Wrap yourself in Happy with a Harmony Birthstone Necklette

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If you’re looking to give a gift (or gift yourself!) a special piece of jewelry in the near future, then you might want to consider the Harmony Birthstone Necklette.

Birthstone jewelry makes a great gift, something unique and personal that carries a story and the promise of beautiful things to come.  Want to know more about birthstone jewelry?  Then this blog is for you!

The history of birthstones began centuries ago, with the creation of sacred breastplate of Aaron.   Aaron was the brother of Moses, and became the leader of the Levitical tribe of Israel.  Aaron’s sacred breastplate was adorned with 12 gemstones, and a connection was made between those 12 gemstones to the 12 months of the year and then the 12 signs of the Zodiac.  The Hebrew names for the stones on the breastplate have proven difficult to identify with any certainty as different translations of scripture identify different stones.

While ancient, traditional birthstones were society-based, in 1912, the modern birthstone chart was born when, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the American National Association of Jewelers met in Kansas and officially adopted a list, which, with some slight modifications, is still used today.

Throughout history, gemstones have been believed to hold magical and therapeutic powers.  Because gemstones come from the earth, each one has a special vibration.  Gemstones and crystals each have a unique structure and composition, which gives each one a particular vibration rate and quality.

Harmony, an extension of the popular Nina Nguyen Designs “Wisteria” Collection, is a fashionable, fun and affordable way to add gemstone jewelry featuring birthstone gems, to every woman’s jewelry wardrobe.  The exclusive Necklette design is available in a variety of gemstone choices, including Garnet, Amethyst, Aquamarine, White Topaz, Emerald, Moonstone, Ruby, Peridot, Sapphire, Pink Topaz, Citrine and Blue Topaz.

The versatility of this latest collection, enhanced by the ombre beads and resort feel, creates a sense of wrapping yourself up in happy, when slipping one (or more!) of these pieces on.

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Jewelry from the Harmony collection is also a great choice for Mother’s Day, Graduations, Holidays, and any special occasion when you want give a personal, thoughtful gift.

For more information on Harmony, or any of the Nina Nguyen Designs Collections, visit Nina-Nguyen.com, email info@nina-nguyen.com or call 720-459-7664.

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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Retailer Spotlight: Baubles and Bubbles

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Known for their artistic drive, owners Erik Carroll and Toni Gelman have brought to St. Petersburg culture, fashion and art in the form of contemporary fine jewelry. Inspired by New York Boutiques, Erik and Toni launched Baubles and Bubbles to bring fashion to the beautiful quaint downtown St. Pete Community.

Located on Beach Dr. you can browse high end jewelry in a comfortable laid back environment while the enjoying great company of the Baubles and Bubbles staff. At Baubles and Bubbles there are no rules when it comes to art and fashion! The fashionista owners encourage mixing and matching- stack and layer it all on to show off your personality.  Here you can find anything to fit your mood from stackable rings, bracelets, and bold statement necklaces.

Adoring this year’s haute couture fashion runway trends – Oscar De La Renta’s use of Turquoise necklaces, the chain inspired collection of Karl’s Chanel, Celine mineral inspired accessories – it’s no wonder Baubles and Bubbles fell head over heels with Nina Nguyen. With our big, bold and versatile designs, St. Pete shoppers will have the ultimate mix and match day-to-night accessories.

We asked Baubles what they had to say about us and their response is as charming as their store;

“Nina’s line is a perfect fit for us as it has an urban chic feel that matches the style of our store.  And, the store’s tranquil environment looks and feels as though it were designed with the line in mind.  From our Buddha’s, which are found throughout, to the cork accessories, and more, it’s almost as though we designed our space for her before we found her and the line and so the meeting was pure kismet.”

Wisteria is Blooming in Nina Nguyen’s Newest Collection

8424 Hi ResWhile winter snow is still falling, Nina Nguyen Designs is already in bloom with the new Spring 2014 collection “Wisteria”.

With its vibrant hues couples with delicate whites and earthy greens, the Wisteria Collection manages to capture the romance and whimsy of its namesake’s flowers.

Nina first experienced Wisteria’s allure as a tourist, traveling through Tokyo by bicycle. Pedaling through a path completely surrounded with Wisteria, Nina was immediately fascinated with the graceful purple blossoms cascading into view. In her Spring 2014 collection, Nina celebrates Wisteria’s enduring beauty and charm.

