May 30, 2016

Must See Video: Watch Our Balinese Artists in Action!

Nina Designs offers a wide selection of charms and pendants which are manufactured in Thailand, Bali, & Vietnam. We are lucky to have some of the best Balinese Artisans hand crafting our beautiful clasps & beads individually. Each of our Bali beads is handmade in the ancient tradition of Indonesian Silversmithing that requires enormous skill and patience. Every little silver ball, every tiny filigree wire is made and applied by hand.

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Watch master silversmiths in Bali create intricate silver designs from scratch. You won’t believe the precision and detail of their craftsmanship. Don’t miss this amazing video below!

May 23, 2016

Say, “I Do,” to Beautiful Wedding Jewelry!

You’ve said, “Yes to the Dress,” but have you said, “I Do,” to the Wedding Jewelry? There are so many decisions to be made when planning for the Big Day that it can feel, at times, overwhelming but designing beautiful jewelry for the Bride and her Wedding Party should be not only stress free but fun! Let Nina Designs help you create heirloom quality keepsakes for all of the women sharing this special day with You and your Betrothed.  We have a lovely selection of romantic Pendants and Charms, Earring Tops, Clasps and other Jewelry Findings to help you craft accessories to match your Gown as well as the gorgeous outfits of your Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride and Groom and let’s not forgot the Flower Girl! We even have Ready to Wear Jewelry for those last minute gifts!

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It’s easy to add a touch of color to coordinate with your wedding theme by adding freshwater pearls, gemstones, silk cord or tassels. And you can personalize each piece by adding initial charms or create a special message by using one of our stamping blanks to add dates, names or your favorite quote. So whether you “Tie the Knot” at your family’s church, on the beach at sunset, deep in the woods or in Vegas with an Elvis Impersonator,  we truly have everything you need to design the perfect look for your Wedding Day! And to help you get started, we have a beautiful gallery of Bridal Jewelry Design Ideas for inspiration. So go ahead and marked this one off your “To Do” list. When it comes to gettin’ hitched in style, we’ve got you covered!

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May 16, 2016

Meet Our Staff – Say Hello to Rebecca!

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Who are those fabulous ladies at Nina Designs? What sparks their creativity?

Each month we would like to introduce a different member of our staff to you and let them share their artistic passion and inspiration…in their own words…

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Rebecca, Customer Service Representative

I love playing with shapes. I’m always trying to find a balance in my designs. So if I’m using say S2990, the triangle inside the circle, I will probably also try to use S2989, the circle inside the triangle, to give it a sense of balance. I’ve always enjoyed fitting shapes into patterns, whether I’m drawing, sculpting, or making jewelry. There’s always a point that I’m searching for, that says this piece is done. It has a beginning, middle, and end.

I’ve dabbled in jewelry designs for years, but it was only once I started working at Nina Designs that I began taking it seriously. It’s impossible to be surrounded by all of these great pieces and to not play with them. I usually come up with ideas when I’m pulling a customer’s order. I’ll really like a piece and I’ll be thinking about it. Maybe later in the day I’ll see another one, and I’ll just know that they belong together somehow. I’m not always right the first time, but once the idea is there, something is going to happen.

I really love sculpture. I do draw, but mostly I concentrate on making actual objects. I have worked with ceramics and other forms of mixed media sculpture, but I mostly focus on wire sculpture. I do a lot of work focusing on the female form, but also enjoy making fantastical creatures and organic forms. I’ve made a few lamps and vessels as well. I spent years making and selling wire wind chimes and plant stakes at festivals too. Over the years I’ve done quite a few commission pieces as well, although this is not my favorite. I prefer being left to my own devices. There is much less creative license when you’re making something specific for someone.

Some of my favorite Nina’s pieces are S2990, S2989, S2805, S3064, S3014, A1383, S2406, S3083, S3066, S3068.

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May 5, 2016

We Love Pets!

