October 6, 2016

How to Grow Your Jewelry Business with Kiva O% Interest Loans

Have you ever had to wait to purchase more inventory, or delay working on a new order, because you were waiting for a payment to come through? Cash-flow is always a challenge for entrepreneurs, and Kiva is here to help.

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Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through funding to alleviate poverty. Kiva U.S. provides 0% interest loans to small business owners all over the United States. The loans are crowdfunded on the Kiva website by lenders from all over the world. It was originally launched as a pilot in November 2011 under the name Kiva Zip, and was integrated with the main Kiva platform in June 2016. To date, Kiva has lent over $850 million dollars to over 1.5 million entrepreneurs around the world through a global network of over a million lenders.  Learn more about Kiva here.

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Kiva is for any entrepreneur who can use a 0% interest loan to help take his or her business to the next level.  “Because we don’t look at extensive financial data about you or your business, it’s our hope that we accept everyone that’s serious about their business and our crowdfunding program.”  Whether you’re in the idea phase, start-up mode, or an established business, Kiva could be a great option for you. Entrepreneurs can raise money for any business purpose — working capital, equipment, inventory, marketing, or project-based investments are all ways you can leverage Kiva to help your business grow.”

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WHY might KIVA be right for YOU?

This is your opportunity to grow your business by accessing this great source of capital at 0% Interest and NO Fees! Get in on the ground floor of this exciting new domestic program.

So what are you waiting for? Apply Today!

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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 21, 2015

Make Mother’s Day Special!

Even if you aren’t an expert jewelry designer, you can easily create Mother’s Day gifts that are sure to please! We offer a collection of Ready to Wear jewelry including earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces. These pieces are made by our talented silversmiths out of sterling silver or 24K gold plated sterling silver. The best part is, they can be worn as is or with added embellishments! Take a look at the Ready to Wear Collection and find a piece for the Mom in your life.

We also carry a line of ethically sources Gift Items from talented artisans around the world. This specially curated collection has pieces any Mom would love! There are beautiful hand painted jewelry boxes, silk scarves, jewelry storage and display items, handmade journals and much more. Our Gift Items are not only gorgeous and high quality, but with every purchase, you are helping an independent artist. Those are gifts you can feel great giving!

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You can make your own custom gift for Mom with our new Shiny 14K Gold Plate Charm Collection! Add any of these charms to a finished chain for a sweet necklace or create simple earrings by attaching findings. Our Shiny 14K Gold Plate Collection is the same high quality gold plate that we’ve been providing our customers with for over 20 years. Spend some time browsing this collection and find a keepsake charm that’s just right for Mom.

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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!

October 23, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas : Support our Micro Loan Recipients

It’s an amazing thing to be able to give back to the artistic community; each time our loyal customers place an order we are able to provide more and more Micro Loans to artisans all over the world. Designing and producing jewelry charms, pendants and findings is rewarding because we are able to help inspire other jewelry designers. To have the opportunity to work with Kiva and Novica to lend money to artisans in order to expand their business is incredible, because we get to see the way these loans are put to use.

Margarita and Martha are a Peruvian mother-daughter team that create incredible holiday ornaments and decorations. Their designs are bright, colorful all while keeping with their cultural traditions and using local materials. Their handicrafts would be a great holiday gift for yourself or a loved one. Take a look at their Novica shop and explore their beautiful work!


“Everything we make uses Peruvian materials that few people take advantage of. We think they are just wonderful,” the women say. “We’d like the whole world to visit Peru, and, of course, to enjoy our favorite handicrafts.” The mother-daughter team provides job opportunities for other women who can also stay at home and take care of their children.


Patrizia creates beautiful bags, scarves and bracelets out of recycled materials. Her designs are not only affordable but extremely environmentally conscious! Take a look at her Novica Shop and explore her fun and functional pieces.



Artist Wahyu practices an Indonesian art form known as batik to produce her stunning bags and purses. As Wikipedia defines, batik is “a technique of manual wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to color selectively by soaking the cloth in one color, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colors are desired.”

