Nina’s Travels – Mui Ne


Mui Ne Sunset

As most of you already know, all of my work is hand-crafted in beautiful Vietnam, my birthplace.  I have an office in Denver, CO and all of my jewelry is hand-made in Saigon.  I split half of my year in the states and half of the year in Vietnam.  I absolutely love to travel and find myself creatively inspired on all of my journeys.  This recent excursion was no exception.  While in Saigon I decided to treat myself to a quick weekend getaway in the gorgeous beach town of Mui Ne.


Mui Ne Sand Dunes

Fifteen years ago Mui Ne was just a small, sleepy fishy town that was barely a blip on the map with only 25,000 residents.  Today it is a bustling resort town where you can find tourists swimming, surfing, sun-bathing, or shopping.  Kite surfing has recently become an avid pastime as well.  It’s been on my bucket list for a while and I’m so happy I made the trek out there last month.  Three hours and $6 (USD) on the bus will bring you this gorgeous stretch of beach, only 10 kilometers long.



Crystal clear waters of Mui Ne

I went with one of my dear friends and our hotel was $20 (USD) or only $10 each!  That is the part I love about traveling in my home country, the cost of living is a dream.  Our hotel was super cute, low key, yet posh and situated right on the beach.  We also made sure to hit up Joe’s, The Art Café, a surfside restaurant that is the only establishment in town that stays open all year.  They have live music every evening.  It’s a perfect ending to a magical day, sitting outside slowly sipping on a beer while the sounds of crashing waves can be heard softly in the background to some chill local tunes.


Kite surfing in Mui Ne

If you ever make it out this way, I highly recommend checking out The Fairy Stream.  This low water level stream has a soft current that allows for an adventure of discovery at any pace you choose.  You’ll find toddlers stop to stare and play in tidal pools, teenagers swimming, lovebirds sitting on a rock with their feet dangling in the water, but most of all you’ll find the peace and serenity you’ve been searching for.



Calm, peaceful beach of Mui Ne

During this last excursion I felt a tremendous amount of pride for my country.  While I’m a dual citizen, it’s the heartbeat of Vietnam that stirs me and always offers tons of creative ideas.  I’m extremely proud of my Heirloom Collection which is a celebration of my heritage and hopefully embraces the beauty and magic of all lands far away.



Nina Nguyen Designs, Heritage Collection

Organic Stones


Geode stones are round, crystal lined formations that occur when water passes through a pocket of air trapped in sedimentary or volcanic rocks and leave mineral deposits behind.  Each geode is a surprise when opened, since over a period of thousands of years, mineral variations in the water form crystal layers that vary in color and content.

 Geodes are seen as useful for grounding and meditation, and are linked to feminine and healing energies. 



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.  The appeal of druzy material is its multitude of tiny crystals providing a reflective surface reminiscent of sugar or snow.  Each type of druzy has particular characteristics, such as crystal size, luster and color. Our druzy are not dyed or processed. 

 Druzy is said to help aid in increasing energy and balancing the body.



Stalactites are formed at the roof of a cave and begin with one drop of mineral-rich water and can grow anywhere from a quarter-inch to a full inch every century. With rings of varying size and color, the inside of a stalactite tells the history of the cave in which it formed, and can resemble the rings of a tree.

Stalactite is associated with inner growth and power and discovery of the higher self.



These creatures lived in the seas between 400 – 65 million years ago, when they became extinct.  Typically an ammonite fossil will be preserved by being buried in fine sediment at the bottom of the sea.

The unique appearance of ammonite fossils make them the perfect centerpiece of elegant but simple jewelry and décor.

It is believed that Ammonite brings stability and order in life, and eases spiritual growth and development.

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