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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January 19, 2015

Launch Your Jewelry Business: Live Webinar with Nina!

Wondering how you can turn all of your fabulous jewelry designs and ideas into an actual business? Look no further, Nina has all of the tips and steps you need to take your love for jewelry to the next level. Follow along during a live web seminar to hear ten tips on how to take the next step in making your jewelry dreams a reality.

Nina has over 30 years of experience in running her own business, and wants to share her tips for success with you! During this web seminar you will learn:

  • If you could and should launch your own jewelry business.
  • A detailed jewelry business plan, from book keeping to pricing, branding and marketing
  • How to have the confidence you need for successfully starting a jewelry business & more!


Sign up here to register for this exciting web seminar hosted by Nina. There will also be a live question and answer period at the end of her presentation, so have questions ready to ask to get an expert’s opinion!

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.


May 13, 2014

Every Order You Place Helps a Woman Artisan!

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Every time you place a jewelry order with Nina Designs, we are able to make contributions 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 women artisans on every continent. Without the support of our loyal customers, our participation in this program would not be possible!

Yuni Kristina, located in Bali, is a Batik artist, producing beautiful and intricate silk shawls and scarves with colorful patterns and designs. Her mother, who was also a Batik fabric artist, has been her biggest inspiration and still creates detailed designs. Yuni and her mother spend time designing and creating together, and Yuni “would like the batik of Bali to become well known around the world, since its beauty is outstanding.” Visit her Novica Shop to purchase a beautiful shawl and support her small business!


Sasithon Saisuk, who goes by the nickname Eaw, studied dance and music in Thailand, and then began working for the school she attended. She performed northern Thai regional dance and in addition, learned to make jewelry. “Silver work is a regional tradition. I design the patterns for this kind of jewelry and adjust it to suit both local and contemporary clothing styles. I recently began experimenting with new materials, and I especially enjoy working with coconuts. First I used them to make jewelry, but then I started to explore crafting other items, such as belts, handbags, etc.”. Visit her Novica Shop to purchase pretty and unique jewelry and accessories, while helping to support a good cause!


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.



January 13, 2014

Celebrating $5,000 Donated To End Human Trafficking!

Jewelry supplies are the main attraction at Nina Designs. We design them, sell them and use them. But there is more to our business than silver charms, pendants, clasps, beads and leather for jewelry. Nina Designs is deeply committed to making a positive impact on the world through philanthropy work and charitable donations.

Every order our customers place for handmade jewelry supplies helps fund such philanthropy work.  Nina Designs donates to many charities around the world, and 2013’s philanthropy focus was a little different. Last year’s cause, Stop Human Trafficking, was chosen by our loyal customers and followers on Facebook.

We are thrilled to announce that we reached and surpassed our goal of donating $5,000 to charity! Each order you placed helped us reach our goal of $5,000 to be donated to the following charities:

Free the Slaves. Their mission is to free humans enslaved around the world and to change the system that allows slavery to exist, thus preventing future infringements of human rights.
Bumi Sehat. This amazing organization is dedicated to helping enslaved prostitutes in Bali, in particular, helping to ensure their babies are not sold into slavery at birth.
Safe Childhood Foundation. By helping children attend school and employing their mothers, this charity protects children from trafficking.
Girls Inc in Oakland – This Oakland, CA based charity empowers girls through academic enrichment, skill building programs, and counseling programs to keep them off the streets and out of the hands of criminals.
CastLA – CastLA uses therapeutic art programs to help victims of trafficking recover and start new, healthy lives.


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Anti- human trafficking organizations aim to stop crime before it occurs, save humans currently in slavery, and give aid and resources to people rescued and recovering from enslavement. Please spend some time and learn more about the charities above. They are wonderful organizations that can use all the support possible.

To learn more about the causes Nina Designs is dedicated to, click here. 

Thank you again to our loyal customers for your support! We appreciate each of you very much!

October 21, 2013

Empowerment Through Sterling Silver Jewelry :: Nina Designs in Bali

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At Nina Designs we design & market sterling silver jewelry components for online sales.  The photography of these parts is very important. The better the photographs, the more likely the parts will sell.  I have studied photography for years, and was recently asked to join Nina and Leah on their annual trip to Bali to work with our photography team.  I was asked to take a look at their photography gear and set-up and work with the team to improve our product photography.

Of course, I said, “Yes! absolutely!” Then, as I walked back to my office, I started to question myself.  I began to have some doubts, like “What am I doing? I have never done anything like this.  I have never shared what I know about photography.  I’ve never traveled abroad alone. I certainly don’t speak Balinese.  How will I deal with the language barrier?”

With these doubts looming just under the surface, I simply pushed forward.  The part of me that believed took the lead. When I arrived at the airport in Bali I was greeted by a warm smile from my driver and soon to be friend, Wayan. My doubts started to ease as this was the perfect way to begin my time in this beautiful land. Later, at the photography space, the team was happy to share what they knew and receptive to what I could contribute. They were eager to learn and improve the photography and I felt incredibly welcomed. We worked very hard for many days and also enjoyed many laughs along with stories about our families and cultures. In the end, sharing my knowledge empowered me and provided me with a fresh perspective of myself that was exciting!  I was at once proud of myself and humbled by my experiences with the team.
Thanks to Wisma – a beautiful woman who worked as my translator – and all her patience, the language barrier wasn’t a problem.  The Balinese language is gorgeous, so rich and musical.  Sometimes the team would chuckle when I responded before the translation, and Wisma would say, “They think you already know Balinese!”   I became very fond of our photography team, Wisma and of Wayan, my new friend and guide in Bali.  Thanks to their generous nature, along with the support and encouragement from Nina & Leah, I will never underestimate the power of someone believing and trusting in me as well as the power of taking personal risks and learning how to trust and believe in myself.
(Above are personal photos from the annual trip to Bali. So beautiful!)
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