Love for the Earth
The mining industry has a long history of playing dirty. This is why we work with recycled precious metals and gemstone suppliers who share our views and values. Some of our suppliers even provide micro-financing to artisanal and small scale miners to help them protect and restore the biodiversity of the land affected by their mining operations. We also support projects to replace and clean up pollution from mercury, a toxic heavy metal used in gold mining like the Mercury-Free Mining Project.
Love for our Fellow Humans
We’re committed to supporting happy and healthy working conditions for our entire supply chain, from miners, to gem cutters, to our team in California. This means going beyond conflict-free, which only describes that a gem does not fund armed conflict against legitimate governments. We think it’s important to know that no child labor or forced labor was involved in mining or cutting the gems we work with, and that the materials we work with benefit the communities that mined them. We also think it’s important to reinvest in those communities and support projects that benefit artisanal miners such as Gem Legacy
To us an ethical diamond needs to be more than just certified conflict free. In our ready to wear and one of a kind collections, we only use faceted Canadamark diamonds, mined in Canada’s Northwest Territories as well as traceable rough diamonds mined in South Africa, Namibia, and Canada. We love Canadamark diamonds because they do more than just ensure that a diamond is of Canadian origin — but also that it has been responsibly cut and polished in Canada, India, China, or Belgium in approved facilities.
For our custom work, we can also source reclaimed diamonds, which are one of the most sustainable options around, as no new mining or energy is needed to source them, and we can even source them in stunning antique cuts. For clients looking for a lab-grown diamond for your custom creation, we’ve partnered with the Diamond Foundry, to bring you the sustainable and transparent man-made diamonds we could find.
Also be sure to check out our free guide on how to shop your values when buying diamonds here.
Our colored gemstones are traceable from mine to market, sourced from some of the most reliable ethical gem suppliers in the country. Through our trusted partnerships, we’re able to source unique and stunning, high quality gems while supporting greater transparency in our industry and more rigorous standards for health, labor, and the environment. Our gemstone suppliers regularly visit mines and cutting facilities, ensuring that the mines and cutting facilities are maintaining high labor and environmental standards. Some of our gems are sourced from TAWOMA (the Tanzanian Women Miners Association) through our suppliers Anza Gems and Moyo Gems, some of which can be traced back to the individual miner.
We love working with American mined gems. These gems are fully traceable and subject to US labor and environmental laws. Some of our American gems include Montana sapphires, Arkansas quartz and smoky quartz (some of the clearest and most beautiful in the world), anthill garnet from the Navajo Nation, and Wyoming rubies.
South American Gems
Our rutilated quartzes all come from a single mine in Novo Horizonte, Brazil, the Pyramid mine. This mine is an example of how responsible mining, hand in hand with regenerative agriculture can benefit everyone involved. Our black tourmalines, agates, and some of our aquamarines are also mined responsibly in Brazil.
Our jewelry is crafted with precious metals that have been carefully sourced to reflect our commitment to the Earth and the communities who source our materials. We work closely with US refineries that share our views on transparency and minimizing environmental impacts, to source Fairmined gold and third-party certified 100% recycled gold and silver. Fairmined gold is extracted by empowered and responsible small-scale and artisanal miners who use the Fairmined premium to reinvest in their communities. The Fairmined certification is supported by a third party auditing system that ensures that all participating miners meet rigorous environmental and social standards.
Responsible Studio Practices
At Enji, we strive for our values to shine through all facets of our business and studio practices. This means using environmentally low-impact practices in our studio, minimizing our waste and carbon footprint from shipping, working with local artists and artisans, partnering with organizations that encourage sustainable local economies throughout the world. We recognize that these are areas where we can continuously keep improving and that is our goal. Our jewelry is proudly made by hand in our Carlsbad, CA studio. We consider the life cycle of our jewelry, materials, and packaging when we’re designing it too. We make our jewelry from recycled precious metals to last, holding up to daily wear. Our packaging is made from 100% recycled materials and is also recyclable (our shipping tape and stickers are even biodegradable too).
Our impact isn’t just limited to our own business; we work to create resources and share best practices for the industry at large and for anyone looking to start their responsible jewelry journey. Niki serves on the advisory council of Ethical Metalsmiths and as the organization’s marketing chair.