Lapis – Pantone Color Spring 2017

Pantone chose lapis and so did Nina Nguyen Designs!

Pantone Spring 2017 – Lapis Blue

Pantone has selected their colors for Spring 2017 and I’m thrilled about the color palate, especially as one of them is named Lapis Blue. I’m crazy about Lapis and I’ve been incorporating it into my line for quite some time. I even tried some different shapes of this mesmerizing blue in my new fine jewelry Heritage Collection.

Lapis Earrings by Nina Nguyen Designs

Nina Nguyen Designs, Spirit Earrings, 14k yellow gold, lapis

Lapis lazuli has long been regarded as the stone of wisdom and truth. It is associated with the Greek Goddess Athena who was notorious for her keen intellect and strategic planning.

Nina Nguyen Designs - Spirit Necklace in Lapis

Lapis – The Stone of Wisdom

The history between humans and lapis dates back to 6,500 B.C. when enthusiasts would travel over treacherous mountain terrain to secure some of this deep dark blue. Back in the day Lapis was prized as much as turquoise and sapphire. Not only was it used in jewelry, but it was also crushed up and used for medicinal purposes. Additionally, it’s been known to be used as a cosmetic!

Lapis Necklace by Nina Nguyen Designs

Nina Nguyen Designs, Heritage Necklette, 14k yellow gold, lapis

Folklore also tells us that lapis lazuli was a powerful talisman that purified the soul.  The Egyptians were rumored to crush up lapis and gold to make a mask placed on the forehead said to remove demons as it dried. I find it so fascinating that gemstones had such significant meaning in ancient times.

Nina Nguyen Designs - Lapis Spirit Ring

Nina Nguyen Designs, Spirit Ring, sterling silver, lapis

This stunning stone is roughly associated with the astrological sign Sagittarius, but any sign can rock this stone. I’m not sure I believe the hype, so instead of crushing them for medicine or make-up I will wrap my harmony lapis necklette around my wrist on days I need a pick me up! Gemstones have a mystery and power all their own that we may never truly understand.

Lapis Bracelet by Nina Nguyen Designs

Nina Nguyen Designs, Heirloom Bracelet, 22k vermeil, lapis

Have a Spring Fling with Harmony!

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We’re celebrating Spring, 2015 here at Nina Nguyen Designs, and are excited to announce “Harmony,” a beautiful addition to the Nina Nguyen Wisteria Collection.
Harmony embraces the best of the 2015 jewelry trends, including layering, the beauty of natural stones and beaded jewelry, which unite to create THE fashion statement piece your jewelry wardrobe can’t live without!
Available in a variety of gemstone choices including Garnet, Amethyst, Aquamarine, White Topaz, Emerald, Moonstone, Ruby, Peridot, Sapphire, Pink Topaz, Citrine and Blue Topaz, Harmony features the exclusive “Necklette” design, a favorite of Nina Nguyen jewelry fans. A fabulous hybrid between a beautiful, bold necklace and a bracelet, the Necklette easily allows for fashion forward versatility  which is a huge plus for fans of the Nina Nguyen brand.
Harmony features an ombre mix of 4mm Rondel gemstone beads in a variety of colors that lend themselves to mixing, matching and layering. Want to go for a bolder effect? Stack or entwine several of your Harmony favorites together to create a dazzling gemstone “Collar.”
 
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And don’t forget the arm candy! The exclusive Necklette design makes every Harmony necklace instantly able to convert into a delicious rainbow of fun for your eyes and your wrist.
Ready for Harmony? Start your collection now!

INSTORE Magazine gets a little more Zen

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“Most of us returned from our last vacation with a suitcase crammed with souvenirs of questionable quality; Nina Nguyen, on the other hand, brought back inspiration for her latest collection. Her travels to Bali were the seed of the Zen collection. It consists of colorful Druzy and turquoise stones cut into geometric shapes and set in sterling silver with a 22K gold overlay.” 


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Nina Nguyen Featured in INDESIGN April/March 2014

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GOLDEN BEGINNINGS: “I used to help my mother trade gold in our hometown of Pleiku, Vietnam. Every Sunday, my mother would set up her little table, and workers from the nearby river who’d panned for gold would line up to sell my mother the gold they had found. My uncle used to make the beautiful sparkly gold dust into rings. My job was to bike to the market to deliver the gold. The gold rings were fastened on a chain for me to easily disguise under my clothes. This was to evade the communists’ eyes and ears on my parents. Being able to work with my family is a major part of my jewelry designing process today.”

FAVORITE STONES: “Anything that is unique, mineral, fossilized and can’t be found in a traditional jewelry store. Right now, I am obsessed with druzy and geodes.” 

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THE GREATER GOOD: “I think all products should be made in a manner that benefits everyone involved. I would love for my jewelry to help bring this message: That people should always be concerned with where the things they purchase come from, who made them, where the materials came from, how long will it last, and what will become of it when its life is over.”

DESIGN INSPIRATION: “I first experienced wisteria’s allure as a tourist traveling through Tokyo by bicycle. Pedaling a bicycle path completely surrounded by wisteria, I was immediately fascinated by the graceful purple blossoms cascading into view. Wisteria’s enduring beauty and charm will be represented in my spring 2014 collection.”

Wisteria Melody Necklette

Wisteria Melody Necklette

CELEBRITY CONNECTION:  “In 2013, Miranda Lambert wore our Audrey earrings in black druzy to the season premiere of THE VOICE. That was such a pleasant surprise! Her stylist contacted my PR firm, so I guess my unique design is being mentioned in the celeb stylist circle.”

