July’s Birthstones – Carnelian and Ruby

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:

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Boho Bamboo Ring in Ruby and Gold Vermeil

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Initials Birthstone in Carnelian and Gold Vermeil

Web Res Seadrop Hook Earrings in Silver and Ruby

Seadrop Earrings in Ruby and Sterling Silver

June’s Birthstones – Moonstone and Pearl

The longer days and bright colours of summer in June really are breath-taking and give you a definite pep in your step when you leave the house in the morning, but what I always love in June are those lovely mild, romantic summer nights. As though in ode to these stunning clear June evenings, the two birthstones for this dreamy moonlit month are the opalescent pearl and moonstone.

 

Both pearls and moonstones have a gorgeous feminine softness to them and have an association with love, purity and the moon. According to Hindu mythology for instance, pearls were said to be teardrops of the moon that fell into the sea, and were picked by Krishna for his daughter on her wedding day. Meanwhile, moonstone is said to carry the the energy of the new moon at the height of its power, stimulating psychic perception, vision and dream work. Within Chinese culture, moonstone is also believed to be the perfect expression of the feminine yin energy, granting the wearer of moonstone calm, peace and balance in their lives.

 

Being so romantic and magical in their own ways, moonstone and pearls definitely bring out the hopeless romantic and midnight dreamer in us and we love it!

 

Here are but a few of our favourite Juvi pearl and moonstone pieces:

 

SILVER TRIANGLE PEARL EARRINGS

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CORAL SEADROP EARRINGS IN GOLD AND MOONSTONE

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PEARL BRACELET WITH STERLING SILVER LOOSE TWIST LINKS

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GOLD MOONSTONE JUNE STACKING RING

 

May’s Birthstone – Green Onyx

With it’s deep, rich and confident shade of green, whether set in luxurious gold or sparkling silver green onyx is a gemstone that always makes an impact. Found in warm temperate countries such as Brazil, India and Uruguay this vibrant stone is said to bring great mental, physical and spiritual benefits to it’s wearer. One of the most widespread beliefs about the benefits of green onyx is that it is a magnificent stone for combating stress and fortifying the wearer’s mind against emotional turmoil.

Historically, it has been reported that such legendary benefits were utilised by cultures around the world as green onyx has been widely used in the crafting of ancient talismans and amulets to protect the wearer from evil intent and dark magic. On a physically therapeutic level, it has also been rumoured that regular use and wearing of this stunning stone may help sufferers of high blood pressure, abdomen related illnesses or skin diseases to cope with their symptoms.

So whether you need to chill out and fortify your mental stability or seek some respite from an onslaught of gastric pains, green onyx may be the stone to look to! Here are some of our favourite gorgeous Green Onyx pieces:

 

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Cocoa Pod Lago Ring in Green Onyx and Gold Vermeil €105

Seadrop Pendant in Green Onyx and Sterling Silver €69

Cocoa Pod Tulum Earrings in Green Onyx and Gold Vermeil €75

April’s Birthstone – Clear Quartz

Ah at last, spring is finally beginning to appear; the sun peeps bashfully through the clouds, not so much that you could start working on your tan but just enough to catch the sparkle on that beautiful clear quartz Juvi ring of yours. And right now, couldn’t we all do with a little extra sparkle in our lives?

Which brings us to our gemstone of the month, the stone of April babies, Clear Quartz.

Clear quartz in itself is a remarkable gemstone and has been regarded highly by cultures all over the world. In ancient Japanese mythology for instance, clear quartz was believed to have been created by the breath of a white dragon and signified perfection. Regarded by many as the ‘Universal Crystal’ for its incredible usefulness and the fact that all colours of the light spectrum can be contained within it, clear quartz is truly unique in its depth and beauty. Among the many uses of clear quartz is the use of clear quartz gemstones in connecting the spirit to the divine, facilitating healing and bringing strength and clarity to a troubled mind.

Has the story behind the clear quartz gemstone captured you the way it has us? Then here are some of our favourite clear quartz Juvi pieces for you to feast your eyes upon:

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CLEAR QUARTZ APRIL BIRTHSTONE CHARM

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CLEAR QUARTZ APRIL STACKING RING

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TINY GEMSTONE STUDS IN GOLD AND CLEAR QUARTZ

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CLEAR QUARTZ FACETED NECKLACE WITH PEACH QUARTZ SIDE AND DISCS

A Message From Julie & Vincent

We really hope you and yours are keeping well and staying healthy.

After the strangest few months, with some scary times, we are delighted to let you know that we are now back in action. We would like to thank all of our fantastic customers for their support, understanding and patience over the past few months – it means so much to us that you chose us to help spread joy and keep love & good thoughts alive with Juvi gifts for your loved ones. We have been so blown away by the messages we have received, your words of support have really helped us keep or heads up and working harder than ever.

 

Our workshop is now back in action, with our tight team working together while adhering to social distancing measures – even the dogs have returned to their regular spots lazing on the office floor. Our Silversmiths are also back in action, so after having a very silent workshop over the past few months, the sounds of hammers, saws and drills now fills the air again…it’s fantastic!

Our stores in Arnotts & Brown Thomas, Cork are also back to business and our teams at both stores are excited to help you find your perfect piece.

