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Monday, 22 July 2019 12:02:25 PM Australia/Sydney
As with every seasonal launch, there are a whole new raft of exquisite pieces to discover in Paloma. We’ve already covered some of the collection’s key looks here in our last blog post.
Now we’ve asked NAJO’s own Jo Tory to run us through her take on this very personal collection. In response, Jo shared this stunning photo of model Rose Freemantle adorned in the most sculptural, highly polished sterling silver pieces from Paloma.
“Worn together, these strong sterling silver designs speak to the soul of NAJO and the spirit of Paloma: timeless, irrepressible, unapologetic, and blissfully free,” says Jo.
“I want women to feel empowered to pull pieces that speak to them from Paloma, mix with their existing collection, and wear it all their own way for a highly personal style story,” she says.
“Even individually, these aren’t subtle pieces, however clean and minimalist the aesthetic.
“This is bold, robust jewellery and when layered together like this (a favourite style of mine) it’s adventurous and creative, yet still feminine and highly curated.”
Here are the pieces that make up this look, as worn from top:
The Round Redeem Earring comprises a stud fitting with a long post from which hangs a gently domed silver disc – beautifully large and so dynamic.
This matches back perfectly to the disc and fine collar design of the Redeem Necklace. Avoid any of that predictability of coordinated jewellery by adding edginess served up by a second (small) earring and a mass of chunky bangles and rings.
When it comes to bangles this season, it’s all about numbers. On the left arm, Jo has upsized our sure-to-be-classic Divina Bangle in a luxe triple stack. It makes the ultimate complement to the smooth polish of the Redeem collection.
The arm party underway on Rose’s right arm also features another Divina Bangle (you simply CAN’T have too many!) but here it’s flirting with a couple of Weeping Widow Bangles – set to be one of the season’s favourites – alongside the head-turning curves of the Undulate Bangle.
This is Jo’s dream edit from Paloma, but what’s yours? Share it with us at #najojewellery.
Tuesday, 9 July 2019 4:05:30 PM Australia/Sydney
Some people call the coldest time of year ‘winter’ – we call it ‘Earring Season’. Because when you’re wrapped head to toe, there aren’t many other options for showing off your favourite jewellery pieces!
Earrings aren’t just a gorgeous way to light up the face, they are also carefully designed objects, highly personal and almost unendingly varied.
For this season’s NAJO Earring Edit, we’ve chosen 6 favourite designs from across our lines to showcase the breadth of our own earring collections as well as the huge variety of fine jewellery choices available to wear throughout the coldest snap – even when your lobes are the only part of your body not enveloped in knitwear!
We’ve chosen to highlight one pair from each of our six earring types, proving there’s a style to suit everybody.
The sassy partner for a chunky turtleneck, hoops are incredibly diverse. Gold plated or sterling silver, rounded and thick, or fine and flat. Double loops or three-quarter. Our pick for this winter is the Leonda Earring in sterling silver, 14-carat yellow gold plate or 14-carat rose gold plate. Why? These are BIG earrings that pack a punch, important when you’re rugged up. Yet they are also smooth and fully enclosed meaning there’s nothing to catch when you throw on your scarf. The hand-hammered finish (that’s silver which has been indented by hand using a small artisan tool) creates a rippling texture to mimic the heavily textured fibres of seasonal clothing.
Here’s the thing with drops – they’re made for movement. Our choice of the Dewdrop Earring might seem unorthodox for winter but trust us, the combination of turquoise and winter clothing (grey, denim, navy, camel) is completely intoxicating. Drop earrings aren’t always fine and delicate, but in this case the effect of the barely there chain and dancing beads spells winter fun.
The ultimate everyday earring, a stud is the kind of leave-in-and-forget-about jewellery piece that gets us through the week in easy style. In recent seasons we’ve seen a trend towards tiny studs layered with other earrings, but now’s the time to get graphic with slightly larger, organically shaped designs like the Piedra Stud Earring. Up-to-the-minute and yet timeless, this pebble-shaped accent also comes in 14-carat yellow gold plate to work with your existing jewellery collections.
Who doesn’t feel warmer after a hug? A huggie is simply a small, chunky hoop that sits relatively snuggly around the lobe, and take it from us – they’re the ultimate winter warmer. The Mobo Huggie Earring sets itself apart by combining a highly polished simple huggie with an ornate charm bead. The stippled ball has been oxidised to accentuate its texture, meaning it has been deliberately blackened in the indentations. The effect is sexy, seductive.
What’s the difference between a hook fitting and a drop? Well for most purposes, nothing. But where most drops are made for movement (see above), some hooks are fixed, running from end to end in one solid design. The glory of our signature Weeping Woman Earring is its uninterrupted flow. A hook that runs fluidly into a bulbous tear shape of highly polished sterling silver. This could only be the work of NAJO’s artisan silversmiths in Mexico, and once you slip it on you’ll understand why it’s a long-time NAJO fave.
We’ve talked about every earring type available, but the one that will add most colour to your winter wardrobe is the one that features a semi-precious stone – or two. The Pompeii Double Drop Earring will have all your bases covered this season, with a dual disc design in luxurious two-tone 18-carat yellow gold plate and sterling silver illuminating the faceted iolite and peridot stones.
Monday, 20 May 2019 12:14:40 PM Australia/Sydney
It’s been late arriving this year, the cooler weather. But it’s here, and now likely to hang about for a while. Rugging up in bulkier clothes doesn’t mean compromising your jewellery style. It’s an opportunity to adjust the way you wear your favourite pieces, and maybe invest in a new one or two.
Here are NAJO’s top three tips for wearing fine jewellery when the temperature drops.
1. Collar up
Punctuate a fine fitted turtleneck or high crew neck with a fabulous statement collar.
The Big Spratling Necklace is a luxurious heirloom exquisitely crafted in Mexico by artisan silversmiths. Its woven design, studded with small silver beads, will enliven even the simplest black or grey knit.
The Fidelity Necklace, meanwhile, with its graduating links, is substantial enough to sit under your coat and still shine like a star.
We love the sculptural seamlessness of the El Sol Choker – still textured but guaranteed not to snag your best cashmere scarf.
The same can be said of the Dover Choker, the moody onyx centrepiece designed complement those darker seasonal shades.
Finally, the Vineyard Necklace is a minimalist twist on wearing gleaming silver beads, the flattened dome discs offering a streamlined, lightweight profile and wonderful interplay with light.
2. Ultimate showpiece
Even when the temperature drops to single digits and you’re covered from beanie to boot, there’s still a chance to express your style story.
Diehard NAJO fans (we know you’re out there, and we love you for it!) will readily recognise our bestselling Weeping Woman Earrings – a favourite anytime of year. Now you can warm up those grey winter days with the same style in 14-carat rose gold plated sterling silver.
Staying in those golden tones, the Beta Large Gold Earrings will glamorise a chunky scarf, or stick to the sterling silver version for that grey marle cable knit sweater.
Speaking of chunky, the double loop effect of our Strudel Hoop mimics a stitch of yarn in knitting, except in highly polished sterling silver. The Flounce Large Earrings are a maximalist’s dream, a long tri-hooped design reaching almost to your collarbone. The ultimate winter head-turner.
3. Cuff em!
What we love about cuffs in winter is that they are smooth and substantial enough to sit over a slim-fitting sleeve. Our favourites for this season are the Shia Hinged Bangle with its oxidised embellishment, the clean simplicity of the Roma Cuff, the traditionally inspired Senorita Cuff with its beadwork trim and the glorious ornamentation of the Flutter by Night Cuff – the ultimate future heirloom.