Happy birthday to all of you July babes! Your birthstone is actually one of my favorites too, and when I was a kid I actually wished my birthstone was a ruby instead of aquamarine when I went to get my ears pierced for the first time. Rubies are known as the king of all gems, which makes sense given their symbolism and the role they’ve played in history. Rubies have been having their moment nothing compares to the fire and romance of these gems. So here are a few interesting facts about rubies:
Mogok Valley, photo from GIA
Rubies were believed to hold the power of life, and many wore them as talismans that guaranteed wealth, beauty, and everlasting love.
In the middle ages rubies have also been thought to predict danger, soothe anger, and cure inflammatory illnesses.
Being made of the mineral corundum, rubies are a hard stone (8 on the Mohs scale) that is resistant to a lot of wear and tear, making it a great choice for all types of jewelry, even rings.
While pure corundum is colorless, it’s the inclusion of the mineral chromium that gives rubies their vibrant red color. And the more chromium present, the deeper red the gem is.
The most valuable shade of ruby red is called pigeon’s blood (although we really need a better name for it, one without dead birds ideally), a deep red with purple hues.
Rubies can be found in many areas of the world including Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, and the state of Wyoming.
Queen Elizabeth wearing the Burmese Ruby Tiara
One of Queen Elizabeth II’s most famous tiaras from her personal jewelry collection is actually one of the few she commissioned for herself, the Burmese Ruby Tiara. The gems were originally a wedding gift from the people of Burma, and the rubies were fashioned into a tiara in a wreath of roses motif.
Elizabeth Taylor’s Cartier ruby and diamond necklace, a gift from her third husband
Rough diamonds from the Raw Stone
Happy birthday to all of you April beauties! Spring has finally sprung after a long rainy winter in Southern California and the wildflowers make your birth-month a little more colorful. For all of my Aries/Taurus friends, here a few interesting facts about your birthstone, the diamond.
Diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, an impressive 58 times harder than any other material to be exact!
Diamonds were used to engrave other gemstones in India as early as 30BCE.
Most diamonds are formed over 80 miles below the Earth’s surface. Almost all bright sparkly diamonds are formed in total darkness, 87-120 miles below the surface in the lithospheric mantle layer. When volcanoes erupt deep underground, the force of the eruption and the magma carry diamonds closer to the surface. The diamonds are hidden inside and mined in the ingneous rock formed by the magma as it cooled.
Most diamonds are 1-3 billion years old. The oldest discovered diamonds are even estimated to be around 4 billion years old.
Some diamonds may have even come from outer space. Carbonado diamonds are thought to have formed around 3 billion years ago when an asteroid collided into the planet. These diamonds are quite porous, so you won’t see them in any rings and they are usually found in Africa and South America.
There’s a diamond in the sky named “Lucy”. The star was named after the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” when it was discovered by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 2007. The star is approximately made of 75% pure diamond as is located 50 light years from Earth.
A diamond loses up to 50% of its rough carat weight in the cutting and polishing process. The result? A stone cut to maximize its brilliance and fire.
Only 30% of all diamonds mined are gem quality. What happens to the other 70%? They’re often used in industrial applications such as abrasives, cutting equipment, and even medical equipment.
You can turn the remains of a loved one into a diamond. Thanks to the power of science, their ashes could be compressed into a lab grown diamond, so they can be cherished forever.
The largest diamond ever mined is the Cullinan Diamond, which was discovered in 1905 and weighed an astonishing 3,106 carats. It was cut into 105 diamonds, the largest of which are the Greater Star of Africa (530.20ct), and the Lesser Star of Africa (317.60ct), part of the British crown jewels. Eight of the other diamonds cut from the Cullinan are also part of Queen Elizabeth II’s private collection.
Here’s a few of our fave pieces featuring these unique and radiant gems. Shop the look below.
If you can trace a flower or a single avocado back to a single farm or field, you should be able to trace a diamond back to a mine, right? Blockchain for the jewelry industry is actually already on its way, with large mining corporations like DeBeers and Alrosa investing heavily into their own blockchain programs. DeBeers is even testing out their program on diamonds 2ct and above and plans to expand it to smaller sizes in the future. These two mining companies on their own account for almost 80% of all diamond mined today. But what about the other 20%?
GIA, Rappaport, have tried creating industry-wide blockchain networks for traceability, however, DeBeers has made it perfectly clear that their blockchain network is only theirs and won’t connect with any industry-wide traceability initiatives. And unfortunately they’re DeBeers and they’re huge and influential and ultimately they do what they want. Large (expensive) tech projects like this may be no big deal to a company that large, but what about the artisanal miner? The Tanzanian Women Miners Association certainly doesn’t have the funds to compete, and ultimately any traceability solution we come up with needs to take small-scale miners into account, or we risk further marginalizing some of the most marginalized people on the planet.
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.
