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? 

August 8, 2016

What’s that sound? Exploring the Complex Meaning of Ohm

I have chanted Ohm as part of yoga and meditation classes and was familiar with the sound Ohm.  Working at Nina Designs, I see the Ohm symbol regularly as it is offered in many different styles and finishes.  We carry a variety of Ohm charms, pendants, earrings, rings and even one with a diamond.  After admiring so many Ohm pieces, I started to wonder what does the Ohm sound mean and is there any significance to the Ohm symbol.

Ohm is an ancient Sanskrit word that is considered by many Eastern religions as the Primal Sound.  In these religions, it is believed that God created sound first and therefore Ohm is the seed sound of all creation. It is further believed that the Universe, the Gods, and all matter come from the sound Ohm. Therefore, Ohm encompasses everything: the beginning, the middle and the end of all.  It is the past, the present and the future.

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Ohm is considered the most sacred and famous mantra.  Ohm is usually chanted at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, mantras, prayers, and texts.  In our times, this sacred incantation is also made during meditation and spiritual activities such as yoga. Ohm is believed to have the same frequency as the Universe.  Chanting Ohm can have a physical effect on the body, as it slows the over stimulated nervous system and calms the mind.

Ohm is one of the most important symbols in Hinduism.  Ohm is found as part of the iconography in ancient and medieval era manuscripts, temples, monasteries and spiritual retreats not only in Hinduism, but in Buddhism and Jainism as well.

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The symbol of Ohm consists of 5 parts: 3 curves, 1 semicircle, and 1 dot.

The Unconscious State:  The upper curve represents the state of deep sleep or the unconscious. In this state, the subconscious is shut down and the sleeper does not dream.

The Waking State:  The lower large curve represents the waking state of consciousness, it connects us to our own sense of something greater and is the state of consciousness most humans are in. In this state the consciousness is turned outward and we encounter the world through our five senses.

The Dream State: The Middle curve which lies between the first two curves, represents the dream state. In this state, consciousness is between deep sleep and waking and it is turned within.

Pure Consciousness: The dot or Bindhi signifies the fourth state of consciousness, which is the state of pure consciousness. This is also referred to as “The Absolute State” or “Turiya.” It is a peaceful, quiet state where the consciousness is focused neither inward nor outward.

Illusion/Maya State: The Semicircle that separates the dot from the 3 other curves, represents “Maya” or the Illusions that prevent us from realizing or reaching the highest state of consciousness.

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The Ohm pieces at Nina Designs can be a great support for those on a spiritual path, moving from the unconsciousness to pure consciousness, reminding us to breathe deeply.  I am so excited to start making Ohm jewelry now that I have a better understanding of what Ohm means and symbolizes!  I will definitely start with styles A646, A910, A1190 and see where the inspiration carries me of to.

How about you? Are there any symbols that hold deep, spiritual or personal meaning to you that you like to incorporate into your designs? We’d love to hear about them! Please share your inspirations in the comments section below.

October 20, 2015

Jewelry Photography – Part One: The Right Camera for You

Lately at Nina Designs we have been getting more and more questions about how to photograph jewelry. It’s been a while since we tackled this tough topic so we thought it was a good time to review the basics: Equipment, Lighting, and Composition. We will give you tips and tricks to make your images beautiful as well as links to equipment suppliers and other helpful info.  This is a deep subject with many different approaches so this will be an ongoing series. Ready? Let’s Go!

Part One of Three : Which Camera is Right for You?

There are many options for cameras on the market and each has pros and cons. The following is an overview of Smartphone, Point and Shoot and DSLR Cameras. Choose what is best for your budget and experiment with it to get the best results.

