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.” 

                         Maharani Wisdom Cuff

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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MIRANDA LAMBERT ROCKS NINA NGUYEN DESIGNS

MIRANDA LAMBERT ROCKS NINA NGUYEN DESIGNS ON HOLLYWOOD RED CARPET
Earrings from Nina Nguyen Designs added sparkle to the outfit worn by country music star Miranda Lambert at the recent March 20, 2013 season 4 premiere of The Voice.
Lambert donned “Audrey” earrings from Nina Nguyen Design’s 2013 spring and summer line. Lambert paired them with a simple but elegant black dress when she joined her husband, Blake Shelton, at the event on March 20 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Shelton is a coach on The Voice.
Lambert is known for her fashion-forward style, which has been described as glamorous and girlish, but also edgy.
“Miranda is a style icon who is admired by women of all ages for her fashion sense and take-charge attitude,” said Nina. “We are excited that she chose to wear our Audrey earrings, which are fashion-forward in attitude, just like Miranda.”
The Audrey earrings retail for $295 and feature druzy suspended from an oxidized silver frame. Created naturally over millions of years, druzy stones are tiny quartz crystals that form when ground water carries natural minerals across an area of rock and rapidly cools.
Druzy and other earth-conscious materials are showcased in Nguyen’s spring and summer 2013 line. Many of the pieces include fossilized and mineralized stones that slowly develop through natural processes. Nguyen’s favorite raw materials are geodes, stalactites and fossilized ammonites.
Each piece is designed by Nina in her Colorado studio and expertly handcrafted at Nina Nguyen Studio, her women’s cooperative in Vietnam. Nguyen’s creations are sold at jewelry stores and boutiques in more than 30 states and internationally, and have been featured in Lucky, Shape and The Knot, and on ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today show.
For more information or to locate a Nina Nguyen Designs retailer, visit http://www.nina-nguyen.com. Earrings are available for purchase on line at Brownlee Jewelers, a Nina Nguyen Retailer. View images of Miranda wearing the earrings on wireimage.com.
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Apart from supporting her husband at his show’s season debut, Miranda has an impressive resume of her own. She gained famed when she became a finalist on Nashville Star and then signed to a major record company- where she immediately released three Top 20 hits. Since 2001 Miranda has release 5 albums and won multiple awards including most recently Country Music Association (CMA) 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year.

Recent Awards:
 “Over You”
2012 American Country Awards Music Video by a Female Artist / 2012 American Country Awards Single by a Female Artist / 2012 CMA Awards Song of the Year
2012 CMT Female Video of the Year / 2012 Academy of Country Music Female Video of the Year
2012 Academy of Country Album of the Year- Four the Record
2012 Academy of Country Album of the Year Female Vocalist of the Year

When she is not wowing the crowd with her relatable and powerful music, Miranda with her fashion forward style, is a fashion icon. On February 21 2013, Miranda appeared as a guest on Project Runaway; where competitors were challenged to design her both a show stopping performance look and a red carpet look. Her fashion forward style makes her the perfect match for Nina Nguyen! We love that our bold jewelry is perfect for her powerful and independent personality!