Nina Mann

"I strive to create a work of quiet uniqueness and derive great satisfaction and joy in creating objects of beauty. I am impressed by the quiet beauty that fills our lives—it is often precious, unpredictable, and fragile. I believe it is important to find pleasure in the simple beauties that surround us. It is my goal as an artist to share this beauty with the unique individual who will collect and wear my jewelry."

Nina Mann began her journey as an artist as a young child when her parents took her to a museum to see the Egyptian exhibit of Tuthankamen. She was fascinated by the intricate carvings and metal work and decided that someday she would create something just as beautiful. Mann went on to study drawing and painting, then delved into metalsmithing as her preferred form of creative expression. A deep love of history and archaeology provide the inspiration for her work. She is thrilled when a client remarks that her work resonates with forms and textures found in ancient cultures. Presently Mann is enmeshed in learning about Southwest American ancient civilizations.

Mann works with precious metals in age-old techniques that are inspired by an Eastern aesthetic. She is devoted to the ancient Korean process of Keum-bo, a process that is intricate and labor intensive. Silver is rendered nearly pure then thin gold sheet is slowly fused with a torch to the silver. No solder is used during this delicate process. In another equally intricate and ancient Japanese technique, Shibuichi, a molten amalgamation of copper and pure silver is poured and rolled into sheet form then is textured with a torch until a thin skin begins to show.

Her work is very much about the metal itself, particularly its malleability and form. The raw metal is transformed through heating, reticulation, rolling, fusing, and manipulation until it is changed into an object of refined beauty with its own magical presence. Her jewelry is unique, extremely wearable, balanced and beautifully presented.

Nina Mann’s work in precious metals has benefitted over many years from her experiences of studying with masters in their fields. When she began working in gold, she enrolled at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Working alongside Thomas Madden, she perfected her fabrication and casting skills. She has participated in workshops with Betty Helen Longhi, Tom Muir, So Young Park, Julia Woodman, and many others. In addition, she has also taught workshops in the ancient form of Keum-Bo. Ms. Mann has dedicated herself to the art of jewelry making, painstakingly perfecting all aspects of her craft.

Ravello Rings
Gold & Silver Ring

$ 492 - $ 1,490
Morning Moon Bracelet
Gold & Silver Bracelet

$ 540
Solu Necklace
Beaded Necklace

$ 1,530
Ancient Travels Bracelet
Gold & Silver Bracelet

$ 3,200
Transforming Ring
Gold & Silver Ring

$ 840
Eclipse Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 1,440
The Protector Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 1,200
Legends Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 1,720
Latitude Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 1,840
Laria Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 1,400
Queen of the Night Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 1,980
Night Spirit Earring
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 2,580
Radiance Necklace
Gold & Silver Necklace

$ 2,700
Sienna Ring
Gold, Silver & Diamond Ring

$ 3,600
In Between Moons Necklace
Gold, Pearl & Stone Necklace

$ 3,012
Ophelia Necklace
Gold & Pearl Necklace

$ 4,180
Sister of the Sun Necklace
Gold & Stone Necklace

$ 4,650
Beauty of a Blue Sky Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 560
Goddess of the Sky Necklace
Gold & Pearl Necklace

$ 5,980
Dwelling in the Beautiful Necklace
Gold & Silver Necklace

$ 3,200
Praia Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 420
Kenpu Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 2,220
Katori Ring
Gold & Silver Ring, Size 8-10.5

$ 860
Las Cruces Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 240
Lilana Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 340
Moon on Snow Earrings
Gold & Pearl Earrings

$ 1,528
Jun Necklace
Stone Necklace

$ 1,040
Antiquities Bracelet
Gold, Silver & Stone Bracelet

$ 1,260
Fearless Warrior Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring - Size 8-10

$ 2,800
Sun and Rain Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 1,048
Sonoran Sky Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 420
Shadow of the Moon Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 986
Radiant Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 240
Sun Maiden Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 260
Red Cloud at Sundown Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 390
Winter Solstice Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 368
Circles in the Sky Necklace
Gold & Silver Necklace

$ 850
Reflections Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 420
Clearings in the Sky Ring
Gold & Stone Ring

$ 2,120
Natsumi Earrings
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 1,880
Padu Earrings
Gold, Silver & Glass Earrings

$ 425
Chili Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 640
Fiona Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 380
Tanesha Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 280
Anevi Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 340
Kumi Earrings
Gold, SIlver & Glass Earrings

$ 640
Amara Earrings
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 850
Nala Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 504
Mirage Earring #2
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 220
Mirage Earring #1
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 190
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois, 1998-2009
57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois, 1996-2005
American Craft Council Craft Market, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Maryland; Minneapolis; Georgia., 1998 thru 2008
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pa., 2007
Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michigan, 1998-2000
The Art of Making Jewelry, Joanna Goldberg, U.S.A., 2006