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For more control over your photos, it is best to invest in a DSLR Camera. At Nina Designs we use a Nikon D5100. This is an older model but still does a fantastic job. In the world of DSLRs there are Professional Level cameras and Photo Enthusiasts cameras. The prices vary accordingly. Our camera is considered a less expensive, “Enthusiast” model.  DSLR cameras have the best image quality of the three camera options discussed because they have the biggest sensors – up to 25 times bigger. The bigger the sensor, the less “noise” your image will have (Noise is that grainy quality you sometimes see on photos) making the DSLR the best choice for professional use and print work. The best thing about DSLR cameras is that they are built with “reflex mirrors” which means that you are actually looking through the camera lens instead of looking through a “viewfinder hole” like in the P&S Camera or Smartphone. What you see is what you shoot! You also have full control over a DSLR camera. You can always shoot in auto mode but you have full control all of the settings when you want it and they are relatively easy to access. Learning to use all of the controls can be intimidating at first but it gets easier with practice. But one of the biggest advantages of this type of camera, especially for jewelry photography is that you can change the lens on it. Image quality is impacted greatly by the quality of the lens you use. Since the majority of our photography is of petite products such as charms, ear wires and pendants, we use a Nikon Micro 85mm lens. This amount of zoom is more than what is needed to shoot your finished jewelry. A smaller 60mm or 40mm Micro Lens would be more than sufficient. I have even achieved great success with just using the regular 18-55mm kit lens that came with the camera. (Micro and other specialty lens are sold separately.)

PROS: Versatile, Able to Change Lens, Full Manual Control, and Superior Image Quality

CONS: Cost, Learning Curve, Weight and Size, Maintenance

Point and Shoot Camera

Taken with a Point and Shoot Camera Using a Soft Box and Lights

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Another great option for your jewelry photos is a compact digital Point and Shoot Camera. They are small, lightweight, typically inexpensive and very easy to use.  Just as their name implies, they are designed for you to point and shoot! These cameras are mainly meant to be used in “auto” mode, letting the camera make all of the decisions for you. There are basic manual controls that can be changed but quite often they are hidden in menu systems and are not easily accessible. Some come with a Macro setting which is great for close up shots of jewelry. Many of the affordable Point and Shoots only come with a fixed lens, which means it is a Digital Zoom. Newer, more expensive Point and Shoot models have an Optical Zoom Lens. Another point worth mentioning is that most P &S Cameras have a massive depth of field, meaning that they typically cannot separate foreground from background. This means everything is in focus…which is great….except when you want to create a little “bokeh.” (Bokeh is that beautiful blur quality produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image.) Similar to Smart Phones, Point and Shoot Cameras also have a smaller sensor than DSLR cameras and therefore do not take as high of quality images. They are fine for everyday use and posting things online but not the best option for print work or professional publications. The newest generation of Point and Shoot Cameras are equipped with Super Zoom Optical Lenses and larger Image Sensors. These newer models are fairly expensive compared to more basic compact models.

PROS: Ease of Use, Affordable, Light Weight

CONS: Zoom Restrictions, Small Image Sensor, Manual Controls Limited

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Taken with a Smartphone Using Outdoor Sunlight

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Newer smartphones have amazing photographic capabilities. And because of their ability to access the internet, they are great for “shooting and sharing. “ One can easily go from taking a picture to uploading it to a website or social media.  Some phones have photo editing tools built in, which allow you to crop, adjust brightness and select filters to create cool effects. If yours doesn’t, there are great Photo Apps (link below) available such as Snapseed, Afterlight, Darkroom and Flickr. While these tools save you the step of having to upload your photos to a computer for editing, when photographing small items such as jewelry, it is always best to upload your images and view them on a larger screen to make any adjustments. Smartphone cameras are fully automatic, meaning all decisions are made within the camera for you such as Exposure, Focus, and Shutter Speed. There are small adjustments that can be made to the camera settings but they are very limited. While it’s true that Smartphone Cameras take great pictures, most on the market have a much smaller Sensor than DSLR cameras and therefore do not take as high of quality images. They are fine for everyday use and posting things online but not a good option for print work or professional publications. Smart Phone Cameras are incredibly easy to use, making them a popular option for most artists.

PROS: Ease of use, Lightweight

CONS: Manual Controls Very Limited, Cost, Small Sensor, Digital Zoom Only (see explanation in below)

Learn more about the best phone apps for editing photos!

Optical Zoom VS. Digital Zoom

Optical Zoom:  When we “zoom in” on a subject with a camera, we are actually changing the focal length of the lens.  Therefore, we are truly bringing our subject closer or further away in our visual frame. Optical Zoom always produces better-quality images than Digital Zoom.