The result is an incredibly stunning fabric that Wahyu then sews and hand beads into purses and bags. These bags are vibrant, versatile and the perfect addition to anyone’s wardrobe. Please take time to look through Wahyu’s Novica Shop and pick up a one of a kind bag.

“I hope that by joining Novica I can improve our family’s quality life and provide my daughter with a better education.” -Wahyu


If you’d like to learn more about our Micro Loans program, please check our website for more details.


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 16, 2014

Micro Loans Funded Around the World Thanks to Nina Designs Customers!

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At Nina Designs, we focus on producing high quality jewelry supplies and findings for our customers, but we are also devoted to aiding fellow women artisans around the world. Through our Micro Loans program, we provide women in countries around the globe with an opportunity to grow and expand their livelihood and small businesses.


Up to the start of 2014, we have funded women artisans with almost $60,000 in loans to help them start or run their small businesses, and produce their craft, all over the world. A truly global contribution! Nina Designs is proud to report that we have accomplished the following to date:

– Funded $59,000 in Micro Loans

– Funded Micro Loans in 20 Different Countries

– Assisted 120 Women Artisans

– Helped Women Produce Over 50 Different Forms of Arts/Crafts


We offer our loans to talented women artisans through two great organizations, Kiva, and Novica. (Take a minute to explore each of their websites, they do amazing things!) As you can see on the map below, we have been fortunate enough to help skillful women on almost every continent.

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Skilled women artisans have been given small loans through these programs to make jewelry, clothing and textiles, sculptures, masks, wood carvings, tapestries, purses and bags, recycled art, knits, embroidery, and more!

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We like to remind our customers that your business of course plays a large role as well, and we wouldn’t be able to donate as much to our philanthropic endeavors without all of you! We continue to donate and participate in micro loan programs, and look forward to growing our contributions more and more to support talented women worldwide.

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.



October 13, 2013

Micro Loans :: Your Silver Charm Purchases at Work!

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Your Silver Charm & Jewelry Supply purchases help women around the world! Nina Designs is committed to supporting women artists globally. Every year, we loan money to women all over the world to help further and expand their artistic endeavours. Our Micro Loans program has helped women business owners since 2009 with loans to date of over $40,000!

Manjuri Hazarika is an artist who received a Micro Loan from Nina Designs. After surviving many struggles throughout her life, Manjuri started her dream project Kritenya.  Manjuri started Kritenya with a small group of people working in Delhi, India. All of the artists share family roots in the Assam region of India. The shared love for hand loomed fabric from the North East region of India solidified the group and their focus.

Manjuri describes her goals and dreams for her growing business:

“We source all hand-loomed fabrics with beautiful patterns from the remote areas of Assam. The weavers are mostly women who support their families with the income they generate from weaving. Our main endeavor is to grow together with the artisans who are associated with us. We are very thankful, our customers will help us in our mission of supporting a large number of women weavers.”

These are the kind of stories we love to hear! Women artists and business owners helping other women artists, what a great story.

Shop Manjuri’s Novica shop here. Beautiful bags in rich warm fabrics await!

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September 22, 2013

Your Orders Fund Micro Loans!

Every time you place an order with Nina Designs, we are able to continue to lend money to artists around the world through our Micro Loans program. Nina Designs is proud to be teamed up with Novica to bring awareness and funding to talented artists all around the world. Without the continued support of our loyal customers, this program would not be possible!

Made Sriasih is an Indonesian woman who has benefited from a Micro Loan. Made is from a village known for their incredible silver jewelry and silver smith work. Her designs are intricate and gorgeous! With the help of her husband, Made’s workshop employs ten other artisans.

It has not always been easy for Sriasih, but she always remembers the sage words of one client, who said, “Success won’t fall down from the sky and if you want it you must try hard to reach it.”

Stop by Made’s Novica shop and pick up a gift for someone special (or yourself) and support worldwide artisans!

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