I remember going swimming in the local swimming pool as a child. I remember holding my breath under the water and cautiously opening my eyes in the chlorinated water to take in the somewhat blurry image of my surroundings. Aside from the sight of an odd pair of pale legs connecting to the surface of the water, I saw nothing but blue.
Looking out toward the deeper end of the pool I saw a richer, darker shade of blue – the mysterious unknown from which I could imagine the shadow of a great white shark suddenly swimming towards me. I found much more comfort in the turquoise shade of blue that enveloped my own nice shallow end of the pool. I knew that here I was safe, that here I was in control and that I was protected.
It came as no surprise to me then in my encounter with gemstones that the bright blue turquoise gemstone has been considered by many ancient civilizations to be a divine stone of luck, strength and protection. Aside from giving the wearer a uniquely bright and positive splash of colour to their wardrobe, this gorgeous December birthstone is also said to be a great stone for travellers as it help to protect the wearer on their journeys and keep them safe from evils and misfortunes along the way such as being pickpocketed or physical accidents.
So whether you’re planning a big trip away, want to avoid any bad juju or just want to add some eye catching colour to your outfit, turquoise could be the stone for you!
Here are some of our top picks of turquoise Juvi pieces:
Boho Little Bean in Sterling Silver and Turquoise
Turquoise December Birthstone Charm in Gold Vermeil
Turquoise Large Oval Necklace with Side Piece
Citrine, this months birthstone, is a impeccable and abundantly spiritual gem. This gem, the premier stone of imagination and personal will carries the power of the sun encouraging fresh beginnings and new pursuits. Citrine’s warm golden yellow colour is both a suiting compliment to the rich harvest colours of Autumn while also exemplifying its generative and energising properties.
This sunny stone can be found most commonly in the quartz mines of Brazil but also France, Greece, Argentina and Spain. Citrine dubbed the ‘Success stone’ due to its vast empowering and energising potential, is perfect for all aspiring visionaries and creatives. Citrine has been hugely popular through out history with references to the this gem being found in ancient Greece and also ascended to popularity as a decorative gem during the Hellenistic age. Citrine again rose to prominence during the Art Deco period during the early part of the 20th century, and citrine be seen in all aspects of life during this period from jewellery and clothing to architecture.
Among many other spiritual properties citrine does not absorb negative energy and is fitting for repelling negative energy surrounding all facets of your life. Simply looking at this gem stone, it is easy to understand why this stone is so fitting for this time of year calibrating effortlessly with the enchanting hue of Autumn.
November Birthstone Citrine Charm
Are you a mother, a carer, a romantic or simply someone with a passion for pink and a soft spot for everything sparkly? If you’re any of these things, then this month’s featured gemstone is probably the perfect stone for you. Being a primary stone of the heart chakra, pink tourmaline is a gemstone that brings out a person’s nurturing, loving and compassionate nature, which makes it a popular stone amongst healers and social workers.
Also known as ‘Rubellite’ which is the Latin word for red, pink tourmaline ranges in colour from pale pinks to deep magentas. Because of this, deeper shades of pink tourmaline have often been mistaken throughout history to be rubies. A number of the rich red-ish gemstones of the Russian crown jewels for example, which for centuries had been thought to be rubies are now in fact believed to be tourmalines. Although frequently mistook for the more famous Ruby, the pink tourmaline gemstone is in no way less valuable than it’s crimson counterpart as in fact, pink tourmalines are even rarer than rubies!
Merely looking at the warm, pleasant hue of it stunning October birthstone it’s evident why pink tourmaline is believed to exude a comforting and soothing energy. Said to help relieve stress, provide emotional support to those in trouble, remedy motion-sickness and depression as well as aid in reconciliation and enhance feelings of love in relationships. From a fashion perspective, the bright, vibrant colour of pink tourmaline is also a wonderful, playful way of adding a pop of colour and personality to your wardrobe.
Here are some of our favourite Juvi pieces which feature this gorgeous and wonderfully beneficial stone:
Sterling Silver Pink Tourmaline October Birthstone Charm
Sterling Silver Pink tourmaline October Stacking Ring
Entering September, we are now 3 quarters of the way into the year with only a few months left to wrap up everything left to do on our 2018 goals list. September is the perfect time to pause for a bit of self reflection and honest evaluation of everything you’ve done so far this year, and what you have left to do. What other gemstone other than the richly coloured lapis lazuli then could be more appropriate for this mindful time of year.
With its deep blue hue accented by gold or sometimes white flecks, the Lapis Lazuli stone is one that symbolises honor, wisdom and truth. A historically prized gemstone in Egypt- a country which is home to some of the largest and oldest of Lapis Lazuli mining sites – Lapis Lazuli was often closely associated with royalty and a supernatural connection with the Gods. In fact, many ancient Egyptian Kings, Queens and High Priests have been found to be buried in tombs set with Lapis Lazuli or with ornaments made from the gemstone.
