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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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It’s Time for a Fashion Revolution

Niki Grandics

This week is Fashion Revolution Week. Some of you might already know and might already be asking your favorite brands “who made my clothes?” (or jewelry or accessories), and if so hats off to you and thank you for making your voice heard and helping hold the fashion industry accountable. If you’re newer to sustainable fashion, no worries, Fashion Revolution week is a great way to start getting involved! I’ll go into the history and impact of Fashion Revolution and why it’s important to get involved.

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Journey of a Lifetime: A Starter’s Guide for Sustainable Travelers

Hilda Chang

How you get to your destination also matters. Every single transportation option comes with a degree of impact. Biking and backpacking have relatively low impacts while flying probably has the most. Consider all the possible ways for you to arrive to your destination. Perhaps instead of a plane, you can take a transcontinental train where you can enjoy the scenic route. Consider taking a direct flight to your destination if you absolutely must fly. Most emissions from planes come from takeoff and landing.

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Green and Clean Stain Removers

Hilda Chang

Trying to remove stains and dirt from clothes can be difficult. There are so many products out in the market today that all advertise pristine whites and vibrant colors if you use their products. But these companies often hide how unnatural or harmful their chemicals can be and can even ruin your clothes if used improperly. A better way around these harmful or toxic chemicals is natural and green stain removers you can make in your own home. You will be able to control what works best for you while still being sustainable. Plus, the natural ingredients are easy on delicate skin and your wallet.

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Cruelty free makeup guide

Hilda Chang

The cosmetic industry is problematic. From heavily relying on fear tactics for marketing to testing and welfare issue, the makeup industry has many situations where it might seem less than optimal. However, companies listened as women found their voice and started standing up for what they believed in. Concerns about testing, quality control, and sustainable/ ethical practices became known and cosmetics started changing and evolving. Outdated practices, such as animal testing, became frowned upon and started a revolution of beauty products with sustainability in mind. Supporting the transition to cruelty free make is huge for further development. Enji has comprised a list of 10 animal friendly cosmetic brands to support as they help revolutionize the standards of the makeup industry.

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Miniseries Challenge Part Two: Buying Sustainable

Niki Grandics

Welcome back to the second part of our miniseries challenge. As you may already know I (Hilda) am trying something new each week for the month of January. Last week I tried lowering my carbon footprint by having what I like to call “No Drive Week.” While last week's sustainability challenge was focused on abstaining from a certain action, this week’s focuses on being proactive and mindful. I wanted to actively practice sustainability and thought the best way to do that is by making sure my money goes where it counts.

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Miniseries Challenge Part One: No Drive Week

Hilda Chang

With the turn of a new year, I decided that I wanted to make bigger strides toward sustainability. For this new year I pledged that I would try something new each week of the month of January. Follow me as I write and record my experiences every week on our new miniseries challenge. I will post my sustainable experiences every Wednesday here on Enji’s blog and small videos on our social media. This week to help me lower my carbon footprint on the Earth and to show our dependence on cars I decided not to drive.

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10 Small Ways To Make Your Wedding More Sustainable

Niki Grandics

Weddings are one of the most beautiful ceremonies you can witness, especially if it is your own. Every detail has been meticulously thought out right down to the last name card. Most brides plan out their weddings months maybe even years in advanced, as it takes copious time to plan. However, most weddings are not very environmentally friendly and use a lot of resources. That is why Enji came up with 10 small ways to help make your wedding (or friends) a little more sustainable. Every bride wants her wedding to be the best, but that doesn’t mean she should forego sustainability. Implement these small actions and your wedding can maintain its elegance while still being environmentally friendly.

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Enji’s Top Holiday Picks For The Family: Part 3

Hilda Chang

The holiday is just around the corner and our holiday gift guide ends right on Black Friday. To help conclude our three-part series, we want to focus on the members of the family who never fail to make us smile. They are the youngest members of the family and often bring us joy and surprise us with unremarkable kindness. Although you might not have your own biological children there is usually a child or young adult in your family that you can appreciate. On this gift guide we break away from the traditional gifts of electronics and video games to recommend more traditional toys and novelty items your young family member might enjoy. Our list consists of gift ideas for all ages (even family members who are young at heart). Starting from youngest to oldest, here are our top picks for the holiday season.

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Enji’s Top Holiday Gifts For The Family: Part 2

Hilda Chang

Today we tackle part two of Enji’s top holiday picks for family. Last week we focused on the strong women of your life and today we want to switch the focus to the men. Whether this means paying tribute to your best friend, or your high school teacher who never gave up on you, there is a guy out there who supported all your endeavors. As we all know men tend to be a little more difficult to shop for simply because of the overabundance of women’s gifts in stores. To help prevent you from running all over town, we have put together a list of male centered stores to find that perfect gift for him, each based in California to ensure that your gift comes in time for the holidays. There is something for every kind of guy in this list and we are sure there is at least something he will appreciate.

