February 28, 2017

The Elements of Style

Nina Designs is pleased to announce our Wire Element Charms!

Since our double sided Elements Charms were such a hit, we though let’s add some variety! Now you can give your customers even more options. The Element Charms are perfect for creating Modern, Personalized & Meaningful Jewelry! Read more about each of the Elements below.

 

It is believed that the Universe is formed by Four Elements: Earth, Air, Fire & Water. Each one of these elements has its own unique properties.

The Fire Element symbolizes many things including energy, activity, creativity, passion, freedom, power, love, vision, anger, strength, will, assertiveness, courage and dynamism. The element of Fire is associated with Summer and its direction is South. Leo, Sagittarius & Aries are all Fire Elements.

The Air Element symbolizes communication, intelligence, perception, knowledge, learning, thinking, imagination, creativity, harmony and travel. The Element of Air is associated with the Spring and its direction is East. Aquarius, Gemini & Libra are all Air Elements. 

The Earth Element symbolizes many things including prosperity, fertility, stability, creativity, physical abundance, nourishment, dependability, security, intuition, introspection and wisdom.
The element of Earth is associated with Winter and its direction is North. Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn are all Earth Elements

The Water Element symbolizes many things including dreaming, healing, fluidity, purification, regeneration, strength, change, fertility, devotion, and unconditional love. The element of Water is associated with Fall and its direction is West.  Scorpio, Pieces & Cancer are all Water Elements.

February 21, 2017

Good Luck Symbols from Around the World

Who say’s it has to be Saint Patrick’s Day for Good Luck? 

Offer your customers a wide variety of Good Luck Charms all year round! From Clovers to Ladybugs, from Pigs to Dolphins, you are sure to find something to please everyone. So let’s explore some of the hidden meanings of these international Good Luck Charms… 

Elephants– The Elephants are a symbol of health, longevity, love, wealth, and virtue. In some cultures Elephant figurines are placed on shelves and by doorways to ensure longevity and luck. The Ganesha, also known as Ganapati and Vinayakais a Hindu God of Luck. With his multiple arms and elephant head, he is is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the keeper of intellect and wisdom.

Four Leaf Clovers – The four leaf clover is an ancient Irish symbol of Luck. The Celtics believed that the clover would help them see fairies and avoid fairy tricks. There are many varieties of Clovers but the true lucky ones come from a white clover plant. The four leaves stand for faith, hope, love & luck. 

Pigs – Both Chinese and European cultures believe that Pig Charms have the power to bring good luck. Pigs are a symbol of wealth, good fortune, and prosperity! 

Horseshoes – Horseshoes symbolize good luck, power over evil, good fortune and fertility. The horseshoe is often associated with the horse’s strength and dependability. Many people believe it is best to hang a horseshoe with the open end facing upward – so your good luck won’t fall out!

Ladybugs – Ladybugs are a popular insect worldwide. In Germany ladybugs are literally called lucky bugs “Glueckskaefer”. Some cultures believe that if a ladybug lands on you and you don’t brush it off you will be lucky. And some ladybugs are luckier than others! You will be extra lucky if you spot a deep red ladybug with lots of spots. 

Shooting Star – A falling or Shooting Star grants the person lucky enough to see it a secret wish! A shooting star means that you have a chance to make all of your dreams come true. 

Dolphins – Dolphins are considered lucky in the Ancient Culture of Greece, Egypt & Rome. Ancient Sailors at sea found the sighting of a Dolphin to be a sign that land was near. This lucky charm would be perfect to keep someone safe who loves the sea.  

Keys – A key is one of the most important symbols of luck and one of the oldest charms. A key that is given between lovers in considered a symbol of unlocking the door to the heart. The giver of the key will be “lucky in love”. The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed keys represented the “Key of Life” which held the power to unlock the doors to send prayers to reach the gods. 

These are just a few examples of some of the many animals, plants and objects that people carry to bring them protection, success, health and of course…GOOD LUCK!

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What about you? ARE YOU FEELING LUCKY?

