February 21, 2017

Good Luck Symbols from Around the World

Who say’s it has to be Saint Patrick’s Day for Good Luck? 

Offer your customers a wide variety of Good Luck Charms all year round! From Clovers to Ladybugs, from Pigs to Dolphins, you are sure to find something to please everyone. So let’s explore some of the hidden meanings of these international Good Luck Charms… 

Elephants– The Elephants are a symbol of health, longevity, love, wealth, and virtue. In some cultures Elephant figurines are placed on shelves and by doorways to ensure longevity and luck. The Ganesha, also known as Ganapati and Vinayakais a Hindu God of Luck. With his multiple arms and elephant head, he is is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the keeper of intellect and wisdom.

Four Leaf Clovers – The four leaf clover is an ancient Irish symbol of Luck. The Celtics believed that the clover would help them see fairies and avoid fairy tricks. There are many varieties of Clovers but the true lucky ones come from a white clover plant. The four leaves stand for faith, hope, love & luck. 

Pigs – Both Chinese and European cultures believe that Pig Charms have the power to bring good luck. Pigs are a symbol of wealth, good fortune, and prosperity! 

Horseshoes – Horseshoes symbolize good luck, power over evil, good fortune and fertility. The horseshoe is often associated with the horse’s strength and dependability. Many people believe it is best to hang a horseshoe with the open end facing upward – so your good luck won’t fall out!

Ladybugs – Ladybugs are a popular insect worldwide. In Germany ladybugs are literally called lucky bugs “Glueckskaefer”. Some cultures believe that if a ladybug lands on you and you don’t brush it off you will be lucky. And some ladybugs are luckier than others! You will be extra lucky if you spot a deep red ladybug with lots of spots. 

Shooting Star – A falling or Shooting Star grants the person lucky enough to see it a secret wish! A shooting star means that you have a chance to make all of your dreams come true. 

Dolphins – Dolphins are considered lucky in the Ancient Culture of Greece, Egypt & Rome. Ancient Sailors at sea found the sighting of a Dolphin to be a sign that land was near. This lucky charm would be perfect to keep someone safe who loves the sea.  

Keys – A key is one of the most important symbols of luck and one of the oldest charms. A key that is given between lovers in considered a symbol of unlocking the door to the heart. The giver of the key will be “lucky in love”. The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed keys represented the “Key of Life” which held the power to unlock the doors to send prayers to reach the gods. 

These are just a few examples of some of the many animals, plants and objects that people carry to bring them protection, success, health and of course…GOOD LUCK!

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What about you? ARE YOU FEELING LUCKY?

 What do you carry around for Good Luck? 

Leave us a comment below and be entered to win a FREE Jewelry Supplies Starter Kit!

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February 14, 2017

Top 5 Jewelry Trends for 2017

Didn’t make it to New York Fashion Week? No worries, Nina Designs has all of the top fashion trends for your jewelry business. We have a wide selection of Ready to Wear and Jewelry Making Supplies designed to help you keep your “finger on the pulse” of what’s hot – whether you’re a Personal Shopper, Etsy Superstar or Brick and Mortar Maven!

1. Midi Rings

Make a BIG statement with these TEENSY rings! Designed to be worn just below the knuckle, Midi Rings are the new must have accessory for the Stacking Ring Enthusiast. The look is modern, fresh and oh so sexy! Nina Designs offers two sizes and finishes so your clients can choose the right fit and color. These are the perfect “add-on” for impulse shoppers!

2. Ear Climbers

From Geometric and Minimal to Flirty and Feminine – Our new Collection of Ear Climbers and Ear Jackets are right on trend and sure to fit anyone’s taste. Seriously, you can’t open a magazine or browse online without seeing a pair of these fun, funky and hipster style earrings! Guaranteed to be a hot seller!

3. Geometric Shapes

Still going strong!

