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the artist Nilson de Assis lives and works in Rio de

Janeiro, Brazil, the fashion capital of South America. Having grown up in one of the

poorest and most dangerous slums in Rio, at the age of 15, Nilson dropped out of

school and got a job to help support the

family. Through hard work and single-minded dedication, he enabled his family to move to

a safe neighborhood and send his brother to college.

In 1991, Nilson was apprenticed to an artisan

who created brass Judaica and it is here he

ďŹ rst discovered his creative talents. Nilson was determined to give his daughter the

opportunities he didn’t have. Drawing on his creativity and design skills, every night after work, he began creating exquisite jewelry, handbags and home goods, using leftover

materials from the workshop. Soon his

designs were selling in a well-known fair in

Ipanema where Suzy and Ed Burke met him. Nilson’s creativity and determination are

evident in his ever-evolving designs, and his collectors span the globe.


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necklaces pendants bracelets earrings rings handbags gemstone guide

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necklaces

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ilson’s necklaces are made by hand of chrome-

plated brass. They have the look and feel of silver, but will never tarnish. These exible pieces are adjustable and set with your choice of raw, natural semi-precious gemstones.

pictured N100AM


N100A AM/C

N100B C

N101M

N103P

all necklace styles ( except N100B ) are available with the following gemstones

AM

amethyst

AM/C

amethyst/citrine

AM/C/Q

AQ

ameth/citrine/quartz

aquamarine

M

AM amethyst

BQ

C

H

citrine

hematite

O

P

Q

blue quartz

black onyx

pyrite

quartz crystal

malachite

RB

raulita blue

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necklaces

N

ilson’s Juniper and Autumn Olive necklaces

are handcrafted in two color choices, chrome and old brass. These elegant designs are lightweight and adjustable - the perfect complement to any neckline.

pictured N110B


N110A

N110B

N120A

N120B

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pendants

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ilson pendants allow you to create a look for

every occasion. Each style comes in your choice of 10 gemstones that can be mixed and matched with one of Nilson’s 8 stylish collars.

N181C

N175AQ N180AM

N192AM/C/Q N175, N180, N181 and N192 are available with the gemstone choices on page 8


N190A

N150A

N153B

N154A

N155A

N190B

N190, N191 and all collars are available in 2 color choices

A

B

chrome

old brass

N191MUL

AM

amethyst

AQ

aquamarine

BQ

C

H

blue quartz

citrine

hematite

P

Q

RB

AM amethyst

M

malachite

O

black onyxe

pyrite

quartz crystal

raulita blue

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bracelets

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ilson’s gemstone bracelet collection covers a

range of wearable looks. From a substantial lightweight cuff to a more delicate thin bangle, each style is crafted of pliable brass-plated chrome and set with vibrant natural gemstones.

pictured N202C


N200AQ width 3/4”

N201RB width 1 1/2”

N202AM width 1 1/4”

N207AM width 1 1/2”

N208AM/C width 1 1/4”

N209B AM/C/Q width 3” at top

N211AM width 2 1/4”

N212AM width 1/2”

N240H width 1” ( top )

all bracelet styles are available with the following gemstones

AM

amethyst

AM/C

amethyst/citrine

AM/C/Q

AQ

ameth/citrine/quartz

aquamarine

M

AM amethyst

BQ

C

H

citrine

hematite

O

P

Q

blue quartz

black onyx

pyrite

quartz crystal

malachite

RB

raulita blue

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bracelets

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ilson’s sculpted metal bracelets are available

in chrome or rustic old brass. These free form, organic designs showcase the beautiful texture of the material with a look that is casual and unique.

pictured N204B


N204A width 1 3/4”

N205B width 1 3/4”

N210B width 1/2” to 1 1/4” ( top )

N206A width 1 1/4”

N230A width 3/4”

all bracelet styles are available in two color choices

A

chrome

B

old brass

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earrings

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ilson gemstone earrings are carefully hand

crafted using lightweight chrome-plated brass with surgical steel wires. With 91 combinations of design and color, there’s a Nilson earring for every look.

pictured N305RB


N300AQ

N301M

N303P

N304C

N305AM

N306O

* N315MUL

N316AM post

N317C

N318AM

all earring styles are available with the following gemstones, * N315 is available in multi-stone only ( as shown )

AM

amethyst

AQ

aquamarine

BQ

C

H

blue quartz

citrine

hematite

P

Q

RB

AM amethyst

M

malachite

O

black onyxe

pyrite

quartz crystal

raulita blue

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earrings

N

ilson’s lightweight drop earrings are made of

chrome-plated or old brass with surgical steel wires. These organic designs are a wonderful complement to Nilson’s necklaces and bracelets.

