Ruby convertible earrings

Rubies are among diamonds and sapphires as one of the most precious gems in the world. Rubies have a universal meaning of power, passion, and good fortune. As July’s birthstone, the ruby is meant to enhance the beauty and confidence of those who wear it.
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Also known as the King of Gems, rubies have been used as a symbol of royalty through the ages. They have emblazoned crowns, rings, earrings, and necklaces of history’s most powerful figures. Today, the ruby is meant to place the same regal value on those lucky enough to possess one.

Believed to imbue confidence, the ruby can boost a woman’s self-image and attract admiration. For this reason, ruby gemstone earrings are designed to bring out the fire and passion in a woman’s eyes. Also often used as a symbol of the heart, a ruby necklace is a popular choice to represent romance and commitment. In addition to July’s birthstone, the Ruby Anniversary celebrates 40 years of marriage.

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At Nina Nguyen Designs, our patent-pending Ruby Gold Convertible Earrings Set is the gift that keeps on giving. The pieces of this ruby jewelry set can be transformed for multiple-use styling. The gold and ruby earrings can be converted into different styles of earrings as well as into a pendant that can be worn on a necklace or used as a charm.
Our ruby gemstone collection includes rings, necklaces, and earrings in many different designs. Nina Nguyen Designs also offers different pendant frames that can encase different gemstones, allowing you to switch red rubies for blue, turquoise, aquamarine and more gemstones. The ability to mix and match makes our jewelry collection all the more valuable.

This combination is comprised of three different pairs as follow:

Lace Pave Diamond Gold Hoops
Mia Ruby Gold Jackets
Angel’s Wings Tourmaline Gold Jackets

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Nguyen’s latest design was recently awarded a patent pending status which covers an element in the new earring collection and allows these pieces to be transformed for multiple-use, convertible styling. Earrings featured in the collection can individually be turned into a pendant and worn on a necklace, or used as a charm.

Rubilicious – July birthstone

Rubies are among diamonds and sapphires as one of the most precious gems in the world. Rubies have a universal meaning of power, passion, and good fortune. As July’s birthstone, the ruby is meant to enhance the beauty and confidence of those who wear it.

Also known as the King of Gems, rubies have been used as a symbol of royalty through the ages. They have emblazoned crowns, rings, earrings, and necklaces of history’s most powerful figures. Today, the ruby is meant to place the same regal value on those lucky enough to possess one.

 

Believed to imbue confidence, the ruby can boost a woman’s self-image and attract admiration. For this reason, ruby gemstone earrings are designed to bring out the fire and passion in a woman’s eyes. Also often used as a symbol of the heart, a ruby necklace is a popular choice to represent romance and commitment. In addition to July’s birthstone, the Ruby Anniversary celebrates 40 years of marriage.

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Nina Nguyen Ruby Combo earrings

At Nina Nguyen Designs, our patent-pending Ruby Gold Convertible Earrings Set is the gift that keeps on giving. The pieces of this ruby jewelry set can be transformed for multiple-use styling. The gold and ruby earrings can be converted into different styles of earrings as well as into a pendant that can be worn on a necklace or used as a charm.

Our ruby gemstone collection includes rings, necklaces, and earrings in many different designs. Nina Nguyen Designs also offers different pendant frames that can encase different gemstones, allowing you to switch red rubies for blue, turquoise, aquamarine and more gemstones. The ability to mix and match makes our jewelry collection all the more valuable.

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Nina Nguyen Ruby designs

The inspiration behind the Luxury award winning piece

Have you seen the industry’s news lately? We are honored and proud that one of our convertible earrings,Heavenly Turquoise has won the Luxury by JCK Design Award.

The Luxury Design Awards were created to honor designers and jewelry brands who break the boundaries of innovation and originality while celebrating imagination and excellence in craftsmanship.

Read more on this article and check out other winners here

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Your Summer Medley convertible earrings are here

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Mixed metals, saturated colors and organic, natural colors make the seamless transition from summer to fall with designer Nina Nguyen’s latest earring collection. Nguyen has managed to capture the latest trends, blend them with her signature style and create a winning combination for who are looking for the summer sizzling style.

This combination is comprised of five different pairs as follow:
Florentine Gold Hoops
Mia Gold Studs
Mia Gold Jackets
Chloe Gold Jackets
Lilly Gold Jackets

Nguyen’s latest design was recently awarded a patent pending status which covers an element in the new earring collection and allows these pieces to be transformed for multiple-use, convertible styling. Earrings featured in the collection can individually be turned into a pendant and worn on a necklace, or used as a charm.

Make these convertible designs your stable summer accessories.

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Treasure hunt

For Indianapolis jeweler Lynn Andalman of Windsor Jewelry, finding a new line was hit or miss—until she started to sell jewelry from designer Nina Nguyen.

