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Style that’s written in the stars

Monday, 18 February 2019 8:42:56 AM Australia/Sydney

See what jewellery pieces align with your sign

Whether you’re a devoted horoscope reader or prefer to focus on creating your own destiny, there’s no denying the fun of seeing just how closely your personal style aligns with the traits attributed to your star sign.

Here we’ve matched pieces from NAJO’s brand new AW19 collection, VIDA, to those style traits determined by your place in the zodiac.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

People born under this fire sign shine brightly – they are energetic free-thinkers with a zest for adventure. The substantial profile of the Ulla Earring in yellow gold-plated sterling silver reflects Aries spirited independence and radiance.


Taurus (April 21 – May 21)

The simplicity of design found in the minimalist Freya Bangle and Necklace will appeal to the practical, no-nonsense nature typical of Taureans. The seamless coordination of these two pieces worn together is safe and reassuring, which suits this earth sign to no end. Safe it may be, but the dramatic black onyx discs are also striking and sexy – and who said Taureans can’t be both?

 

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

The Pompeii Double Drop Earring featuring the twin discs set with peridot and lolite is perfect for expressing the duality for which Geminis are famous. Two-tone metals in sterling silver and yellow gold plate extends the dual-personality metaphor. Geminis also tend to be intellectuals fond of travel who would appreciate that this earring takes its name from such a famous historic site.

 

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Those born under this water sign are said to be just as changeable. But they are also loving, caring and sentimental. The Ripple Ring is a perfect fit, its fluid designs celebrating the beauty of this most vital element.

 

Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer

 

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Leos are born to shine – their ruling planet is the sun after all. The most lucky gemstones for this sign are red ones such as the garnet found in the Yayla Earring. Encircled in gold plate and set on a hammered silver hoop, this earring is the ideal match for a Leo’s fiery, ambitious desires.

 

Virgo (August 23-September 23)

Renowned for their meticulous attention to detail, Virgoans will relish the exquisite intricacy and craftsmanship of the Daba Ring and Daba Earring. Notorious perfectionists, people born under this sign also have a love for feminine beauty, and will adore the delicate curved carvings of these highly detailed pieces.

 

Libra (September 24-October 23)

Sociable and outgoing, Libra babies tend to grow up to become the life of the party. There’s also a femininity to this sign, which often translates to a love for flounces and frills. The grand and golden openwork of the Beta Large Earring in gold is sure to appeal to the vivacious personality of so many Librans.

 

Scorpio (October 24-November 22)

Passionate, sexy, love-obsessed – Scorpios are accused of all these traits and more. What defines those born under this sign the most perhaps is their indefinable magnetism. Charismatic, determined and desirable, they make the ultimate recipient for the Vertigo Earring and Rhadia Choker. Together, these two remarkable examples of silver jewellery design will draw all the right kind of attention. And that’s something Scorpios know about only too well.

 Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio

Sagittarius (November 23-December 21)

Famous extroverts, Sagittarians are also usually optimistic and generous. The same can be said for NAJO’s new Knockout Bangle. It’s all in the name, after all! A wide 67mm profile of highly polished sterling silver, it’s weighty, eye-catching and impossibly gorgeous, and definitely isn’t a piece for shy types.

 

Capricorn (December 22-January 20)

Dependable, resilient, serious, grounded – these are some of the traits bandied about to describe Capricorns. So what better when it comes to design than reinterpretation of tried-and-true classics? Timeless, understated and charming, our Naj ‘O’ Tension Bangle reinvents our signature ‘O’ design for a new take on an enduring beauty.

 

Aquarius (January 21-February 19)

We chose the Vida Beaten Locket Necklace as a perfect match for textbook Aquarians because this star sign appreciates an element of surprise, and a locket always delivers that. Unlike traditional lockets, ours is thoroughly contemporary, a stunning sphere of beaten sterling silver that opens to your secret treasure. It’s a perfect reflection of the imaginative and avant-garde nature of this air-based element.

 

Pisces (February 20-March 20)

People born under this famous water sign tend to be sensual, artistic and spiritual. The water drop shape of the Redeem Earring is both emotive and graphic, a look that will appeal to true Pisceans for its fluidity and sense of calm.

