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Nicolina Royale’s design career began as a child, when she used to dig through junk drawers or through her grandpa’s toolbox to find a treasure, take it apart and create a piece of jewelry from whatever she was able to find. From the age of three, she competed in beauty pageants, winning crowns that later served as an inspiration for her line’s signature brand, logo and designs. At seven, a trip to Paris and London inspired her craze for fashion, art and design. A Minnesota native, Nicolina attended the University of Minnesota as journalism major with an art minor. Craving a more artistic lifestyle, Nicolina moved to L.A. for an unpaid internship at “Entertainment Tonight,” paying the bills as a server at The Rainbow Bar & Grill on the infamous Sunset Strip. The minute she stepped in the door of the Rainbow, she fell in love with rock ’n’ roll. Nancy Sinatra was her first customer, followed by CC Deville of Poison. Those meetings led Nicolina to begin creating rocker-inspired jewelry. Her signature aesthetic blends fine leathers or exotic skins with industrial hardware, studs or spikes and intricate Swarovski crystals. Her handcrafted, rebel artistry, along with her endless imagination, unites classic elements such as pearls with oxidized chains or industrial hardware hinges with Italian leather, door knockers with crocodile or stingray, or even mixing in real nuts or bolts. In 2007, a Bloomingdales executive discovered Nicolina Royale on the streets of New York. Within weeks, Nicolina Royale was a Bloomies brand, launching her signature guitar-pick cuff links, followed by her cuffs, bracelets and necklaces. Nicolina Royale’s celebrity fans include Steven Tyler, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Far East Movement and Linkin Park.