Iceman Nick’s clientele is synonymous with the roster of A-list stars seen in the front row of a major awards show. He has been commissioned to make pieces for celebrities across various industries such as: Drake, The Weeknd, Rick Ross, Joe Burrow, Errol Spence Jr., Ric Flair and most recently LeBron James. “In December I designed a Game Of Thrones inspired ‘Night King’ pendant with eyes that lit up. The moment LeBron gave me creative freedom, I knew he would love that same concept,” explains the Pakistan born, Houston transplant. When the Lakers stopped in Houston to play the Rockets, Nick delivered Lebron a custom “Lion Gatekeeper” pendant comprised of 130 grams of 14k gold, encrusted with 35 carats of VS1 diamonds. Inspired by the three time NBA Finals MVP’s signature logo, Nick added his own flare to the design. Red lights shine through the two round cut solitaires that make up the eyes and the door knocker in the mouth of the lion is fully functional. LeBron was connected to Iceman Nick through an assistant from a few of his teammates. For over five years, Nick has made jewelry for JaVale McGee, Danny Green, Troy Daniels and his former teammate, Lonzo Ball. “They appreciate the quality of my work and it speaks volumes when guys of that caliber are referring you to their friends,” offers the celebrity jeweler. Nick is no stranger to sports team referrals. Prior to the Buffalo Bills playing the Houston Texans in their AFC Wild Card Game, over 20 players from the Bills stopped by one of Nick’s eight shops to get iced out. His primary office is in his flagship shop where he works with King Johnny the Jeweler, his business partner of 20 years. King Johnny, another Houston jewelry heavyweight has helped usher in some of the most recognized jewelers in the industry.
Owning the same shop in the heart of the city for years, he is a staple not only in Texas culture, but the jewelry industry moreover. King Johnny has been commissioned to make pieces for Rick Ross, YFN Lucci and Dez Bryant to name a few. A far cry from when Nick started making jewelry in 2000 by partnering with Johnny at a swap meat. To maintain his other seven shops, Iceman Nick now counts on his expansive team to handle day to day operations. His partner Iceman Mike oversees operations and works with new clients to make sure their custom jewelry follows the company motto “Done Right.”
Mike has helped ice out musicians ranging from JayDa Youngan to Billboard chart topping artist Roddy Ricch. No matter the task, their team makes sure any work they associate their name with is quality. Crafting unique pieces that exude the personality of his clients is seemingly second nature when considering the trajectory of Nick’s ascension within the industry. Some of the more creative pieces that his team has worked on are Tekashi 69’s spinning pendant and his oversized Jigsaw charm with moveable jaw. Nick continues to push the envelope and set trends. From inventing the four row herringbone bracelet for Nelly prior to his performance at the Grammys in 2003 to flooding Megan Thee Stallion’s “Stalli” pendant with baguettes at the peak of 2019’s Hot Girl Summer, Nick’s work parallels the biggest stars in Hollywood. Jewelry and entertainment go hand in hand, when creating an image of wealth and opulence. His craftsmanship has transcended generations, revolutionizing styles and pushing boundaries. From making oversized pieces like Mike Jones’ “Ice Age” pendant to contemporary pieces like Boosie’s open Bible Pendant, he continues to evolve. The quality of his work and scrupulous selection of diamonds has resulted in the creed, “If it don’t hit, it ain’t by Nick.” More important than the investment into the precious metals and diamonds, going to Nick for fine jewelry is a status symbol. “Joe Burrow reached out after he won the Heisman, I made Roddy Ricch’s ‘RR’ chain after his first hit song, Errol Spence Jr. came to me for a $400k chain after he won a major fight,” the jeweler added. He has cultivated a premiere niche within the sports, fashion and entertainment worlds. He draws inspiration from polarizing individuals like Nelson Mandela, Mikimoto Kokichi, Sotirios Bulgaris, Laurence Graff and Jacob Arabo. Much like the jewelers and world leaders that he has studied, Nick rises to the occasion when faced with challenges. Raised in Dubai and Bahrain, Nick’s global experiences and style have helped influence his ability to impact the jewelry industry. His meticulous craftsmanship coupled with his outrageous and individual style has caught the attention of a consumer base of all ages. Through revolutionizing styles and pushing boundaries he has earned the (self-explanatory) “Iceman” moniker. From E40 on the west coast to Rick Ross on the east, his core clients have been loyal to him for the last 20 years. A dominant force throughout eras, Iceman Nick has seen styles and trends change, yet he has remained a constant when high profile clients seek the best custom jewelry that money can buy.