Nina Nguyen Fall 2014 ‘Zen’ Jewelry Collection

 

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Nina’s Fall 2014 ‘Zen Collection’, inspired by her recent vacation in Bali, merges Zen with the Art of Geometric thinking.

More than just jewelry, the “Zen Collection,” is a lifestyle statement, created to reflect the belief that keeping it simple is key to a happier life. The “Zen Collection” combines curves, angles and gemstones in a visually stunning presentation which embraces Zen ideals of doing more with less, and elevates jewelry from a physical object to a spiritual experience.

Complementing the minimalist design, Nina chose amethyst, sand, black and snowy white druzy along with turquoise as the stone for this collection. Drawing from her love of nature and travel, Nina continues to design fashion-forward collections using all-natural stones.

All pieces of Nina Nguyen Designs ‘Zen Collection’ is now available for purchase from retail partners in the United States and abroad.

 

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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.”

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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 

 

Jet Set with Nina Nguyen Part 2

In less than a year Nina has traveled across the globe. After the big move from Florida to Colorado, Nina continued to jet set to Vietnam, Bali, Canada, Aruba, and London just to name a few. Nina is spreading Druzylicious around the world, one country at a time! Her latest trip to London produced Druzylicious photos for our Fall 2013/Winter 2014 season.

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This quick UK trip let Nina indulge in the beautiful architecture…

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…and enjoy a local favorite of fish and chips before the shoot.

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Nina worked with the talented and renowned photographer Joanna Kustra and her amazing crew to put together a successful shoot.

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Just a few of our 2014 Photos

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Retailer Spotlight: Brownlee Jewelers

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Since 1936 Brownlee Jewelers has been a North Carolina staple. What started as one store has expanded into a booming chain with seven locations across the state by sticking true to their mission of providing “Jewelry you can treasure from people you can trust”. Brownlee has built a strong following by providing a great selection of quality jewelry and customer service that goes above and beyond.

Family owned and operated, Brownlee specializes in timeless luxury Diamond jewelry, full service repair and custom design services. They recently expanded to the fashion-forward stylings of Nina Nguyen alongside their staple diamond offerings to better serve their loyal fans. Stacking and layered both bracelets and necklaces, mixing up style and metal, is a top trend Brownlee customers are loving this year.  They also love bold cocktails rings and statement-making earrings, making Nina Nguyen the perfect partner for Brownlee.

To celebrate this perfect match, Brownlee is offering Druzy fans in North Carolina the opportunity to meet Nina Nguyen and add a little Druzylicious into their life by hosting a Nina Nguyen Trunk Show at two of their locations this weekend:

Friday, August 16, 2013
Brownlee Jewelers- Park Road
4147 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Brownlee Jewelers – North Cross
9763 – B Sam Furr Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

In addition, to the chance to meet Nina, the first 25 guests will receive a Nina Nguyen Gift Bag stuffed with great items; and you can enter for a chance to win an 18” Divine Lotus Necklace that will be raffled off at each location!

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To commemorate Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Nicole Gross, on her Maribelle Connerat Award, Nina will be presenting Nicole with a gift at Brownlee’s Park Road location show on Friday. Additionally, following the Park Road show, Nina will be attending Care Ring’s Networking Happy Hour at Bubble Lounge for a chance to meet and greet more Druzy fans. In keeping with their commitment to the local community, Brownlee will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities, Care Ring and Children of Vietnam.

Come out for your chance to meet Nina, support deserving causes, and have a Druzyliscious time!

DIY Jewelry Tray

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We at Nina Nguyen Designs have been in the crafting spirit! We are working on some fun and unique ways to display our one of a kind beautiful and organic designs. All stones used in our designs are natural and untreated- no two pieces hand crafted at our Women’s Cooperative in Vietnam are the same.  We love living up to the challenge to create displays that reflect those important characteristics.

In our last DIY, we created a picture frame to hang jewelry. For this DIY, we created a Jewelry Display Tray! It is amazing what you can do with the things around you. We had on hand a beautiful picture frame made of reclaimed barn wood (you might recall this same frame from our DIY Jewelry Frame Display) and a shallow wooden box, so we made one of each.

This project took all of 10 minutes! So simple it seemed as if we were doing it wrong. But it turned out great and we absolutely love it!

Materials

Picture Frame or Shallow Wooden Box (purchased at Frame USA)
Scissors
Fake Grass (we got ours from Save On Crafts)
Styrofoam (we used 1/4″ thick from one of our delivered packages!)
Ruler

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  1. Measure the inside of your box/frame and cut our your styrofoam to the size.
  2. Using the same measurments cut out your grass to the size.
  3. Fit foam into frame/box (if using a frame you can lay it on top of the glass or remove the glass altogether – your choice) and then lay grass on top.
  4. No step 4! You are done! Ridiculously easy and quick wouldn’t you agree?

We love the look of reclaimed wood that has distress mark and a nice gray tint. Our wooden box looks really fresh and new, but is not really our style. We have another project in the works for that…

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