Amidst all the beautifully wrought pendants, necklaces and rings spread out over miles of show space, Lynn Andalman, owner of Windsor Jewelry, goes show shopping and plays a little game with her buyers called “Find a Designer.” It’s similar to hide and seek—without the hiding part. And most times, the buyers discover a true treasure. At the Smart Show in Chicago five years ago, that treasure was the colorful, oh-so-easy to wear collections from Colorado-based designer Nina Nguyen.

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“We found Nina and we’ve been carrying her line ever since,” says Andalman, who along with her husband, Greg Bires, has owned the 100-year old business located in downtown Indianapolis since 1998. “Her collection is fun to wear. Fun to put together. It’s just plain fun.”

With vibrant gemstones, freshwater pearls and brilliant diamonds all set in warm metals ranging from 18K recycled gold to vermeil and oxidized sterling silver, Nina Nguyen’s jewelry is fun indeed. Designed to be mixed, matched and collected, Andalman says her customers have fallen in love with the line, so much so that she’s considerably upped her orders each year. She also organizes one to two annual trunk show for the brand—with Nina in attendance.

Andalman says her top sellers are part of Nguyen’s patent-pending Interchangeable Earring Collection, featuring hoops, studs and jackets that can be mixed and matched with ease to create multiple styles. One look Andalman just loves comes from attaching the jackets to a long, shimmering strand, such as one made of small, shimmering pyrite beads. “Because Nina’s jewelry is so stunning and collectible, women can just keep adding over the years. They keep coming back for more—and so do their husbands.”

Nguyen’s eye for design is keen yet her jewelry is relaxed and natural—a reasonable progression for Nguyen, whose family comes from a jewelry making background in Vietnam. Born in the highlands region of Vietnam, she came to the United States at the age of 12, worked in finance and decided to focus on jewelry design after a meditative 10-week trip to India. Today, she observes fair trade principles when buying gems and diamonds. Her jewelry is also priced for inclusion—prices are accessible, ranging from $75 to $5,000.

For more information about the Nina Nguyen collections, visit the website at www.nina-nguyen.com

Article published by Instore Magazine

Flavors of the Mekong

By James

Gems must be on my mind because the colorful fruits along the Mekong provide subtle reminders of the multi-colored sapphires and diamonds embedded in gold bangles back at the studio.

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In this instance, I’m admiring a woven basket holding bright red dragon fruit and yellow mango aboard our boat rounding Tân Phong island. Nina breaks open the scaly, layered folds of the dragon fruit to reveal a delicate white flesh studded with black seeds. The texture and flavor is much less dramatic than its appearance, reminiscent of a kiwi fruit. This contrasts with the meaty flavor of yesterday’s jack fruit. Meaty, really? Surprisingly, jack fruit is a hearty carnitas substitute for the vegan taco-lover.

Of course, the Mekong Delta offers much more than just tropical fruit. An early morning walk to the market at Hoà Ninh reveals the raw bounty of the region, especially the seafood or I should say riverfood. Bags of dried shrimp sit alongside buckets of live fish, eels, snakes, and frogs at the waterfront. Avoiding a catfish leaping from a bucket, I move to wander through the less animated stalls of produce, baked goods, and household items.

Heading back to our homestay, we watch a busy couple deliver blocks of ice by boat, reminding me of ca phe sua da back at the homestay. A day on the Mekong (really, any day in Vietnam) is not complete until a delicious iced coffee with milk is at hand. Vietnamese coffee is very dark, strong, and bitter so the condensed milk and ice create the perfect balance.

Packed up and back on the river, we enjoy snacks of coconut-sweetened tapioca with sticky rice wrapped in green banana leaves and jasmine green tea as we head to the homes of artisans scattered throughout the region.

In the next post, I’ll share more about how the women we meet create both practical and beautiful items with local materials like water hyacinth and nipa palm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mekong: Mother of Water and More Than a River

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by James

What starts with elephant ear fish and ends with jack fruit? Lunch on the Mekong Delta after a full week rolling out production of the latest collection. Nina invited a lucky few staff from the Saigon office to see her inspiration for the Mekong Collection this past weekend.

We left motorbike-happy Saigon for the motorboats of the Mekong at Cai Be early on Saturday morning. Shaded by droopy banyan trees, we boarded a slender wooden riverboat and puttered past a green carpet of water hyacinth into the silty brown Mekong with our guide Hoa.  For the rest of the weekend, she led us by boat, bike, and foot to not only see the river, but also the islands where skilled women produce most of the food and crafts of the region.

The Mekong River is a defining feature of southeast Asia. The river flows from the Tibetan Plateau through five countries before emptying into the sea south of Saigon. The meandering braids of the richly biodiverse delta literally shape the landscape. The name translates to Mother-of-Water because these waters bring life to the countless communities, farms, and ecosystems along its fabled path.

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In the next post, I’ll share more about the memorable foods and flavors of the Mekong Delta, like bug-eyed elephant ear fish and the world’s largest tree-borne fruit. Inspiration didn’t happen on an empty stomach!