Mark Of The Maker
Hand-Beaten Silver Jewellery

A celebration of artistry

With the texture of rippling desert sands or the moonlight dancing across the ocean, the evocative beauty of hand-beaten sterling silver jewellery is enduring and universal.

At the core of its tactile appeal is the imperfect, hand-hewn element. Like nature itself, it is irresistible in the way it plays with light and beckons to be touched.


The Technique

Hammered or beaten silver is unique in the modern jewellery world. It’s crafted using techniques and skills almost entirely unchanged for generations – centuries, even.

The process is as simple as the name – and the effect – suggests. Fine, gleaming polished sterling silver is carefully, painstakingly hammered all over by hand to produce an organic texture. Every dint, dent, nick and impression is individually formed to create a one-of-kind pattern.

Because it only requires basic tools (hands, hammer, patience), it’s one of the earliest decorative styles developed by ancient metal craftspeople. Today, it manages to be as prized as ever for precisely these fundamental, handwrought qualities.

NAJO’s own artisan silversmiths in Mexico bring the age-old method to sophisticated bangles, statement rings, beautiful necklaces and glittering earrings in stunning sterling silver.

The shadows cast by each indentation create an optical illusion of movement and colour play. More playfully still, beaten silver covered in luxe yellow gold recalls the nourishing corn so intrinsic to Mexican life.

Hand-hammered silver in history

These beaten silver designs pay homage to the spirit of Mexico and the silversmiths working in the Grand Workshops of Taxco in the 1930s and 1940s. One such workshop was Los Castillo, who produced this beautiful hand-hammered jug with its classic Mexican style.

While it may have ancient roots, the distinctive rustic look of hammered silver only returned to popularity in the US around the end of the 19th century. In reaction to the prevailing fashion for production-line technologies, Rhode Island-based silver manufacturer Gorham developed an exclusive collection of handwrought silver under its boutique label "Martelé" – the French word for "hammered". Martelé silver pieces were exquisite creations that embraced artisanship, proudly showing the hammer marks of the maker instead of the buffed perfection of a machine-quality finish.

It's a sentiment as relevant as ever today, where evidence of the maker is a powerful reminder of an old-school beauty that’s so rare that it’s become new all over again. It sure does give fresh meaning to the idea of a 'maker's mark'.

Explore NEW Hand-Hammered Silver


The Moonglow Bracelets and Hoop Earrings are glittering reminders to keep your feet on the ground and your eyes on the stars to follow your dreams.

Their moon-like forms feature a constellation of patterning, hand-hammered by our renowned silversmiths in Taxco, Mexico – the silver city where our NAJO story began.

Wear this set as elegant talismans or light-diffusing adornments to enhance your beauty. 


The Oasis Ring, Necklace and Earrings are your beautiful reminders to find a centre of calm amid the surrounding chaos we call life.

Our Thai jewellery alchemists hammer the yellow gold ‘oasis’ centrepiece to ensure it echoes the light. The oasis rests in a polished silver bezel.


The elegant Trilogy Necklace and Earrings represent strength, good fortune and serenity - a trilogy of affirmations to support you through your day.

Our Thai jewellery alchemists hand hammer the symbolic upward-pointing triangle.


The Forget-Me-Not Ring, Studs, Necklace and Earrings are beautiful reminders to find time for yourself in this busy world.

Our long-standing jewellery alchemists meticulously handcraft each pair in their family-run Bangkok studio.

The hammer-finished flowers each feature a bezel-set faceted cubic zirconia, a man-made stone classified as a diamond simulant.

Feminine by nature, they emit a tranquil glitter. 


Jo Tory

Born in Australia, Jo Tory is proud to be one of the country’s pioneering female jewellery founders. She has been our Creative Director since NAJO’s formation, steering the company to be one of Australia’s most successful fine jewellery brands today. Jo also sits on the Jewellers Association of Australia’s Board of Directors, where she actively promotes the highest standards and ethics within the Australian jewellery industry.