Digital Zoom: One of the drawbacks of using a Smartphone and many Point and Shoot Cameras is that they are equipped with a Digital Zoom. This means that their zoom capability is computer generated. Their actual lens is “fixed” at a set focal length. So when you use the zoom on your smart phone it isn’t actually bringing the subject closer by moving the lens, it is actually “resampling” the focal area – creating the illusion of zoom. It crops a portion of the image and then enlarges it back to size, which enlarges the pixels and reduces the image resolution and quality. Always move the camera closer to your subject rather than zooming in when using a Fixed Lens Camera. IPhone and a few other companies are working on an Optical Lens for their Smartphone Cameras and new advancements are happening daily!

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Lastly, it is always best to shoot your jewelry photos using a tripod. Even when using a Smartphone Camera. It makes a big difference in the focus and clarity of an image. There are Smartphone Brackets/Tripods available that easily attach to a tripod.

I hope this information was helpful for you. Next time we will dive into the deep topic of lighting. To learn more about photo equipment options visit your local camera shop. Many have classes available for all experience levels as well as courses on macro photography.

We’d love to hear your experiences with photographing your work. Let’s get the conversation rolling!

What Camera do you use? Let us know in the comments!

Part Two – Jewelry Photography Lighting and Equipment

January 14, 2015

How-To Video :: Make a Woven Silk & Chain Necklace

Silk cord and silk ribbon can play many roles when it comes to making jewelry. Pair silk cord in any color you wish with a linked chain of your choosing to create a fun layered necklace design with texture and depth. Create a color palette and design that fits your style with a combination of your favorite tiny charms or dangles and silk ribbon and cord.

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The technique in this necklace design is easy to re-create, and the layered and woven look adds colorful details and depth to your jewelry. You can use this fun new and new construction to make a necklace, or a wrap bracelet. Take a peek at a design idea that uses this method to make a wrap bracelet! Find the parts you need to make the necklace shows in the video here.

Shop our wide variety of silk cord, and browse the rainbow of colors to choose from! We offer small dangles, and the other findings you’ll need to create your fun and trendy design. See the parts list for this design here.
What colors would you combine to make this look fit your personal style?

November 26, 2014

The Beauty of Batik Scarves, Jewelry & Woodwork

Looking for a beautiful keepsake to gift this holiday season? Give a gorgeous handmade scarf, jewelry box, or piece of jewelry, carefully crafted by skilled artisans. Our collection of hand-batiked jewelry and gifts are sure to be conversation starters. Unique, complex, and one of a kind designs are the result of a special technique passed down for centuries from artist to artist.

Batik is an intricate process, all done by hand, to produce these beautiful and unique patterns. Wax resist is applied in thoughtful patterns and designs to wood, fabric, etc., and then dyed. More wax is applied, and the material is dyed again, and so on. The finished result after removing the wax resist, is a bright mixture of colors, patterns, and one of a kind works of art!

The same idea is used on our gold batik pieces. Resist is added to where silversmiths want to prevent gold plating from attaching. After plating, when the protective resist is removed, the result is a sparkling, two-tone jewelry piece. A true labor of love, for many of these artists have been taught by their elders, and continue to create art with true passion.

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Browse all of our beautiful batik wearables and gifts now!

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November 7, 2014

How-To Video :: Make A Multi-Strand Silk Bracelet

Silk cord and ribbon have numerous uses when it comes to making jewelry. Pair silk cord in any color you wish with silver or gold charms for a fun, layered bracelet design. Create a theme of your choosing with a combination of your favorite tiny charms for a personalized look!

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This bracelet making technique is simple to re-create, and the layered look gives the illusion of wearing multiple bracelets, when it’s actually only one piece to easily put on and take off at once. Join the trend of stacking and layering bracelets with this fun tutorial and how-to video on making a multi-strand silk bracelet with charms!

Shop our wide variety of silk cord, and browse the rainbow of colors to choose from! We offer leather, tiny charms, and the other findings you’ll need to create your fabulous design. See the parts list for this design here.

What colors or charms will you choose to make this look yours?

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!

July 24, 2014

A New Appreciation for Handmade Jewelry

Nina Designs carries an extensive variety of sterling silver, bronze, and gold charms, pendants, and findings. The majority of our jewelry making supplies are made by skilled silversmiths in both Bali and Thailand, and are either handmade or cast and finished by hand. Every piece has a great deal of work put into it, and production is at a very large volume to keep up with demand. Staff members at Nina Designs were given the opportunity to take a metals class at a local art studio in Oakland, California, Studio One, to see what the process was all about, and to try and re-create some of the same techniques used to make our jewelry components.

