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.

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 

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