The Versatile Angel’s Wings Collection by Nina Nguyen



In continuation of our summer of earrings (in which it is far too hot to wear rings, as puffy, sweaty hands have them feeling cumbersome), here’s a style that will sizzle all season long and well into the holidays.

From the always-rad Nina Nguyen, Angel’s Wings are a spin-off of the designer’s elongated triangle shape, which has been massively popular with the brand’s customers. This iteration takes the edgy, pointed style and rounds it out, lending a look that matches its name—wings. I also see an ice cream cone, but I’m writing hungry.

Nina Nguyen Angel's Wings charms
Angel’s Wings in 18k yellow gold with multicolor tourmaline, $1,320 (hoops sold separately)

Angel’s Wings is a winner on so many levels. For one, it checks a current trends box—the elongated drop. It’s not the straight, sticklike style that’s been all the rage, but it isn’t entirely unlike it, either. It comes in a variety of metals—yellow or rose gold, sterling or oxidized silver—so every kind of shopper gets a piece. Customers can also choose whether they like their pieces dotted in diamonds or a rainbow of tourmaline—again, speaking to a wealth of tastes and preferences.

And that’s just one option. Nguyen has also made available special-cut gemstones baring the silhouette: amethyst, tourmalinated quartz in black or gold, moonstone, agate moss, or labradorite. It’s a tough job to select just one, truly it is.

Nina Nguyen labradorite Angel's Wings
Angel’s Wings in 18k yellow gold with labradorite, $660 (hoops sold separately)

Perhaps the most wonderful thing about this collection, though, is its versatility. Angel’s Wings are jackets at their finest, so the wearer can sport them any which way they choose. Order the matching huggie-size hoop earrings for that charm-and-hoop style (larger hoop circumferences are an option, too). Pair them with stud earrings for a fit closer to the ear, a look that’s less swing and more “to the point,” literally.

Nina Nguyen Angel's Wings convertible set
Convertible earrings set in 18k yellow gold with turquoise, tourmaline, and diamonds, $3,905

You can also style them as pendants, wearing the pieces on two separate chains for a layered look, or doubled up for extra fun. Lend one to a close friend as the grown-up version of BFF pendants—twinning!—or add them to a charm bracelet for an extra-spectacular pop.

That’s not all, folks—there’s more! Nguyen’s patent-pending mechanism means customers can really build their own look and change it up from time to time, too. Her convertible earring elements add one, two, even three tiers to a pair of earrings, sold separately or as a preselected set (a section on the website of designer-curated options offers inspiration and choices for those interested).

Nina Nguyen tourmilated quartz Angel's Wings
Angel’s Wings in 18k yellow gold with tourmalinated black quartz, price on request

If shoppers are wanting more out of their purchases, this collection is certainly it. While it asks customers to spring for a variety of pieces to do so, the idea that they can mix and match to their heart’s content is worth the initial cost (and with options in sterling silver available, starting prices are easily digestible, too). Who doesn’t want a collection of pieces that can go along with their ever-changing tastes, surroundings, and style? One can only hope for more additions to Nguyen’s ever-evolving range of convertibles.

Top: Convertible earrings set in oxidized sterling silver with moonstones and diamonds, $900

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