the story behind the brand

About the Designer - Nicole Sugarman

Nicole began creating her personalized jewelry line in 2006 which grew into her now namesake label Ora Nicole Jewelry. Her first pieces were created out of rare gemstones and beads that she would string and wire wrap together in her Chicago studio. She created them with the intention that women would feel empowered by wearing unique timeless colored gemstones that could be worn in several different ways. Nicole worked in commercial real estate and clients would buy her pieces off of her neck, or they would ask her to make custom jewelry for them.

Today, Nicole’s luxury designs are cast in precious 14K metal (yellow, rose and white gold). Ora Nicole jewelry is an elite luxurious brand accented with beautiful diamonds and faceted gemstones. Ora Nicole is contemporary, versatile and timeless jewelry with pieces designed to be layered and collected over time. Nicole believes that when women dress to go out, they should feel confident and glamorous, accessorizing and layering Ora Nicole’s different geometric styles to achieve this effect. Today, more than ever, women are a dynamic part of the workforce, running companies, balancing family, friends, children and every aspect of life. We are todays superheroes that bring life into the world, while running the world. Women do not wait to be gifted jewelry. They purchase special pieces of luxury jewelry for themselves. Ora Nicole’s curated styles appeal to women of all ages. Her pieces can be worn with jeans and a tee shirt, in the boardroom or with that little black dress.

Nicole has an extensive sales and marketing background, having worked in the corporate sector for over 15 years managing commercial real estate assets for Fortune 100 companies. Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She donates her time to various organizations where she is a Board member for Lynn Sage Cancer Research Fund (LSCRF). She is also very active in supporting and raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) since her son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  "It is very important to me that a portion of proceeds from our online sales go directly to support children's and women's charities.  A percentage of all online sales will go directly to support JDRF." Nicole resides in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two children.