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Nikki Nation Jewelry
We had the pleasure of interviewing past clients and local business owners, Nikki Nation. Nikki started her jewelry business here in Denver in 2015 and until 2023, ran her shop and studio in Sloan’s Lake. We hope you’ll read on to learn more about her work!

How Did You Get Your Start in the Jewelry Business?

I went to undergrad for jewelry and metalsmithing. Originally, I started in interior design but switched because I liked the creative freedom associated with jewelry and enjoyed working with my hands.
Throughout Nikki’s schooling, she and her classmates had to purchase their own materials and tools. She worked with a small group of hand tools and primarily created pieces with copper and brass due to the lower cost. The portfolio of jewelry she developed then was conceptual in design and less functional than what she creates today.

How Do You Find Your Customers, and How Do They Find You?

I haven’t paid for any big ad campaigns, but instead have built my brand slowly and methodically over the last eight years. I’ve done this by participating in art fairs, both locally and across the country, and by working with many retailers, including museums, galleries and catalogs. Today, my business is a mix of retail, wholesale and creating custom pieces.
Most of my creative inspiration comes from patterns, texture, shape, form, and my everyday environment in the city. I don’t start out by sketching. Instead, I just start working with materials; the materials ARE the inspiration.

What is Your Favorite Thing to Make? Do You Have a Top Seller?

I’ve always loved making bangles, but right now, I’m really enjoying making rings. As far as top sellers, my collection with metal dots has been very popular, and hoops are always popular too. Cigar bands are requested often, especially for custom pieces.
In the future, Nikki looks forward to focusing more heavily on custom work, including engagement, bridal, wedding bands, and more.
Recently, Nikki has added a variety of gift-able items to the store, with a focus on women-owned, LGBTQ and local artists. All of the items at the store are made in the U.S. She offers candles, cosmetic items, pottery, ring dishes, cards, and more!
We encourage you to browse her collection online at Nikki Nation Jewelry. You can also follow Nikki on Instagram at


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