All of the Nina Designs employees have a love for either making jewelry, or wearing it, so an opportunity to get our hands dirty and create our own pieces from start to finish was quite appealing! The metal-smith class many of us enrolled in covered all the basics in how to work with metal and make jewelry; soldering, sawing, stone-setting, etching, polishing, and more. Within the first hour of our first class, I remember getting familiar with a jeweler’s saw when cutting out ring bands, and also breaking handfuls of blades before making a single, straight cut. Our teacher, Anthony, said it was normal, and an initiation of sorts, to break and re-string blade after blade your first time. It didn’t make it any easier, but once your first piece was done, your pride showed when you could sport your new ring.

As the weeks pass, you feel more comfortable, and the skill sets you gain stack up, as well as your collection of new things to wear! You do run over quite a few speed bumps along the way, and it can get discouraging when a vision in your head doesn’t make it’s way into a finished physical piece, but when you problem solve, practice, and learn from mishaps, you can make some beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry!

Here are some of the techniques worked on in class, and the beautiful pieces produced as a result of gaining new jewelry-making skills:

In-class action shots from the metal lab at Studio One

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After lots of practice with saws and saw blades, the cutting possibilities are endless!

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Adding texture with different sized and shaped hammers: loud, but beautiful!

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Making and adding rivets is functional while adding interest and detail

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Setting beautiful stones to make stunning, one of a kind rings!

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More creative work from the ladies at Nina Designs

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Marcy, one of our designers, even made her own wedding bands in the class!

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Our staff is so creative, and I’m so impressed with everyone’s eye for detail, and making their jewelry dreams a reality! Along with gaining new skills, the class gave us all a new perspective on the time and effort that it takes to make beautiful jewelery, and even more so, a serious appreciation for our talented silversmiths in Bali and Thailand. They produce consistent, high quality work, and in large volume. I know I wouldn’t be able to keep up with demand, or make two pieces that looked identical! Here is what some of the Nina Designs ladies had to say in regards to what they took away from the class:

“After cutting out and filing my small oval silver button, I grabbed a torch to heat it up and soften the metal before hammering.  Lo and behold, my button turned into a small puddle of silver right before my eyes!  This class increased the huge amount of respect I have for our skilled silversmiths, and I can finally appreciate why the smaller version of an item often costs more than the original larger version!” – Leah, Vice President

“Taking the metal-smith class has given me a deep appreciation of the work our silver smiths put into all of our Nina Designs components.  I have a lot of fun cutting, filing, soldering, setting and polishing, but I easily spent three hours or more on one piece of jewelry.  I now see what our silver smiths go through, and it takes a lot of skill to assemble little components.  Seeing Nina Designs’ consistency from piece to piece is amazing!” – Veronica, Customer Service Manager

“While taking the metal jewelry class at Studio One in Berkeley, it became abundantly clear how difficult the metalworking process is and how incredibly skilled our metal-smiths are at Nina Designs. After the experience, I have an even greater respect for their work and process.” – Signe, Customer Service

All of us encourage you to take a class at a local studio if you haven’t tried your hand at it already, and broaden your creative horizon with new and fun ways to make jewelry. Who knows, you may find yourself addicted to metals, and wanting to take your career in a entirely new direction! Have you ever taken a class? What have you learned from working as a metal-smith? Share with us your experience!

March 12, 2014

PayPal 101 :: Learning to Use PayPal with Nina Designs

At Nina Designs, we carry high quality original designs, charms, and jewelery supplies for you to purchase. We want to ensure that when ordering your jewelry supplies, checking out online with Nina Designs is as clear, easy, and efficient as possible!  When you place orders online with us, you have the option of paying using either a Visa or MasterCard credit card, or you can pay using your PayPal account. (We can now also accept PayPal, in addition to credit cards, for phone orders as well!)

Here is a step by step guide outlining how to check out on NinaDesigns.com with your PayPal account:

  • When you are checking out through our website, once you get to the “Payment” options page, it will ask you if you would like to use a credit card, or pay using your already set-up PayPal account. This is where you would choose the option to pay via PayPal if you wish.

