ENJI Studio Jewelry owner Niki Grandics of San Diego, California is the recipient of the 11th annual  Halstead Grant, recognizing jewelry design excellence and business strategy acumen amongst enterprising new jewelers.

Niki Grandics wins $7500 cash; $1000 supplies; trip to Prescott, Arizona; signature Grant Finalist trophy made by 2013 Winner Rebecca Rose; cover and feature spread in the new annual grant publication, Reveal; feature profile and jewelry showcase in the next printed catalog; blog and video profile; press release assistance; feedback report from the judging committee.

Niki trained at San Diego State University and GIA and was a finalist in last year’s Halstead Grant competition. Halstead President Hilary Halstead Scott says, “Niki took the dream route to prepare for life as a studio artist. She has a marketing education, a metals degree and a GIA Graduate Jeweler certification. She has all the right tools plus a distinct gift for design.”

Niki says,“It was so helpful just to set aside the time to think about the direction of my business and all of the steps it will take to actually make that happen. That’s definitely something I’ll do going forward.

I was lucky to have the opportunity to learn from amazing instructors at GIA. In addition to the technical skills of working at the bench, my mentor Mike Turinetti at GIA helps me a lot with navigating life in the industry as a young professional.

My instructors Seth Papac and Sondra Sherman at SDSU not only encouraged the development of my design aesthetic, they really taught me about the professional side of art jewelry from writing grants and artist statements, to working with galleries, and even helped me get an internship at  Galerie Marzee in the Netherlands."

ENJI Studio Jewelry is 100% handmade using high quality, nickel-free materials. As a member of  Ethical Metalsmiths, Niki hopes to raise awareness of the need for sustainably produced, ethically made jewelry. To learn more about Ethical Metalsmiths and Fairmined gold and gems, visit  EthicalMetalsmiths.org
 

Halstead Grant Finalists

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