About the designer

New York native Nina Runsdorf is known for her wearable, one-of-a-kind jewelry made from precious and semi-precious stones. Nina’s designs are elegant, modern, creative and never too precious to wear.

From a young age, Runsdorf was surrounded by artists and musicians, family friends that undoubtedly influenced her desire to enter into a craft of her own. When she was just 12 years old, Runsdorf created her first jewelry collection in the kitchen of her parent’s upstate farm.

After working in the fashion industry for several years, she decided to return to her first love,  jewelry. She deepened her knowledge of gemstones working alongside her father-in-law at Runsdorf Associates in the heart of New York’s diamond district as well as becoming GIA certified.

In 2005 she launched her first collection and immediately made a name for herself with her trademarked design, the Flip Ring.

Nina Runsdorf
Nina Runsdorf

In 2009 Nina became a forerunner of incorporating Slice Diamonds to her line. She discovered the extraordinary Slice Diamonds that would become one of her signature elements on a trip to India and then spent months developing techniques to create slices from other gemstones.

A fierce believer that each gem contains a personality, Nina has a vibrant, artistic approach, which translates into eclectic pieces that exude passion, romance, and vivacity. Inspired by stones, Nina’s design playful process is forged around the shape, color and type of stone she is using. To her, fine jewelry isn’t merely a commodity; it’s a piece of art that elevates personal style and brings joy to the wearer.

Nina Runsdorf creates her designs out of a beautiful and intimate atelier on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In her salon, visitors are invited to discover her creations as well as some of her favorite pieces of art which often inspire her designs. She believes an intimate relationship with the designer is the modern definition of luxury and one that defines her way of working with clients: “People want pieces that no one else has, and it’s all about developing a personal connection. That’s luxury today.”

Nina’s latest visit to the City of Lights

Recently Nina took a voyage to the French capital to showcase her latest collections this season, amongst which “Claire de Lune” and “Les Jardins”. She flew over her newest romantic moonstones, organic grey diamonds, and a colorful array of sapphires, iolites, emeralds, tanzanites, pink topazes, and pops of apple green enamel.

In between appointments, Nina roamed the streets of Paris with Berlin-based photographer Maxime Ballestros, who joyfully captured Nina behind the scenes at her hotel and on her visits to galleries, cafes, and rare bookshops. Nina even shared a moment with some French police officers not far from the Palais de l’Elysee. Sadly no sighting of the French president! 

See some mementos from her trip below.

In the Garden at the Hotel Le Bristol 

Taking to the streets of Paris 

New moonstones galore!

Paying homage to a goddess

Who says you can’t garden in heels?

Hungry for some emerald earrings!

A new fluffy friend

Bookstore finds

Reporting for duty! 

All in the details 

Sneaking a peek before dinner