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  • After choosing this option, our website will let you know that you will now be temporarily leaving our website, and are being taken to PayPal’s website to sign in, and complete the approval for the payment on your order.

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  • On the PayPal page, you will have to login to your PayPal account to complete your order.

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  • Once you have logged in, it will display your account information, and have you confirm the PayPal transaction for the amount of your order. After clicking on “continue”, you will be taken back to the Nina Designs page.

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  • When you are back to the Nina Designs page, you will then be on the order review tab or the checkout process, and the payment method listed at the top will display “PayPal”. Be sure to finish your order! Click the Send Order button after you review your information to complete your order.

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  • After you have placed your order, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Nina Designs confirming your order with us, and you will also receive an e-mail from PayPal summarizing your transaction through your account there.

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  • After your order is placed, you can then login to your PayPal account through the PayPal website to track your transaction.

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  • When your order is placed with us, we do not actually charge your order until we have pulled the items you ordered, in case we need to adjust your total if anything is out of stock. This prevents us from having to issue any refunds, and confirms that the total is correct for the merchandise you are receiving. While your order is being processed and pulled, and before we capture the total for your order, your transaction on your PayPal account history will show as “Pending”, meaning that you have authorized the amount of funds that your order total came to, but we have yet to actually charge you, and remove the funds from your PayPal account.
  • Forgot to add something to your order? Don’t fret! If you contact us as soon as possible, and before your order has been completed and charged, we are able to add on to your exiting order, even if the total rises above the original authorized amount. If we have already charged you order, we would then have to place a second for your forgotten items.

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  • After your order has been pulled,we adjust your totals in case something you ordered was out of stock. We will then charge your order. When we charge your order, we only will be taking the final order total amount out of your account, which can sometimes differ from the original amount of your order due to our adjustments for out of stock or backordered items.  After we charge your order, a second transaction will appear on your PayPal account summary, which will read “Completed”.

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  • In the end there will be two transactions listed within your PayPal account. The first is your “Pending” transaction, which is from you checked out, for the original authorized amount. The second transaction is your “Completed” transaction, which will be for the amount we charged you for once your order was done being processed. In the end, we did only charge you once, not twice, and there is sometimes a different in the amounts due to adjustments to your order’s total.

Hopefully this guide will help you understand the ins and outs of how the PayPal payment process works, and can be something for you to refer back to if necessary. We also have a great customer service team full of ladies who love to talk jewelry, and can answer any questions you have regarding placing your order with us, or our products!

Thank you to all of our loyal customers. We appreciate your business very much!

May 27, 2013

Gemstone Meanings Revealed

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Have you ever wondered if your favorite gemstone has a deeper meaning?

Some gemstones are thought to bring luck, psychic power or even banish evil! There are traditional meanings and powers associated with the stones many of us wear every day. Once you start learning the attributes of the stones you love, it may influence your jewelry designs.

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-Amethyst, for example, is associated with prosperity and psychic powers. Some people believe that is helps encourage sobriety and recovery from addiction. The intense purple color has been traditionally linked to spirituality.

-Aquamarine is associated with tranquility, clarity of mind and creative self-expression. It is believed to be soothing and to aid meditation. Because of its color, Aquamarine has often been linked to sea Goddesses.

-The Greeks associated emeralds with Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty. It is still linked to love and wealth. Emeralds are also associated with mental clarity, truth and self-knowledge. They are thought to promote healing, balance and patience while lifting depression and enhancing the immune system.

-Smoky iridescence gives labradorite a mysterious beauty. This stone is linked to faith and destiny. It was traditionally thought to promote visions and psychic ability. Labradorite is said to strengthen intuition, help one see through illusions and enhance self-reliance. Labradorite is sometimes linked to magic.

-Once believed to be tears of the Gods, pearls symbolize innocence and purity in Western culture. They have strong feminine associations and are also linked to water and to the moon.

-Rubies are associated with wealth, joy, sexual energy and power. They are believed to generate passion and assist with spiritual endeavors. At one time, rubies were thought to protect against misfortune, inspire courage and attract live.

We have even more gemstone meaning posted in an insightful library article you can find here.

Shop our full gemstone collection today!

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