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In celebration of National Pet Month, Nina Designs is donating 10% of our sales from our Pet Love Charm Collection during the month of May! Our donation will be going to the Humane Society of the United States which is considered one of the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organizations.

Shop our Pet Charm Collection to create your own personalized jewelry! For more ideas, check out our adorable Pet inspired Jewelry Designs. We think you’ll love ‘em!

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Here at Nina Designs we love our four legged friends! They bring us so much joy, comfort us in hard times, and make us laugh! Lots of our staff members have either rescued animals themselves or adopted them from a shelter! Here are some of our staff members and their adorable furry pals!

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Rebecca, Customer Service Rep

This is Hazel, being friendly and snugly is her game. She’s 13 years old, and I’ve had her since she was 2 months old. My best friend’s dad found her mom stuck on the median of the freeway. He rescued her. When he got her home he found out she was pregnant. I had her and her sister, Anabelle, for 12 years. Unfortunately Anabelle passed away last year. She loves to love and has absolutely the loudest purr I’ve ever heard. She makes friends with everyone she meets including deer, skunks, & dogs. Strangely she loves everyone except other cats. She adored her sister, but every other cat is a sworn enemy.

Since the day she came home to me everyone could tell she was special. She was the smartest and friendliest of her litter. She’s my baby!

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Marcy, Associate Designer

This is Ban-Ki Moon (named after Secretary-General of the UN). Ban ki was a rescued feral kitten,  saved from being eaten by a Pitbull. He is 11 months old now. The silliest thing he does is stash his toys in our bed, in the couch cushions and in the water bowl. The most annoying thing he does is play with my jewelry when I’m trying to sleep and he stashes away just one earring! He is cute, friendly & playful. He always makes me smile, even when he’s being naughty! Ban Ki has recently discovered the joy of tissue paper. He loves to burrow under it and leap out of it.

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Rose, Customer Service Rep

My kitties names are Trouble (the orange male) & Moxie (the black female). I’ve had them for about four months! They are seven months old, and I adopted them from the Milo Foundation.

Trouble & Moxie both sleep on their backs with their limbs all over the place and it’s hilarious, especially since the longer they’re asleep the more tangled up they get. They are both very sweet (when they aren’t destroying things or running full-speed across the house). If you pick Moxie up she will lick your nose and make a little purr chirp noise. And Trouble plays fetch! I didn’t teach him how, and he’s already better at it than my childhood dog… who I tried to teach him to fetch for 12 years! They are both inside cats, but because they are so interested in the outdoors, my boyfriend and I put them on leashes and harnesses and take them in the backyard to explore. I’m trying to teach them to walk on their leashes, but at this point they’re mostly interested in eating grass and stalking bugs.

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Signe, Marketing Manager

This is Daisy! She is 14 years old and has been with us since she was a puppy. Daisy came from Animal Control. She was deemed un-adoptable because she is half Pitbull and showed signs of aggression. We rescued her from being put down and did extensive training with her for 2 years to make sure she would be a good canine citizen. I’m so glad we rescued her. She has been an amazing family member. My life is better with her in it.

Daisy’s silliest behavior is a trick that she does called “Surprise!” When one of us is sitting down, with one leg crossed over the other, she pops her head through the space created between the bend of the knee on the crossed leg and the leg below it. It always makes us laugh when she does it. Her most annoying behavior is that she will sometimes do it to guests when they visit – which is a little embarrassing….but usually it gets a laugh too, if the person likes dogs!

 

What kind of pet do you have?

Cat or Dog?

Fish or Fowl?

Pot Bellied Pig or Python?

Tell us a little about your pet! We love to hear cute and silly pet stories!

May 2, 2016

Mother’s Day is May 8th, need some inspiration?

Bring some warmth and serenity to your Mother this Mother’s Day by adorning her with beautiful Rose Quartz and Chalcedony Gemstones. Rose Quartz is associated with all things love and Blue Chalcedony, “the speaker’s stone,” removes negativity.  Inspired by the Pantone hues, Rose Quartz and Serenity, your Mother will be a Trendsetter on this special day! Combine these beautifully faceted gemstones with our stunning charms and pendants in different finishes, for a personalized gift your Mom will always cherish.  For a truly unique and inspired look, accent your designs with our supple leather cord in luxurious colors and sizes.

