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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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Ruby, the July Birthstone

Niki Grandics

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:

  • Rubies were first traced to Myanmar as early as 600AD, and Myanmar’s Mogok Valley has been a legendary source for them throughout the ages.

Mogok Valley, photo from GIA

Mogok Valley, photo from GIA

  • Burmese warriors believed that rubies would make them invincible in the battle field, but it wasn’t enough to just wear the rubies. They had to be inserted under the skin to gain the magical benefits.

  • 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

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. 

  • Another woman who owned and loved some legendary ruby pieces was Elizabeth Taylor. This Cartier masterpiece, gifted to her by her third husband features cushion cut rubies surrounded by round and baguette diamonds. 

Elizabeth Taylor’s Cartier ruby and diamond necklace, a gift from her third husband

Elizabeth Taylor’s Cartier ruby and diamond necklace, a gift from her third husband

Birthstone of The Month: Aquamarine

Hilda Chang

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.

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Birthstone Of The Month: Garnet

Niki Grandics

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.

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Birthstone Of The Month: Blue Zircon, Tanzanite, and Turquoise

Hilda Chang

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.

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