Bario Neal x Linder NYC: A Colorful Collaboration

By Constance on November 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm

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Introducing the Bario Neal x Linder NYC Men’s Jewelry Collaboration

Let’s face it, really great man-gifts are hard to find.

Good thing that just in time for the holiday season, the Bario Neal x Linder NYC Jewelry collaboration launches today. This high-concept line, “Mortar” re-imagines men’s jewelry, drawing inspiration from the Linder NYC look, while maintaining the design and craftsmanship of a Bario Neal piece.

Linder NYC is comprised of designers Kirk and Sam, who renovated their Thompson Street store themselves, creating a beautifully minimal and intimate space that frames both the brands they carry and their own line.

When the collection’s main designer, Anna Bario, first sat down with Kirk and Sam of Linder, they talked a lot about “pieces that felt powerful without just being big, and about incorporating color into men’s jewelry, which is pretty uncommon.”
This ethos: a synergy of masculinity + femininity, and innovative use of materials, creates a wholly new picture of men’s jewelry. Earthy and rough-hewn, yet sleek and modern, it can go in any direction, so tomboys and gamine-girls, don’t be shy to drop a piece or two into your current menswear-inspired looks.

How did the Bario Neal x Linder teams get from concept to a final product? Here’s a little visual narrative into how a vision becomes reality:


“I really liked the shapes, and wanted to play up the sort of soft angularity of these weirder forms, sort of like a membrane”   – Anna Bario



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Membrane Shapes provided the initial inspiration for an enameled ring’s first sketch, later changed to cement.


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Cement color samples arranged in the studio

The unisex collaboration fuses metal and cement, an innovative pairing we introduced with our recent I.O Ring design.

“I also wanted to use the cement instead of enamel because the material itself is rather soft in color & texture. I liked the rough materiality of it.” –Anna Bario


bario neal x linder in the studio

Early prototypes go through a rigorous quality control check before moving into production.



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A newly carved wax version of the finalized Mortar ring is ready to be sent to casting.



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The polished and cast rings above undergoing the cementing process, one of the last steps.


Want to see the final results? Discover the finished Mortar Ring + the rest of the Bario Neal x Linder NYC Collection here.  You can also shop our entire line of Men’s Jewelry.

Former Tiffany’s CEO Thinks Gold Isn’t Worth Cost to The Environment

By Constance on November 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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Eleni Kalorkoti/NYTimes

When Gold Isn’t Worth The Price, a recent New York Times OpEd, written by the former CEO of Tiffany starts in the pristine wilderness of Bristol Bay for a good reason. An off-contested swatch of Alaskan wilderness, prized by fisherman and sought after by mining and oil-companies alike, Bristol Bay is again a hot topic as House Republicans, backed by special interests, criticize the EPA’s decision to uphold an order of protection. Simply put, he states that as it stands, gold isn’t worth the impact it has on the environment. The second half of Kowalski’s piece gives a great summary of the overall strategy of what needs to be done in the industry, which coincides with the goals of the upcoming Jewelry Industry Summit. Read more about our involvement in the summit committee and stay tuned to detailed articles once it is underway about how we can make gold mining reduce it’s negative environmental impact.

“No amount of corporate profit or share price value could justify our participation, however indirectly, in the degradation of such indescribable beauty (…) The threat to Bristol Bay exemplifies a far larger issue: the enormous human and environmental cost of irresponsible mining.” –MICHAEL J. KOWALSKI

Learn more about how to protect the Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine.

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Sourcing Spotlight: New Traceable Baguette Diamonds

By Alyssa on November 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm


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Introducing our new Demi-baguette Diamond Band

Fans of the Baguette Diamond, we have really big news! Until now, traceable baguette diamonds were unavailable on the market, but after two years of determined research and collaboration, we can now offer fully traceable, ethical Canadian baguette diamonds. Our technique involves sourcing rough Canadian diamonds, then creating custom cut baguette shapes in a Jeweltree-approved facility in Surat, India. To celebrate this achievement, we proudly announce the re-design of the popular Baguette Eternity Band and the NEW Demi-Baguette band, both featuring our exclusively ethical stones.

A little background on the facility and certification: The Jeweltree Foundation creates rigorous standards for ethics and safety in the industry. Because our baguette cutting and polishing facility has been evaluated by Jeweltree, we know that the company has established strict labor policies. Jeweltree-certified companies ensure that all workers are over 18 and paid a living wage, receive paid vacation, maternity, and sick leave; and are provided a safe, sanitary environment, with proper protective equipment and necessary training.

To compliment these origins, the baguette diamond stands out as one of the most avant-garde diamond cuts. Earning its name for its long, rectangular shape, the French word baguette means “long rod,” from the Latin baculum, meaning “a stick.” The baguette cut gained popularity in the 20’s and 30’s during the Art Deco era. Its predecessor was the hogback cut, which dates as far back as the 16th century. It featured a long rectangular table with a simplified crown characterized by either a ridge or a single row of steps. In the earliest uses of the hogback, jewelers created crosses, letters, and figures.