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Just six of the many ways to wear Wisteria

Inspired by the flower, Nina crafted a timeless hybrid between a necklace and a bracelet – called a Necklette – that can be worn to match the wearer’s style and mood. Nina’s Necklette is incredibly versatile, whether worn as one long strand, double wrapped as a necklace, or wound around the wrist as a bracelet. The beads in the strands are made of variety of natural stones, including Amethyst, Moonstone, Green Agate, Blue Lapis and Chrysoprase.

Like Wisteria vine, Nina’s Necklettes can be wound and woven for a formal look or casually draped for a completely different feel. In addition to the wistful climbing ‘vine’ Necklettes, Nina’s spectacular Druzy Enhancers drape like wisteria’s vivid blossoms.

The druzy stones used in Nina’s Enhancers are formed naturally, over millions of years, as quartz crystals inside or on top of other stones. Complimenting the varied colors of Wisteria, the Enhancers come in 4 shades with fun names like Kyoto Blush and Tokyo at Midnight. The Enhancers are designed to be paired with a Necklette, whether worn as a necklace or a bracelet.

The result is a collection that is timeless in its appeal, with pieces that can be worn season after season, and evolve to remain always fashion-forward.

Read the Press Release 

Wisteria: A Whimiscal New Collection By Nina Nguyen Designs

Depending on where you live, you may well know the magical beauty of Wisteria. — It has a sweetly intoxicating fragrance emanating from white, blue, purple or Lilac flowers with cascading petals. And vines that are strong enough to pull down buildings.

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Wisteria flower tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Nina Nguyen discovered Wisteria while bicycling around Tokyo in 2005. She was immediately captivated by its vibrant color and delicate, whimsical flowers cascading down.

Nina’s memories of Japan deeply inspired Nina Nguyen Design’s coming Fall 2013 collection, has been she named Wisteria in homage to its wistful color and style.

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The pieces in the collection are both delicate and graceful in design, yet timeless in their beauty. Like the Wisteria vines, which wrap around trees and trellises, the pieces – dubbed ‘necklettes’ – can be wrapped as a bracelet or worn as one-strand or multiple-strand necklaces.

Recently Nina has also collaborated with renowned high-fashion photographer Joanna Kustra to capture the beauty of Wisteria and her other collections in photographs. Nina traveled to London to work with Joanna, and the result of their collaboration is simply mesmerizing.

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As Nina discovered in Tokyo, Wisteria grows plentifully in Japan, where it is seen as a symbol of love and victory over hardship. Wisteria is allowed to grow wild in many places in Japan and can be seen twining up and around through trees, especially in the mountains.

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For Nina, Wisteria symbolizes many of the qualities shared by women around the world – love, grace, honor, strength and passion. It also personifies her own creative expansion, as each of her collections grows organically from her own experiences and interests.

In coming weeks, she’ll share more of her 2014 Wisteria-inspired collection here on the Nina Nguyen Designs blog. Check back soon to see more of Wisteria’s wistful beauty!

A Piece of Toast Blogs on Aurora Necklace!

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I wear white year round – so the idea of winter white is something I have always embraced.  It looks clean, bright, and fresh against even the most gloomy skies (ignore the fact that my photos were taken while it was sunny outside).  I scored my coat from J.Crack about three years  during one of their after-Christmas sales and it’s been my favorite thing to put on once the weather starts to turn cold…  Sure I only have aplain white long-sleeved tee underneath the jacket – but that’s where having a prettystatement necklace comes in handy!

Photos taken by Mary Summers for A Piece of Toast

(J Brand Lovestory Jeans // J.Crew Coat (old | similar and on sale) // J.Crew Tissue Tee // See By Chloe Wedges (similar) // Kate Spade Clutch // gifted D.C.I. Bracelet //gifted Nina Nguyen Necklace // Essie ‘Snap Happy’ Polish)

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Nina Nguyen Designs has added the Astor Necklace to Endless.com!

The Astor Necklace was featured in People Style Watch for April! Emmanuelle Chriqui from Entourage was seen wearing a similar necklace.  Now you can get the look at Endless.com.  Check it out along with all the other pieces of the Nina Nguyen Designs collection.