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Monday, 6 August 2018 8:51:33 AM Australia/Sydney
New gemstone jewellery: buy better, buy forever
With so much to distract us (Netflix binges, endless Instagram stories, fast fashion), is it any wonder that we’re craving more connection to natural materials, handcrafted objects, the artisan over the mass-produced?
What’s the ultimate antithesis of a 10-second video that disappears in 24 hours?
One answer is a carefully crafted artisan piece of jewellery that lasts forever, comprising precious sterling silver and exquisite stones sourced from the earth.
Choosing to wear forever jewellery is a powerful way to express our values. Values of sustainability. Thoughtfulness. Considered consumerism. The value of choosing a single investment piece instead of 10 inferior/disposable/fast-fashion accessories.
Investment dressing takes confidence, maturity and contemplation. It comes with understanding of your personal style, and a desire to tell a story of yourself that is about more than the latest catwalk trends.
Reconnect to nature, quality & sustainable style
Expressing your personal values with your fashion choices can be both fulfilling and powerful. Choosing to wear (or gift) jewellery from a brand like NAJO means supporting local/independent Australian industry, buying less but buying better, and opting for genuine stones and high-quality sterling silver that will stand the test of time.
These are heirloom pieces to be enjoyed through the generations.
The real deal rocks
Choose gemstones that speak to your personal style story and reconnect you to nature’s unmatched beauty. Make your choice based on a favourite colour, or your birthstone. The celestial creaminess of moonstone is given an updated warmth with a frame of yellow gold in our new two-tone Antonia Earring and matching Antonia Ring.
Those who love soft and feminine pinks and lavenders will adore the pastel perfection of our Amazonia Teardrop Earring in rose quartz or blue lace agate. Rose quartz is also considered the stone of love, said to promote a romantic energy and heal matters of the heart.
Amethyst, meanwhile, February’s birthstone, brings its unmistakable lilac beauty to NAJO’s new Shelby Hoop Earrings, with their delicate dancing design.
If you prefer the look of faceted gemstones to cabochon, the sparkling blue topaz of our Circa Ring evokes crystal summer waters and clean, modernist design.
Friday, 27 July 2018 8:31:20 AM Australia/Sydney
This season’s key beauty trends – and the jewellery to complement them
If there’s one thing that stood out on the international catwalks for spring/summer 18, it was the head-turning beauty trends.
Trend 1: OTT eyeliner
Exaggerated eyeliner, mostly in dramatic black, is one of the strongest trends to emerge from the international spring-summer collections. For example, at Jill Stuart, creative liner created a stylised lash-on-lash effect.
These moody black lines are perfect paired with NAJO’s newest oxidised silver jewellery. Against a background of blackened sterling silver, the intricate patterning of bright white polished sterling silver really pops. Case in point: the Mobo Hoop Earring and Shia Hinged Bangle.
Trend 2: Dewy, flawless skin
It’s hardly a look to ever fall out of fashion favour, but flawless, barely touched skin has never been hotter. Along with houses like Bottega Veneta, Alberta Ferretti and Roland Mouret showcasing a lightness of touch in their summer makeup, the un-made-up trend has garnered unprecedented popularity since Megan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, embraced her freckles in her thoroughly modern & minimalist bridal look in May.
Pair with: Jewellery pieces that are minimalist in decor yet bold in profile. For example, the substantial-yet-simple hammered disc of the Solar Earring, and the narrow golden arc of the Crescent Necklace.
Trend 3: Vivid eye colour, especially orange & turquoise
Missoni knows summer equals colour, and took eye colour to the electric extreme with its highlighter-style treatment in unabashed blues and yellows. Marni and Tadashi Shoji had a similar approach, pairing vivid eyes with high-impact jewellery for maximum appeal.
NAJO knows that most women will interpret this colour trend in less direct ways – maybe a finer stroke of coloured eyeliner or a lighter dusting of shadow – but bold summer colour still calls for rich golden boho beauty, as found in our Crescent Stud Earring and two-tone Antonia Choker with its luminescent moonstone centrepiece.