STYLE EVOLUTION: “I think my work has evolved as my personal preferences evolved. The styling of my design has changed from having a more modern and minimal look to having a somewhat classic, heirloom look while retaining the composition of a modern material”

STANDING ON PRINCIPLE: “In 2009, my line was represented by a New York showroom. I was dealing with the constant pressure from department stores and buyers to produce cheaper products. I don’t know how I did it, but I walked away from some very large purchase orders to focus on bettering my designs. The biggest achievement of my career was when I learned to stay focused on what I do, who I am, who my audience is and what my brand represents.


Q & A  / Getting Personal with Nina Nguyen

WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND WHEN YOU ARE NOT DESIGNING? “Children of Vietnam project. I plan to bring my experience to assist with raising more funds and bringing awareness to the organization.”
WHAT CAN’T YOU RESIST BUYING WHEN OUT SHOPPING? “Is there a hotline for Shoeaholics Anonymous?”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY? “I moved to Boulder, Colorado a year ago. There is so much to do and it is always nice to wake up in my own bed since I am on the road so much.”
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY OTHER CAREER. WHAT WOULD IT BE? “Eco-handbag or eco-apparel designer. Have you tried to look for eco-clothes? I could see myself taking an interest in this industry.”

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by INDESIGN Magazine 

 

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Life in Naples magazine, features Nina Nguyen

Its been over a year since we moved to Boulder, Colorado and we are so happy to receive love from our hometown Naples, FL. Thanks for the love Life In Naples#DruzyliciousNation

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March 2014 Life In Naple...Life In Naples MagazineAh, the Naples lifestyle… accent on style, darling. There’s a chic nonchalance about our way of doing things elegantly but with ease. Is it our drop dead
gorgeous backyard on the Gulf, or those balmy nights allowing us to linger over dinner alfresco? Whatever it is, we’ve grown accustomed to a life that is at once elegant but with a casual air others can’t quite duplicate.

The Naples fahionista pulls together a look that is effortless but always on point. Jewelry designers now are more daring when it comes to creating

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one-offs for a confident woman like the Naples native. Gone are the days when the only stone one wore was the Trinity of Tried-and True gems: merald-ruby-sapphire.

Today’s collectors look for exotic stones with names like Chrysoprase, opaque and opulent. It’s the unique natural look of these stones that are so appealing.  You never actually see the same thing twice. And these exotics are likely to be designed a
round their natural form, as illustrated here in Nina Nguyen Designs Maharani Opulence neckpiece. Nguyen favors natural stones for their artful individuality. And she treats these materials in a refreshing way, often leaving parts of the original stone intact, so the wearer is more connected to it in an organic way.

You may only need t collect a few natural stone pieces to invigorate you wardrobe and give it a fresh modern vibe. Pair these gemstone lovelies with simple solid
-color fabrics, and allow your accessories to hold center stage. Now go out there and enjoy a leisurely stroll down 3rd. You look fabulous.

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Life in Naples March 2014 Issue

 

 

 

 

Jet Set with Nina Nguyen!

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From Colorado to North Carolina and from London to Texas…
Nina Nguyen is off on a series of Druzylicious Adventures!

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Starting off her adventures Nina Nguyen will be in North Carolina this weekend, meeting her fans at Brownlee Jewelers for a 2 day Trunk Show Event: Friday,  August 16 and Saturday Aug 17, 1 pm-6 pm, where a portion of sales will be donated to two North Carolina based charities,  Care Ring and Children of Vietnam.  Fresh off the launch of her new Maharani Collection, Nina will be available to talk about her line, charitable outreach, green initiative and more at Brownlee Jewelers’ Park Road and North Cross Locations.

Today, at the Park Road store, Nina is honored to present Nicole Gross, the recipient of the Maribelle Connerat Award, a hand-picked a necklace to honor her strength in coping with the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. Following today’s show, Nina will also be attending Care Ring’s, Young Professional Event in Charlotte at Bubble Lounge.

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From North Carolina Nina will be jetting off to London for a high-fashion photo shoot for the new season!  Nina will be working side-by-side with renowned photographer, Joanna Krusta.  Her work can be described as delicate and visually striking, with all the mystique of classical portraiture.  Joanna will be highlighting Nina Nguyen’s new pieces, along with some of her classics for a stunning fashion shoot that Nina is looking forward to immensely.

To cap off her international adventures Nina will be in Dallas, Texas to exhibit at the SMART Show next weekend.  You can stop by and visit with Nina August 24-26, 2013 at Booth #512 to see the full line of Nina Nguyen Jewelry, and to welcome her back to the states!

Charlotte Parent Magazine Featuring Nina Nguyen Designs’ Divine Lotus Bracelet

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Nina Nguyen Design’s is being featured this Mother’s Day in Charlotte Parent Magazine’s Mother’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway!

This Gift Basket for the well deserving mother will receive not only our beautiful spring inspired Divine Lotus Green Agate Bracelet but also includes beauty products from Noodle & Boo, an on-the-go sudoku puzzle book, Mom’s Who Drink and Swear by Nicole Knepper, and Lost in Suburbia by Tracy Beckerman.

Nina Nguyen Design’s Divine Lotus Bracelet is part of our newest collection, The Lotus Collection, and features White Druzy with Green Agate. Agate is said to bring good luck and protection- perfect for the worrisome mother!  It is also said to enhance creativity and bring harmony to the wearer. As every mother knows and values when it comes to family, Agate is also known to improve relationships with your loved ones!

Enter to win here!