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Monday, 26 November 2018 8:39:21 AM Australia/Sydney
Day to Night - Christmas Party ready
For many of us working in sales and retail, December is the busiest time in the office. It’s also the time we celebrate the year’s achievements, catch up with friends over after-work drinks and stay out later to enjoy balmy evenings and make the most of daylight saving.
By night and by day, we’re dressing with a mind to fun – and here are our favourite office (and after-work) looks from our current jewellery collections.
It’s summer next month – office wear gets breezier with light layers (to counter the air con) and minimal makeup.
Day Look 1
Go for creative chic with a simple linen tunic accented with the striking Fantasia Necklace, chunky Midi Ring and refined Chime Earring. The combination is unexpected and edgy while still clean-lined and office-appropriate.
Day Look 2
Try a tiny dash of colour and understated impact with our Circa Ring featuring a gorgeous faceted red garnet. Its open circle design is a perfect complement to the flirtatious Pebble Earring.
Day Look 3
Make a playful-yet-elegant nod to the season with the modern hoop of our Echo Earring punctuated by a tiny hanging bauble in sterling silver. Carry the round shape through to our classic Fairway Bangle and pair it with our Slider Bracelet for a little festive jingle jangle.
It won’t take much to transition into evening glamour when you start with great real jewellery. Darken your eye makeup, add a coloured lipstick and try one these signature NAJO party pairings.
Night Look 1
Go for gold in gorgeous texture with these three favourites from La Isla SS18. The dancing links of the Whisper Earring, the rippled yellow gold plate of the Crescent Necklace and the two-tone brilliance of the Golden Beauty Ring feel like they were made to shine together.
Night Look 2
Summer nights call for a warm blushing glow. The same rose-gold plate disc adorns our timeless and coordinating Rosy Glow Earring, Rosy Glimmer Necklace and Rosy Glow Ring. It’s a fool-proof look for women who appreciate perfect polish.
Night Look 3
Love to layer? ’Tis the season for it! Our aptly named Razzle Bracelet is our newest bracelet design and its sterling silver tassels make a jolly ornament for your wrist, especially paired with the delicate row of festive bell-like charms on our Verity Drop Necklace. Layer it with the long lariat style of our new Mirada Necklace for Christmas-party perfection in any outfit.
Thursday, 15 November 2018 1:56:42 PM Australia/Sydney
NAJO Team’s Top 10 from La Isla S18
Recently, the NAJO head office relocated to glam new inner-city headquarters here in Sydney. Like any big move, it was a little chaotic and more than a little exhausting. But it also gave us a new perspective on the objects that surround us every day. Along with the standard office paraphernalia, we’re lucky to work among precious trinkets in sterling silver dotted with gleaming gemstones. Inevitably, the unpacking turned to play and in the process, we inadvertently came up with this new list of 10 staff picks from our SS18 collection, La Isla.
10. Genie Ring
Why we love: Imbued with the NAJO DNA, this is basically Jo Tory in ring form! Our founder and creative director informed its clean organic shape that culminates in a dramatic unjoined apex. Timeless and original.
Why we love: It’s fair to say we were thinking of the festive season ahead when we picked these beauties. Combining a long drop and a hoop design, they are the best of both worlds and perfect for a party.
Why we love: A fun celebration of Jo’s penchant for all-black fashion, these earrings have a sculptural, modernist quality that feels on-trend and versatile enough to go from office to dinner.
Why we love: Turns out January babies are many here at NAJO, so this stunning red is both birthstone and beautiful, covetable accessory.
Why we love: Somehow this witty design manages to be large-scale and low-profile all at once. Like the sculpture of George Rickey, this ring says more in the interplay of empty spaces than it does through the shape itself.
Why we love: Some might suggest we’re drawn to The Vineyard because of our shared love for wine, and they wouldn’t be wrong. But we’re also besotted with this showstopping collar for its unapologetic statement of bold simplicity.
Why we love: Just like its coordinating necklace, the Vineyard Bracelet is substantial without being overpowering. There’s a whole lot of beautiful sterling silver here, and in our collective opinion, more is definitely more.
3. Roma Cuff
Why we love: More than one of us here at NAJO HQ have added this hefty beauty to our Christmas wish list. Do you really need to ask why? All the heart eyes for this one.
Why we love: Sometimes cocktail rings can be too ostentatious, too fashion-forward, and so their appeal wears out over time. Not so with this icy blue cabochon agate set in a comfortable tapered sterling silver band. Bliss.
Why we love: One word. Scale. This pendant is the antithesis to all those tiny delicate necklaces out there. Small has its place for sure, but when you’re looking for a striking way to dress up a simple black turtleneck or linen tunic, you want to call on Daria.
Monday, 22 October 2018 8:28:26 AM Australia/Sydney
A Look Back at Melbourne Cup Fashions
It’s that time of year again – Spring Racing season has arrived.
As jewellery designers, we couldn’t be more thrilled at the evolution of headwear from traditional hats to fascinators to modern tiaras right through to the latest trend for highly sculptural and original accents. This year, get set to see reinterpretations of Alice headbands, hair brooches, turbans, crowns, jewelled pins and everything in between.
Now for a quick history lesson. The first Melbourne Cup race was held in 1861, although that event barely resembled the carnival of today.
By the 1940s and 1950s, race-going women would never have bee seen without stockings, gloves, a head-covering hat and a chic handbag swinging demurely from the wrist.
While etiquette may have loosened with the years, Flemington still lists strict dress regulations for members and guests attending the Members’ Enclosure. This code is as much a part of the tradition of the day as the race itself.
Rules include a sports jacket or blazer plus tailored slacks for the gents, with a tie and dress shoes a must. And for women, a “suitable standard in keeping with the dignity of the Member’s Enclosure”. Whatever that means.
Perhaps even more influential than the fashion rulebook is the competitive element. In 1962 we saw the first “Fashions on the Field” competition designed to encourage more women to attend the Melbourne Cup. This wonderful ABC archive footage gives a fitting snapshot of fashions at the time. Note the requisite gloves, stockings, handbags and importantly hem lengths and you’ll go a little way to understanding why the now-legendary appearance of model Jean Shrimpton at the Melbourne Cup just three years later was so controversial.
The use of high-profile international celebrities like Shrimpton to bring style cred to an event is all too standard today. But back in 1965, her above-knee shift, paired with a lack of stockings, gloves and even a hat, caused the kind of buzz that Kim Kardashian might only dream about.
Ironically, the infamous ensemble that inadvertently earned Shrimpton her legendary place in Cup history is one of the few race day outfits to remain timeless and chic throughout every decade since.
It’s something to consider if you’re headed to the races this season. Underplay the stuffy formality with a choice that’s a little left-of-field but still timeless. Take your cue from the breezy summer style of NAJO’s La Isla SS18 collection