Diamonds are one of the most well-known gemstones in the market today. Their rise in popularity has even caused a bit of a confusion about their journey from mining to market. It is undeniable that certain companies have made ethical sacrifices in the name of profits, but that does not mean that the diamond industry isn’t riddled with false claims and misconceptions. Like any industry, rumors are started, and myths created, but at Enji we aim to deliver only the truth! Not all diamonds are bad, and we are here to shine a light on some of these convincing facts.
Diamonds are beautiful and regarded as one of the most expensive gemstones due to their brilliant shine. Although often described as “a girl’s best friend”, there has been a steady shift to more economically and environmentally friendly stones. These substitutes offer quality and brilliance at a fraction of a price of diamonds. For this article’s purpose we will not be looking at lab created diamonds as they are still technically considered diamonds, but instead focusing on other gemstones who can resemble a diamond. The following gemstones are Enji’s top 5 diamond substitutes.
With Enji’s newly released sapphire rings and earrings, you might be wondering about the stone’s ethical background. Ever since princess Diana chose her stunning 12 karat sapphire wedding ring, the magnificent blue gemstone has been making a strong comeback in the jewelry industry. With the sapphire gaining popular momentum and emerging ecofriendly trends, there has been more demand for ethical sapphires than in previous years. But, where exactly do these little gemstones come from? Who produces ethical sapphires? Enji is here to explain it all.
We all know that most gemstone are precious due to their value, but have you ever wondered how they obtained that value?
San Diego has been very cold this past month, with many people wondering why winter felt like it came late. Lucky for us, March has officially begun and with it the promise of soft spring breezes and warm kisses from the sun. Spring is amazing and so are the people who are born on this month. To help our loyal and dedicated Enji fans celebrate their birthday (and we’ll be celebrating too, Niki’s birthday is also this month), we have composed a list of 10 fun facts about their birthstone.
The new year is here, and it just so happens to land on a Monday. What a perfect coincidence for our blog. I (Hilda), would like to say congratulations to all the January babies out there. I was also born on January and know that all thought the cold nips at your toes, we couldn’t have asked for a better birth month. Most stores are eager to put on after holiday sales and our birthdays are just far enough from Christmas to be their own celebration. To help you celebrate Enji has made a list of 10 fun facts about our birthstone, the garnet.
Did you hear about how a 709-carat rough diamond was found in Sierra Leone? It was sold for an astonishing $6 million dollars, with over half of the money going back to the community. The money is going to be used for water, electricity, health care, schools and many more improvements.
It has been a great week here at Enji. I have tried different greener cleaning techniques for metals and shared how to properly care for your favorite jewelry pieces. Although this will be my last post for the week I am excited to share what I have learned with you. Today I will be sharing my research on cleaning and storing gemstones. There are many stones and here at Enji we continue to explore and learn more about different stones and gems each day. We advise you to seek the original jeweler for questions about cleaning your jewelry if you are unsure what stone you own. Here are some easy ways to care for your most common precious stones.
Last time we talked about 5 ways to keep your jewelry looking pristine in daily use. But what if you are the type of person who just bought an elegant piece that is perfect for that event in a few months? How do you keep it looking its best so that you can look your very best? Today I will share a few ways of how to store the most common jewelry and how different metals require special attention.
We have all been there. We buy an amazing piece of jewelry and do one of two things, we either save it for a special occasion or wear it every day. But rarely do we stop to think if we are taking care of our jewels in the proper way. Do some pieces require more attention than others? Is there a difference in how we treat different metals? What about gemstones? Well friends I am here to help you find your way through this elaborate maze of jewelry care with a three-part blog on how to properly care for your pieces. Today we talk about prevention and day to day wear. Here are five simple steps to ensuring that your jewelry stays almost as new as the day you bought it.
If you have ever bought jewelry you might have heard the words carat and karat. But do you know the difference between them? It’s ok if you don’t, as a high schooler I thought carat was the same as karat which lead to some major faux pas. Although they sound the same their definitions mean something completely different in the jewelry world. Enji wants to help you understand the difference so that you can avoid faux pas too.
Congratulations and happy birthday to the loyal Enji fans who are born in the magical month of December. It can be a bit challenging to share your birth month with major holidays, but we’re here to help you celebrate. And because you have three major birthstones associated with your birth month, we will be giving you an extra five interesting fact about your birthstones.
As the year continues, Enji would once again like to congratulate all our November birthday friends! As is tradition, we would like to help you celebrate with 10 interesting facts about your November birthstones.
In previous articles we mentioned that ENJI’s founder, Niki Grandics, loves tourmaline and uses them in her jewelry line. Maybe you are familiar with tourmaline and its varying colors and patterns, but today we want to dive a little deeper into this amazing gemstone. This gemstone is unique and has a rich deep history.
Congratulations and happy birthday to all our October ENJI fans! Besides being your birth month, you also have Halloween celebrations and pumpkin spice lattes to love. To add to your exciting day, we are sharing with you 10 amazing facts about your birthstones.
Congratulations and happy birthday to our friends out there who have a September birthdays! Here are 10 fun facts about your birthstone on your special day. Tag any of your friends who also have September birthdays and tell us what day your birthday is on.