Once again, thank you so, so much for all your support, for thinking and shopping local when Irish businesses need it most.  As Leo said “we are all in this together” and together, we’ll grow stronger than ever.

Stay safe and stay well.

Julie & Vincent x

March’s Birthstone – Aqua Chalcedony

This ethereal coloured stone naturally evokes feelings of calm, crystal shores.  The most popular gemstone in the Juvi jewellery box, we cannot resist this beautiful stone – so you will find it in almost every one of our collections.  Known as the Stone of Creativity, Aqua Chalcedony is believed to help the wearer find inspiration, its calming energy creating a better flow between body and mind.

Aqua Chalcedony is also known as the ‘Speaker’s Stone’, as it keeps the wearer attuned toward the emotions of those around them and helps them to measure their words in a clear, level-headed manner when faced with conflict or aggression. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that Aqua Chalcedony is said to be closely connected with the Throat Chakra.  Widely regarded as a nurturing stone, this translucent gemstone also helps to promote feelings of brotherhood and goodwill by absorbing negative energies between people.  On a physical level, its uniquely calming characteristics is said to aid restless sleepers and protect them from night terrors, sleep paralysis and sleep walking.

Given all the amazing properties of this gemstone in tandem with how beautifully it compliments Irish skin tones, it’s not hard to see why Aqua Chalcedony is Juvi’s best-selling gemstone! Check out some of our favourite Aqua Chalcedony pieces here:

 

Manhattan Swing Earrings in Aqua Chalcedony and Gold Vermeil

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Gold Vermeil Atoll Ring in Moonstone, Aqua Chalcedony and Clear Quartz

Sterling Silver Tulum Pendant with Cocoa Pod Charm and Aqua Chalcedony

COCOA POD TULUM PENDANT IN AQUA CHALCEDONY AND STERLING SILVER

February’s Birthstone – Amethyst

Billy Ocean once sang ‘Tell me what is the colour of love”. No doubt if he had asked St. Valentine of Terni – after whom Valentine’s Day was named to tell him what the colour of love was, his answer would have been purple. Purple as the shades of amethyst that range from a pale red-violet to a deep violet. Indeed the saint to whom many is associated with the springtime rituals of courtly love had an affinity for amethyst, the birthstone for the month of February in which Valentine’s Day is firmly planted.  St. Valentine was historically reported to have always worn a striking amethyst gemstone ring engraved with the image of cupid. Prior to being associated with St Valentines however, there is a much older, much more mythological tale surrounding this enchanting gemstone.

Bacchus-2According to ancient Greek legend, Dionysus – the greek god of intoxication, ritual madness and wine – was in a very bad mood one day, having just been insulted by a mortal. In his fit of drunken rage, Dionysus declared his wrath on whoever the next mortal to cross his path would be. As unfortunate chance would have it, the next mortal to cross Dionysus’ path was in fact was an innocent and beautiful young maiden named Amethystos who was on her way to pay tribute at the temple of Artemis.

 

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True to his word and blinded by anger, Dionysus set his wrath upon the poor girl by unleashing his two guardian tigers to attack her. The goddess Artemis seeing this, launched into swift action to protect the girl from the horrific death of being mauled to pieces by the tigers claws and turned the girl into a statue of pure crystalline quartz. While Artemis’ quick intervention spared the girl from her bloody fate, the girl was now unfortunately doomed to be a statue for the rest of her days. Emerging suddenly from his drunken fury and seeing the consequences of his brash actions, Dionysus felt immediate remorse. Grief overcame him and tears of wine streamed from his eyes. As he wept for the girl, his tears fell upon the girls crystalline figure and stained it purple. And so it came to pass that this purple crystal was called Amethyst in tribute to the young maiden Amethystos and her story.

Now knowing the legendary tale behind this exquisite gemstone, perhaps it makes a little more sense then that one of the key abilities of Amethyst is said to be to help the wearer ward off drunkenness. A little way perhaps that Amethystos helps to protect others from the alcohol triggered fate she herself had befallen. Aside from maintaining sobriety, Amethyst is also a stone very closely linked to the divine realm and thus it often is able to help the wearer achieve an enhanced meditative state and peace of mind.

So whether you’re recovering from a mad night out, been invited out with your boss for drinks or simply want to feel a little more connected to the energies around you, it could be useful to have a little Amethyst on hand.

 

Here are a few of our favourite Amethyst Juvi pieces:

Antibes Glamour Puss Pendant in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil

Antibes Glamour Puss Pendant in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil

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Boho Sway Me Earrings in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil

Manhattan Bracelet in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil 

Hello Brown Thomas, Cork!

We are so excited to announce a fantastic new venture for Juvi – our newest store is opening in Brown Thomas, Cork!

We have been busy working on a gorgeous new counter, set in the heart of this iconic store, showcasing Juvi like you have never seen it before (we can’t wait for you to see it!).

Our team are busy getting everything ready and by the end of February 2020, our beautiful new store will open.

But an amazing store, needs an incredible manager, so right now, we are on the search for a fabulous, full-time retail manager with real star quality.

If you love all things sparkly, are a customer service pro, a people person at heart, have expert experience in retail management and customer experience, we would love to hear from you.

Apply today here, or by sending your CV to edel@juvidesigns.com

We can’t wait to hear from you.

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