 What do you carry around for Good Luck? 

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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!

January 17, 2017

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster!

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. On January 28, it’s time to welcome in the Year of the Rooster! Our Chinese Zodiac Charms are a perfect way to Celebrate the New Year! Create personalized gifts to celebrate Birthdays or to commemorate that Special Date! To make a simple charm necklace add an Initial Charm and your lucky gemstone color!

Shengxiao, also known in English as the Chinese Zodiac, is similar to Western astrology. It is represented by a circle of 12 animals and is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Each calendar year is assigned to a certain animal and its associated attributes according to a 12-year mathematical cycle. The zodiac animals were carefully chosen for their lucky meanings and how they related to ancient Chinese people’s daily lives. The 12 Chinese Zodiac animals are in a fixed order according to Chinese Yin and Yang Theory. The yin or the yang of the animals was based on the odd or even number of their claws, toes or hoofs and they are arranged in a “harmonious” order. 

 

Read about your Chinese Zodiac Below!

Please Note: Chinese New Year moves between January 21st and February 20th. If you are born in January or February you will need to look up what year your Chinese Zodiac falls in.

 

The Rat is known for intelligence, adaptability, quick-wit, charm, being sociable and artistic. Its element is Water. Years of the Rat 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936

The Ox is known for loyalty, reliability, thoroughness, strength, being reasonable, steady, and determined. Its element is Earth. Years of the Ox 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937

The Tiger is known for enthusiasm, courageousness, ambition, leadership, confidence, and charisma. Its element is Wood. Years of the Tiger 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938

The Rabbit is considered trustworthy, emphatic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, and great caretakers. Its element is Wood. Years of the Rabbit 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939

 

 

The Dragon is considered lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, and charismatic. Its element is Earth. Years of the Dragon 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940

The Snake is considered to be organized, intelligent, philosophical, intuitive, elegant, attentive, and decisive. Its element is Fire. Years of the Snake 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941

The Horse is considered loyal, courageous, ambitious, adaptable, intelligent, adventurous, and strong. Its element is Fire. Years of the Horse 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942

The Goat is known for being crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, and calm. Its element is Earth. Years include 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943

 

 

The Monkey, often depicted holding a peach which represents longevity, is considered to be quick-witted, charming, bright, versatile, lively, lucky, adaptable, and smart. Its element is Metal. Years include 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944

The Rooster is known for honesty, energy, intelligence, flamboyance, flexibility, diversity, and confidence. Its element is Metal. Years of the Rooster 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945

The Dog is considered to be loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, and smart. Its element is Earth. Years of the Dog 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946

The Pig is considered to be honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, and very sociable. Its element is Water. Years of the Pig 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947

 

What’s your Chinese Zodiac Sign? 

November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from Nina Designs!

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Nina Designs wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving full of fun, laughs, love and delicious foods! To celebrate the holiday, we recently had a potluck here and  everyone brought something fabulous to share.  While we feasted, I asked the Ladies at Nina Designs what they are thankful for this Holiday Season. Here’s what they  had to say:

Thanksgiving

 

Carly, Inventory Manager

“I am grateful for the smell of warm Summer rain and fresh cut grass on a Fall Day. I am grateful for the gift of witnessing love of all kinds in the world around me and for the giving and receiving of my own. I am grateful for the language of birds feeding my ears, the shared wonder of time spent with children and the twinkly, love filled smile of my Anam Cara. I am grateful for my friends and family who stood by my side and never left when life became difficult. I am grateful for you being in this world. ”

Leah, Vice President

“I am thankful for my family and community, for good health, and to be alive during this most unique and special time and place. ”

Nina, President

“I am so thankful to work with such fabulous ladies, both our customers and our staff! Also, I am deeply grateful for my family and our lovely planet. ”

Magdalena, Customer Service Manager

“I am grateful for love in all the ways it manifests in me and in the world.”

Nicky, IT Manager

“I’m thankful to have amazing, creative and supportive co-workers!”

