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Located along the banks of Vietnam’s Perfume River is the Thien Mu pagoda, a 17
century Buddhist temple touted as one of the country’s most beautiful structures. Vietnam is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Nina Nguyen.
Who says expensive jewelry is the best
jewelry out here? Don’t get me wrong, plenty of high-end jewelry brands are gorgeous!
On the other hand, in my opinion fashion jewelry designers like Americans Melinda Raney
of Melinda Maria Jewelry
and Wendy Culpepper
, German brand Bastian Inverun
, Hovey Lee
(China) and Aya Azrielant
(Israel) have their finger on the pulse of the everyday woman.
They understand that she is not a celebutante or jet setter. They know that she is someone who is often pressed for time and money. They recognize that she is someone who would love to indulge in what is fashionable without hurting her pocketbook.
Florida-based Nguyen is among the growing number of jewelry designers who create stunning, quality pieces at affordable prices. Nguyen’s brand, Nina Nguyen Designs
, is informed by worldwide travels and the hands-on experience its designer acquired during visits with her goldsmith uncle.
“In 2004, after a trip to India, I decided to change my career path from working in the financial industry to starting a jewelry design firm. My collections including Hoi-An
are carefully handcrafted by skilled artisans in my company’s Women’s Co-Operative in Vietnam
.Nguyen excels at delicate and buoyant designs that highlight varied textures and colors within pared down outlines of lush 22-karat gold plated sterling silver. There are beautiful pendant necklaces, leather wrap bracelets, multi-strand necklaces and gemstone earrings showcasing briolette cuts of moonstone, blue topaz, labradorite, peridot, rose quartz, pink tourmaline and raw druzy and geodes.
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 as I enjoy designing each and every piece.”"My jewelry is a reflection of my spirit. I design each piece to be unique, feminine and stylish. I envision my pieces empowering the wearer.