 

Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces

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Introducing VIDA for AW19

Monday, 4 February 2019 1:16:23 PM Australia/Sydney

Your first look at NAJO’s new-season jewellery collection

“With yearning, a strange thrill of hope there came,

A shaft of new desire now pierced him through,

And therewithal a soft voice called his name,

And when he turned, with eager eyes aflame,

He saw betwixt him and the setting sun

The lively image of his loved one”

From ‘Pygmalion and the Image’ in The Earthly Paradise (1868) by William Morris

 

Introducing Vida, Spanish for “life”, NAJO’s newest collection of jewellery that invigorates, animates, creates.

Our designers have drawn inspiration from the archetypal story of Pygmalion and Galatea.

As the ancient Greek myth goes, Pygmalion, a sculptor, had renounced women due to their flawed nature (!) and chose to devote himself to his craft.

Ironically, his artistic masterpiece was Galatea, a female form sculpted of ivory marble. So exquisite was his flawless creation, that Pygmalion fell in love with its lifeless perfection. In spite of himself he caressed her, indulged her with gifts and adorned her in precious jewels and beautiful clothes just as though she were a real woman.

Suffering the pain of unreciprocated adoration, Pygmalion soon entreated Aphrodite, goddess of love, to fulfil his heart’s desire.

Sure enough, under Pygmalion’s kiss, Galatea’s ivory hardness softened into living human flesh. Miraculously, Pygmalion had breathed life into his own creation. He had animated his ideal.

This ultimate story of transformation in the name of love has been recast countless times since, from George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion to Garry Marshall’s 1990 rom-com Pretty Woman.

For us at NAJO, this powerful story of new life cast through love is irresistibly compelling.

Likewise, VIDA’s bold new designs are imbued with transformative powers.

Textured golden creations reminiscent of treasures from antiquity are fit to adorn Galatea herself, such as our Pompeii earrings, necklaces and ring in beaten gold plate and sterling silver set with peridot and lolite.

pompeii

Oversized chain links in silver and gold plate make graphic statements in our new Beta Gold Earrings.

Beta Earrings

The antique-inspired beauty of oxidised silver makes for memorable future heirlooms in the Vida Beaten Locket Necklace and the Daba Ring.

Vida Collection

Meanwhile, black onyx becomes the metamorphosising force in the Freya necklace, with its coordinating bangle and ring.

Freya

Breathe new life into your own style story with VIDA. Browse the full collection now>

References:

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Posted in Collections By The Najo Collective

Love Letters

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 1:21:00 PM Australia/Sydney

With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, it’s time to turn our minds to romance. The old-fashioned kind, where handwritten words are king.

Love letters are as old as literature itself. Beautiful penmanship, heartfelt and poetic words, an uncontrollable desire to tell your lover how you feel – all these things combine for a tradition that will never die.

Love

This Valentine’s Day, instead of swiping right or simply texting your sweetheart, why not combine a gift of precious jewellery with handwritten words that last forever?

NAJO’s latest collection, SIGNA, is tailormade for conveying messages of love – tiny blank canvases of precious sterling silver ready for you to make your mark.

To get you in the spirit of this most romantic season, we’ve gathered sentiments from a few of the greatest writers in literature. If you’re having trouble expressing your feelings in your own words, we’re pretty sure you’ll find ample inspiration in these famous and timeless declarations of passion, adoration and secret longing, all perfect for capturing on your favourite piece of jewellery. Even if the whole quote doesn’t fit, a small snippet will do – all the more romantic when its real meaning is known only to the two of you.  

Wishing you a Valentine’s Day full of old-fashioned romance and meaningful words – both handwritten and hand-engraved.

XOXO, NAJO

Love poems

Romantic pairings

Looking for inspiration to personalise a Valentine’s gift for your love? We’ve matched four of our favourite writers and their famous words with the perfect pieces from our SIGNA collection.

Fitzgerald and the Ribbon Ring

“I love her and that's the beginning and end of everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Saint-Exupéry and the Classic Bangle

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” – from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)

 

Signa

 

Brontë and the Heirloom Bangle

“He is more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Catherine about Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1818-1848)

Austen and the Amor T-Bar Bracelet

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever.” – Captain Wentworth to Anne Eliot in Persuasion by Jane Austen (1775-1817)

 

 

Posted in Collections By The Najo Collective