Just looking at the breathtaking pieces of Nina Nguyen Designs, you know there’s a story behind each one. At least, that was my instinctive reaction while perusing the Nina Nguyen Designs Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Held in the dark mystique of a speakeasy – which was only accessible through the back door of a coffee shop – the pieces were nestled among and draped over materials that were as natural and organic as the gems themselves.
And sure enough, a little research a lot of coveting later, I found out that Nina is highly influenced in her design by her extensive world travel. Born in Vietnam, she spent much of her childhood assisting her goldsmith uncle in his jewelry casting foundry working with locally-panned gold. Her mother relocated Nina and her siblings to the U.S., after spending time in a refugee camp in the Philippines, and she continued to design jewelry as a hobby during her adolescence.
The idea for Nina Nguyen Designs was conceived, I learned, after an influential trip to India Nina took with her husband in 2004. Nina fell in love with the stunning fabric, vibrant colors, and sparkling gemstones of traditional Indian saris. She was so inspired by the aesthetic, she left her career in the financial industry to start Nine Nguyen Designs when she returned. As a result, Nina creates bold, elegant pieces that feature brightly-colored stones against simple materials like metal and leather.
“The jewelry I design is a reflection of my spirit,” Nina says. “I create each piece to be unique, feminine, and stylish. I envision my pieces empowering the wearer. It gives me much pleasure to contribute to the beauty of women. My hope is that every woman will enjoy wearing my jewelry as much I enjoy designing each and every piece.
In addition to the stunning signature aesthetic she’s created, Nina gives back to her women in her homeland. The Nina Nguyen Studio in Vietnam employs it’s own Women’s Co-Operative, providing professional training to women, as well as higher-than-average wages and full benefits. All employees are also provided education for their children as well. Nina also strives to embrace earth-conscious materials to keep in step with her collection’s focus on fossilized and mineralized stones. Currently, her favorite raw materials are geodes, stalactites, and fossilized ammonites.
Needless to say, I fell hard for the raw edges and serious sparkle of the Fall/Winter 2012 collection and was already thinking up outfits accented with a Bardot bracelet or a Braxton ring. Shop Nina Nguyen Designs’ exquisite current collections at Nina-Nguyen.com.
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