September 22, 2015

Colorful Inspiration from the Pantone Fall Color Lineup

Pump up the color in your fall designs with inspiration from the Pantone Fall 2015 Color Palette. Natural, earthy tones are the theme for the fall season, with colors that mimic the changing seasons. Everything from clothes, bags, shoes and jewelry will be featuring this beautiful selection of colors. These rich, fall colors are just waiting for you to use in your jewelry designs.

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We have a wonderfully diverse collection of colorful gemstone beads, leather cord, and even tassels that can add the perfect touch of color to your fall jewelry designs. Add a simple briolette bead to accent a pair or earrings, make earthy leather wrap bracelets, or make statement jewelry with colorful tassels. Embrace these elegant tones during this festive time of year! Which color is your favorite? We’re having a hard time picking just one!

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August 26, 2015

Finding Inspiration on the Camino Frances

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Walking across Spain may seem like an odd way to celebrate your 50th birthday, but it was the perfect trip for me. In 2015 my daughter turned 20 and my sister turned 30. Together we were 100 years old!  We walked 400 miles over four weeks on the Camino Frances, an ancient pilgrimage trail from St. Jean Pied de Port in Southern France to Santiago de Campostella in Spain. Despite the physical challenges, it was tremendously liberating to wake up every day and know that your only task was to walk through the summer landscape. We were accompanied by pilgrims from many countries including Korea, Brazil, Greenland, Mexico and many Europeans. For some, it was a traditional Christian pilgrimage, for some a personal spiritual journey, and for others a secular adventure, but there was a lovely sense of community that developed among travelers who moved along the route at a similar pace. It was fun to meet up with familiar faces and spend hours walking and talking to people from vastly different walks of life. Sleeping in municipal hostels with up to 80 beds in a room was a unique experience that I balanced with the occasional stay at a nice hotel, but I wouldn’t have skipped either.

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While traversing Roman bridges that ferry modern traffic, I could not help but wonder if anything we make or build today will still exist, let alone provide a valuable service, 2,000 years from now. I also acquired a deep respect for the Spanish lifestyle. Instead of watching TV at home, people spent their evenings and weekends in public plazas eating, drinking, and visiting with family and friends. Elders were out enjoying themselves along with toddlers who could run around freely while parents relaxed. Some of my best memories were watching the light change on the beautiful architecture while the sun set stretched out languorously past 10 pm.

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August 19, 2015

Start the Year Off Right : Back to School Jewelry

Making your teacher a special and memorable keepsake to show them how much they are appreciated is sure to make this coming school year the best yet! We’ve put together a collection of charms and jewelry to pump up the school spirit and impress your favorite teachers. Pair stamping blanks with apple charms, or school mascots with school colors to create fun and unique designs for everyone in your class, club, or on your team.

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Putting together a personalized charm necklace, charm bracelet, or pair of earrings is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Watch a quick how-to video on how to create quick and easy charm necklaces. Mix and match pieces from our collection to create one of a kind designs you can wear all year round!

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August 5, 2015

Explore the Trend : Ocean Jewelry

Ocean jewelry and beach jewelry are the perfect accessory for the summer season. Our specially curated collection of ocean, summer, and beach charms and findings are sure to inspire, and will make you want to take a day trip to the beach this weekend! Whimsical and playful designs are at your fingertips with our gallery of ocean jewelry inspiration. Whether you add a starfish, mermaid, or adorn with pearls, your new summer ocean jewelry will turn heads and add sunshine to your look!


Get inspired to make your own ocean jewelry this season, and make it summer year round! Explore the trend and make this look yours!

June 17, 2015

Celebrate the Season : Summertime Jewelry!

The sun is out, the weather is warm, and it’s time to enjoy what the summer season has to offer! Kick off summer with simple and easy season-inspired jewelry designs. You can create fun, summer jewelry by mixing and matching charms with tassels on finished chains or charm bracelets. Tassels are trending, and we offer a cheerful collection of mini cotton tassels in an array of colors. They make the perfect pair with themed charms or pendants. All you have to do is choose a charm and corresponding tassel (you could use a gemstone bead as well!), and string them onto chain, or affix them to trendy charm bracelets.

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Celebrate this fun time of year with a charming collection of pendants, tassels, and charms. We created a summer-themed collection just for you, with pendants, charms, leather, tassels, and more, to help you create fun and unique summertime looks. Check out these fun combinations below to help get you inspired:

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Take a day to beat the heat, and make playful designs that you can wear all summer long. What is your favorite summer activity? Share in the comments below!

