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 

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

March’s Birthstone – Aqua Chalcedony

Whether or not you think you’d classify as an impulsive person, most of us have had an experience where we’ve gotten hotheaded and said something we wish we hadn’t. More often than not we’ve discovered for ourselves that words can hurt so much more than any physical blow. It’s in these kind of scenarios that the calming properties of this month’s pale blue birthstone lends the most aid.

Known as the ‘Speaker’s Stone’, Aqua Chalcedony 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. 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

Our Top 7 Little Gestures for Valentines Day

With only one day to go to February the 14th, what have you got planned to do on this Valentines Day? A romantic candlelit meal out in one of your favourite restaurants? A quiet snuggly night in, curled up together on the couch with chocolates and a good ol’ lovey dovey movie? Or maybe you and your significant other have no particular plans set out yet at all?

Either way if you’re looking for a few sweet little ideas to add onto your Valentines Day, here are our top 7 little gestures to make your partner feel that extra bit special this Valentines Day.

1. A Dozen Roses With a Twist

  • rosesThe age old tradition of giving someone special a bouquet of red roses as a sign of romantic affection is indeed a lovely one. But how about making it that extra bit unique this Valentines Day and show your partner just how special they are to you by instead giving them a bouquet of eleven red roses and one white rose. Attach a lovingly handwritten note that says: “In every bunch there’s one who stands out—and you are that one.”

 

2. Bubbles and bubbly

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  • Sometimes the simplest gestures are the most thoughtful. As Valentines Day falls on a weekday this year, perhaps a nice idea would be to surprise your partner when they come home after work to a nice hot bubble bath and a glass of chilled prosecco (or a nice cold can of beer). It’d be a lovely treat to come home and unwind to at the end of a long day and it’s so easy to do!

 

3. A little box of memories

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  • Here at Juvi we absolutely love stories and memories and believe they hold a truly special place in a person’s heart, the value of which all the treasures and riches of the world could never match. So giving a little box of memories, telling the story of your relationship is probably one of the most amazing and beautiful gestures you could give to your significant other. Buy a nice box, perhaps a cute little wooden one or even a simple gift box and fill it with things like tickets from your last movie date, photographs of when you went on holidays together and a reference to an inside joke you both might share. It’s a wonderfully sentimental and meaningful way to look back on your relationship together and let your significant other know how much you’ve appreciated your time together.

 

4. Do something neither of you has ever done before

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  • Whether its going roller-skating, trying some kind of new exotic cuisine or a couples spa package do something totally new to both of you. Creating new experiences together is one of the most amazing and fun things about being in a relationship and far too often in the mad mix of maintaining our work, family and social lives we slip into a comfortable routine and stop being adventurous. This Valentines Day, take the plunge with your loved one and venture into previously uncharted territory – hey you might even find something brand new that you have in common.

 

5. Show them how proud you are of them beautiful young couple

  • Everyone likes to feel like they’re valuable to the people around them and a little appreciation goes a long way. This is perhaps one of the smallest gestures on our list but it is incredibly effective and important. Whether its around your families or your friends, compliment your significant other and talk with pride about them, make them blush. Remind them how wonderful you think they are and that you’re not afraid to say it to the people around you.

 

6. Relive your first date

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  • Toss back Tuesday anybody? I think we all love that giddy feeling of being on a first date with someone you like. The butterflies in your tummy when they move a little closer to you, the flushes of colour on your face and the funny awkward lulls in the conversation when you’re both too shy to say anything. Whether you were high school sweethearts or are a new-found romance, revisiting your first date together is a ton of fun and no doubt reliving the experience now that you’ve got to know each other better, you’ll find plenty to laugh about as you recount that first dizzying date together.

 

7. A meaningful token of affection

  • Lets face it, we all love getting a good gift. And the best gifts are the ones that hold a specific meaning and symbolism to us. Perhaps it symbolises your kindred, entwined spirit like our hearts entwined bracelet and necklace does or perhaps it reflects your united strength and unique natural qualities like having both your birthstones side by side on a chain. If you like any of these gift ideas or are looking for more be sure to check out our Juvi gift guide HERE 

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Have a wonderful Valentines Day!

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Featured Gemstone – Pink Tourmaline

Are you a mother, a carer, a romantic or simply someone with a passion for pink and a soft spot for the 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:

Gold Cenote Bangle with Pink Tourmaline

Gold Cenote Bangle with Pink Tourmaline

 

Pink Tourmaline and silver birthstone

Sterling Silver Pink Tourmaline October Birthstone Charm

Gold Tulum Earrings with Pink Tourmaline

Gold Tulum Earrings with Pink Tourmaline

 

Featured Gemstone – 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 2016 goals list. Perhaps now as the days get shorter and the air gets colder, 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 introspective 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. As such many ancient Egyptian Kings, Queens and High Priests have been found to be buried in tombs inlaid 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 you’re ever sitting for an important exam or learning a new skill.

Whether you’re a September baby looking for your birthstone, you want to utilise the fascinating wisdom and truth enhancing properties of Lapis Lazuli 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 top Lapis Lazuli picks:

Glamour Puss Earrings

Antibes Glamour Puss Earrings in Lapis Lazuli and Gold Vermeil

Boho Bamboo Bracelet

Boho Bamboo Bracelet in Lapis Lazuli and Gold Vermeil

Lapis Lazuli Stacking ring

Lapis Lazuli September Stacking Ring in Gold Vermeil

Featured Gemstone – Green Amethyst

August is already upon us, and the featured gemstone this month is green amethyst, or prasiolite as it is sometimes referred to. The word prasiolite comes from the Greek meaning leek-green. Green amethyst is pale (or leek) green in colour and is formed by applying intense heat (about 150 degrees Celsius) to purple amethyst. The heat reacts with the stone, causing it to change colour. Green amethyst has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. The Mohs scale is used to measure the scratch resistance of various minerals. Considering iron has a hardness of 5 on the Mohs scale, a green amethyst piece of jewellery is very long lasting!

 

Green amethyst is known to bring prosperity to the wearer’s life, and is also a symbol of good luck and fortune. They are also known for balancing emotions, and they help keep you grounded.

 

Below are some Juvi beauties that feature green amethyst:

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Cocoa Pod Baja Pendant in gold and green amethyst, €95

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Cocoa Pod Cozumel Bracelet in gold, green amethyst and pink tourmaline, €99

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Cocoa Pod Lago Ring in sterling silver and green amethyst, €95