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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 2:55:42 PM Australia/Sydney
As we head into Mother’s Day, we thought it would be pertinent to think about where our jewellery collections begin, where they come from and how they grow.
Jewellery is such a personal gift to give and receive. As children, our first fine jewellery pieces are often gifted by our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Perhaps it’s an identity bracelet with your name etched upon it. Or a locket inscribed with your initial. Then romance comes into play, often resulting in engagement and marriage which inspire some of our most important jewellery pieces.
Maturity also means we start to buy for ourselves, maybe the most empowering gift of all! A chic signet ring worn on the pinkie can carry a message that’s meaningful solely to its wearer.
And eventually, we shop for our own children, grandchildren, nieces, daughters-in-law, perhaps passing on our own favourite pieces, whether they are the keepsakes we’ve inherited or jewellery we’ve selected to gift in the hope they’ll become future heirlooms. A modern take on the classic charm bracelet is a favourite choice, opening the opportunity to add to the collection of charms in future years.
This kind of emotional jewellery is usually of premium quality, but cherished as much for its strong sentimental value as its commercial value. Transcending trends, telling stories of families, relationships through time.
This Mother’s Day create your own future heirlooms with our personalisable SIGNA collection, a collection of timeless sterling silver jewellery designs, miniature blank canvases onto which you can inscribe your own stories.
Monday, 15 April 2019 10:09:42 AM Australia/Sydney
Looking forward to the Easter long weekend? Whether you’re entertaining family at home, headed out for a road trip, catching up at a café with friends or a combination of all three, it’s the perfect opportunity to test-drive a new autumn wardrobe.
Here are NAJO’s top 3 styling suggestions for everyone’s favourite 4-day break.
1. A breakfast rendezvous
Match your sunny-side-up (or chocolate) eggs with the radiance and casual warmth of NAJO’s Golden Glow series. The two-tone power of the Golden Glow Earring is perfectly partnered with the Golden Glimmer Necklace, both featuring a beaten disc in 14-carat gold plate over an arc of sterling silver. The maximalists among us will enjoy layering in the Golden Glow Necklace which will hang just below the beaten pendant, similar yet distinct thanks to its larger, smooth dome and prominent bale.
Wear with: jeans, boots and a neutral knit. Essential gear for any autumn road trip.
2. Lunch with the tribe
Easter is rarely seen as edgy and modern, but this edit of seasonal pieces from our latest collection will change that. You’ll feel at home in your favourite hipster café with the minimalist Myra Necklace, design-rich Christa Hoop Earring, blissfully simple Fairway Bangle and artfully organic Ripple Ring. The understated allure of each of these pieces means that they easily work together without overtly matching for style that feels unstudied.
Wear with: a maxi skirt and v-neck jumper.
3. Festive dinner gathering
Whether you’re hosting or simply attending as a guest, a home-based dinner party can still be an opportunity to make a special effort with your outfit. It’s a great way to make your host or guests feel like this is a special event and they’re worth the effort! Create a sense of occasion with NAJO’s showstopping Fidelity Necklace and coordinating Fidelity Bracelet. Finish the high-impact look with the punchy Crescent Earring and high-profile Mysterious Universe Ring and you’ll be turning heads around the table.
Wear with: an understated black dress or top/pants. If you’re cooking, black is the most sympathetic choice, but an apron is still a smart idea for those messier tasks.
Have a fabulous long weekend, hope the Easter Bunny is ultra generous!
Monday, 8 April 2019 11:52:40 AM Australia/Sydney
The Easter long weekend is always a highlight of the year – a chance to gather the family for a relaxed autumn feast without the pressure that comes with Christmas – and without that stifling summer heat!
NAJO’s founder and creative director Jo Tory is a keen cook who loves to bring her family together in her Sydney home for simple meals made with local, organic ingredients and flavours inspired by her travels. She shares what’s on her menu for a long and casual Sunday lunch at home this year.
NOTE: All recipes are designed to serve 4. Jo opts for local, organic ingredients wherever she can.
Roast lamb with pomegranate and almond
I wake up early to pop on the lamb and then forget about it until lunch time. If you have a slow cooker, now’s your chance to use it.
1.2 kg organic lamb leg, bone out
Olive oil, for frying
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2cm piece ginger, finely chopped
1 x 400 g can cherry tomatoes
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
1 red birds eye chilli
2 tsp cumin
Pinch of saffron (optional)
½ cup raisins
Seeds of 1 pomegranate
Cooked couscous and Greek-style yoghurt, to serve
Roasted slivered almonds, coriander and mint leaves, to serve
- Preheat oven to 150C. In a large cast-iron casserole, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil over high heat, add lamb and brown on all sides. Remove and set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium, add more oil if necessary, then add onion and sauté until softened. Add garlic and ginger, fry until fragrant. Return lamb to pan, add tomatoes, carrots, chilli, cumin, saffron and ½ cup cold water. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine, cover and leave to cook for 6 hours, adding the raisins halfway through. Remove from oven and add half the pomegranate seeds.
- Toss couscous with remaining pomegranate seeds, almonds and herbs, serve with sliced lamb and yoghurt on the side.
Charred eggplant and white bean salad
This salad is practically a meal on its own – make extra if you’re catering to vegetarians, and maybe add some other vegetables to the chargrill like mushrooms or zucchini. You can always switch the shaved parmesan for crumbled goat’s cheese or feta if you prefer.
1 large or 2 small eggplant
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp ground coriander
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
Grated zest and juice of half a lemon
Parsley leaves and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, to serve
- Slice eggplant thinly and toss in a bowl with garlic, coriander and half the olive oil. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Heat a barbecue or chargrill pan over high heat and grill eggplant, in batches, until charred and tender. Transfer to serving platter with the beans.
- Whisk lemon juice, zest and remaining oil together in a jug, drizzle onto eggplant and beans, season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with herbs and cheese and serve.
Everyone can indulge in this alcohol-free drink, or you can add it to prosecco or a sweet white wine for a refreshing cocktail.
8 cups sparkling water
4 cups passionfruit or pineapple juice (depending on your taste)
1 kiwi fruit, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 star fruit, sliced
1 lime, sliced
½ cup raspberries or small seedless grapes
Ice, to serve
- Fill a large jug with ice, top with sparkling water, juice and fruit. Serve immediately.
How do you indulge over the long weekend at your home? Whatever your plans, I hope you spend time enjoying a meal with the people you love.