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.

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

January’s Birthstone – Garnet

A new year is a time for new beginnings, the opening of a brand new chapter in the story. It seems then oh so fitting that our birthstone for the month of January is the intensely blood red gemstone, garnet. Said to represent the primordial fire from which the creation of the universe was born out of chaos, we could not think of a more positive stone to kickstart the new year with.

The sultry shade of red found in this beautiful gemstone always reminds me of the colour of lipstick worn by the femme fatales in noir detective films and for good reason as garnet is said to be stone of great energy, intimacy, love and passion. So if you’re looking for love in the new year, be sure to slip on that garnet ring on your nights out to give you that extra boost of romantic confidence!

The confidence and passion boosting properties of Garnet however are not only limited to the realm of romance, but is great for pushing you forward and giving you that extra drive in your work life. If you’ve got big goals set for your career in the coming year, Garnet is definitely the stone to get you up and going on them! We’ll certainly be wearing our fair share of garnet this month as we start moving on our big 2019 plans and we look forward to having you join us every step of the way. Happy New Year!

 

Here are some of our favourite Garnet pieces:

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Garnet January Stacking Ring

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Garnet January Birthstone Charm in Sterling Silver


Manhattan Gold Vermeil Pendant with Garnet

December’s Birthstone – Turquoise

I remember going swimming in the local swimming pool as a child. I remember holding my breath under the water and cautiously opening my eyes in the chlorinated water to take in the somewhat blurry image of my surroundings. Aside from the sight of an odd pair of pale legs connecting to the surface of the water, I saw nothing but blue.

Looking out toward the deeper end of the pool I saw a richer, darker shade of blue – the mysterious unknown from which I could imagine the shadow of a great white shark suddenly swimming towards me. I found much more comfort in the turquoise shade of blue that enveloped my own nice shallow end of the pool. I knew that here I was safe, that here I was in control and that I was protected.

It came as no surprise to me then in my encounter with gemstones that the bright blue turquoise gemstone has been considered by many ancient civilizations to be a divine stone of luck, strength and protection. Aside from giving the wearer a uniquely bright and positive splash of colour to their wardrobe, this gorgeous December birthstone is also said to be a great stone for travellers as it help to protect the wearer on their journeys and keep them safe from evils and misfortunes along the way such as being pickpocketed or physical accidents.

So whether you’re planning a big trip away, want to avoid any bad juju or just want to add some eye catching colour to your outfit, turquoise could be the stone for you!

 

Here are some of our top picks of turquoise Juvi pieces:

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Boho Little Bean in Sterling Silver and Turquoise

 

Turquoise December Birthstone Charm in Gold Vermeil

 

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Turquoise Large Oval Necklace with Side Piece

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

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