Marriage Equality News from Utah and New Mexico

By admin on December 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

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We celebrate many victories for marriage equality this year. Currently, there are still 32 states that ban same-sex marriage, including our own Pennsylvania. There is still work to be done. As this year comes to a close and we celebrate marriage equality victories throughout the US, we look forward to more victories in 2014, celebrating the right to marry.

New Mexico Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage

New Mexico became the 17th state last week to allow same-sex marriage through New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruling:

The court said in an unanimous decision that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

“We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law,” Justice Edward L. Chavez wrote in the decision.Many counties in New Mexico had already been issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, setting up the state Supreme Court to decide whether it was legal or not. The state didn’t explicitly ban or allow same-sex marriage, leaving the issue in limbo.

New Mexico becomes the 17th state to legalize gay marriage (map here) and the first in the American Southwest. Illinois and Hawaii did the same last month. Gay marriage is also legal in the District of Columbia.

 

Gay Couples in Utah, Surprised but Glad, Rush to Marry After Ruling Permits it

Utah became the 18th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The ban on same-sex marriage was rightfully deemed unconstitutional.

“We knew it was just something we had to do,” Mr. Gomez said. “This is my home, and I never thought I’d be able to get married here. I feel like a real person.”

 

Enamel

By Elyse on December 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Many Bario Neal pieces feature enamel work. Up until very recently, we only worked in glass enamel, and are now happy to offer resin enamel on a selection of our boutique pieces as well. This short article will discuss the differences of the two types of enamel.

 

Glass enamel, also known as hot, vitreous, or true enamel, is essentially glass fused to a metal surface. Most often, the glass is a blend of silica (or sand), soda, lime, and borax. This mix creates a clear, colorless enamel called flux. Enamel can be transparent, opaque or opalescent (translucent), and an enormous range of colors can be made by adding metal oxides to the flux. Joan Strott Alvini, our enamelist who has worked with fine jewelry & enamel for more than 25 years on Philadelphia’s Jeweler’s Row, reminds us that many of the colors used today are the same as those used by early Byzantine artists.

 

 

Glass enamel’s color range and classic quality make it a beautiful and long lasting addition to fine jewelry as well as more casual pieces. Because the glass binds to the metal when fired, glass enamel can only adhere to specific alloys of precious metals.

 

Resin enamel, also known as cold or epoxy enamel, is a more economic alternative to glass enamel.  It is made out of epoxy resin and does not require being heated with a kiln or torch. It is also lighter weight and scratches more easily than glass enamel.  Resin enamel can be used on a wider variety of metals, including bronze, making it ideal for everyday jewelry.

 

 

We just released these fun bracelets which use resin enamel to create a marbling effect.

Enamel pieces may require maintenance over time, due to everyday wear and tear. Since enamel is made of either glass or resin, there is the chance it may crack with wear. If you work with your hands a lot, we would not suggest wearing your enamel pieces during very laborious hands-on activities. If something should happen, we offer re-enameling services if you need to repair your Bario Neal jewelry.