October 23, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas : Support our Micro Loan Recipients

It’s an amazing thing to be able to give back to the artistic community; each time our loyal customers place an order we are able to provide more and more Micro Loans to artisans all over the world. Designing and producing jewelry charms, pendants and findings is rewarding because we are able to help inspire other jewelry designers. To have the opportunity to work with Kiva and Novica to lend money to artisans in order to expand their business is incredible, because we get to see the way these loans are put to use.

Margarita and Martha are a Peruvian mother-daughter team that create incredible holiday ornaments and decorations. Their designs are bright, colorful all while keeping with their cultural traditions and using local materials. Their handicrafts would be a great holiday gift for yourself or a loved one. Take a look at their Novica shop and explore their beautiful work!

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“Everything we make uses Peruvian materials that few people take advantage of. We think they are just wonderful,” the women say. “We’d like the whole world to visit Peru, and, of course, to enjoy our favorite handicrafts.” The mother-daughter team provides job opportunities for other women who can also stay at home and take care of their children.

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Patrizia creates beautiful bags, scarves and bracelets out of recycled materials. Her designs are not only affordable but extremely environmentally conscious! Take a look at her Novica Shop and explore her fun and functional pieces.

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Artist Wahyu practices an Indonesian art form known as batik to produce her stunning bags and purses. As Wikipedia defines, batik is “a technique of manual wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to color selectively by soaking the cloth in one color, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colors are desired.”

The result is an incredibly stunning fabric that Wahyu then sews and hand beads into purses and bags. These bags are vibrant, versatile and the perfect addition to anyone’s wardrobe. Please take time to look through Wahyu’s Novica Shop and pick up a one of a kind bag.

“I hope that by joining Novica I can improve our family’s quality life and provide my daughter with a better education.” -Wahyu

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If you’d like to learn more about our Micro Loans program, please check our website for more details.

 

October 16, 2014

Explore the Trend : Black and Gold Jewelry

Black and gold finished jewelry is a classic style that you can easily make your own. The combination of black sterling silver and gold vermeil jewelry supplies will add a sophisticated touch to your holiday look. The best part about this jewelry trend is how versatile it is! Pair black and gold jewelry with cocktail dresses or jeans and a sweater, you really can make this look your own!

We have eye catching Design Ideas to help inspire your black and gold jewelry. Go bold or keep it simple, this look is easy to personalize!

Find finished jewelry inspiration and start creating your own black and gold looks!

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 Black and Gold Jewelry Tips : Male the Look Yours

Bring on the Glitz and Glamour with Mixed Metals
Build Patterns with High Contrast Components
Find Sophisticated Looks with Statement Pieces
Warm Gold and Cool Black Create Bold Designs
Elevate Any Look – Perfect for Holiday Parties

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Find the Supplies You Need : Click to Shop the Specially Curated Collection!

October 8, 2014

Introducing – Solid 14k Gold Charm Collection

We have brought our customers high quality, original jewelry designs in sterling silver, gold plated sterling silver, and bronze for the last 30 years. We are excited to launch our new collection of Solid 14K Gold Charms! This collection of solid 14k gold charms includes 15 of our most popular and iconic charms.  We’ve included both a 14k gold earring top and simple finished chain to make easy, ready to wear jewelry.

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Our solid 14k gold charms are a beautiful warm color.  Unlike our other charms, the solid 14k gold collection includes 6mm jump rings, which makes it easy to add charms to a finished chain.

Solid 14k gold is not only lovely, it makes a great keepsake or gift for someone special. These charms would be a perfect way to commemorate a celebration or event. These charms are made in the USA and heirloom quality; they are something to hand down.

Shop our solid 14k gold collection today!

 

 

 

October 1, 2014

New Chakra Charms :: Energize your Jewelry!

Embrace your inner yoga goddess with our new sterling silver chakra charms. These detailed charms will add a spiritual touch to your finished jewelry designs. You could easily incorporate these beautiful chakras into any finished jewelry!

There are seven key chakras that have been recognized in yoga traditions and practices for many years. Chakras are energy points in the subtle body, rather than the physical body, and are located at major intersections of blood vessels and nerves. Each design below represents a different chakra: root, heart, solar plexus, third eye, throat, sacral and crown.

To learn what each individual chakra represents and to shop the collection, click here.

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Do you prefer the the traditional representation of chakras above or do you like the abstract chakra lotus frames below? I could see using both styles of chakra charms in spiritual finished jewelry designs!

Shop our chakra charm collection here!

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September 24, 2014

Support a Talented Artisan When You Shop!

