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Monday, 16 January 2017 8:56:00 AM Australia/Sydney
Dressing the Bride & the Bridal Party
NAJO’s Bridal Jewellery Collection for the Wedding Season Ahead
What’s the best advice a bride can receive about her wedding day style? Choose a look that honours who you really are, something that reflects the most glamorous, beautiful version of you. Try not to get too caught up in current trends, or looks you’ve seen on bridal blogs or on your favourite celebrities. Above all else, keep it authentic.
This applies as much to your jewellery as it does to your dress, as well as to what you choose for your bridal party to wear. Instead of going overboard with glittery faux jewels or costume pieces that you’ll only wear once, why not select a few genuine, exquisite pieces that you’ll wear and cherish for many years to come?
Identify your own wedding day style
At NAJO, we believe every woman has a story to tell, and never more so than on her wedding day. Urban brides who prefer a clean, modern style of dress will find the perfect partner in a sleek, highly polished sterling silver collar and bangle. Refined brides and bridesmaids will adore our retro-inspired mabe pearl stud earrings and classic chunky curb link bracelets – ideal for a daytime wedding by the harbour.
Die-hard romantics will fall in love with the style and symbolism of our knot ring and matching bracelet, or the lustrous bridal white of our freshwater pearl-accented bangles and cuffs, pendants and drop earrings.
‘Blushing’ brides will no doubt be drawn to the rosy hues of our romantic rose-gold plated jewellery, which is the perfect complement to gowns in creamier shades of off-white or ivory, or even pretty pastel dresses.
Bridal etiquette – a couple of pointers
These days, it seems a little old-fashioned to be talking about ‘wedding etiquette’ – it’s really your day and your chance to show the world who you are as a couple. But there are some things you might like to consider when it comes to your wedding jewellery.
Bridal Party Gifts
It’s traditional to purchase special gifts to thank each member of your bridal party, including any junior flower girls or page boys. This is especially thoughtful if your bridal party is covering the cost of their own outfits. A special piece of jewellery they’ll wear on the day is the perfect choice – and a wonderful keepsake by which they’ll remember the day.
All About Rings
There’s nothing in the rulebooks to say brides can’t wear a ring on their wedding day in addition to their engagement ring and wedding ring. Something that coordinates with the rest of your wedding-day jewellery, such a pearl ring or rose gold plate feature ring, is a gorgeous choice. It’s just best to wear it on the other hand from your wedding ring so it doesn’t interfere with the ceremony!
Rings also make a gorgeous, non-traditional gift for each of your bridesmaids. NAJO has many great-value sterling silver rings accented with pearls, rose gold and more to suit every style. Celebrate the different personalities of each member of your bridal party by giving everyone a unique gift – they’ll love them even more, especially as each NAJO piece comes gorgeously boxed and ready for presenting. Easy!
Watch Modern Wedding's 'behind the scenes' photoshoot, featuring our beautiful rose gold plated and pearl jewellery, to show you just how to style your jewellery!
Monday, 9 January 2017 9:00:00 AM Australia/Sydney
Classic, versatile and on-trend: studs tick all the boxes
Topping the list of jewellery every woman should own are stud earrings. They suit every face shape, every hair style, every personality, and are the go-to earring to round out virtually any outfit, whether it’s ultra-casual, office wear or serious cocktail attire.
The other reason studs are so versatile is that they come in endless styles, shapes, finishes and stones. A simple diamond stud is perhaps the most classic piece of jewellery imaginable. And unlike a ring laden with betrothal symbolism, a pair of stunning earrings can always be bought and enjoyed by anyone, for anyone. Even yourself! They are a great way to personally celebrate a major (or minor) milestone in your life and help tell your style story.
Earrings needn’t be as extravagant as diamonds, though. Studs of turquoise, agate, pearl or glistening beaten sterling silver will act as mini light globes to your face – and at great value.
Classic stud styles
For chic and timeless designs in the vein of Jackie Kennedy or Grace Kelly, opt for simple domes of silver, gleaming orbs of yellow or rose gold, or of course, classic pearl studs. The larger the stud, the more glamorous and ladylike the look. The smaller the stud, the easier they are to pop on and forget about, ensuring you always look polished.
On-trend stud styles
That’s not to say that studs can’t also be fashion-forward and edgy. Geometric shapes, pyramids or straight rods in sterling silver, mini bars of beaten yellow gold or tiny cubes plated in rose gold channel some of this season’s hottest jewellery trends.
And as for that other trend, stacking…
Don’t believe you can layer earrings like you can bracelet and rings and necklaces? Sure you can! Multiple piercings and an “ear party” of different studs is one of the edgiest trends in fashion right now. Take it from US actress and model Chloe Grace Moretz, whose earring ensemble garnered a whopping 545,000 likes on Instagram! If it’s a look you’re willing to rock (and if you have the piercings), then you’ll love NAJO’s tiniest studs, such as these twists or these perpendicular studs.
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Monday, 19 December 2016 11:54:08 AM Australia/Sydney
Why turquoise jewellery is destined to be loved forever
For vivid colour, bohemian spirit, a sense of mystery, and enduring style stretching back to the ancients, there’s nothing as captivating as turquoise. The lyrical name is derived from an old French word for “Turkish”, referencing the traders who were thought to introduce the gem to Europe from ancient Persian mines.
The long, long history of turquoise
This unique gemstone, with its opaque properties, unmistakable pool-blue colour and its distinct mineral veining, is one of the world’s oldest and most revered. The ancient Egyptians loved using turquoise in their jewellery and decorative arts, as did the Persians who believed in its heavenly associations. But the stone is most inextricably linked to Native American cultures, which attributed protective qualities to the mineral and featured it liberally in jewellery, amulets and sculpture.
Turquoise: it’s a real softie
Like that other blue-hued beauty, lapis lazuli, natural turquoise is a relatively soft stone, only measuring 5-6 on the Mohs scale. For that reason, examples of precious natural turquoise, such as this extraordinary 19th-century Russian snuffbox, are most often found in the cabochon cut, a simple polished dome.
Natural vs reconstituted turquoise
Today, due to the rarity and high cost of natural turquoise, most jewellery is made using reconstituted turquoise in the cabochon style, offering the same stunning colour and look at great value. It’s the perfect match for highly polished or oxidised sterling silver.
Turquoise and your summer style
NAJO’s collection of vibrant sterling silver and reconstituted turquoise studs, hanging earrings and drops, cocktail rings, cuffs and pendants are the last word in boho chic this summer. It’s the exact colour of the sea just as it meets the shore on a sun-kissed, white-sand beach. And when paired with our signature oxidised sterling silver craftsmanship, it embodies the exotic, creative, carefree spirit of Mexico.
So what are you waiting for?