pictured N312A


N308B

N310A

N312B

N313A

N311B

all earring styles are available in two color choices

A

chrome

B

old brass

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rings

N

ilson’s gemstone rings are made of chrome-

plated brass and set with raw gemstones in designs that are playful and unique. Adjustable to fit any finger size, these rings make a statement while being comfortably lightweight. Choose from 12 semiprecious stones.

pictured N500P


N500AM

N501BQ

N502C

N503AM

N504AM/C/Q

N505M

N506AM/C/Q

all ring styles are available with the following gemstones

AM

amethyst

AM/C

amethyst/citrine

AM/C/Q

AQ

ameth/citrine/quartz

aquamarine

M

AM amethyst

BQ

C

H

citrine

hematite

O

P

Q

blue quartz

black onyx

pyrite

quartz crystal

malachite

RB

raulita blue

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handbags

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ilson genuine leather and metal handbags come

in four styles and all are accented with chrome or old brass and raw semi-precious gemstones. These unique works of art combine beauty and function and they always make a style statement!

pictured N400A


400B 6” x 4 1/2” x 2 1/2” ( depth )

401A 7” x 8 1/4”

402A 8 1/2” x 7 1/2”

403B 11 3/4” x 7”

all handbags are available in two color choices and two gemstone choices

A

chrome

B

old brass

AM/C

amethyst/citrine

AM/C/Q

ameth/citrine/quartz

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gemstone guide amethyst Amethyst, the most prized member of the quartz family, occurs naturally in a range of shades from deep purple to lavender. One of the power stones, amethyst has been used for centuries as an aid to meditation and healing because of its ability to focus energy. Amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom, and is the birthstone for the month of February.

aquamarine A member of the beryl family, aquamarine ranges in color from an almost colorless pale blue to teal. Its ability to give peace and serenity makes it a powerful healing and meditation stone. Aquamarine also offers protection to those on the water, and it is the birthstone of people born in March.

blue quartz This “rock crystal” derives its blue color from microscopic fibrous inclusions in the quartz crystals. Blue quartz is a soothing, stress-relieving stone, and it is an especially fine peace or tranquility stone. It aids in one’s ability to reach out to others, assuage fear, calm the mind, inspire hope, and promote understanding of one’s spiritual nature.

citrine Citrine, a yellow-to-gold member of the quartz family, has been called the “stone of the mind”, and it is used by healers to increase self esteem, protect against negative energy, and open the mind to new thoughts. Ancient cultures believed that placing a citrine on the forehead of an elder would increase his psychic power. It brings joy and love to its owner, and is the official birthstone of November.

hematite Hematite is a naturally occurring mineral composed of iron oxide. Ranging from steel gray to almost black, hematite is a wonderful stone for grounding oneself, increasing intuition, and reducing stress. Native American folklore also holds that war paint made from hematite will make one invincible in battle. Amazingly, the Mars Exploration Rover Project recently found hematite on Mars.


malachite Malachite is a naturally occurring green gemstone with banded tones varying from very dark to soft green. Legend has it that malachite is the guardian stone of travelers. It is also said to promote inner peace and hope by providing protection and security, and it is believed to add balance in relationships. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans not only wore malachite jewelry but also ground it into eye shadow.

onyx Onyx is chalcedony quartz mined in Brazil, India and Uruguay. It most often has a fine texture and black color. Onyx can help release negative emotions such as sorrow and grief, and can be used to end unhappy or bothersome relationships. Onyx also fortifies self-confidence and responsibility, sharpens ones senses and encourages a healthy egotism.

pyrite Pyrite is an iron sulfide mineral with a metallic luster, and over the years, its color has earned it the nickname “fool’s gold”. Pyrite is a traditional symbol for money and good luck, and its golden color is associated with the fortification and strengthening of the mind. The name pyrite is derived from a Greek word purites meaning “of fire” because it creates sparks when struck against steel.

quartz crystal Quartz crystal is one of the most common but powerful gemstones on Earth. Colorless and transparent, ancient people believed it was made of ice crystals that would never melt. It is the greatest of all healing stones, and acts as an amplifier for psychic energy. Quartz crystals also aid meditation and visualization.

raulita blue Raulita blue, or howlite, is a silicate that occurs naturally as a white to gray stone with erratic streaks. It is often dyed a turquoise color, and it is the only dyed stone Nilson uses. Named after Henry How of Nova Scotia, howlite is a calming stone and many people use it to relieve stress. It is also an excellent antidote to the insomnia that can result from an overactive mind.

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