Art Deco diamond pendant necklace, c. 1925, Christie’s



Later, baguette diamonds lent themselves to the bold geometry, symmetry, and rich colors of the Art Deco movement when they became widely used as side and accent stones. Advancements in cutting techniques in the 1920’s and 30’s yielded diamonds that were more brilliant and dazzling than ever. Casting technologies became more accessible as well, allowing jewelers to create complex designs more efficiently. Following the sensuous curves, soft pastels, and intricate lacey filigrees of the Art Nouveau and Edwardian movements, jewelry became a way for women to assert their individuality during the Roaring 20’s and in the 30’s. Stylish and fun, Art Deco jewelry took on a new boldness and masculinity reflective of the energy and progressiveness of the era.


Baguette Diamond Eternity Band

Our newly re-designed Baguette Diamond Band

Today, the clean, streamlined elegance of the baguette diamond still carries these associations. It can convey a 1930’s retro feel, and it’s clean lines and minimal aesthetic can also be incorporated into designs that are very contemporary. We decided to treat the cut differently, elevating the baguette from its former position as an accent, to the spotlight stone. Add that our distinctive Canadian baguette diamonds are fully traceable from the mine to your hand. What could be more now?

LoveWins our BNstory Photo Contest

By Constance on October 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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LoveWins! A giant congrats to our Grand Prize winner of the ‪#‎BNstory‬ Photo Contest, Ashley Gyuriska

“It was important for us to find a jeweler and rings that were in line with our values and ethics. We heard of Bario Neal through the community and we fell in love with their jewelry. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage. It was on that day that Monica decided to propose to me with the Knottedrush ring. For my proposal to Monica, I decided it would be on August 21 at Broad and Walnut. A year ago on that day, I knew this was the perfect spot as we walked through the crowds at Dîner en Blanc. It was at that moment that I knew I had to spend the rest of my life with her. This picture captures that proposal, as I slipped the Baguette solitaire Ring onto her finger, passersby cheered us on, cars honked in celebration, and strangers congratulated us. We are so incredibly happy and cannot wait to get married in June 2017. We are absolutely getting our wedding rings from Bario Neal!”

We are feeling so much love and pride over here. Thanks again to everyone who participated, we are really honored you chose to share your incredible moments with us and our followers. Our BNstory page is coming soon to the Bario Neal website, in the meantime
 see the rest of the winners and featured stories on the #BNstory Pinterest Board. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about sales, contests and special offers.

Moonstone Mile: From Mystical to Ethical

By Alyssa on October 12, 2015 at 9:34 am



Not to be confused with moon rock, which actually comes from the earth’s moon, moonstone is an undoubtedly terrestrial gemstone characterized by an optical phenomenon called schillerFrom German for “twinkle,” schiller describes a bronze-like luster, sometimes with iridescence, that comes from beneath the gemstone’s opalescent surface when light is refracted by its layers of feldspar. Because of it’s below-the-surface quality and connection to the moon, moonstone is characterized as soft, mysterious, protective, and a talisman of the inward journey.   



Papillons et Chauves-souris', an enamel, moonstone and gold pocket watch by René Lalique, circa 1899-1900

Papillons et Chauves-souris’, an enamel, moonstone and gold pocket watch by René Lalique, c. 1899-1900.


Moonstone has been used in jewelry for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations. The Romans and Greeks associated moonstone with their lunar gods. The Romans believed that moonstones had the power to bestow love, wealth, and wisdom, and in the Middle Ages moonstones were used to treat a variety of afflictions, from consumption to marital troubles. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, moonstone was particularly popular in Art Nouveau jewelry and was prized by René Lalique and other jewelers during this time. 


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An iridescent new addition: The Moonstone Dais ring.


Because of its neutral color and cool tone, moonstone is highly complementary while offering a luminous and eye-catching quality. Moonstone has been used in every kind of jewelry you can imagine, from pins and amulets to opulent chokers and rings. Bario Neal’s  Moonstone Dais engagement ring (above) joins the bezel-set, Moonstone Studs in our collection, making for a romantic duo. We’ve also incorporated moonstones into many of our custom pieces.


More than magical, we ethically source our moonstones from Tanzania through a trusted dealer of rough stones. The rough stones are cut and polished in a facility in China that is regulated and owned by a U.S. company, ensuring safe working conditions and competitive salaries.


The Moonstone Dais pairs nicely with its collection partner, the Dais Narrow band and the just released Milla Ultra Thin Round band. Or, for maximum impact, rock it with our Black Diamond Channel Narrow band.

