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Today we introduce you to Nike, another friend, this time from Pinterest. 

amethyst pendant nikeNike's journey into the world of jewelry-making started when she was a college student. She used to go from dorm to dorm, selling the jewelry of other designers, in order to make ends meet. Then, it never crossed her mind to design jewelry. Years later, certain events in her life pushed her to think of other ways to supplement her income. Again, she thought about selling other designers' jewelry. She reached out to some people she knew in the fashion business and was eventually introduced to a brilliant jewelry designer. This generous woman encouraged Nike to make her own jewelry instead of selling that of others.

Initially, Nike was very skeptical about the thought of designing, because she had never done it before and there were so many marvelous designers out there. Nike's new mentor made the best jewelry she had ever seen. She was fascinated by the way people gushed over her designs. The woman took her under her wing, and as Nike assisted her with administrative tasks, she gave her lessons in jewelry-making in return. 

This is when Nike fell in love with jewelry design. She found she enjoyed matching different colors and shapes. She also became fascinated with semiprecious stones, especially birthstones. After a hard day's work, she found jewelry making to be very therapeutic. She was also getting great feedback when she sold her creations.

nike amethyst ringOne big challenge was learning how to market her jewelry. She learned the tricks of the trade -- including excellent displays, captivating photographs, knowing the target market, and selling at the right location. Now, one of her passions is designing necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cufflinks and other wearable art -- to help the buyer 'stand out in a crowd'. All her designs are hand crafted, one-of-a-kind items made with birthstones, semi-precious stones and unique materials. 

Nike's goal is to make timeless and stylish jewelry for both men and women -- and more, to make them feel good about themselves when they wear it. She tries to offer a touch of inspiration with many pieces, including findings with words such as 'hope', 'believe', and 'love'.

garnet braceletShe continues to hone her craft, using some of her (and our) favorite gemstones/birthstones, including citrine, amethyst, aquamarine and sapphire. She loves the colors as well as the mystical properties and meaning attributed to these stones.

As you all may have noticed, we also love the beauty and lore of birthstones. (Check out our series of previous blog posts on birthstones for the entire year -- starting with: Birth Stones).

Here are all Nike's links, if you'd like to see more than the few lovely samples shown here.  


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