Annual holiday Nina Nguyen Trunk Show
October 29, 2018
Join Couch's Jewelers for their annual holiday Nina Nguyen Trunk Show. A portion of sales benefits Knox Concert Series 3rd Grade Educational Outreach Program!
15 E 10th ST
Anniston, AL 36201
December 8, 2015
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
ABOUT NINA NGUYEN
Nina Nguyen, a local Colorado designer, grew up in Central Vietnam surrounded by a family of jewelers and goldsmiths. Her mother’s trading post was where locals came to sell their gold, panned from the Buon Ma Thuot River, which was then refined and used to create gorgeous pieces by Nina’s uncle.
In the late 1980s, her family’s jewelry business was confiscated and her father was arrested and vanished for several years. With the help of family, Nina’s single mother took her and her five siblings on a journey to migrate to America seeking a better life. After a one year stay as a refugee in the Philippines, Nina’s family was eventually relocated to the Tampa Bay area where she started her life in the US. At the age of12 she learned very quickly to adapt.
Years later, while on break from her finance career, Nina backpacked through India for ten weeks. She was mesmerized by the raw gemstones she came across - they were vibrant, colorful, and expertly faceted to catch light from every angle. Upon returning from her trip, Nina felt inspired to return to her roots and try her hand at designing and creating her own jewelry. She began creating intricate handwoven and crocheted necklaces out of gold and silver wire, allowing her creativity to soar while incorporating the skills she had learned from her uncle. She decided to forgo a promising career in finance and pursue her dream of designing her own jewelry.
“The road has been one of pure entrepreneurship; hardship, sacrifice, long hours, risk & reward. All of these I have endured and I have absorbed everything the journey has taught me.” With her showroom now located in Denver, Colorado, Nina is centrally located, and closer for her frequent trips to her design studio in Vietnam - not to mention the inspiration of the Rocky Mountains.
THE NINA STACK
The Nina Nguyen Designs line is created to be stacked and layered in a mix-and-match style. The affordability, as well as the way the pieces work together, makes it easy to collect multiple pieces. Nina Nguyen’s current collection includes over 500 SKUs, set in solid 18 karat gold, vermeil and sterling silver, as well as many in black oxidized silver. We exclusively use recycled gold for our solid 18 karat gold pieces.
Nina’s most popular pieces are the “necklettes,” which are long beaded styles that can be worn as a single-strand necklace, a short layered necklace, or as a wrap bracelet. These pieces pair perfectly with handmade layering chains and they stack together beautifully with our hinged bangles which are available in four sizes. Recently, Nina Nguyen launched a collection of interchangeable earrings that has been very well received. Nina expanded on the assortment of this earring system with the addition of many more gemstones and hand-hammered texture styles. Delicate stackable rings, available in 18 karat gold and sterling silver, round out the collection.
The Nina Nguyen collection is all about quality and versatility. Everyday pieces can be stacked together to create bold, dramatic looks allowing each woman to express her own sense of style.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
As Nina’s brand outgrew her ability to produce jewelry for the dozen jewelry retailers and department stores that were buying her line, Nina knew she needed to seek a manufacturer to produce her designs. Nina traveled to Thailand, India China, but did not find what she was looking for. Instead, Nina found factories which did not satisfy a holistic approach to handmade jewelry design and manufacturing. It occurred to her to visit Vietnam, where her uncle and remaining family members helped put together a socially conscious jewelry studio.and
“I think all products should be made in a manner that benefits everyone involved. I would love for my jewelry to 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 they last, and what will become of it when its life is over.”