This year it’s all about the shape – specifically, sharp angles like hexagons, chevrons and triangles. You’ll see these shapes featured in simple metal jewelry and also in gemstone cuts. Get out your protractor, Geometry Class is back in session!

4. Hearts

Many of us have a Love/Hate relationship with Heart Shaped Jewelry but the 2017 Fashion Forecast calls for nothing but LOVE baby! You’ll find this sweet statement of affection on all types of accessories. No longer relegated to Mother’s Day, Valentine’s or gifts for Sweet 16 – Heart Jewelry is perfect for all ages and any occasion. Nina Designs offers Heart shaped Rings, Earrings and Charms to create necklaces and bracelets with. Be sure to stock up!

What’s not to love?

5. Charm Necklaces

They’re baaaaack! (Did they ever really leave?) Charm Necklaces are all the rage this year and the perfect way to “express yourself.” Help your customers “Tell Their Story” to the world with this easy to personalize accessory. Each charm is as individual as you are and makes a bold statement. Offering stamping blanks that can be embellished with special dates and initials is a great “add-on” as well! Build your own by choosing from our wide selection of Finished Chain and Charms or shop our Ready to Wear Charm Necklace Collection. How charming!

January 31, 2017

New 18K Rose Gold Collection!

Nina Designs is pleased to announce our new 18K Rose Gold Plate Collection! Featuring our most popular iconic styles, each piece has a Nano-polymer coating to protect the surface and retard oxidation.

Rose Gold has long been a popular choice for Bridal and Valentine’s Day Jewelry as its soft, warm color symbolizes love. It is this rich rosy golden hue that makes Rose Gold so special and sought after. Rose gold contains as much gold as yellow gold but is slightly pinker in color. This warm pink tone is created by increasing the copper-colored alloys normally found in gold and decreasing the silver-colored alloys. Rose gold is available in both 14K and in 18K.

Our vermeil style gold plate is 40 micro inches of 98.5% pure gold plated over sterling silver with a fine layer of nickel in between. For Rose Gold, we add a thin layer of 18K Rose Gold, finished with a Nano-polymer coating to protect the surface and retard oxidation. For more information about our Gold Plating Process, visit our Gold FAQ

Shop the entire collection of Rose Gold Charms, Findings and essential Jewelry Supplies! Need more bling? Many of these styles are also available in Shiny 14K Gold Filled Plate, Satin 24K Gold Vermeil Style Plate, and Solid 14K Gold!

 More new Rose Gold styles coming soon!

So tell us, what styles would you like to see in this beautiful, warm rosy color?

Tell us your suggestions in the comments section below!

January 17, 2017

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster!

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. On January 28, it’s time to welcome in the Year of the Rooster! Our Chinese Zodiac Charms are a perfect way to Celebrate the New Year! Create personalized gifts to celebrate Birthdays or to commemorate that Special Date! To make a simple charm necklace add an Initial Charm and your lucky gemstone color!

Shengxiao, also known in English as the Chinese Zodiac, is similar to Western astrology. It is represented by a circle of 12 animals and is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Each calendar year is assigned to a certain animal and its associated attributes according to a 12-year mathematical cycle. The zodiac animals were carefully chosen for their lucky meanings and how they related to ancient Chinese people’s daily lives. The 12 Chinese Zodiac animals are in a fixed order according to Chinese Yin and Yang Theory. The yin or the yang of the animals was based on the odd or even number of their claws, toes or hoofs and they are arranged in a “harmonious” order. 

 

Read about your Chinese Zodiac Below!

Please Note: Chinese New Year moves between January 21st and February 20th. If you are born in January or February you will need to look up what year your Chinese Zodiac falls in.

