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

 

TURQUOISE LARGE OVAL NECKLACE WITH SIDE PIECE

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

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

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Egadi Teardrop Earrings in Gold Vermeil and Turquoise

TURQUOISE LARGE OVAL NECKLACE WITH SIDE PIECE

Turquoise Large Oval Necklace with Side Piece

Juvi’s Top 5 Summer Destinations

Love travelling? So do we! Want to satisfy your wanderlust or simply indulge in a much needed break under the warm summer sun? Then keep reading to check out our top 5 summer destination picks here and then just pick your paradise.

1. The Aegadian Islands

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Located off the northwest coast of Sicily, the stunning Aegadian Islands which inspired our wonderful Egadi collection consists of three main islands: Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. With its small population of only 5,000 scattered across the 3 islands, it’s a hidden holiday gem not known to many non-Italians. Life on the islands moves at a slower, more laid back pace, which is excellent if you’re looking a peaceful spot for a little rest and relaxation. The Aegadian islands is an amazing place to retreat into a world of simplicity and even offers a throwback to simpler days in the human ancestry as tourists can visit caves featuring wall paintings dating back to Prehistoric times on the islands of Levanzo and Favignana.

2. Antibes

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Having talked about the islands that inspired our Egadi collection how could we not also talk about the holiday destination that inspired our much loved Antibes collection. Situated on the extraordinary Côte d’Azur, between Niceand Cannes and overlooking the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, Antibes has been a source of inspiration not only for us but many artists from around the world including the legendary Pablo Picasso, whose works are proudly exhibited at his one-time home, Grimaldi Castle there. The Old town of Antibes, with its cobblestone streets, quaint little boutiques and fresh food stalls is one of the key highlights of Antibes, as it so wonderfully embodies the rich essence of an old Mediterranean City, a wonderful experience for all that visit it.

3. Ibiza

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We all know Ibiza for its world renowned reputation as the ultimate party destination, and with its sun-kissed beaches and incredible performance venues that have hosted many world famous DJs, we really can’t disagree. However Ibiza isn’t just a getaway paradise for clubbers and ravers, Ibiza town is a wonderful place for anybody looking to soak up and explore the local culture as well. The impressive seven bastioned ramparts surrounding Dalt Vila are a popular heritage site for tourists as these walls are not only rich with stories but also serve as a common venue for many of the town’s social and cultural events.

4. Lombok

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Lombok, a breath-taking island just east of Bali and west of Sumbawa in Indonesia offers a holiday experience not to be missed. Graced with white sandy beaches and clear blue reefs that are perfect for snorkeling as well as being home to the world’s second highest volcano, Gunung Rinjani, Lombok is no doubt the island adventure that you’ve been dreaming of. For a unique, once in a lifetime experience you could even get a quick boat ride out to Gili Meno, just off the coast of Lombok , where you can check out the island’s turtle sanctuary where turtle conservationists frequently release young turtles into wild after 8 months of nurturing for them to increase their chances of survival.

5. Berlin

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Ah Berlin, the vibrant and lively capital of Germany and home to Julie’s talented sister Mariechen Danz who is currently making waves in the European art scene, it truly is a remarkable place. If you’re someone who enjoys being in the juxtaposing heart of history and modernity, then Berlin is the place for you! Featuring an incredible number of galleries and museums such as the Neues Museum which showcases some of the most valuable historical exhibits from around the world, as well as a plethora of sleek cafés, restaurants and shopping venues, Berlin is the epitome of old meets new. For things to do in Berlin, we highly recommend visiting the local weekend flea markets like the ones at Marheinekeplatz or Rathaus Schöneberg, you never know what treasures you might find!