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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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5 Tips for Ethical Jewelry Buying This Holiday Season

Niki Grandics

Can I tell you a secret? Gifting is my favorite part of the holidays. And jewelry gifts to me have always been such meaningful and emotional gifts that carry stories and memories with them. I’ve loved fashion and jewelry since I was kid, but my passion for fair fashion and sustainability started in 2013. Since then, I’ve turned my passion for jewelry and fair fashion into a career and have been designing under the Enji name since 2014.  As a jewelry lover, fair fashion advocate, and Ethical Metalsmiths member, I really believe you vote with your dollar, so even with my love of holiday gift giving, I try to shop according to my values and buy gifts that do good. While it seems like a lot to think about and a lot of research, here are a few quick tips that will make it easy to buy amazing jewelry and shop your values this holiday season:

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Enji's Jewelry Guide to Different Occasions

Hilda Chang

Being a woman in today’s time can be challenging, everyday people expect you to look well put together. Your job expects you to come in looking your professional best and certain events like weddings and formals even have a dress code. Whatever the occasion, jewelry can be a powerful ally when putting together an outfit. Today we will go over some common occasions you encounter, and what is the best type of jewelry you can wear. What metals or types of jewelry you should own, and what styles are best.

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The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Guide to Traveling With Jewelry

Hilda Chang

Traveling can be stressful for many people. Whether you are a last-minute packer or a time management wizard there is always something you either forget or anticipate going wrong. Whether you are traveling by airplane across the state or by car to a nearby city you should always be prepared. During the research portion of this article we found that many of the so-called tips involved using plastics and disposable ideas. However, here at Enji we believe it is our responsibility to limit waste too, so we made our guide more ecofriendly. And although the recent holidays are over, you will be able to use these tips and tricks any time you travel.

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Taking Care Of The Ones You Love - Part 1

Hilda Chang

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.

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Carat Vs. Karat

Hilda Chang

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.

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Common Jewelry Allergy Causing Metals

Hilda Chang

Did you ever buy a ring as a child and found out that it caused your skin to turn green the next week? If so, you are not alone; many people have a degree of sensitivity when it comes to jewelry metals. There are various reasons why an allergic reaction can occur. Today ENJI wants to go over the most common types of allergy causing jewelry metals and some helpful hints on how to prevent and avoid your allergies.

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Qualities To Look For In A Jewelry Appraiser

Niki Grandics

There are many reasons why you might need an appraiser such as insuring an engagement ring, selling, or buying high end jewelry, and simply finding out the value of an heirloom. It can be difficult to blindly trust someone with such valuable items, especially if you have never done it before. But ENJI wants to help make this process easier for you by recommending some qualities to look for in an appraiser. Here are a few key things to look for…

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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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