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

February’s Birthstone – Amethyst

Billy Ocean once sang ‘Tell me what is the colour of love”. No doubt if he had asked St. Valentine of Terni – after whom Valentine’s Day was named to tell him what the colour of love was, his answer would have been purple. Purple as the shades of amethyst that range from a pale red-violet to a deep violet. Indeed the saint to whom many is associated with the springtime rituals of courtly love had an affinity for amethyst, the birthstone for the month of February in which Valentine’s Day is firmly planted.  St. Valentine was historically reported to have always worn a striking amethyst gemstone ring engraved with the image of cupid. Prior to being associated with St Valentines however, there is a much older, much more mythological tale surrounding this enchanting gemstone.

Bacchus-2According to ancient Greek legend, Dionysus – the greek god of intoxication, ritual madness and wine – was in a very bad mood one day, having just been insulted by a mortal. In his fit of drunken rage, Dionysus declared his wrath on whoever the next mortal to cross his path would be. As unfortunate chance would have it, the next mortal to cross Dionysus’ path was in fact was an innocent and beautiful young maiden named Amethystos who was on her way to pay tribute at the temple of Artemis.

 

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True to his word and blinded by anger, Dionysus set his wrath upon the poor girl by unleashing his two guardian tigers to attack her. The goddess Artemis seeing this, launched into swift action to protect the girl from the horrific death of being mauled to pieces by the tigers claws and turned the girl into a statue of pure crystalline quartz. While Artemis’ quick intervention spared the girl from her bloody fate, the girl was now unfortunately doomed to be a statue for the rest of her days. Emerging suddenly from his drunken fury and seeing the consequences of his brash actions, Dionysus felt immediate remorse. Grief overcame him and tears of wine streamed from his eyes. As he wept for the girl, his tears fell upon the girls crystalline figure and stained it purple. And so it came to pass that this purple crystal was called Amethyst in tribute to the young maiden Amethystos and her story.

Now knowing the legendary tale behind this exquisite gemstone, perhaps it makes a little more sense then that one of the key abilities of Amethyst is said to be to help the wearer ward off drunkenness. A little way perhaps that Amethystos helps to protect others from the alcohol triggered fate she herself had befallen. Aside from maintaining sobriety, Amethyst is also a stone very closely linked to the divine realm and thus it often is able to help the wearer achieve an enhanced meditative state and peace of mind.

So whether you’re recovering from a mad night out, been invited out with your boss for drinks or simply want to feel a little more connected to the energies around you, it could be useful to have a little Amethyst on hand.

 

Here are a few of our favourite Amethyst Juvi pieces:

Antibes Glamour Puss Pendant in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil

Antibes Glamour Puss Pendant in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil

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Boho Sway Me Earrings in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil

Manhattan Bracelet in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil 

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

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

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

February’s Birthstone – Amethyst

Billy Ocean once sang ‘Tell me what is the colour of love”. No doubt if he had asked St. Valentine of Terni – after whom Valentine’s Day was named to tell him what the colour of love was, his answer would have been purple. Purple as the shades of amethyst that range from a pale red-violet to a deep violet. Indeed the saint to whom many is associated with the springtime rituals of courtly love had an affinity for amethyst, the birthstone for the month of February in which Valentine’s Day is firmly planted.  St. Valentine was historically reported to have always worn a striking amethyst gemstone ring engraved with the image of cupid. Prior to being associated with St Valentines however, there is a much older, much more mythological tale surrounding this enchanting gemstone.

Bacchus-2According to ancient Greek legend, Dionysus – the greek god of intoxication, ritual madness and wine – was in a very bad mood one day, having just been insulted by a mortal. In his fit of drunken rage, Dionysus declared his wrath on whoever the next mortal to cross his path would be. As unfortunate chance would have it, the next mortal to cross Dionysus’ path was in fact was an innocent and beautiful young maiden named Amethystos who was on her way to pay tribute at the temple of Artemis.

 

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True to his word and blinded by anger, Dionysus set his wrath upon the poor girl by unleashing his two guardian tigers to attack her. The goddess Artemis seeing this, launched into swift action to protect the girl from the horrific death of being mauled to pieces by the tigers claws and turned the girl into a statue of pure crystalline quartz. While Artemis’ quick intervention spared the girl from her bloody fate, the girl was now unfortunately doomed to be a statue for the rest of her days. Emerging suddenly from his drunken fury and seeing the consequences of his brash actions, Dionysus felt immediate remorse. Grief overcame him and tears of wine streamed from his eyes. As he wept for the girl, his tears fell upon the girls crystalline figure and stained it purple. And so it came to pass that this purple crystal was called Amethyst in tribute to the young maiden Amethystos and her story.

Now knowing the legendary tale behind this exquisite gemstone, perhaps it makes a little more sense then that one of the key abilities of Amethyst is said to be to help the wearer ward off drunkenness. A little way perhaps that Amethystos helps to protect others from the alcohol triggered fate she herself had befallen. Aside from maintaining sobriety, Amethyst is also a stone very closely linked to the divine realm and thus it often is able to help the wearer achieve an enhanced meditative state and peace of mind.

So whether you’re recovering from a mad night out, been invited out with your boss for drinks or simply want to feel a little more connected to the energies around you, it could be useful to have a little Amethyst on hand.

 

Here are a few of our favourite Amethyst Juvi pieces:

Antibes Glamour Puss Pendant in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil

Antibes Glamour Puss Pendant in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil

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Boho Sway Me Earrings in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil

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Boho Meet in the Middle Bracelet in Amethyst and Gold Vermeil 

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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