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

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

Web Res Gold Atoll Ring in Sea Gemstone Combo

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

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:

 

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BOHO TINY DANCER EARRING IN AQUA CHALCEDONY AND STERLING SILVER

Web Res Gold Atoll Ring in Sea Gemstone Combo

GOLD VERMEIL ATOLL RING IN AQUA CHALCEDONY, CLEAR QUARTZ AND MOONSTONE

Sterling Silver Tulum Pendant with Cocoa Pod Charm and Aqua Chalcedony

COCOA POD TULUM PENDANT IN AQUA CHALCEDONY AND STERLING SILVER

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

Featured Gemstone – Ruby

It’s the middle of the summer, bees hover lazily over flowers in full bloom and beautiful golden rays of sun hold everything in a comfortingly cozy embrace. Is it any wonder then that the warm and vibrant Ruby is the birthstone for July?

Rubies, clearly identified by their rich red hue are known to be powerful talismans and symbols of passion, protection, prosperity and vitality. This fiery gemstone has been known to be great for enhancing the wearer’s focus and motivation, and is also categorized as a base or root chakra stone which energizes the wearer by increasing their life-energy (Chi).

This eye-catching gemstone has symbolic roots in several areas of the world, particularly in a number of Asian countries. For instance, in India the ruby is very highly regarded and is known as ‘king of the gemstones’ and ceremonial offerings of rubies to the Hindu gods were said to bring great blessings upon the offerer. Rubies can also be found in regions such as Thailand, Myanmar and Burma.

The ruby being the gemstone of passion and love has definitely captured our hearts and here are some of our favourite ruby Juvi pieces.

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Cocoa Pod Baja Earring in Ruby and Gold Vermeil

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Boho Little Bean Pendant in Ruby and Sterling Silver

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Boho Bamboo Ring In Ruby and Gold Vermeil

Colour Your World

Its summer time ladies! Here at Juvi, we’re massive fans of colours and nothing says summer-lovin’ quite like adding a playful splash of colour to your wardrobe. It can be great fun mixing and matching various colours in your outfit with your accessories, but sometimes it could seem like a fairly arcane art. Thankfully, there are some generally fool-proof guidelines when it comes to colour coordinating outfits and accessories to keep you looking your best.

Like a master chef uses his knowledge of basic flavours to concoct a mouth-watering meal, a savvy outfit coordinator uses their knowledge of basic colours to pair their accessories with their outfits. Firstly, determine the dominant colour of your outfit and locate it on the colour wheel. The colour exactly opposite the dominant colour of your outfit in the colour wheel is the most complimentary colour for your accessories to be.

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For instance, our ruby Egadi pendant and ring look great with this green frilled belt dress from Mango.

Ruby egadi and green dress

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The gorgeous combination of this sunny yellow off the shoulder dress from mango and these lapis lazuli jewellery pieces from our Boho collection pulls together the ultimate summer look.Yellow dress Lapis Boho

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Alternatively, you could use coloured jewellery to add a little character to your more monochrome  outfits. Here we see how our pink tourmaline necklace, earrings and ring can really add a feminine touch to this simple grey stripe textured midi dress by Mango.

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There you have it, be daunted by colour coordination no more! Consult the colour wheel when in doubt and your colour combos can’t go wrong. Happy colour matching!

Featured Gemstone – Aqua Chalcedony

Aqua chalcedony is a highly versatile stone – it is stunning with either gold or silver, and looks great with every skin tone. No wonder it’s our bestselling stone!

There’s much more to aqua chalcedony than just looking pretty. It comes in a few different colours, but the most popular is aqua. It is a member of the Quartz family of gemstones, and is related to rose quartz and amethyst (which you can read about here)

It is a creative stone, and is known to open the mind to new ideas, enhance receptivity and helps the mind generate new ideas.  Everyone is creative in some way, shape or form, so maybe that is why aqua chalcedony is our most popular stone! Interestingly, aqua chalcedony is a good all-round stone for physical throat health. It can help strengthen vocals, and prevent vocal strain. It is also excellent for soothing sore throats and throat infections.

Here are some aqua chalcedony pieces from Juvi:

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Cocoa Pod Tulum Pendant in gold and aqua €89

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Antibes Gold Ring in Aqua and Labradorite €109

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Cocoa Pod Cenote Bangle in Silver and Aqua €139

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes on our Look Book shoot

Last week we shot our amazing new look book – exciting times! We had a bit of a disaster with the weather, and had to change location the day before, but I think we pulled it off – thanks to our great team, and the kind people at South Studios, who took us on last minute!

We wanted the shoot to be fresh, clean and GREEN – so lots of beautiful greenery (from the lovely Sam at Urban Plant Life, such a gent) The new collection is called the Cocoa Pod collection, and you can read all about it here. You can also take a look at the new collection on our website  www.juvidesigns.com or see it in store at Arnotts.

Xpose also popped along to film a bit of the shoot, and do some interviews with us, so keep an eye out for that.

Our amazing team…

Photographer: Emily Charlotte Greene

Stylist: Paloma Feijoo

MUA: Marina Granville

Model: Dorottya Kriszan @ Distinct

Videographer: Kilig Productions

Shot on location at South Studios. Plants supplied by Urban Plant Life

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