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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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Beyond Blood Diamonds: Myths and Facts to Shine a Light on Diamond Sourcing

Niki Grandics

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.

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5 Gemstone Alternatives for a Diamond

Hilda Chang

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.  

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Negative Global Impacts of Traditional Gold and Diamond Mining

Niki Grandics

It is obvious that the mining industry for both diamond and gold is filled with controversial issues. One of the most prevalent issue is the negative environmental impacts that the mining industry has on our earth. Issues, such as sustainability and global warming, have been fought against and denied since the industrial revolution. This way of cost-benefit business thinking has only contributed to further disintegration of our ecosystems and it is time that we address our consequences.

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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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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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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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