November’s Birthstone – Citrine

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

October’s Birthstone – Pink Tourmaline

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:

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Sterling Silver Pink Tourmaline October Birthstone Charm

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Sterling Silver Pink tourmaline October Stacking Ring 

September’s Birthstone – Lapis Lazuli

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

August Birthstone – Find your power in Peridot

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

€65

Peridot Gold Pendant from Juvi

Peridot August Birthstone Pendant

€49

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

Slow Craftsmanship – Timeless Jewellery

At Juvi, our passion lies in the craft of our pieces. After all, it’s what gets us up in the morning and ignites our creativity.  Working with raw materials, beautiful twinkling gemstones and good old pencil and paper, as we sketch, create and perfect our pieces from simple ideas to beautiful jewellery.

We have the utmost integrity in what we do.  And it all starts with our endless desire to travel.  Every one of our collections has been inspired by a corner of the world that holds a special place in our heart.  From the gentle lapping waves of the Philippine shorelines, to the magical cocoa plantations of Mexico, the awe-inspiring twinkling windows of the tallest skyscrapers of Manhattan – right down to the majestic open skies over Ballinskelligs, right here on the Emerald Isle. 

Travel is as important to us at Juvi as the air we breathe.  It sustains us, it helps us grow, feel inspired and create.  Every trip we take, be it as a family break with our children, to spend some downtime together, or as an excursion to explore and seek out the most beautiful, ethically sourced gemstones, we absorb that little touch of magic of the unknown, the excitement of what’s waiting around the next corner, and always return with pockets full of gemstones and sketchbooks full of designs and ideas for new collections.

Quality is so important to us, especially when it comes to selecting the gemstones for our pieces.  Believe us when we say we pore over the stones that will become part of our collections.  We don’t believe in fast fashion, so our process is slow.  We take our time with the local experts, we drink tea, chat, laugh and scrutinize before we make our selections.

We focus on all factors, from sustainability, the ethical implications, the people on the ground who collect these stones and the expertise used, following years of tradition to hand cut and shape these pieces.  If it has taken the Earth thousands of years to cultivate these stones, we want to respect the process and allow the time to choose them – the earth doesn’t rush things, so either do we.

Metals

Like you, the footprint we cast means a lot to us, so we thread gently, using recyclable materials like gold and silver.  All sterling silver and gold that we use is recycled from jewellery, giftware and electronic industries.

In the plating process we use the finest German plating machinery and solutions at our dedicated plating room at our workshop, allowing us to be in full control of the quality of our plating.  We plate our Sterling Silver jewellery to 3 microns.

Stones

For centuries, the Pink City in India has been known as the epicentre for hand cut gemstones.  Temples throughout India are adorned in beautiful stones, catching every sun ray and adding a majestic feeling to these spectacular structures.  This has led to exceptional expertise over time and the gemstone workers in this part of India are known as the world leaders in their craft. This is why we always look to Jaipur when sourcing our hand cut gemstones.

The difference between machine cut and hand cut gemstones is evident in the finished product.  Machine cut stones have a very manufactured “perfect” finish, whereas the very nature of hand cut gemstones allows for a more organic, unique look – you know that there isn’t an exact stone like it in the world – which we believe makes the stones we use extra special.

Diamonds

At Juvi, we are extremely conscious of the quality of our diamonds and their origination.  We only use the next generation answer to responsible diamonds – CUD or lab grown diamonds.  The lab process imitates the natural process, using high temperatures required to create earth-kind and notably conflict-free diamonds that do not support warlords, invading armies or smugglers, which has become all too common in the International diamond trade.

Like natural diamonds CUD diamond are graded using the same 5 C’s:

1: Cut – referring to a diamonds symmetry and cut

2: Colour – diamonds are graded by the absence of colour

3: Carat – the size and weight of a diamond

4: Clarity – noting the diamond’s unique imperfections

5: Conflict Free Origin – recognizing the above-ground diamond source

The ideal diamond would have a beautiful cut with brilliant sparkle and no imperfections like speckles of grey, brown or any other colours and, of course be conflict free.

Pearls                                                                              At Juvi, we use cultured freshwater pearls that are farmed and created using freshwater mussels.  These pearls are produced in Japan, USA and mostly, China.  Pearls, like diamonds are graded to a series of A Values based on luster (the whiter the better), shape (the rounder the better) and with no inclusions on the surface.

The perfect pearl is perfectly round, gleaming white and with no inclusions.

When you wear your Juvi jewellery we want you to feel gorgeous, but also know that your piece has been made with loving care and expertise.  Take your time choosing the perfect piece – enjoy it forever.

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.

Traditionally the birthstone for the month of April would be a diamond but as we strive to offer affordable luxury pieces, we offer the alternative of the clear quartz gemstone.  So now all the lovely ladies of april have the option to spoil themselves with a sparkling birthstone piece without breaking the bank! Woohoo!

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