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

Time For Action

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.

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

Irish Made Awards 2019 – Vote For Us!

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.

We Need Your Help

As the winner will be determined from a public vote, we would love it if you could spare a moment to give us a little click.  Your support means the world to us and allows us to keep doing what makes us happiest, so if you love our jewellery, we’d love your Vote.

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.

Thank you!

Vote Juvi Here

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.

Introducing JuviGems – Loyalty Made Lovely

Treating yourself or someone special to a beautiful piece of Juvi?  Well, we have a special gift for you!

Introducing JuviGems. 

Every time you order a piece of Juvi jewellery through our website, we will reward you with 10% back in the form of JuviGems.  Collect JuviGems each time you make a purchase and then you can put them towards a special piece.

Earn 1 JuviGem for every €10 you spend! 

How it works…

All you have to do is set up and log into your Juvi Gem Box account each time you order a gorgeous new piece of Juvi.

JuviGems are the perfect way to save up for an extra special piece, complete a collection (yes, we caught you eyeing up that Manhattan pendant) or pick up a gift for that important person in your life. If you are buying gifts for your Bridesmaids, you could earn enough JuviGems to treat yourself (or the Mother of the Bride – you know she deserves it) to something special.

You can even earn JuviGems for yourself when you purchase a Juvi gift voucher – giving you a treat everytime you want to gift a friend!

Setting up your account is super easy. Simply click here and you will be all set in less than 60 seconds!

Happy shopping!

 

T&C’s Apply:  JuviGems are not valid against sale products or other special offers. JuviGems must be used towards complete orders, split payment does not apply. JuviGems can only be earned and redeemed on online orders, not valid to collect or spend on in store purchases. 

 

Behind The Scenes on our Manhattan A/W Photoshoot

Wow! We are still reeling from the launch of our new A/W Manhattan Collection photo shoot.

Shot on location in the heart of the Big Apple, right in the epicenter of where the inspiration for the collection was born.

This collection pays homage to the city that never sleeps, with a special hat tip to the chic and sophisticated art deco scene.

Featuring beautiful handcut gemstones like Iolite, Amethyst, Labradorite, Garnet & Moonstone, the Manhattan Collection captures the iconic architecture of high rise, glittering windows in a city where anything can happen.

Check out the full collection here.

 

Huge thanks to our incredible team, who created magic on the streets of Manhattan as the sun came up.

Photographer: Alex Hutchinson

Stylist: Courtney Smith

Makeup: Julianna Grogan

Hair: Clara Leonard

Videographer: Edelle Kenny

Model: Sija Titko

Juvi Marketing and Business Development Internship

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Hey There! 

We are very excited to announce that we are expanding our lovely little Juvi Team and currently looking for a very special someone to fill a Marketing and Business Development internship position with the lead on opportunity to become our brand new Marketing and Business Development Executive!

 

About Juvi

Juvi Designs are an award winning Irish jewellery brand, founded by duo Julie Danz and Vincent Tynan. Inspired by the couple’s love of travel, nature and colour, each Juvi collection embodies the spirit of wanderlust and each piece is a story brought home.  With our modest price point and dedication to quality, Juvi brings a unique brand of affordable luxury to the irish jewellery market and we are excited to broaden our horizons to the international market in the near future. This is where you come in.

 

About the Job

At Juvi we understand that behind every great brand is a passionate, skilled super-team; and we are looking one talented individual who is mad about marketing and business development to join ours! The position is a 3 month unpaid internship with travel allowance as a lead up to a possible 30 hour per week paid position thereafter.

As we are an ever growing company, things are never dull or boring in our office and we’re always planning new events, collections and creative marketing methods. If you’re born strategist with an eye for innovative marketing trends, research and market analysis then we would love to hear from you!

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Managing, updating and expanding Juvi’s contact databases (gathering, validating and qualifying contact lists).
  • Coordinating marketing materials for events and promotional campaigns alongside our Creative Media Manager.
  • Conducting research on target customers and new media advertising platforms
  • Compiling and analysing data from marketing campaigns
  • Identifying areas of growth, retention, and awareness that can be reached via our channels using our CMS, CRM, facebook reporting, google analytics and website reporting and analyses
  • Preparing sales data from website reports
  • Staying up to date on advertising trends and constructing strategic media buying plans
  • Working with our Creative Media Manager to draft press releases
  • Developing and conducting customer surveys

About You

  1. Has a Degree in marketing, business development, and/or similar
  2. An adept and tenacious researcher with an eye for marketing trends
  3. You have previous experience using CMS, CRM software and google analytics
  4. A complex problem solver, able to prioritize multiple projects at once and meet their deadlines
  5. Fluent in English – both written and oral
  6. Previous experience working on national or international scale marketing campaigns an advantage but not essential
  7. Strong Microsoft Office skills  (particularly in Microsoft Excel)
  8. Are a passionate individual with a mind for marketing strategy and opportunity planning

Get in touch!

Hello, is it you we’re looking for? If you think you think you are, then kindly send your CV and cover letter to kim@juvidesigns.com. Looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully welcoming you into the Juvi family!