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!


With much love and gratitude,

The Staff at Nina Designs

September 26, 2016

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July 8, 2016

Building Community, Bead and Button Shines a Spotlight on Nina Designs

Nina Designs is honored to be featured in one of our favorite jewelry making publications, Bead and Button Magazine. The profile, “Building Community, Nina Cooper strives to make the world a better place, one finding at a time,” is beautifully written by Julia Gerlach and can be found in the “Spotlight” section of August 2016 Issue of Bead and Buttonwhich is available on newsstands now! It focuses on Nina’s efforts to create a supportive work environment, lessen our carbon footprint as a business, and help women entrepreneurs and artisans through microloans.

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It is a fascinating read that we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss because this isn’t just a shout out for Nina Designs, it’s also about you. When you purchase from Nina Designs, you aren’t just getting the best quality jewelry components and top notch customer service – you are also helping us to make the world a better place! Honestly, we couldn’t do it without you!

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So, if you haven’t read Bead and Button Magazine, we encourage you to check it out! It is published 6 times a year and features amazing “How To” projects as well as wonderful articles that remind us that maybe we can “make the world a better place, one finding at a time.”

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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.

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!!

April 21, 2015

Make Mother’s Day Special!

Even if you aren’t an expert jewelry designer, you can easily create Mother’s Day gifts that are sure to please! We offer a collection of Ready to Wear jewelry including earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces. These pieces are made by our talented silversmiths out of sterling silver or 24K gold plated sterling silver. The best part is, they can be worn as is or with added embellishments! Take a look at the Ready to Wear Collection and find a piece for the Mom in your life.

We also carry a line of ethically sources Gift Items from talented artisans around the world. This specially curated collection has pieces any Mom would love! There are beautiful hand painted jewelry boxes, silk scarves, jewelry storage and display items, handmade journals and much more. Our Gift Items are not only gorgeous and high quality, but with every purchase, you are helping an independent artist. Those are gifts you can feel great giving!

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You can make your own custom gift for Mom with our new Shiny 14K Gold Plate Charm Collection! Add any of these charms to a finished chain for a sweet necklace or create simple earrings by attaching findings. Our Shiny 14K Gold Plate Collection is the same high quality gold plate that we’ve been providing our customers with for over 20 years. Spend some time browsing this collection and find a keepsake charm that’s just right for Mom.

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December 19, 2014

Micro Loans Change Lives : Support Artisans with Your Purchases

Every time you place an order for beautiful high quality jewelry supplies, something incredible happens; Nina Designs lends money to artisans worldwide. We’ve partnered with Kiva and Novica to supply micro loans to artist all over the globe. Artists who strive to make their skill their livelihood.

Tiraphan Hasub is a jewelry designer who produces beautiful beaded necklaces and earrings. Her designs are bright, colorful and absolutely beautiful.

Tiraphan had this to say about her design process and inspiration: “You could say I’m a fashionista, always trying to look good by wearing nice dresses and jewelry. I believe many women think like me, and that’s what inspired me to create jewelry that is original. My designs tend to be more traditional Thai than modern, so I’m thankful to Novica for showing my collections to the world.”
Stop by Triaphan’s Novica shop and pick up an affordable piece of wearable art!


Maria Uyauri is a Peruvian textile artist who creates charming fabric appliques. The vibrant scenes of life she applies to wall hanging and bags are incredible! She includes scenes from her every day life in her art as well as fantastical ocean and jungle landscapes.

Maria had this to share about her love or textile art: “I love to create. I love to play with the fabrics and colors and I’m always looking for new themes and ideas.”
Spend some time browsing Maria’s Novica shop filled with her incredible fabric creations!


Nareenat is a bag maker, creating functional and fashionable bags. She works with her husband in Thailand to being these affordable bags to life. “I would love it if people worldwide understood and appreciated the value of handcrafted items. They might not look 100% perfect like the machine-made items, but handicrafts are more valuable as they always have a story behind them.” We couldn’t agree more Nareenat!

Check out Nareenat’s Novica shop and find yourself a beautiful new bag!

Learn more about Nina Designs Micro Loans program and see all of our other philanthropic efforts!

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!


“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.


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.



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


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


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!film Patriots Day 2016 download

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.


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.


Thank you for your continued support!

May 13, 2014

Every Order You Place Helps a Woman Artisan!

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Every time you place a jewelry order with Nina Designs, we are able to make contributions to artists around the world through our Micro Loans program. Nina Designs is proud to be teamed up with Novica to bring awareness and funding to talented women artisans on every continent. Without the support of our loyal customers, our participation in this program would not be possible!

Yuni Kristina, located in Bali, is a Batik artist, producing beautiful and intricate silk shawls and scarves with colorful patterns and designs. Her mother, who was also a Batik fabric artist, has been her biggest inspiration and still creates detailed designs. Yuni and her mother spend time designing and creating together, and Yuni “would like the batik of Bali to become well known around the world, since its beauty is outstanding.” Visit her Novica Shop to purchase a beautiful shawl and support her small business!


Sasithon Saisuk, who goes by the nickname Eaw, studied dance and music in Thailand, and then began working for the school she attended. She performed northern Thai regional dance and in addition, learned to make jewelry. “Silver work is a regional tradition. I design the patterns for this kind of jewelry and adjust it to suit both local and contemporary clothing styles. I recently began experimenting with new materials, and I especially enjoy working with coconuts. First I used them to make jewelry, but then I started to explore crafting other items, such as belts, handbags, etc.”. Visit her Novica Shop to purchase pretty and unique jewelry and accessories, while helping to support a good cause!


April 24, 2014

Nina Designs’ 2014 Philanthropic Cause :: Centre for Street Children

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Jewelry supplies are our main focus at Nina Designs. We design, sell and use them everyday. But there is more to our business than silver charms, pendants, clasps, beads and leather for jewelry. Nina Designs has a strong commitment to making a positive impact on the world through philanthropic work and charitable donations.

Every order our customers place for jewelry supplies helps fund ongoing philanthropy work.  Nina Designs makes donations to many reputable charities around the world, and as a new year rolls around, we have taken our focus to a new cause for 2014.

In Southern Bali, many children are often found on the streets, begging for money, or selling things like bracelets to tourists, bringing back any money they receive to their families. These street children don’t run a great chance at getting an education, and can sometimes even end up in more dangerous situations to get money they and their families desperately need.

A slum school for Street Children in Denpasar, Indonesia, was constructed by the Safe Childhoods Group to provide a safe and clean environment, where children can learn and play, rather than beg on the street. They believe in the power of education, and aims to break the vicious cycle of poverty occurring in their community. Providing education to the children who live and work here reduces the likeliness of them from also entering the sex industry.

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The Safe Childhoods Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization combating Crimes Against Children. Safe Childhoods has developed a range of projects, like the slum school for street children, designed to protect and support some of the most vulnerable, traumatized and at-risk children.


For every order you place in 2014, we will be donating money to the Safe Childhoods Foundation to help them proceed with their new project in expanding the school. The new facility will accommodate the existing children at a new premise and will provide the new school with a health and medical center, play center, work-shops for the mothers and fathers of the children in the slums and additional classes on hygiene, rights and life-skills. Our goal by the end of the year is to donate $5,000 to the cause! We strongly believe in their cause and mission, and hope you do too. Take some time to explore their slum school project, as well as others through their website. Help us help these children who can be given a chance at earning an education and escaping dangerous and unhealthy work throughout 2014 by placing orders for your favorite jewelry supplies. It’s our customers who play the largest role in us being able making a difference!

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