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Enji’s Top Holiday Picks For The Family: Part 1

Hilda Chang

The holiday season is upon us and it is that time of the year to be thankful for all those in our lives. Although the holiday season is traditionally about family meals and warm wishes it is also a wonderful time to show those we love how much we appreciate them. This week Enji wants to help you find the perfect gift for those in your heart by making a local gift guide. Today we present to you the top 10 gifts local to Califorina to give to the strong women in your life. Come back all week long as we continue to show you our top picks for the rest of your family members.

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5 Green Cleaners You Can Make Naturally At Home

Hilda Chang

One thing that I love about a greener lifestyle is that you can live a healthier life while still saving the planet. We can take the example of most cleaning products. The warning labels of household cleaning products have to clearly state things like “Corrosive. Harmful or fatal if swallowed”, “Keep out of reach of children”, and “Avoid contact with eyes, skin or clothing”. Not only are these products harmful to the environment, but also to our direct health. By living a greener lifestyle, you could eliminate these items in your home and use safer nontoxic ingredients that work just as well. Check out the top 5 essential cleaning recipes we suggest getting started living healthier.

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8 Ethical Fashion Influencers To Help You Stay Motivated

Hilda Chang

The journey to sustainable and ethical fashion can seem daunting, especially when you alone on your journey. To help keep your motivation high, as you continue to make responsible choices, Enji has found some wonderfully conscious influencers to take inspiration from. These strong women are doing their best to help keep their wardrobes fashionable and ethical.

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Why I Chose to Give Up Fast Fashion (And What I Learned Along the Way)

Niki Grandics

I feel infinitely blessed to be able to pursue a career in the jewelry industry and create pieces for women who want to change the world. I have always had a love for fashion and jewelry and like a lot of people my age, I would shop somewhat often and also shopped at fast fashion retailers like H&M and Zara. Ultimately it was the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 that opened my eyes to this aspect of the industry and led me to begin exploring these issues and more ethical and sustainable paths. I set out on this path hoping to have a clearer conscience and maybe a few extra dollars in my bank account, it has led me to learn some unexpected lessons and ultimately helped shape the ethos of my business as well.

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What is The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Hilda Chang

We have recently been posting many blogs about sustainability in your home and how to improve your impact on the earth. Although we all know that going green is a better for the environment, it can be easy to start doubting whether your hard work and dedication is going to improving anything. The truth is that although it may not feel like it, you are helping tremendously. One example of how you are helping is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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DIY Compost For Sustainable Living

Hilda Chang

The practice of sustainable living has been a growing trend these past few years. The idea behind this movement is simply to help reduce waste and live as efficiently and naturally as possible. The transition to sustainable living can be a difficult adjustment, but ENJI is here to help with tips and tricks for how to start living sustainably. We previously talked about growing your own sustainable food from scraps and today we want to help you start your sustainable compost.

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Shifting To A Circular Economy

Hilda Chang

Many of us buy items with a limited life. Take for example a plastic bag, this item is used for a single time before it is discarded. The solution for this waste problem has often been recycling and although it is a good idea it might not be possible. Many cities do not carry the capacity to recycle all or most of our waste. This is where the idea of a circular economy comes into play.

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How To Properly Recycle

Hilda Chang

The recent rise in recycling and sustainability has become increasingly prevalent in our society, especially with California being one of the most progressive states. You may have noticed that many institutions, such as libraries and universities, have started to use green or blue recycling bins in combination with traditional trash cans. These bins are the beginning stages of San Diego being a zero-waste city by 2040, but I have also noticed many people are confused when encountering these bins. Today I want to clear up some confusion and talk about what is appropriate recycling material and how to properly recycle in your own home. For research purposes I will be using San Diego guidelines as they are similar, but I encourage everyone to figure out their own city's regulations on recycling.

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Sustainably Growing Your Own Food From Scraps

Hilda Chang

America has an ugly truth that few people are aware of and contribute to every single day. We are talking about food waste. America has billions of pounds of food waste, that’s right Billions. Dr. Roni Neff, a Johns Hopkins University researcher, estimates that if America recovered all the food waste we could provide a 2,000-calorie diet to 84% of the population. Although most of this food waste can be attributed to food standards, it also comes from many households. Today ENJI wants to help you end food waste and sustainable grow your own produce from food you would throw away.

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