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Mother’s day is May 8th!

How are you planning on pampering your Mom?

April 25, 2016

Diving with Dolphins

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The ocean can feel like an alien environment, with few reference points to our familiar habitat. It is hard to believe that in our deep past we emerged from this watery world to forge lives on dry land. The creatures of the ocean are mesmerizing and exotic precisely because they are so different from the plants and animals we interact with in our daily lives. Floating in a sea of endless blue can feel like being suspended in outer space, and then dolphins appear, changing everything. These intelligent mammals are playful and curious. On a recent dive trip to Honduras, four dolphins swam with us for at least 10 minutes. They circled us, dove away, chatted in high pitched squeaks and came racing back from the depths to play some more. As they wove between us, they made purposeful eye contact and we all felt a keen sense of connection and kinship. Interacting with these remarkable creatures was a highlight of my trip and a powerful reminder of how important it is for us to safeguard the ocean and all of its inhabitants.

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Click Here to read more about our commitment to the environment. Click Here to see our Ocean Collection of Silver Charms.

All underwater photos by Nina Cooper.

March 15, 2016

Superstars Literacy Receives 2015 Donation from Nina Designs

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At Nina Designs we design and sell silver charms and jewelry supplies and our social mission includes caring for people and the planet. To honor that commitment we fund a variety of programs including tree planting and micro loans. Every year we also choose one nonprofit to support with a large donation. In 2015 we wanted to make a contribution to our local community.

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The Public Policy Institute of California issued a report documenting the fact that almost 50% of the children in California live at or near the poverty level. They note that, “Because economic hardship is associated with a host of adverse outcomes, particularly for children, policies that can give children a better start in life are especially important.” In an effort to support improved outcomes for underprivileged children, we decided to donate $2,000 to Superstars Literacy.

 

superstarsliteracy1Since there is almost a 90% chance that children with poor reading skills at the end of first grade will still have poor reading skills at the end of fourth grade, Superstars Literacy works with 500 K-2nd graders at nine high-need schools in the East Bay to improve their reading skills and improve outcomes. “Super Stars Literacy provides extended learning time intervention services to under-performing K-2nd grade students, helping them develop the literacy and social skills that are the foundation for future learning.”

Thank you for helping us support this wonderful organization!!

March 1, 2016

Get Lucky with Fun and Festive Jewelry Designs!

They’re always after our lucky charms! Good luck charms and good luck jewelry are a perfect way to accessorize for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday, but good luck jewelry is also something everyone loves to wear year round. We offer a wide variety of clover charms, horseshoe charms, wishbone charms and more to help give your jewelry that extra special touch! Simple charm necklaces never go out of style, and tiny clovers and fortune cookie charms make delicate and darling designs. Combine charms for adorable and simple mixed metal earrings too. Click here to browse our gallery of good luck jewelry design ideas!

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January 27, 2016

Make Adorable Jewelry for that Special Someone

Jewelry always makes the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Make that gift of jewelry even more special by turning our adorable charms and pendants into unique and personalized jewelry that is sure to put a smile on that special someone’s face. Heart charms, quote charms, infinity links, and charm bracelets come together to form beautiful and memorable designs to make this Valentine’s Day as memorable as can be! Click the images below to see our gallery of cute and fun design ideas!

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January 21, 2016

Shop Nina Designs in Person at GJX in Tucson!

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Looking to shop beautiful silver, gold plate, and bronze charms and findings? Nina Designs will be at the GJX show in Tucson, from February 2nd through the 7th. We will have a selection of some of our most popular sellers, and some of our favorite classic designs. Come by and see us at booth number 435, we look forward to meeting you!

GJX does have specific buyer requirements. Please click here to get more information.

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