 

The Rat is known for intelligence, adaptability, quick-wit, charm, being sociable and artistic. Its element is Water. Years of the Rat 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936

The Ox is known for loyalty, reliability, thoroughness, strength, being reasonable, steady, and determined. Its element is Earth. Years of the Ox 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937

The Tiger is known for enthusiasm, courageousness, ambition, leadership, confidence, and charisma. Its element is Wood. Years of the Tiger 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938

The Rabbit is considered trustworthy, emphatic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, and great caretakers. Its element is Wood. Years of the Rabbit 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939

 

 

The Dragon is considered lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, and charismatic. Its element is Earth. Years of the Dragon 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940

The Snake is considered to be organized, intelligent, philosophical, intuitive, elegant, attentive, and decisive. Its element is Fire. Years of the Snake 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941

The Horse is considered loyal, courageous, ambitious, adaptable, intelligent, adventurous, and strong. Its element is Fire. Years of the Horse 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942

The Goat is known for being crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, and calm. Its element is Earth. Years include 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943

 

 

The Monkey, often depicted holding a peach which represents longevity, is considered to be quick-witted, charming, bright, versatile, lively, lucky, adaptable, and smart. Its element is Metal. Years include 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944

The Rooster is known for honesty, energy, intelligence, flamboyance, flexibility, diversity, and confidence. Its element is Metal. Years of the Rooster 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945

The Dog is considered to be loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, and smart. Its element is Earth. Years of the Dog 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946

The Pig is considered to be honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, and very sociable. Its element is Water. Years of the Pig 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947

 

What’s your Chinese Zodiac Sign? 

January 9, 2017

Shop Nina Designs in person at GJX Tucson, AZ!

Looking to shop beautiful silver, gold plate, and bronze charms and findings in person? Nina Designs will be at the GJX show in Tucson, from January 31st through February 5th. We will have a selection of some of our most popular sellers, new styles, 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.

 

See you in Tucson!

 

December 2, 2016

Giving Season Extended until Dec 15!

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We recently celebrated “Giving Tuesday” at Nina Designs by offering to match contributions by You, our wonderful customers, to the following organizations: The Alameda Food Bank, Futures Without Violence, Human Rights Watch, and The Sierra Club. Your response of support was immediate, generous and greatly appreciated! So, we decided to keep that “Spirit of Giving” going just a little bit longer. We will be accepting donations to any of those four organizations listed on our website (see links below) and we will match your contributions dollar for dollar until Thursday December 15!

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Now more than ever, we feel it is important to support organizations that are making a positive impact on the world. And your heartfelt support so far has been inspiring. If you haven’t had a chance to “share the love” yet, simply add however many units you would like to your shopping cart (each unit is $1). It’s that simple!

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Together We Can Make the World a Better Place for EVERYONE.

Not just on Giving Tuesday but EVERYDAY!

THANK YOU!

With much love and gratitude,

The Staff at Nina Designs

November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from Nina Designs!

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Nina Designs wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving full of fun, laughs, love and delicious foods! To celebrate the holiday, we recently had a potluck here and  everyone brought something fabulous to share.  While we feasted, I asked the Ladies at Nina Designs what they are thankful for this Holiday Season. Here’s what they  had to say:

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Carly, Inventory Manager

“I am grateful for the smell of warm Summer rain and fresh cut grass on a Fall Day. I am grateful for the gift of witnessing love of all kinds in the world around me and for the giving and receiving of my own. I am grateful for the language of birds feeding my ears, the shared wonder of time spent with children and the twinkly, love filled smile of my Anam Cara. I am grateful for my friends and family who stood by my side and never left when life became difficult. I am grateful for you being in this world. ”

Leah, Vice President

“I am thankful for my family and community, for good health, and to be alive during this most unique and special time and place. ”

Nina, President

“I am so thankful to work with such fabulous ladies, both our customers and our staff! Also, I am deeply grateful for my family and our lovely planet. ”

Magdalena, Customer Service Manager

“I am grateful for love in all the ways it manifests in me and in the world.”

Nicky, IT Manager

“I’m thankful to have amazing, creative and supportive co-workers!”