Tell Your #BNstory Photo Contest

By Constance on October 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

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“Thank you from St Lucia!” Neil and Dani Pollen with their Personalized Allium Ring, Half Eternity Band and Milla Square Band.

How did you feel when you saw your ring for the first time? For the next two weeks (ends Wednesday, 10/21 at midnight) Bario Neal customers share photos of their #BNstory for a chance to win three great prizes. 1st Prize: A set of (2) Silver Hammered Bangles (retail $190) 2nd Prize: Arbor Necklace (retail $135) 3rd Prize: A pair of Octillo Studs (retail $105). Winning photos to be shown online on the upcoming BNstory page and reposted via social media. Want to join the fun? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter (@barioneal) or like us on Facebook.

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Click through this photo or visit our photo contest page for more info and to enter! Winning photos will be chosen by Bario Neal’s creative team based on aesthetics and relevancy to Bario Neal, then featured online on the upcoming BNstory page and reposted on social media.

Even after this offer expires, email your photos with the subject line #BNstory to anytime! We love to see and share photos from your engagement or unforgettable moment.

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Certifiably Beautiful: Ethical Origin Namibian Diamonds

By Alyssa on September 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

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From top to bottom: The Cala, Allium, and Aira Rings feature a round-cut setting, perfect for our Namibian diamonds.


Bario Neal is proud to offer traceable diamonds that are responsibly mined on a small scale in Namibia. Each diamond comes with a Namibian Sol brand certification card verifying the mine of origin, as well as the cutting and polishing facility.

In order to provide jobs to those who live near the mines and cutting facility and to regulate environmental impact, the diamond mining industry in Namibia is highly regulated. This regulation is achieved through the partnership and equal ownership of the diamond mining industry between the Namibian government and what was once de Beers. This partnership is called Namdeb, and this is the governing body responsible for regulating the Namibian diamond industry.

Mines in Namibia are required to have a rehabilitation plan in place that goes into effect once a mine has closed. The environmental team that monitors the mines works closely with external stakeholders, researchers, mining operators, and support services to ensure the viability and longevity of the environmental management at each mine. Namibian mines are certified according to the ISO 14001 standard, or the International Organization for Standardization’s system for environmental management.

Our Namibian diamonds are cut and polished in a state of the art facility in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. The facility is modern, safe, and comfortable, and workers are paid well and receive comprehensive health benefits. Locals receive training at all levels, including managerial, to provide better employment opportunities, with the ultimate goal of boosting the Namibian economy for the long term. The cutting facility also works to minimize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on its workforce–levels of HIV within this community are below the national average.

The sale of Namibian diamonds provides financial support, healthcare, and education opportunities for the people and communities surrounding the mines. Approximately $6 million USD, or Namibian $80 million, goes to mining communities annually in the form of bursaries, sponsorships, environmental funding, town maintenance, wellness, and financial support for the local hospital and school. Children once had to travel many miles to attend school, putting a great deal of stress on both families and children. Thanks to funding from the local diamond industry, there is now a local school with an extensive library, computers, internet access, and teachers employed full time. The purchase of a Namibian diamond makes you the owner of a gem that is valuable in more than one way.

Bario Neal Philadelphia Open During Papal Visit

By Constance on September 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm



Ring of Pope Paul II, 1464–71, from The Metropolitan Museum of Art


All popes wear a special ring, (called the fisherman’s ring after Peter’s initial job as a fisherman) and Pope Francis is no exception. While much of Philadelphia shuts down this weekend for the papal visit, Bario Neal Philadelphia will remain open if you want to check out (and hey, even kiss) a ring of a different sort.

Click Here to schedule an appointment to view our wedding bands, engagement rings, or to plan a custom design.

There is a chance we will close early. Please call us at 215-454-2164 before stopping by.




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Bario Neal Featured in American Craft Magazine Jewelry Issue

By Constance on September 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm


Bario Neal employs a team of skilled bench jewelers. Here, Emily Cobb steam-cleans a ring for the finishing touch. Photo: Constance Mensh for Bario Neal 


The course of true love is rarely conflict-free, but here’s the good news: The rings you buy for those entwined fingers can be. At least they can if your jeweler is Bario Neal, producing designs using responsibly sourced materials.  – American Craft, Good as Gold


We are thrilled to have an in-depth look at our designs, process and ethical mission in the annual jewelry issue of American Craft Magazine.

The entire text of this story will be available online next month, but is available in full with subscription.

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Our New Fall Engagement Ring Collection Has Arrived

By Constance on September 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm

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Do you believe in magic? We proudly unveil two of our most enchanting engagement rings to date: The Trillion and the The Half-Moon, each featuring two ethically sourced, custom-cut white sapphires. Recently deemed “drool-worthy” by Philadelphia Magazine, they are the epitome of alternative-bride style.

Want to make these rings appear on your own hand? Shop them here.

Photographed with the equally magical quartz crowns of Elemental Child.


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