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Thursday, 13 July 2017 8:00:52 AM Australia/Sydney
Just landed! Then there was light…
Anyone who read our previous blog post will be excited to catch a first glimpse of our much-anticipated new-season collection, La Luz – literally ‘The Light’.
This feminine, elegant range draws on those transformative, encompassing qualities of light.
Highly polished silver is brought into being via harmonious, clear shapes. Just like the colours found in artist James Turrell’s works, the tones and surfaces of the jewellery in the La Luz collection are luminous, bright and pastel.
Vivid, pastel-hued semiprecious stones are perfectly couched in bright white sterling silver settings. Especially for La Luz, and inspired by Turrell’s play with pastels, we’ve chosen pink kunzite, aqua amazonite, moonstone, aqua and pink chalcedony, pearl and amethyst. There are pendants, statement cuffs, cocktail rings and beaded necklaces set with cabochons of pastel colour worthy of the most luxurious lolly shop.
Contemporary sheets in white and rose
In contrast, there are the flat clean bands of sterling silver and rose-gold plated silver in minimalist-inspired bangles, rings, geometric pendants and earrings. Simple, clean and graphic, the interest comes from the way these highly polished pieces catch and reflect light and movement. One look at this range and you’ll see how they are made to be stacked and mixed for contemporary two-tone appeal.
Akin to shafts of light that bend and curve in a visual play, these bangles, rings and earrings are formed by distorting a straight line of silver into a wearable shape. Two-tone finials in geometric shapes finish these designs in suitably modern style.
Undulating, rhythmic designs
It wouldn’t be a NAJO collection without a few pieces which hark back to the heart of the brand, our aesthetic signature. Here that means organic, sculptural new teardrop and circle shapes in high-polish silver inspired by the naturally dappled morning sunlight.
A highlight here is our whimsical range of ‘bubble’ jewellery. Delicate silver baubles of varying sizes are gathered in artful jumbles to resemble cascading bubbles. In this lively design, each connecting sphere of polished sterling silver is almost luminescent, like the bubbles of light captured in an out-of-focus photograph. These bubbles are found in bracelets and necklaces, drop earrings and studs and are endlessly captivating.
Thursday, 13 July 2017 7:58:30 AM Australia/Sydney
All the inspiration behind our illuminating new collection
Every year at NAJO we release two seasonal collections focused around one central theme. Each is given a romantic, Spanish name as a nod to our Mexican heritage. Most are informed by nature’s beauty.
This season, it’s all about light, or ‘La Luz’.
Modern art offers food for thought
This forthcoming collection is inspired yet again by nature of course, but also by the work of US artist James Turrell. Instead of paint or clay or bronze, Turrell uses light and space as the primary media of his artworks.
NAJO founder Jo Tory explains: “In 2015 I saw the James Turrell exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. The way he uses light to envelop and transport you to a different space is extraordinary. The works bathe you in light, they change your perception and space is conceived in another dimension,” she says.
Turrell has a permanent exhibit, known as a Skyspace, at the NGA titled Within Without 2010. You reach the Skyspace via a long walkway which leads to a central viewing chamber open to the sky. “The changing light of the natural sky as viewed from the Skyspace is so subtle, so serene, it fills you with awe, and a sense of belonging,” says Jo.
In the words of the artist himself: “My work is about space and the light that inhabits it. It is about how you confront that space and plumb it with vision. It is about your seeing, like the wordless thought that comes from looking into fire.”
Playing with light in sterling silver
It’s this scope for contemplation, this rethinking of common perception that excited our designers’ imaginations. Inspired by the way Turrell used light as his medium, we have brought the attributes of light – bright, pastel, graphic, dynamic – to the medium of sterling silver.
Designs for the La Luz collection incorporate ideas of lucidity, precision, light-filled spaces and morning freshness. We can’t wait to show you the entire thrilling new collection the moment it lands! Here's a sneak peek of some of the pastel and light filled stones in the new collection!
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 2:45:21 PM Australia/Sydney
Exploring classic ball jewellery and other bead, bauble and orb shapes
When it comes to enduring shapes in jewellery, nothing could more fundamental than the sphere. It’s the naturally occurring shape of a perfect pearl. It’s the sun, the moon, the earth.
Our designers draw endless inspiration from nature’s most majestic elements and re-create this classic orb shape in luminous sterling silver, along with yellow-gold and rose-gold plate.
Having a ball? Here’s why
There’s an easy-to-guess reason why beads in jewellery are almost always shaped as spheres: comfort. No corners or edges to scratch the other beads or poke into skin or pull on clothes. Smooth, gliding, perfectly symmetrical beads are the ultimate in luxury and precision. They feel wonderful, move effortlessly, reflect light beautifully and will never go out of style – at least not while the earth orbits the sun!
A smooth, celestial sphere reflects in all directions equally, meaning even the simplest sterling silver bauble will play with light and movement in endlessly fascinating ways.
It’s a shape embedded in our DNA
NAJO’s ball jewellery is at once thoroughly modern, minimalist and timeless.
There’s our take on the classic ball bracelet, ideal for stacking with other bangles and a modern update on the traditional pearl bracelet.
Similarly, our radiant sterling silver ball earrings in hoops, studs or hanging drops are effortlessly chic and enduring, ideal for everyday wear.
Our two-tone Shine rings are spectacular when worn as a tricoloured stack. The yellow gold, rose gold and sterling silver baubles sit in an artful, high-profile jumble on the finger.
Inspired by generations of classic jewellery before us, we have been reinterpreting sterling silver ball jewellery since NAJO began, and will continue to do so in fresh, contemporary ways.
Keen to join our circle? Shop NAJO’s complete collection of sterling silver ball jewellery now >>