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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March 5, 2015

Lucky Lady :: Good Luck Charms and Jewelry

Wishbone charms, horseshoe charms, and clover charms all make the perfect good luck charms. Turn these classic symbols into beautiful and fun jewelry designs. With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to add a touch of good luck to your collection.


Be subtle by adding a small horseshoe or wishbone to a wrap bracelet or a charm necklace, or make a clover or a horseshoe the centerpiece as a pendant or a pair of statement earrings. Shop our curated collection of good luck charms, talismans, and amulets to have luck on your side. Browse our library for thousands of design ideas to inspire you and help you discover new ways to incorporate jewelry charms into your designs.

You can also watch a free how-to video on how to create easy charm cluster necklaces for a customize-able look, where you can easily add tiny lucky charms to wear with you always. If you’re in the St. Patty’s spirit, don’t forget to add green gemstones, leather, or tassels for a pop of color, and a reason not to get pinched.

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!

February 4, 2014

Kiva & Nina Designs Partner to Fund Women Artisans

Not only does Nina Designs produce high quality jewelry supplies and findings, we are devoted to aiding fellow women artisans around the world. Through our Micro Loans program, we have provided women worldwide with an opportunity to grow and expand their livelihood.

Nina Designs is committed to supporting the communities where our products are made, the environment, and our local communities. In 2014, Nina Designs partnered with Kiva to continue and expand our Micro Loans program.

Please take a moment to visit Kiva’s website and learn more about this amazing company! It’s truly amazing what a small amount of money can do to improve the quality of life for someone else.

And remember, with every order you place with Nina Designs, the more Micro Loans we can fund.



June 17, 2013

Purchase Silver Findings :: Fund Micro Loans

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Your purchases of Nina Designs jewelry components and findings help fund our incredible Micro Loans program. Nina Designs has loaned thousands of dollars to artists worldwide to either launch or expand their businesses. We love sharing the stories and art work of our Micro Loan recipients with our supportive customers.

Jariya Kakaew is a recipient of a Nina Designs Micro Loan. Jariya designs beautiful Thai cotton clothing and accessories. Here is how Jariya describes her intention and motivation behind her lovely clothing collections:

“Myself, my brother and my team, we always work with natural materials, traditional techniques and wisdoms to create original designs and patterns suitable for modern ways of life, in Thailand and the rest of the world. I hope that more people will like our work and appreciate our efforts in working with environmentally-friendly materials, as well as constantly developing more new styles.”

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“As a local Thai woman, I’m very proud of the fact that I can have the career that I love, and to be able to provide for myself and my family. This career has also generated work and income for many people who get involved in this project.”

We are proud and excited for Jariya and her team. Please visit her Novica store where you can purchase her beautiful garments, thus supporting more independent artists!


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?

April 12, 2013

Earth Day Part 2: Greening your Personal Care

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Earth Day is almost here, and we have some tips to share with you to make green decisions with personal care. We polled the ladies at the office and they had lots of great suggestions. Stayed tuned for part 3…


1. Turn off water while brushing your teeth, shaving in the shower, or washing your hair. I use a small cup of water to rinse the razor while I shave, instead of keep the water running.

2. Wash clothes on cold water, and air dry your clothes when possible.

3. Consider switching to all-natural body products; everything we wash off ourselves goes back in the water system eventually. Dispose of old medicines responsibly, instead of down the drain.

4. Switch to an aluminum free deodorant to protect your health. It’s important to make healthy decisions for the environment and the body! You can find lots of chemical and cruelty free products on this site:


April 7, 2013

Part 1: Tips to Green Your Kitchen for Earth Day

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In practice, everyday day is Earth Day, but every April 22nd is a great day to rethink your Earth friendly practices and all the things you can do to reduce your impact.  I asked the ladies in the office for their tips on leading a green life.   I was amazed by the response; I hope you find these tips useful as I do!  Stay tuned for more….

1. COMPOST : Don’t have a good composting spot, or is it too stinky?  try storing your food refuse in the freezer in a paper bag, then compost it on pick-up day, or take it to your local composting center/community garden.  If you don’t want to clean out a compost bin regularly, consider biodegradable trash bags.

2. CLEANING : Never run your water on full blast, and only use hot water when necessary.  Use a pan of sudsy water to clean dishes, and a pan of clean water to rinse.  Did you know if you use biodegradable soap you can reuse the dishwater to water plants?  It’s true!
– Use vinegar, water and lemon juice for a cheap, earth friendly cleaner great for all around the house.  Mix one part water to one part vinegar.  Add lemon for a fresh, clean smell!

3.TOWELS : Ditch those paper towels!  Switch to  sponge and washcloths for the kitchen, and drying rags.  Rotate your  clothes and wash them once a week.  Sponges gross you out?  Boil your sponge for 3 minutes to disinfect!




March 31, 2013

MicroLoans :: Earth Day Inspired Upcycled Designs

Looking for ways to re-use forgotten treasures (or trash) and cut down on global waste? Meet Neide Ambrosio, a woman who found a way to create unique pieces and help save the environment.

Neide is a talented designer, nature lover, supportive wife and employer (she has 10 local women working for her now!) Neide is an artist in Brazil who received a micro loan through the partnership of Nina Designs and Novica. Her designs are fun, funky and really starting to catch on. Best of all, with each piece she creates, she helps beautify her local environment!

“I decided to use soda pops because Brazilian people consume a lot of canned drinks, and in the beaches all over Brazil you can find many soda pops. I started going to the beach and down the streets collecting soda pops. I love doing this, and now I spend all my day crocheting.”

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“It is wonderful to earn a living by recycling, helping the environment while at the same time gaining recognition as an artist. Thank you Novica.”

Neide’s story is true inspiration. Stop by Neide’s  Novica shop to see all of her amazing upcycled crocheted pieces. Help support a woman artisan trying to make a difference, one soda top at a time.




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