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!

August 29, 2016

Use Fall 2016 Pantone Color Palette for Jewelry Inspiration

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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.

August 1, 2016

Meet our Staff – Say Hello to Marcy!

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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Marcy, Associate Designer

I like to make Talisman Jewelry. I started making jewelry when I was about 10. It was a journey my mom and I started together and we still love to share inspiration and treasures.

I love that jewelry changes how someone feels on the inside and how they are perceived on the outside.

I like to think that someone who wears my jewelry does so because they have a connection with it. I believe that connection has the power to unleash magical qualities in that person. If nothing else, the power to see and appreciate more beauty around them.

Along with jewelry, I do a little bit of painting, collaging, bookmaking and photography. Those were part of my interdisciplinary major in art school. Jewelry has taken over my free time for the most part, but I still like to go back to those crafts and perhaps in the future, one of them will take center stage again.

I think it is important to learn something new when creating. I’m always exploring new techniques, color combinations or different shape combinations. It’s good to keep in mind that an idea doesn’t always work and just because it doesn’t work, it’s still an important part of the process, not lost time. Once you feel free to explore, the inspiration is endless.

I love so many of our pieces that it’s hard to choose my favorites! I love the detail and textures in our cast pieces. I like pairing nature pieces with magical elements and tribal designs. The geometric pieces are fun to use because they are like puzzle pieces. You can arrange them in so many different ways to create interesting relationships between hard lines and curved lines. The relationship between circles and triangles is very interesting and pleasing to my eyes.

I’m currently in love with the following styles: S6011, A1655, A1613, S2989, S2990, S3039S2993, A1553, A1024, P22, A1251, and A1276. And I always come back to our circle links. I love using them to frame charms and gems!  All sizes and finishes!

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July 18, 2016

Discover the Symbolism of Spirit Animals!

Have you ever felt drawn to a certain animal? Felt a special kinship or deep connection to a wild beast, tiny insect, or cold blooded reptile? Do certain creatures seem to constantly cross your path? Maybe it’s your Spirit Animal calling out to you! A Spirit Animal or Power Animal represents the “life force” or soul of an animal, which appears to humans – through their dreams, meditations and in their waking life – in order to share their wisdom. The belief in Spirit Animals has its origins mainly in Native American Tribes, although similar spiritual practices can be found in other cultures. There are differences within each tribe or culture on how they interpret and incorporate Spirit or “Totem Animals” into their lives. In Native American cultures, The Totem Animal would generally appear as one single animal that acts as a guide and protector for humans throughout their entire life. Modern cultures often believe that you can have many Spirit Animals and they can change daily.

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Nina Designs has created an inspiring line of Spirit Animal Pendants perfect for creating Talisman Jewelry that holds spiritual meaning for the wearer. We chose to feature seven of our favorite creatures: The Bear, The Cobra, The Crocodile, The Hawk or Falcon, The Elephant, The Tiger, and The Wolf. Each has special attributes that we hope will stir your creativity and connect with you personally.

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The Cobra: Waiting, Pausing, Going inwards to decide.

With its ability to shed its skin, the cobra represents transformation, rebirth and new beginnings. Having this power animal in your life portents a great transition is on its way through new opportunities and growth.

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The Bear: Waking Up, Beginning Anew.

Symbolically, the bear holds many contradictions. Their dual nature symbolizes both the warrior and the nurturer. It can be fierce, teaching us to stand against adversity, take action and be bold. At times of hibernation it is tranquil, emphasizing a time for solitude, self-reflection, and rest.

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The Crocodile: Resting, Collecting Energy, Cooling Off.

The crocodile has inhabited the earth for millions of years and are considered to be the keepers and protectors of all knowledge and ancient wisdom. Having this power animal in your life signifies an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the world around you. Gliding along the water, they are concealed from view with just their eyes peeking above the surface, teaching us about patience, emotional depth and resourcefulness.

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The Elephant: Unstoppable, Auspicious & Wise.

Revered for its power and strength, the elephant symbolizes dignity, peace, intelligence, and longevity. In the herd, the older elephants protect and care for the young, regardless of whether it is their offspring or another’s. In this way, the spirit of the elephant encourages loyalty and fidelity in our relationships with family and friends.

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The Hawk or Falcon: Watchful, All-Seeing & Fate’s Messenger

 Symbolically, the falcon is the messenger of the spirit world and the “unseen”. They were believed to have resided in the Upperworld with the spirits of the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars. The Falcon’s ability to soar to great heights assists with gaining a new perceptive, allowing one to see and understand things clearly by providing focus and sharp vision.

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The Wolf: Protector of Family & Tribe

Symbolically, the wolf encourages a deeper connection with and trust in one’s intuition. With a razor sharp intelligence and a strong desire for freedom, the wolf inspires you to live life to the fullest and pursue your dreams.

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The Tiger: Sensuality, Receptivity & Lunar Forces

The tiger symbolizes courage and willpower. Having this animal in your life encourages you to harness your inner strength and trust your intuition to help you overcome challenges. The speed and agility of the tiger reminds us to tackle life’s problems quickly and passionately. Don’t hesitate… pounce! Let this tiger unleash a new power or passion within you.

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* Nina Designs wishes to thank artist, Kim Krans

for allowing us to feature her lovely Animal Spirit Cards in our Jewelry Photos.

*You can find them along with other pieces of her amazing art at “The Wild Unknown”*

 

 

 

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 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?

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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December 2, 2015

Gift Cute & Personalized Charm Necklaces This Year!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Silver and gold charm necklaces make adorable and personalized keepsakes your loved ones and friends will wear for years to come. We offer a wide selection of charms from initial charms, to birthstone charms, and charms to fit everyone’s hobbies and interests too! Match a zodiac charm with an initial, or string on a minimal and modern dangle for a simple and sophisticated look. The possibilities are endless!

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To make these elegant and beautiful gifts, all you need is a charm, and a finished chain. Our charms come fitted with finished, soldered jump rings, so all you have to do is slide the charm on! Personalized gifts in under 5 minutes. Does it get any better? You just need a pair or pliers to build your necklace, and voila! These precious keepsakes will make a lasting impression, and make the perfect gift for anyone special this holiday season. Shop now!

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