Nina started her jewelry business upon returning from ten weeks backpacking through India. Mesmerized by the stones and gold, she was reminded of her happy childhood. 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; Hardships, sacrifice, long hours, risk & reward. All of these I have endured and I have absorbed everything the journey has taught me.”
Background: Growing up in a war torn Vietnam, Nina spent much of her spare time helping her uncle in his jewelry studio. He worked with gemstones that were mined in the nearby countryside and gold that was panned in the local rivers and streams. Since that early age Nina has been surrounded by precious handmade jewelry.
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 to America seeking a better life. With 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 of 12 she learned very quickly to adapt. Exceling in school, she matriculated to Computer Science at the University of Florida and while not able to finish the degree due to the tech bust of the late 90s, she went on to the world of finance where she worked for an investment company and obtained several Securities licenses.