Meet Nina Nguyen
Nina Nguyen grew up in Central Vietnam surrounded by a family of jewelers and oldsmiths. Her mother’s trading post was where locals came to sell gold panned from the Buon Ma Thuot river; later, this gold would be 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. Seeking a better life, Nina’s mother made the decision to immigrate to America, with 11-year-old Nina and her five siblings. After a one-year stay in the Philippines, they eventually settled in the Tampa Bay, FL area.
Nina adapted to life in the U.S. quickly. She attended the University of South Florida, and her first career was in finance. But her creative side hungered for more. So she hit pause on this chapter to take a backpacking trip through India, a 10-week adventure that ended up redirecting her focus. Mesmerized by the raw gemstones she came across—luscious, vibrant, and expertly faceted—Nina was inspired to return to her roots.