“Ethical with an edge,” is the slogan of Enji Studio Jewelry, and it’s one that speaks straight to my heart, and no doubt that of many other consumers these days.
Founded by GIA graduate Niki Grandics in 2014—the same year she graduated from San Diego State University—the Carlsbad, Calif.–based Enji was born of the need to create more responsible ways to enjoy the finer things in life. Haunted by the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza factory near Dhaka, Bangladesh, that killed more than 1,100 factory workers (where well-known brands such as Benetton, Cato, the Children’s Place, Mango, and others had their goods made), Grandics was motivated. She would build a brand that would mirror her burgeoning consumer values—ones that a growing population of shoppers share—one that was ethical and sustainable.
I expected that this was a company that shared those values when I first glanced at these earrings. Does sustainability have an inherent “look?” I can’t say for sure. Perhaps it’s more that organic, sometimes rugged style that just pleases the eye of a shopper trying her best to be responsible. I suppose a thing can look any which way and still be created with recycled, traceable materials. But Enji’s goods happen to hit that sweet spot of artful everyday, brought to life at the hands of an individual, and that’s just the way I like it.
What I love about these Pavla earrings is that they’re impactful. (I have statement jewels on the brain after witnessing Sunday night’s Golden Globes.) I think they’d hold their weight just fine at a formal event, but I am vying to wear them with a casual Canadian tuxedo (read: all denim).
With Afghan sapphire crystal slices hugged in wiry frames and Montana sapphires glinting from the top, the Pavla pair are a dream for fans of blue, but their crisp, artisan aesthetic will claim the hearts of a rainbow’s worth of wearers.
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Top: Pavla earrings in recycled 14k yellow gold with fair trade sapphire crystals and Montana sapphires, $1,428