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Every time you place an order for beautiful jewelry findings with Nina Designs, a portion of proceeds are then donated to artists around the world through our Micro Loans program. Nina Designs is proud to be working with Novica to bring awareness and funding to talented women artisans around the world. Without the support of you, our loyal customers, our participation in this program and the opportunity for these talented women would not be possible!

Jaqueline Cavalcanti, residing in Brazil, realized she had a calling for the arts while pregnant with her first son. With her hands feeling restless, she enlisted in sculpture classes, and found her niche. “My rational side impelled me to look for technical and theoretical information, while my emotional side provided content for the creation of new pieces. This was a great internal discovery that brought me enormous satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.” After experimenting with different mediums, Jaqueline has focused on building her forms in bronze. Working on female figures is her favorite, as Cavalcanti says “The feminine body allows countless aesthetic possibilities even when the artist deforms it, as with my elongated figures that maintain their grace and harmony”. Visit her Novica Shop to browse or purchase her beautiful bronze human figures, and support a talented female artist.

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Gueth Freitas, also from Brazil, wasn’t initially supported by her family for wanting to study the arts, but after dropping out of her pedagogy studies, she began painting little by little, teaching herself techniques along the way. Freitas now focuses on producing pieces using recycled materials. She says, “Imagining and creating gives me a sense of liberation. I painted my first compositions on Canson paper and later on I became interested in handcrafts. I am always searching for recycled materials, as less industrialized as possible.” By recycling materials such as vinyl records, Gueth crafts a variety of art pieces, bags, and jewelry. Take a peek at her Novica Shop to view and purchase her colorful and bold pieces of wearable art.

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Thank you for your continued support!

September 18, 2014

Explore the Trend : Tassel Jewelry

Cotton and rayon tassels for jewelry have been all the rage over the last few months, and maybe you’ve wondered how you can incorporate this jewelry trend into your finished designs. Look no further! We carry cotton and rayon tassels in rich colors that you can easily add to your jewelry designs along with classic silver charms, jewelry links and gemstones.

Feel inspired by our Tassel Jewelry design ideas and be a part of the trend!

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Explore our specially curated collection to find all the jewelry supplies you’ll need to create Tassel jewelry.

This jewelry trend is all about color and texture. Be bold with your color choices or keep things more subdued with muted tones.

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Follow these basic tips to make the look your own:

Tassel Jewelry Tips :

  • Embrace Fun Loving Boho Style
  • Add bold Pops of Color
  • Create Texture and Movement with Tassels
  • Make a Statement – Stack and Layer Tassels
  • Mix and Match Colors to Personalize

 

September 9, 2014

Find Your Muse : Fall Colors Delight

Each time the seasons shift, the need for fresh inspiration is necessary; whether that comes from the change in outdoor scenery, or the glamorous pages of fall fashion magazines, fall is a time to feel inspired! I feel lucky to work for a jewelry supply company that carriers such a wide variety of leather for jewelry, gemstones, silk cord, tassels for jewelry and silver charms. With so  many versatile jewelry supplies at my fingertips, adding my latest inspiration into my jewelry designs is a breeze!

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Top image: Gunmetal Pig Suede Leather (UL502), Cobalt 1 cm Deer Hide Leather (UL811), Wine 1 cm Deer Hide Leather (UL812). Cotton tassels in Paprika (D700), Heather Ochre (D707) and Olive (D706).
Bottom Left: Assorted Bundle of Silk Cord in Twilight (SK107).
Bottom Right:   3 mm Carnelian Faceted Gemstone Beads (K280CA), 4 mm Pyrite Faceted Gemstone Beads (K281PY) and 3 mm Blue Apatite Faceted Gemstone Beads (K284AE)

Each year Pantone releases their color choices for every season. This Fall’s color report does not disappoint. A delicate mix of pinks, yellow, cool neutrals and rich blues. These colors are easy to introduce into your fall wardrobe and jewelry.

Pantone’s Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, had this to say about the fall palette: “This is a season of untypical colors—more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall. There is a feminine mystique that is reflected throughout the palette, inspired by the increasing need for women everywhere to create an individual imprint.”

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Feeling inspired yet?  If your fashion sense isn’t as bold as some of these colors you can always add a pop of color to your existing jewelry or clothing. Introducing silk, leather, tassels or glittery gemstones to any look is a sure way to up the wow factor.

We offer many colorful products to help you achieve as bold of a look as you want. Let the autumn sky be your road map when making color choices this fall.

