TURNING NATURE INTO TREASURES
Juno Stone and Silver is the passionate endeavour to indulge my aesthetic sensitivities and deep affection for the natural world using gemstones and pure handmade silver.
At Juno, you can trust that you'll have a personal, connected experience
Lovely to meet you, I am the founder of Juno Stone & Silver.
Juno Stone and Silver brings you my creations. My name is Marli and I am the artist-designer-photographer of the beauties you'll find here on my website.
I feel like artistic expression permeates every aspect of my life and (I hope) the jewellery reflects influences of my life journey so far.
Growing up immersed in the raw beauty of the Far South Coast of NSW, influenced by the natural vibrancy of Byron Bay where I live now, and my family’s convenient love affair with Mother India.
By pairing the potency of raw and the elegance of the finest faceted stones with 98-100% Pure Thai Hill Tribe Silver we create one of a kind pieces with a distinct and unique style.
With every piece, I try to create organically, uncompromising to trends - ensuring pieces that will bring you joy for life.
Quotes from Marli
Get to know the creator of Juno Stone and Silver, Marli Funston. These are some inspiring quotes from her to help show you the personal touch that comes into creating this jewellery.
I don’t want to get away from the handmade bespoke pieces. I feel like that is the quintessential essence of Juno. Sure, I could get my designs made in overseas for the fraction of the price but its my favourite part of the process! Its my happy place.
People ask me what I’m going to do next, where I want to take Juno.
The truth is, I love how things are.
I work for myself; I make enough, I don’t want to work more; I want to have enough time in the day to do yoga and take the dogs to the beach!
I was always a messy creative kid, ensconced in my own bubble. You could find me hiding under things, talking to hermit crabs, making daisy chains while my mum gardened, digging warrens for my Yowie characters in the dirt (Yowies were life there for a while (and chocolate that they came in still is)).
I was always covered in mud, stains and grass ticks.
I wanted to be right up close to things, to see them in the closest detail, as you can imagine - this is how I’d always end up absolutely filthy.
I love the one to one with all my customers. I genuinely feel like I know some of these people I’ve never met. I know intimate details about their lives and they know about mine.
I’ve even been sent little gifts of chocolates, essential oils and photographs.
HOW Marli MAKEs Juno JEWELLERY
I travel overseas twice a year (when possible) to handpick stone and have them cut, drilled, faceted and calibrated.
I'm sure to only deal with reputable, trustworthy suppliers, making sure to see the conditions the workers before doing business
Making + Designing
When it comes to allocating a raw or calibrated stone to a setting (in the set rings and earrings) I feel like the process is about listening to the story that each stone brings and instinctively pairing it with a style or setting that complements it in the best possible way. Sometimes this means a simple, uncomplicated setting, sometimes this mean drawing up a whole new design for just that single stone!
I guess the process is a sort of tuning in, a listening, an intuiting. Bringing the elements together in not only an aesthetic way but also a harmonious way. Some gemstones just don’t like to be together and it’s about listening to them.
That’s not to say I don’t get it wrong sometimes. Occasionally I will have to take a whole piece apart or something arrives from my silversmiths and looks like a dog’s breakfast/Franken-ring (because their usually very accurate interpretation of my drawings just Did. Not. Work).
Once finished, some items head to the market stock and some head over to be photographed for the online stores.
I take all the photographs of the jewels and SO enjoy this part of the process. Finding the perfect setting for the piece is very satisfying. Spending time in this macro, fine detail world is very satisfying to my nature.
I like to use models that show off the natural beauty of the stones. I feel like fake eyelashes and tans, or even brightly painted nails don't sit harmoniously with the organic nature of the jewellery.
I do my best to take photos that accurately portray the true colour, texture and dimensions of the piece.
After this I upload the items to our online stores!
There could be nothing worse than receiving your most coveted new jewellery and it's been squashed on its way to you!
I lovingly wrap your Juno purchase as safely and eco friendly as possible to ensure it makes it's way to you through the brutal worldwide postal service undamaged.
Each piece is thoughtfully gift wrapped, even if its just for you, because I believe when we buy jewellery for ourselves we are honouring ourselves and our femininity with a present that says 'I love you'.
Praise and Testimonials
I am beyond thrilled with this ring. I am a Reiki Healer and I would say my Reiki Healing has increased by 10% with this amazing ring, there was such an energy from when I first opened it. Customer service was terrific and postage super fast. I can't wait until my next purchase.
Melody | Cobaltion calcite ring
This is such a gorgeous bracelet Marli. So much more beautiful and sparkly than in the photo. I put it on when it came and plan to keep wearing it. I love it. Thank you for the super speedy shipping.
Meredith | Tourmaline bracelet
My Husband purchased this ring for me for Mother’s Day. I only buy gemstones from Marli, the quality is amazing. My collection of Marli ‘s stones has now grown to over 28 pieces and IT WILL KEEP GROWING!!! Marli is a unique and professional young woman with exquisite design in her jewelry. Thank you Marli Hannah