Introduced in 2008 as the first figurative piece for John Hardy, the Naga collection brings to life the Balinese legend of the dragon, a revered mythological creature symbolizing prosperity and good luck. In these legends, the dragon is known as the lover of the pearl and must dive from his volcano-top home to sea to visit his love. Each morning when he returns, his path brings water through the rice fields. The water produces a bountiful rice harvest, supporting the Balinese farmer. The collection's pieces are rich with detail and gemstones, reflecting the origins of the inspiration.
John Hardy's first partners, the ancestors of the goldsmiths to the royal courts of Bali, were the basis of today's partnership between designers and artisans. Together, they meld time-honored jewelry-making techniques with fresh design to create John Hardy pieces. Head Designer and Creative Director Guy Bedarida joined John Hardy in the late 1990s, bringing with him a vast knowledge of haute joaillerie following extensive training and experience throughout Europe and the United States. CEO Damien Dernoncourt joined the team in 2003 after falling in love with John Hardy's dual passions for handmade jewelry and for making a difference in people's lives. Motivated by a passion for beautiful things and people, John Hardy makes handmade jewelry and focuses on doing good for the world around us.