common questions/ misconceptions most people have.

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Sustainable Gemstone Mining Internationally

Niki Grandics

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) held an important first-of-its-kind forum involving gemstone mining at its Paris headquarters in May to bring together as many actors in this scattered industry as possible. The goal of the three-day conference, was to begin the process of creating policies for sustainable mining practices and increasing returns for miners who often dig by hand with little to show for their efforts.

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How Fast Fashion Is Slowly Killing The Environment

Niki Grandics

The fashion industry has come a long way since we first started making clothes from sheep’s wool. In our modern day and age, we rely on mass produced and affordable clothing to keep us warm in the winter and to clothe our loved ones. Whether it’s buying a new top for ourselves or gifting someone a cool t-shirt for their birthday, there are consequences to our actions. The fashion industry has been trying to keep their practices a secret in the name of profits, but here at ENJI we believe you deserve to know the truth.

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Using The 3 R’s To Change The Jewelry Industry

Niki Grandics

We all know that the responsibility of helping reduce waste and pollution rests squarely on our shoulders. But it can be difficult known where to start.  Most, if not all of us, are aware of the 3 R’s, as Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, to help cut down on waste. This is one simple rule to follow that can help bring down your carbon footprint. Today I want to talk about how you can use these rules relative to the jewelry industry as most jewelry today carries a large carbon footprint.

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The 4 C’s Of Gemstones

Niki Grandics

Ahhh… gemstones each unique and beautiful on their own. I myself am fond of tourmalines, and diamonds (especially rough diamonds!) for their colors and unique textures. But it can be tricking buying a new stone if you are unfamiliar with what it is suppose to look like. Fortunately there is a common way to figure out the quality of stones. Let me be clear that diamonds are usually the easiest to compare when using this method as they are easier to distinguish in quality. The four C’s are…

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