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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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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March 31, 2015

Explore the Trend : Triangle Jewelry

Triangle jewelry is a popular jewelry trend that is easy to make your own! Add triangle jewelry parts made of sterling silver, gold plated silver, and natural bronze to your necklace and earring designs.

Go bold or keep it simple; the triangle jewelry trend is easy to incorporate into your existing collections. Have fun mixing and matching colors and metal finishes to fit your style. We love the combination of warm satin gold plated sterling silver with luscious sterling silver.

Shop our specially curated collection now to find all the pieces you need to make this fun and trendy look yours!


Find finished jewelry design inspiration here! Browse our designs and see ways to make the look yours!


February 19, 2015

Explore the Trend : Mixed Metal Jewelry

Mixed metal jewelry is an alluring combination of sterling silver, gold plated sterling silver, black silver and bronze jewelry supplies. This jewelry trend is easy to obtain and budget friendly!

Adding a pop of gold, black or bronze to a sterling silver jewelry design will take your pieces to the next level. Mixed metal jewelry is high impact and really turns up the wow factor of any piece of jewelry.

We’ve curated a collection of products that will help you achieve a mixed metal look. Check out our collection of Mixed Metal Jewelry components!

There is also an amazing collection of Mixed Metal Finished Jewelry Designs for you to draw inspiration from! Take some time to see all the possible ways you can make this look yours!

Mixed Metal Jewelry Tips :

-Unexpected metal pairings create striking designs-
-Form patterns by alternating metals-
-Accentuate designs with notes of warm gold or earthy bronze-
-Don’t break your budget – use bronze in place of gold-
-Add edginess with black silver components-


February 4, 2015

How to Video :: Use a Silver Wrap Crimp

When it comes to creating one of a kind jewelry designs, the devil is in the details. Silver wrap crimps are essential to many jewelry designs involving leather or silk. These simple pieces can take your designs to the next level!

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Take a moment to watch our How-to Movie that shows you exactly how to utilize our Silver Wrap Crimp. Before you know it, you will be using silk, leather or other natural materials in your finished jewelry designs in place of chain. There are so many ways to use these straight forward crimp in your designs.

January 8, 2015

Explore the Trend : Scallop and Crescent Jewelry

Give your jewelry collection curves! Scallop and crescent jewelry design is in. Sterling silver and gold vermeil links with scalloped and crescent curves are sure to add a playful and feminine touch to your designs. Make this look frilly and feminine, or modern and minimalist. We carry all of the supplies you need to put this trendy look together. Explore and shop our collection of charms, pendants, and jewelry supplies put together for you to create scallop and crescent inspired jewelry designs.

Have fun mixing and matching colors and metal finishes to fit your style. Embrace the trend by using simple crescent accents or overall shapes in your design, or, make a statement by stacking multiples together to create more curvature and fun patterns. Browse our gallery of scallop-themed jewelry design ideas to gain inspiration and create your own scallop or crescent jewelry looks!

Scallop Jewelry Tips : Make The Look Yours

Embrace Feminine Curves with Scallops & Crescents

Use Dangles & Spikes for Extra Sparkle

Stack Links Vertically & Horizontally to Create Playful Patterns

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Shop our specially curated collection now to find all the pieces you need to make this fun and trendy look yours!

December 24, 2014

DIY Leather Tassels for Jewelry

Leather tassels are colorful and trendy way to add texture to your finished jewelry designs. Leather tassels add a bit of edge and sophistication to any design.

We have a wide selection of leather for jewelry and have used our deer hide leather in a variety of finished jewelry designs. Recently, we tried something new, leather tassels! Making these fun and funky tassels is easy with the help of our free how to video.

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To see how to make your very own DIY leather tassels, watch our how to video below.
Shop our leather today, and browse the rainbow of colors to choose from! We offer the leather findings and components you’ll need to create tassels and all sorts of fabulous leather jewelry!Spend some time browsing our leather design ideas for more ways to incorporate leather into your designs.

Will you be adding some colorful tassels to your designs?


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!


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?

October 16, 2014

Explore the Trend : Black and Gold Jewelry

Black and gold finished jewelry is a classic style that you can easily make your own. The combination of black sterling silver and gold vermeil jewelry supplies will add a sophisticated touch to your holiday look. The best part about this jewelry trend is how versatile it is! Pair black and gold jewelry with cocktail dresses or jeans and a sweater, you really can make this look your own!

We have eye catching Design Ideas to help inspire your black and gold jewelry. Go bold or keep it simple, this look is easy to personalize!

Find finished jewelry inspiration and start creating your own black and gold looks!


 Black and Gold Jewelry Tips : Male the Look Yours

Bring on the Glitz and Glamour with Mixed Metals
Build Patterns with High Contrast Components
Find Sophisticated Looks with Statement Pieces
Warm Gold and Cool Black Create Bold Designs
Elevate Any Look – Perfect for Holiday Parties


Find the Supplies You Need : Click to Shop the Specially Curated Collection!

September 18, 2014

Explore the Trend : Tassel Jewelry

Cotton and rayon tassels for jewelry have been all the rage over the last few months, and maybe you’ve wondered how you can incorporate this jewelry trend into your finished designs. Look no further! We carry cotton and rayon tassels in rich colors that you can easily add to your jewelry designs along with classic silver charms, jewelry links and gemstones.

Feel inspired by our Tassel Jewelry design ideas and be a part of the trend!

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Explore our specially curated collection to find all the jewelry supplies you’ll need to create Tassel jewelry.

This jewelry trend is all about color and texture. Be bold with your color choices or keep things more subdued with muted tones.


Follow these basic tips to make the look your own:

Tassel Jewelry Tips :

  • Embrace Fun Loving Boho Style
  • Add bold Pops of Color
  • Create Texture and Movement with Tassels
  • Make a Statement – Stack and Layer Tassels
  • Mix and Match Colors to Personalize


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