Wearing Lapis Lazuli is said to help enhance good and balanced decision-making skills, encourage honesty of spirit and promote deep and connected communication in relationships.
Being a stone of wisdom, Lapis Lazuli is also said to boost intellectual ability, learning and memory, thus making it an ideal stone to wear if studying for an important exam or learning a new skill.
Whether you’re a September baby looking for your birthstone or have just fallen in love with the enchantingly deep blue hue of this gorgeous gemstone, you should definitely check out our range of stunning Lapis Lazuli gemstone pieces. Here are some of our favourite Lapis Lazuli pieces:
Lapis Lazuli Charm Pendant
Initials Stacking Ring in Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver
Antibes Glamour Puss Lapis Lazuli and Gold Vermeil
Watching the awful scenes of devastation as the rainforest in the Amazon burns on, makes us want to do all we can to help save the lungs of our planet.
We may not be able to get out and help douse the flames, but we can all help out in our own way.
For us, we have pledged to donate ALL profits from orders placed on juvidesigns.com this weekend, directly to the Rainforest Trust and the Rainforest Alliance.
This means that when you purchase a piece of Juvi, for yourself, for a friend or for a special occasion, you too are making a big difference towards saving our beautiful rainforest.
Alternatively, you can donate directly to the Rainforest Trust or the Rainforest Alliance.
Together, we can all make a difference.
This month we are celebrating the beautiful olive green August birthstone – Peridot. This stunning stone is redolent of this time of year, as although we are still enjoying the Summer, the seasons are letting us know that Autumn is on the way. And just like the leaves changing, the green of the Peridot features a glimmer of gold – a sign of what’s to come.
Its striking colour has also earned it the moniker “the evening emerald”.
Peridot is one of two gemstones formed in molten rock (its counterpart is the Diamond), and is created by the immense surge of power during earthquakes or volcanoes. However, the basic form of Peridot, known as Olivine was found in the samples returned by the Stardust Space Probe in 2006 and traces have even been found on the Moon. This stone is simply out of this world.
Peridot comes with its own set of powerful characteristics – with strength at its core. It’s believed that the wearer will benefit from increased power and influence, rejuvenating personal awareness and wellbeing. And when set in gold, it gives the added benefit of protection from nightmares.
For a personal gift for the August baby in your life, check out our Initials Collection – team up initials with a beautiful Peridot drop stone, matching rings also available in gold and silver.
Peridot August Birthstone Stacking Ring
Peridot August Birthstone Pendant
There is something so lovely about being noticed for the love and care you put into your work. So when we found out we had been shortlisted the Irish Made Awards with Irish Country Magazine, we were over the moon.
We have been nominated in the Jewellery Category, along with some of the most talented jewellery designers in the country and we are truly honoured to be sitting alongside such incredible craftspeople.
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The winner will be announced on the 26th September – we will be giving live coverage from the event on our Instagram stories, so you will be first to know who the winners are.
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Are you fiery and passionate, a born leader with an unstoppable zest for life? Then odds are that you are a fearless July baby and your birthstones are the breathtakingly vibrant carnelian and ruby. Burning bright as the colours from a summer bonfire, these orange and red gemstones both reflect the personality of the wearer and empower them by enhancing their strongest character traits.
Known as a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage, Carnelian has been worn by great warriors and leaders throughout history as it emboldens the wearer to push their limits and strive in the face of adversity. In ancient Egypt, Carnelian was called “the setting sun.” In its orange hues, they identified it with the receptive or passive female energies, and associated it with the fertile menstrual blood of the mother goddess, Isis. In its red, red-orange to reddish brown shades, they considered it the active male energy stone, recognized by its glowing vibrant color. Carnelian is traditionally worn to enhance passion, love, and desire.
Ruby on the other hand, the more well-known of these two striking July birthstones is a deep red or bold magenta toned gemstone that for centuries has been a prized jewel all over the world, particularly in Asia. According to Hindu legend, the glowing fire within rubies burned so hot that they allegedly boiled water and shone so bright that even the thickest clothing and could not hide its gleaming glory. Similar to carnelian, the ruby is a stone of passion and desire and are considered in certain cultures to be the perfect gemstone for weddings as it promotes faithful passionate commitment and closeness between a couple.
So whether you need a burst of courage heading into a job interview or the heat of romantic passion in your life, these blazing July gemstones could be just what you’re looking for. Here are some our favourite Juvi pieces featuring these brilliant birthstones:
Boho Bamboo Ring in Ruby and Gold Vermeil
Initials Birthstone in Carnelian and Gold Vermeil
Seadrop Earrings in Ruby and Sterling Silver