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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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!

April 22, 2013

Silver Charms for Earth Day :: Show Mother Earth Love

Today is Earth Day! Show your dedication to Mother Earth with environmental charms and jewelry designs. Wearing green charms helps spread Earth positive messages and these silver charms lend themselves to chic, eco friendly jewelry designs.

Nina Designs believes in Fair Trade practices, being a Green business, supporting local small business owners and conservation of our natural resources.  We have a Go Green charm collection that is full of inspirational, socially responsible charms. Explore these charms to see our delicate globe charm, meaningful word tags, fluffy clouds and our super sweet bike charm.

Soon you’ll be wearing your own environmentally conscience jewelry and spreading positive messages throughout your community!

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Ever wonder who made Earth Day possible, and what inspired the founders ?

In 1969, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Washington,  began making an effort to push for higher awareness of environmental problems after witnessing the outcomes of the 1969 oil spills in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the anti-war movement, he discovered that he could use that energy combined with a growing conscience for pollution to put environmental protection on the national agenda. Over 20 million people participated that year, and now Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year by more than one billion people and many national governments in 192 countries.

It’s humbling and amazing to see how one dedicated group of people brought public awareness and support to such an important global issue.

How do you celebrate Earth Day? Has this year inspired you to make a lifestyle change you can apply to everyday of the year?

February 19, 2013

YOUR VOTE COUNTS:: Help Us Support a Cause in 2013

Nina Designs is starting something new: we are asking you, the customer, to vote for a cause we will support throughout the year! This will be in addition to our annual philanthropy, micro-loans, and tree planting programs.

Please help us vote through Facebook by clicking here. This year the choices are ‘Wildlife Conservation’, ‘Stop Human Trafficking’, or ‘End Hunger in the USA’.

Once a cause is selected, we will carefully select 4-5 non-profit organizations to fund directly. We will donate money relative to how many orders we receive in 2013, with a goal of donating a total of $5,000.00. Help us to make the world a better place, one step at a time.

“Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Meade

January 28, 2013

Jewelry to Trees:: 9,638 Trees Planted

Nina Designs contributed $1,000 in 2012 to Trees for the Future because of you, the customer! For every order placed, we plant a tree to help the environment and to offset the carbon emissions tied to business operations.  Nina Designs customers who have placed orders planted 9,638 trees in Haiti, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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For rural farm families suffering from poverty, the gift of trees is a gift of life.  Some species of trees provide food for human consumptions, while others feed livestock. If the trees are harvested in a sustainable way, they will continue to provide for communities in generations to come.

Trees provide materials for cooking, heating, building houses, fences and tool handles.  They offset carbon emissions, reduce pollution, and prevent erosion. Trees are an important part of shade farming, allowing farmers to produce food requiring shade in areas where natural forest has been destroyed. Cows who have shady resting spots even produce more milk!

On behalf of the recipients of these trees and Trees for the Future, Nina Designs would like to thank you for making this a possibility.

Read more about Nina Designs fair trade and philanthropy.

September 6, 2012

1 order = 1 Tree :: Silver Charms Go Green at Nina Designs

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Silver Charms Go Green with our new Plant a Tree program!  For every order we ship, we will plant a tree.  We have partnered with Trees for the Future to offset all of the carbon associated with our office operations and the orders we ship out to customers.  We used carbon calculators available online to estimate our annual carbon use and then added a healthy amount of padding to be conservative.  While it is difficult to find accurate data, we believe this program will also cover the carbon emissions of the silver mined to produce our products.

We researched many different programs and decided that Trees for the Future was the best match for us.  They have a proven track record of partnering with respected companies like Timberland  and we like the fact that they plant many trees that provide food and materials for local populations who then have a vested interest in keeping the trees healthy.  They run programs in Africa, Asia and South America.  Here is how the organization describes its work:

“Since 1989, Trees for the Future ( has been helping communities around the world plant trees.  Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and our country programs, we have empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands.  Planting trees protects the environment and
helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations.”

Keep your eyes open for the new Tree Counter we will be adding to our home page to track our progress!

April 6, 2011

Celebrate Earth Day by helping to preserve the world’s islands and coral reefs

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Our Earth Day Eco-Pledge: Nina Designs will donate $1 to Seacology for every new person who likes us on Facebook by Earth Day, April 22nd. If you’re already a Nina Designs fan, share our Facebook Eco-Pledge with friends and family, then go to our wall and let us know you shared, and we’ll give $1 to Seacology for that effort too! Help spread the word so we can donate as much as possible.

A little bit about Seacology: They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the world’s islands and their cultures. Their efforts include 215 conservation projects on 116 islands in 45 countries around the world, protecting over 1.8 million acres of coral reef, rainforest, and other fragile island ecosystems, along with the wildlife they harbor. This includes 50 projects in Indonesia, protecting both marine and terrestrial habitat.

They do great things like building schools and health clinics in exchange for marine reserves, and setting up fresh water systems to villages that need it!

July 15, 2010

Silver Jewelry Findings Help Clean Up the Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast

We think it’s wonderful that silver jewelry findings can help support the efforts to restore the Gulf Coast. Thanks so much to all you Nina Designs fans for inviting your friends to join us on Facebook and supporting the Environmental Defense Fund. We added almost 1000 new friends and fellow designers to our community as a result of your efforts. In return, Nina Designs is sending a check for $1000 to help support the Environmental Defense Fund and their team of wetlands experts in the Gulf Coast who are working so hard to repair the damage and restore coastal Louisiana.

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