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 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 31, 2017

New 18K Rose Gold Collection!

Nina Designs is pleased to announce our new 18K Rose Gold Plate Collection! Featuring our most popular iconic styles, each piece has a Nano-polymer coating to protect the surface and retard oxidation.

Rose Gold has long been a popular choice for Bridal and Valentine’s Day Jewelry as its soft, warm color symbolizes love. It is this rich rosy golden hue that makes Rose Gold so special and sought after. Rose gold contains as much gold as yellow gold but is slightly pinker in color. This warm pink tone is created by increasing the copper-colored alloys normally found in gold and decreasing the silver-colored alloys. Rose gold is available in both 14K and in 18K.

Our vermeil style gold plate is 40 micro inches of 98.5% pure gold plated over sterling silver with a fine layer of nickel in between. For Rose Gold, we add a thin layer of 18K Rose Gold, finished with a Nano-polymer coating to protect the surface and retard oxidation. For more information about our Gold Plating Process, visit our Gold FAQ

Shop the entire collection of Rose Gold Charms, Findings and essential Jewelry Supplies! Need more bling? Many of these styles are also available in Shiny 14K Gold Filled Plate, Satin 24K Gold Vermeil Style Plate, and Solid 14K Gold!

 More new Rose Gold styles coming soon!

So tell us, what styles would you like to see in this beautiful, warm rosy color?

Tell us your suggestions in the comments section below!

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 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.

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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June 27, 2016

Let’s Get Physical …with Fun Fitness Jewelry!

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Are you a Couch Potato or a Fitness Fanatic? If you’re like most of us, you’re a little bit of both, depending on the time of year or the mood you’re in. They say that doing as little as 30 minutes a day of exercise will create huge positive changes in your health and life expectancy. And it doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous…just a simple walk around the block will do wonders.  At Nina Designs, we have a free weekly yoga class, open to all of the staff. We know that this form of exercise reduces stress, builds muscle and creates flexibility. And in our personal lives, we all like to find different ways to get out and enjoy nature. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to blow off steam, build strength and burn a few calories….

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Kirsten

Marketing & Inventory Associate

I love to swim! It’s doesn’t matter if it’s in a pool, ocean, river or lake. Since I can’t go to the beach every day, I have gotten into a habit of lap swimming a few evenings a week. I am lucky to have an outdoor saline pool just a few minutes’ drive from my house. If I need to go somewhere to do my workout it needs to be super close and convenient to get to, otherwise I won’t go. When I swim it doesn’t really feel like exercise, it’s just fun! I also love the added bonus of getting a little bit of a tan while swimming. For me, swimming is super relaxing, refreshing and easy on the joints. I also really enjoy going to cycling classes. I have found the perfect class with a funny teacher and familiar faces every week. It’s a little bit harder to get motivated for this class because it is hard work! After the class I almost always feel great. My endorphin’s are going and I get a nice burst of energy for a few hours!

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Marcy

Associate Designer

I love riding my bicycle to work! I am very grateful to have a short commute and riding my bike lets me roll past the traffic congestion on the city streets while getting the added benefit of fresh air and exercise! I enjoy walking and hiking as well but riding a bike allows me to travel further distances and reduces the impact on my body. I especially love that I am also helping the environment by using my bike to commute. There is a grocery store near work which further allows me to lesson my “carbon footprint.”  I’ve gotten into the habit of stopping there every couple of days. I prefer this method over making one huge trip to the grocery store with my car. It has the extra benefit of assuring that I always have the freshest fruit, vegetables and meat. The Bay Area has many great bicycle trails. I especially enjoy the Bay Trial because it is flat, making it easy to ride, and it has a gorgeous view! For a more rigorous, challenging ride, I go to Tilden Park. It is fantastic because you quickly feel like you are deep in nature, away from the city.

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Signe

Marketing Manager

I live in the Oakland Hills and my favorite form of exercise is walking. It is something I can easily do to help maintain my health and my two dogs love it too! I like that I can adjust the level of difficulty by either choosing hilly or flat areas in my neighborhood or by simply altering my speed. I’ve tried gym memberships and never used them in the past. Walking is something that only requires good shoes and a little spare time. I don’t have to care about how I look or if someone needs the machine or whether or not a class fits into my schedule. It’s the most user friendly exercise I know of and the only one I am able to stick to! I also find it very meditative. I love to observe the plants and seasonal changes in my neighborhood or enjoy a deeper conversation with a fellow walker when one cares to join me. Some of my favorite trails to walk are at Redwood Park and the “off leash dog area” near Skyline Boulevard. Point Isabelle is a must for dog lovers! The view of the Bay is incredible, the walking trails are well-groomed and maintained, and the pups love to get their wiggle on!

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So how about you?

What gets you off the couch and puts a spring in your step?

We would love to hear what motivates you to go for the gold!

Please leave your comments below!

June 13, 2016

Meet Our Staff – Say Hello to Nicky!

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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Nicky, IT Manager and Inventory & Executive Assistant

Right now my jewelry is inspired by a combination of geometric shapes and textures. I started making jewelry in college. It wasn’t really anything glamorous. As a college student my funds were limited to making friendship bracelets. I really started to design, build and wear high end jewelry when I started working here, at Nina Designs. Now it’s become a passion of mine!

If I had to choose only one type of earrings to wear it would be hoops. I’m a hoops girl. The bigger the better!

I like to dabble when it comes to other crafts and hobbies. I like to knit, crochet and invent delicious new recipes. Currently I am working on designing cute planters for my growing succulent collection.

Some of my favorite Nina Designs pieces are T3067, S3039, S3028, S2964, T2610, S2996, S2994, VNS2737, S2932, and GS2925.

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May 23, 2016

Say, “I Do,” to Beautiful Wedding Jewelry!

You’ve said, “Yes to the Dress,” but have you said, “I Do,” to the Wedding Jewelry? There are so many decisions to be made when planning for the Big Day that it can feel, at times, overwhelming but designing beautiful jewelry for the Bride and her Wedding Party should be not only stress free but fun! Let Nina Designs help you create heirloom quality keepsakes for all of the women sharing this special day with You and your Betrothed.  We have a lovely selection of romantic Pendants and Charms, Earring Tops, Clasps and other Jewelry Findings to help you craft accessories to match your Gown as well as the gorgeous outfits of your Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride and Groom and let’s not forgot the Flower Girl! We even have Ready to Wear Jewelry for those last minute gifts!

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It’s easy to add a touch of color to coordinate with your wedding theme by adding freshwater pearls, gemstones, silk cord or tassels. And you can personalize each piece by adding initial charms or create a special message by using one of our stamping blanks to add dates, names or your favorite quote. So whether you “Tie the Knot” at your family’s church, on the beach at sunset, deep in the woods or in Vegas with an Elvis Impersonator,  we truly have everything you need to design the perfect look for your Wedding Day! And to help you get started, we have a beautiful gallery of Bridal Jewelry Design Ideas for inspiration. So go ahead and marked this one off your “To Do” list. When it comes to gettin’ hitched in style, we’ve got you covered!

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