Leah, Vice President

I have been making jewelry since I was 8 years old. I still have in my collection a rainbow colored seed bead loomed barrette from my childhood! When not playing house with my family, I enjoy rooting through my stash of beads, including vintage glass, ancient African trade beads, and unusual silver treasures! I imagine all the different people who have worn them over the years.

When I design components for Nina Designs, I am always thinking about what I’d like to use in my own jewelry. What is the perfect new thing to go with those ancient deep green glass bugles? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a delicate hammered toggle clasp to finish this necklace of pink tourmalines? I’d like to make a bracelet for my yoga teacher…we need a charm that says “be here now”…

That is my goal for our customers: to create designs that will be the inspiration for beautiful jewelry.

My Current Favorite Components

I’m currently attracted to large geometric shapes, especially lunar crescents! These large hammered S3039 crescents look fantastic however they’re used, but they’re especially dramatic on earrings.

S3039 · Large Sterling Silver Hammered Crescent Moon Pendant with Jump Ring in the Center.


T3041 · Sterling Silver Crescent Hook Earrings with Hidden Loop.


T2953 · Sterling Silver Open Circle Post Earring.


S2968 · Large Sterling Silver Flat Plate Circular Pendant.


S2894 · Sterling Silver Eclipse Pendant.


My Blog Entries

Letter Charms for Jewelry :: Which letters should I buy? - Many of our customers would like to offer silver letter charms, but which letters?  How many Zeldas are there, or Quincys?  Is “J” the top selling initial charm?  Does anyone every order the “X”?  Here are some guidelines to achieve a optimal assortment of letter charms. The most popular initial charms, according to sales:    A, […]

STOCK UP NOW AND SAVE – Thai Bronze prices going up on Friday at 5pm - STOCK UP ON THAI BRONZE NOW and SAVE!!! Current lower prices are good while supplies last through Friday June 8th at 5 pm Pacific Time.

Sketching New Silver Pendants – The Seafan Collection - One of the most enjoyable parts of my job at Nina Designs is sketching and designing many of the Silver Pendants and Charms we carry. The ideas for new styles originate from a variety of places.

Easy Jewelry Display - When I first started selling my handmade jewelry, I needed a jewelry display that was easy to assemble and could work in a variety of settings. I needed the jewelry display to be portable and versatile.

Silver Charms: You asked for them! - What do all of these silver charms have in common? They are all inspired by customer requests!

Designing Silver Pendants: The Plum Blossom Branch - Tracing paper is an essential tool when refining new design sketches of silver pendants.

Pandora™ Bead Style Celebration Bracelets - Celebrate milestones and memorable events with Pandora™-style beads.

Silver Pendant Medallions - As irresistible as pirate's treasure, these silver medallions are inspired by ancient coins.

New Silver Earring Top Fills an Important Niche - With a open jumpring that faces forward, this simple earring top is sure to become a go-to basic when working with dangles.

Adorable Tiny Silver Charms - When I hold the mini bird charm in the palm of my hand, I can't seem to help the baby talk that flows from my lips!