Signe, Marketing Manager

“I am thankful for many things: the love of my family, the support and laughter of my dear friends, my amazing husband and sweet funny dogs Rosie and Daisy. And at this time, I am especially thankful for the small acts of kindness I see happen every day: People sharing, helping, volunteering, donating their time and resources to those in need. I am thankful for those who stand up for the rights of others and stand with them when they feel threatened or afraid. I have faith in human kindness and that gives me hope – and for that I will always be thankful.”

Kirsten, Marketing and Inventory Associate

“I am thankful for my family and friends! And to live in such a diverse, creative and beautiful city!”

 

 What are you thankful for this Holiday Season?

Share your thoughts below in the comments section.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

November 9, 2016

Top 10 Best Gifts for 2016

The holidays are fast approaching – and that can be stressful! For as much as we all look forward to spending time with our loved ones, making holiday dinners, and finding ways to fill our homes with cheer – we may also dread the challenge of finding that “perfect gift.” If you’re like me, you procrastinate until the last minute … I’m talking “power shopping” on December 24th fueled by an eggnog coffee!

Luckily, Nina Designs has put together a carefully curated Collection of Charm Necklace Gift Sets featuring our most popular charms with our new Italian Sterling Silver Chains. There are 10 different sets to choose from, each with a unique theme representing friendship, generational love and shared passions. There is truly something for everyone on your shopping list.

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Each set includes 2, 3 or 4 different Sterling Silver Charms with matching 18” long chains – all for one fabulous price! That’s enough gifts for everyone on your list and a little something special left over for you! And if you need a little extra “add on” to take that gift over the top, check out our matching Ready to Wear Rings and Earrings!  This is truly gift giving made easy! And with our Adjustable Rings, you don’t even have to worry about which size to buy!

The Love and Friendship Collections

These sweet Charm Necklace Sets make great Generational Gifts for Mothers, Grandmothers, and Daughters. They also make perfect Thank You Gifts for Bridesmaids or others in your Bridal Party …or just a wonderful way to celebrate your “Besties!”

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The Nature Inspired Collections

Whether you like to ski, hike, swim, or go camping, these fun collections will help you remember the great outdoors. Keep one for yourself and give the other to your hiking buddies!

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Our Charm Necklace Sets are the perfect solution to “easy” gift giving this Holiday Season. Simply slide the charm onto the chain and it’s ready to wear! Add a bow and your gift is ready to go! And it’s all just a mouse click away! With Nina Designs, you can power shop in your PJs!

So what are you waiting for? Get Shopping!

October 6, 2016

How to Grow Your Jewelry Business with Kiva O% Interest Loans

Have you ever had to wait to purchase more inventory, or delay working on a new order, because you were waiting for a payment to come through? Cash-flow is always a challenge for entrepreneurs, and Kiva is here to help.

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WHO IS KIVA?

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through funding to alleviate poverty. Kiva U.S. provides 0% interest loans to small business owners all over the United States. The loans are crowdfunded on the Kiva website by lenders from all over the world. It was originally launched as a pilot in November 2011 under the name Kiva Zip, and was integrated with the main Kiva platform in June 2016. To date, Kiva has lent over $850 million dollars to over 1.5 million entrepreneurs around the world through a global network of over a million lenders.  Learn more about Kiva here.

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE for a KIVA LOAN?

Kiva is for any entrepreneur who can use a 0% interest loan to help take his or her business to the next level.  “Because we don’t look at extensive financial data about you or your business, it’s our hope that we accept everyone that’s serious about their business and our crowdfunding program.”  Whether you’re in the idea phase, start-up mode, or an established business, Kiva could be a great option for you. Entrepreneurs can raise money for any business purpose — working capital, equipment, inventory, marketing, or project-based investments are all ways you can leverage Kiva to help your business grow.”

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WHY might KIVA be right for YOU?

This is your opportunity to grow your business by accessing this great source of capital at 0% Interest and NO Fees! Get in on the ground floor of this exciting new domestic program.

So what are you waiting for? Apply Today!

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September 26, 2016

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