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Top left image: Wine 1 cm Deer Hide Leather (UL812), 4 mm Pyrite Faceted Gemstone Beads (K282PY),  3 mm Blue Apatite Faceted Gemstone Beads (K284AE), 3 mm Carnelian Faceted Gemstone Beads (K280CA), 4 mm Pyrite Faceted Gemstone Beads (K281PY),  9 mm Labradorite Faceted Gemstone Beads (K279LT) and  Cobalt 1 cm Deer Hide Leather (UL811).
Top right image: Cotton tassels in Olive (D706), Heather Teal (D704), Paprika (D700), Cobalt (D705), Heather Ochre (D707) and Heather Rose (D702). 
Bottom left image: 3 mm Deer Hide Leather in Sand (UL705), Gray (UL708), Rose (UL738) and Hot Pink (UL714). 
Bottom right image: Assorted Bundle of Silk Cord in Twilight (SK107).

September 4, 2014

Back to School : Jewelry 101

It’s back to school season and for the entire month of September we are sharing 30 Jewelry Making Tips with our followers on social media. Even if you are an experienced jewelry designer, brushing up on basic techniques like wire wrapping gemstones or opening and closing jump rings can help solidify your skills. Have you ever wanted to make a leather wrap bracelet? We’ve got you covered!

New to jewelry? No problem! We have How-to Videos for any skill level. Our Classroom is an amazing resource for step-by-step instructions for jewelry projects. We also have you covered when it comes to finished jewelry designs. Browse our Design Ideas and find a project to make your own!

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Follow us on social media to see our contests and giveaways. This month, we are giving away the basic supplies you need to start creating beautiful jewelry.

Find Nina Designs on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. We look forward to helping you create beautiful jewelry!

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August 27, 2014

Beautiful Jewelry is as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Our wide variety of silver, gold, and bronze charms, links, and jewelry findings leave you with endless opportunities to create your own jewelry, personalized keepsakes, and gifts for friends and loved ones. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to pick just one favorite, or how to pull everything together for do-it-yourself jewelry, but simple, finished jewelry designs are quick and easy to assemble and complete.

Unique and elegant jewelry can be as simple as hanging a charm or jewelry link from an earring top. Adding a single wire wrapped gemstone can dress the look up with a colorful touch of sparkle. Mix and match any findings to fit your taste, and as soon as you see how quickly you can make beautiful jewelry, you will surely be hooked on making more and more! Don’t fret, if you having jewelry-block, we have tons of jewelry design ideas on our website with parts lists and tips for making the designs to get you started. We also have a classroom, and handfuls of how-to videos to teach you everything you need to know to make your own collection of jewelry!

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Simple necklaces make great gifts for friends or to yourself, and personalized keepsakes can be as easy as picking your favorite charms, and sliding them onto a finished chain! Our jewelry links, some even equipped with jump rings, can quickly be turned necklace or bracelet by adding chain, silk, or leather to either end. A piece of cake! Watch this free and quick how-to video for tips on how to make quick charm necklaces to impress.

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Use similar techniques for bracelets as you do for necklaces. Make multiple bracelets to create a trendy, stacked look, add color with leather cord or silk, and personalize a bracelet stack with our adorable initial charm bracelet links! Create stunning earrings too by choosing an earring top, and hanging a charm or unique jewelry link, and you’ll have a lovely pair in no time. If you want a slightly dressier feel, adding pearls or gemstones to your duo is just as quick and easy. Watch this quick how-to video on how to wire wrap a gemstone, and you’ll be on your way to embellishing all of your jewelry creations.

Here are some resources for you to get inspired, and become a jewelry guru:

Have fun, experiment with new ideas, and enjoy wearing something you made yourself. Happy jewelry making!

August 20, 2014

Explore the Trend :: Celestial Jewelry

Channel the heavens by bringing the Celestial Jewelry trend to life in your own finished jewelry designs. Mixing supple leather, star charms, moon charms, birthstone charms and glittering gemstones will help you make this dreamy jewelry trend your own.

Feel inspired by our Celestial finished jewelry designs and discover the techniques that will help you be a part of the trend.

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Explore our specially curated collection to find all the jewelry supplies you’ll need to create Celestial jewelry.

Follow these basic tips to make the look your own:

Celestial Jewelry Tips

  • Map the Stars with Birthstone & Constellation Charms
  • Chase Dreamy Color Palettes Through The Milky Way
  • Follow the Patterns of the Nights Sky
  • Feel the Warmth of the Sun with Gold and Gemstones
  • Shimmer like the Moonlight with Silver Lunar Accents
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