Signe, Marketing Manager

“I am thankful for many things: the love of my family, the support and laughter of my dear friends, my amazing husband and sweet funny dogs Rosie and Daisy. And at this time, I am especially thankful for the small acts of kindness I see happen every day: People sharing, helping, volunteering, donating their time and resources to those in need. I am thankful for those who stand up for the rights of others and stand with them when they feel threatened or afraid. I have faith in human kindness and that gives me hope – and for that I will always be thankful.”

Kirsten, Marketing and Inventory Associate

“I am thankful for my family and friends! And to live in such a diverse, creative and beautiful city!”

 

 What are you thankful for this Holiday Season?

Share your thoughts below in the comments section.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

November 9, 2016

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September 12, 2016

Jewelry Trend: Mixed Metal Madness

Mixing Metals is still one of the hottest jewelry trends! The old no-no of mixing metals has lost its power, so throw out all of those old rules: no combining prints, no brown belt with black shoes and no mixing metals!

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At Nina Designs we love to Mix Metals! Just take a peek at all of our Mixed Metal Design Ideas that the Ladies of Nina Designs have created! With our wide variety of finishes it’s hard not to mix and match.

There are so many different finishes to choose from:

Sterling Silver Charms

24K Satin Gold Plated Charms

Natural Bronze Charms

Silver Plated Bronze Charms

24K Gold Plated Bronze Charms

14K Shiny Gold Plated Charms

Black Silver Finish Charms

14K Solid Gold Charms

 

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And things just got even better! We have created a specially curated Mixed Metal Collection– these Charms, Rings and Pendants feature both Sterling Silver and Natural Bronze in one component! So go ahead and take a peek at one of our best selling pendants the Infinity Heart – a Sterling Silver Heart intertwined with a Bronze Infinity. Or if you want Ready to Wear Jewelry take a peek at our Sterling Silver Rings with Bronze Star and Moon details!

 

Mixed Metal Jewelry Tips:

-Unexpected metal pairings create striking designs-

-Create patterns and designs by alternating metals-

-Don’t Break your Budget! Use Bronze, Silver Plated Bronze or 24K Gold Plated Bronze

-Matte or Oxidize Sterling Silver Charms-

-Mix and Match Sterling Silver, 24K Gold Plated and Bronze Rings

-Mix and Match Sterling Silver, 24K Gold Plated and Bronze Bracelets

 

How do you like to Mix it Up?

Share your comments below!

 

 

August 29, 2016

Use Fall 2016 Pantone Color Palette for Jewelry Inspiration

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August 15, 2016

Get Ready to go Back to School with School Spirit Jewelry!

Summer is wrapping up and it is time to go Back to School! But just because Summer is almost over doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop. With a new school year comes a new wardrobe and school supplies! And of course, a new wardrobe must include some fabulous new Jewelry Accessories!

Back to School Blog

We’ve put together a Back to School Collection of charms, pendants and tassels for you to create with! Get into the School Spirit by sporting your school mascot, school colors, favorite club or team. Use our Jewelry Tassels as Pom Poms and shop our wide selection of Animal Charms to find your school’s mascot! Or use Stamping Blanks to stamp your school name or slogan – “Go Banana Slugs!”

Putting together a personalized necklace, charm bracelet or pair of earrings is as easy as “1, 2, 3, A, B, C!” Watch this short how-to-video on how to create quick and easy charm necklaces. Make one for yourself, your best friends and your favorite teachers. (Hint: You’ll want to get on their good side!) Mix and match pieces from our Back to School Collection to create one of a kind designs you can wear all year round! Browse our Back to School Design Ideas for some inspiration.

Done with school? That doesn’t mean you have to stop learning! Go ahead and challenge yourself this year by learning new skills. We have How-to Videos for any skill level. And our Classroom is an amazing resource for step-by-step instructions for jewelry projects. We also have you covered when it comes to finished jewelry designs. Browse our Design Ideas and find a project to make your own!

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.

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