June 11, 2015

Movie Jewelry :: Jurassic World

Television jewelry and movie jewelry are the perfect way to celebrate a new film release or TV premiere, and express how big of a fan you and your friends are. This week marks the release for the anticipated Jurassic World, a modern day sequel to the original, Jurassic Park. A few weeks ago we received a shipment of adorable little dinosaur charms, and thought it was fitting to collect charms to match the new movie’s theme! How cute would a t-rex necklace and stegosaurus earrings be? Lucky for you, we have everything you need to make Jurassic jewelry!

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Shop our mini dinosaur themed collection, and make one of a kind pieces to celebrate the action-packed Jurassic World. You can even sport prehistoric jewelry year round to show pride for being a natural history buff. Easily string charms onto finished chains for quick and easy necklaces, or use leather to make fun and trendy leather wrap bracelets. Browse our collection now!

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May 26, 2015

Explore the Trend : Bridal Jewelry

Jewelry for brides and her bridesmaids is the latest trend as we enter wedding season! Making bridal jewelry is the perfect way to accentuate your wedding look, or make beautiful gifts for those in your wedding party. We have everything you need to make gorgeous and unique jewelry for your wedding day! Shop our specially curated collection to find charms, pendants, and more to make jewelry for yourself, or all the special women standing by you on your special day.

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Make jewelry to match your stunning wedding gown, create timeless jewelry for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom, make a special keepsake for your flower girl, or design matching necklace and earring sets for all of your bridesmaids. Pearls are classic, will never go out of style, and they make soft, feminine, and gorgeous pieces. Create jewelry with colorful gemstones to match your wedding motif for your wedding party! We have a beautiful gallery of wedding jewelry design ideas to get you inspired!

Make this look yours by shopping our bridal collection of jewelry charms and findings, and gain inspiration by browsing design ideas. Wedding jewelry is the perfect finishing touch to ensure your big day is even more special!

May 20, 2015

Teamwork at Nina Designs!

When the office gets busy at Nina Designs, like with customers purchasing Mother’s Day jewelry, or holiday jewelry, we as a staff are reminded of how great we work together as a team, and how important each team member is! At our staff meetings, we like to recognize each other on things we’ve accomplished, and people who have embodied our core values. This week, one of our fun-loving staff members, Nicky, composed a fun poem to recognize the Nina designs staff and their hard work during the busy Mother’s Day season.

“Here is a story about a team,
They eat organic and like being green.
They inspire others with their Creativity,
And will sometimes do fun activities.
Teamwork is what it’s all about,
We like ice cream and getting orders out!
We’re Excellent and our customers know it,
DJ Frogz (a small office mascot) dances for us to show it.
We take Initiative everyday,
Because we mean business and we don’t play.
They know what it means to me.
It’s nice to see your faces everyday
I’m sure you already know this is Nicky, Hooray!!”
We sure appreciate Nicky’s creativity in reminding us how great it is to work at Nina Designs! We also appreciate all of our awesome customers, and it is always a pleasure to send you beautiful jewelry, inspire others, and encourage creativity!
Does the company you work for embody any core values? What does your business or office do for fun?

May 14, 2015

Shop Nina Designs in Person at JCK

Wishing you could browse and shop all of our beautiful silver charms, earring findings, gold vermeil, and clasps in person? Well this is an opportunity for you to do so! Nina Designs will be showing at the JCK Jewelry Trade Show in Las Vegas at the end of May. We will be displaying a selection of beautiful charms, pendants, and findings, and this is one of your only chances to see how beautiful our designs are in person.

The JCK show will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Resort from May 29th – June 1st, 2015, and the Nina Designs booth number is B2668. Please be sure to register ahead of time, and make sure to read their specific buyer requirements. This is a wholesale only show.

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We hope to see you there, and look forward to meeting you! If you have any questions about this show, you can visit our website, or you can read more on JCK’s website.

May 5, 2015

New Styles Inspire Spring Jewelry Collections!

There’s nothing like fresh inspiration to influence beautiful new jewelry designs! Our designers work hard to create one of a kind jewelry components for our customers, and we just received a large shipment from our factory of brand new styles.

Whether you are looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift or brand new charms to add to your existing jewelry collections, our new styles page has endless inspiration!

On our Bronze New Styles page, you can browse the heart collection we just got in stock! These charms are a rich warm color and are easy on the budget! We love matching our Natural Bronze Charms with 14K filled components. We also offer a collection of base metal findings that look divine with bronze charms.

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Another exciting addition to our bronze collection are these amazing adjustable rings! Adjustable rings are the perfect gift, there’s no need to decide what the right size is. These adjustable rings are the same high quality designs as their sterling silver counterparts.

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If silver is your preferred metal, we aren’t short on new sterling silver charms! Every week we add new jewelry supplies to our website to keep our customers inspired and delighted! Our most recent batch of new silver styles are whimsical, inspirational and lovely. These charms would make great gifts for anyone!

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