Our favourite casual jewellery trend is suddenly hotter than ever!

There’s something irresistibly nonchalant about a jewellery design based on a humble piece of string or rope, but fashioned from precious metal. It’s the ultimate in luxe casual, meaning it’s perfect for easy weekend wear, work wear and so many occasions beyond.

Of course, we’re talking about lariat necklaces, toggle bracelets and all related jewellery styles featuring tails, ties and sliding clasps.

A fresh take on the trend

You might remember when the lariat trend first hit back in the nineties – there was an emphasis on ornate costume styles, leather cords, pretty floral motifs and chunky semi-precious beads. Similarly, toggle bracelets often featured an elasticised string of amethyst or quartz beads and were designed to bring restorative properties to the wearer.

NAJO’s current take on this updated trend is far more streamlined, modern and understated, reflecting the ongoing obsession with barely there jewellery.

All about the toggle

Just to be clear, the kind of “toggle” clasp we’re talking about isn’t what’s known at NAJO as the t-bar closure, but rather the sliding bead design that allows the bracelet to be secured at a variety of lengths.

The name comes from the nautical world, where that type of adjustable, sliding closure served a practical purpose to secure the drawstring ties on clothing worn at sea. In NAJO’s sterling silver toggle jewellery, this design feature is both practical and aesthetic, the slight nod to nautical style making it a perfect complement to a Breton-striped boatneck t-shirt and jeans.

The lure of the lariat

Another ‘twist’ on the rope design reference, a lariat is traditionally a necklace in the style of a lasso, with one end threading through the other and hanging down the wearer’s chest. Another version with two loose ends is our high-end take on the current bolo-tie jewellery trend – except entirely made in lustrous sterling silver. It’s a long-line look best worn with a plunging neckline for evening or a simple round-neck t-shirt for day.

Fashion’s latest obsession: bolo tie

The bolo tie is a traditional garment dating back to the American West, but today’s fashionable folks are interpreting the style in a thoroughly contemporary way. At NAJO, our tie necklaces feature two-tone beads in sterling silver and yellow gold plate, freshwater pearl tails, or a string of round silver baubles with a sliding bead clasp. These are pieces born to layer with shorter pendants, or pair with more of your favourite sterling silver and two-tone bracelets, stacked high for carefree style.

One thing’s clear about our lariat necklaces and toggle bracelets – they have never been more popular. Not only do they adjust to fit everyone, they are right on trend and look great worn every day.

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