Trend 4: Just bitten/stained lip
Prada bucked the loud colour trend, pairing its eighties-inspired SS18 collection instead with minimalist makeup, androgynous side-swept fringes and cropped hair, with a hint of femininity brought from a softly tinted lip. A big trend seen at Dolce & Gabanna, Max Mara, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Chanel - one of the most readily replicable trends of the season, the blush-stained lip will hold its own against the long-profile Chant Earring in yellow gold plate or highly polished sterling silver. This understated makeup style also complements the eye-catching glamour of the Maxi Necklace.
Trend 5: Glitter or jewelled eye
Nothing evokes the seductive glamour of summer skin more than a little glitter. Recalling shimmering sunlight on sand, new-season glitter adds a beachy insouciance to your look that’s more sophisticated than childish. Take for instance Ralph & Russo’s somewhat futuristic use of silver glitter in their ready-to-wear show, again a strong trend seen at Ryan Lo, Saint Laurent and Jeremy Scott.
Glitter makes the ultimate companion for NAJO’s new Wednesday Stud Earring, with its silvery pebbles sitting like giant sparkling specks along a sterling silver hoop. Or the even more oversized silver discs of the Vineyard Necklace. In fact, NAJO’s latest catalogue showcases this very combination of Vineyard Necklace and silver glitter makeup to stunning, summery effect.
From eye colour to earrings are you ready to sparkle? Explore here:
Monday, 2 July 2018 8:27:43 AM Australia/Sydney
A brief history of silver through the ages…
…Via 5 silver objects you’ve probably never heard of
Since it’s as precious as materials get, silver has historically been reserved for nobility, religious ornament, and the most exceptional examples of artistry around the world.
We took a virtual browse through the treasure trove of objects in the collections of London’s V&A Museum to come up with 5 (relatively un-famous) pieces that tell part of the extraordinary history of silver design and artistry.
The V&A is one of the greatest repositories of design objects in the world, a must-visit for jewellery lovers, decorative arts aficionados and designers everywhere. (That said, this list is far from comprehensive, so treat it as a journey along an unbeaten path of silver discovery and inspiration.)
A remarkably modern-looking design in chased silver, this five-lobed bowl reflects the tendency of Tang Dynasty craftsmen to reproduce foreign shapes and manufacturing techniques of objects imported on the Silk Road from Iran and Central Asia. Until the prosperity of the Tang Dynasty, silver was not as common in China as it was in other ancient civilisations, so this piece represents silver’s newfound popularity in the country.
2. Chalice, Spain (Lérida), 1525-1550
A fundamental and sacred object of Catholicism, the Chalice is traditionally made of the most precious materials to reflect the revered status of its contents. Equally functional and decorative, this is a masterful example of the silver craftsmanship in religious artefacts.
Imagine the life of the lady who would have had this on her dressing table! Elaborately decorated with a scene from Ancient Greek mythology and embossed acanthus leaves in fine silver over a wooden frame, this mirror is part of ‘toilet service’ of silver objects which would have been used for to keep and apply make-up and hair accessories in upper-class England.
This trumpet-shaped beaker with its scrollwork motifs, leaves and punched dots is inspiring in its simplicity of shape and whimsical style, typical of Scandinavian silver of this period (which continues to strongly influence NAJO designers).
Designed and crafted by Evald Nielsen, a contemporary of Georg Jensen, this bracelet is noteworthy for its organic-shaped, hand-beaten links. Each is inspired by the shape of a flower bud, features a central cabochon amethyst, and exemplifies Denmark’s skønvirke-style, another major influence for NAJO.
6. NAJO’s “forever” sterling silver jewellery
We had to sneak in a few contemporary silver designs to complete our timeline, and where better to end than NAJO’s own future classics? Distilling the organic curves of Scandinavian design, the sculptural simplicity of early objects and sterling silver’s natural bright white beauty, our forever collection builds upon the long legacy of silver craftsmanship and brings it into the 21st century in clean, timeless style. Shop our favourite future heirlooms here: