Blog Archive: 2015

Bling in the New Year with Alternative Engagement Rings

By Constance on December 31, 2015 at 12:20 pm

The Baguette Solitaire Ring, a little bling goes a long way

A little bling goes a long way with the understated Baguette Solitaire Ring.

 

This New Year, we celebrate all that glitters AND all that is gold, all for under a $3K price tag. This round-up of some of our favorite alternative engagement rings include tons of sparkle for those of you that love your bling, but still want to say “Yes” with a little more personality (and sustainability) than your average bride. From the industry’s first ethical baguette diamond (see above!) to alternative gemstones, like sapphires and quartz, we love to create rings that satisfy the non-traditional side, but remain as timeless as your love.

 

 

The Rose Cut Filigree ring has vintage appeal.

Our Rose Cut Filigree ring has timeless appeal and sparkle for days.

 

This contemporary version of an antique filigree ring features a bezel set, pink, rose cut sapphire for the offbeat bride with vintage elegance on her mind.

 

The Herkimer Ring is pure magic.

The Herkimer Ring: pure quartz magic for a crystalline union.

The Herkimer Ring is reserved for the most badass of betrothed. A low-set solitaire ring, featuring a double-terminated quartz, also known as a Herkimer diamond, mined in upstate New York. It also starts at just $750.

 

Sapphire Half Moon in Rose Gold, an alternative engagement ring

The Sapphire Half-Moon Ring is an alternative engagement ring that needs no diamond to shine.

Sparkle abounds in this alt-bride’s dream ring. It conjures Gatsby-era, custom-cuts, with a distinctly modern approach, featuring 100% sustainable white sapphires from Sri Lanka. This the newest of our engagement ring designs on the list, creating a new gold standard for gemstone and diamond-alternative engagement rings.

 

The Linear Diamond Ring: packing maximum bling for the buck.

 

Last on our list is our top seller of 2015, the Linear Diamond Ring. This ring says forever without the trappings of tradition. Modern brides know that a diamond doesn’t have to be a whopper to have impact, favoring instead to have a comfortable, low-set array of stones in various cuts and sizes. Further proof that diamonds can also be “alternative” by remaining low-key, sustainable and affordable– the Linear Diamond Ring starts at just $2,420.

Thanks for reading and following us as we share our news, successes and milestones, including the landmark legalization of same-sex marriage. Cheers to another year of creating beauty through new traditions!

 

We Love Your Photos: The Best of Instagram 2015

By Constance on December 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Best of Bario Neal Instagram 2015

 

The ending of another year always brings reflection, remembrances and top tens. We take this moment to look back with our own year-end round-up, inspired by you– our fans and followers.  We like it when you tag us in your cute/romantic/clever/well-styled photos.  So, 2015, here’s looking at you, kid.

 

Best of #barioneal @barioneal 2015:

 

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@cateharringtonclifford                 Shop Senna Round

 

Bario Neal Best of Instagram

@alexandra_lalala         Shop Quill

 

Bario Neal Best of Instagram

@confettiandco        Shop Aquamarine Halo

 

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@jadepetersma                    Shop Asymmetrical Avens

 

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@tyerainer            Shop Personalizations and Linear Diamond

 

Bario Neal Best of Instagram

@neeshaarter                   Shop Bands

 

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@jenellekleiman              Shop Knottedrush

 

Otherworldly Custom Engagement Ring Design

By Constance on December 28, 2015 at 11:42 am

Solar system gemstone cluster ring

A recent custom engagement ring in 18kt fairmined gold draws from outer space to symbolize an earthly devotion. 

 

Talk about a universal love! Our stellar new crop of custom engagement rings are as diverse and out of this world as the couples that inspired them. Like this Custom Solar System Ring, which also happens to be a favorite #BNstory. Most of the stones came from our customer’s collection and each represents a planet in the solar system: the center stone is Jupiter, the smooth cabochon sapphire is Earth, Mars is a Ruby that used to belong to her mother, and so on. There’s even a tiny Pluto hidden on the back of the shank.

Are you less a astrologically-inclined-maximalist and more of a white-wedding-traditionalist? We can do that too:

 

Custom Heirloom Oval and Pear diamond ring

Create your own classic, like this platinum Oval and Pear-cut Heirloom Diamond Ring.

 

More of a relaxed-rustic-nonconformist? Swoon!

 

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Get off the beaten path with a design like this Custom Rough Diamond Cluster Ring in 14kt rose gold.

 

Like what you see? Our Custom page is brimming with some of our most creative bespoke engagement rings to date. We also re-organized our “Personalizations” section, so if you can’t commit (ahem) to an entirely bespoke work, but still want to to make the leap with a one-of-a-kind ring, you can create your own variation of our extensive collection. Or perhaps you have an old heirloom piece you would like to see re-imagined as one of ours? Just get in touch with our jewelry experts by filling out a Custom Design questionnaire with the details.

Whether it’s a heavenly body, a favorite place or a familial bond that inspires you, a custom engagement ring, designed and handmade by our jewelers using ethical practices, is within your reach.

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12 Days of Gifts: Linder Collab Pendant

By Constance on December 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Linder Necklace

 

On the twelfth and final day of our 12 Days of Gifts Celebration, we had to send in our new star player to bring it all home: the unisex Mortar pendant necklace we made with Linder NYC. A subversion of your typical necklace design, where an inverted clasp, with a surprising pop of earthy modern colors, becomes the focal point. Pair this colorful, bolo-tie-esque necklace with a button down for the office then with your jumpsuit for the office holiday party (then on to the after-party).

 

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This silver stunner proves that jewelry doesn’t have to sparkle to make a statement.

 

Time is running out to shop our BNGood Holiday Sale! Donate an art supply in store to get 25% off the Linder Collaboration and all of our boutique jewelry, plus 10% off fine jewelry earrings & necklaces. A portion of the proceeds goes to help Philadelphia’s Congreso after school program and the Malawi Dzone development project.  Stay tuned for a new gift every day, there’s a lot to feel good about this Holiday.

Sale in stores only through 12/23. Our New York Showroom is open for walk-in shopping today and tomorrow and extended holiday hours are in effect at our Philadelphia store. Check the locations page  for details.

 

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12 Days of Gifts: Stingray Hair Sticks

By Constance on December 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Stingray Hair Stick

On the eleventh day of our 12 Days of Gifts, we show off a must-have for those into interesting hair-accessories, the Stingray Hair Sticks. This unique piece is a cast sting ray spine that has been formed to a tapered contour designed to effectively hold hair. They come in two sizes and metals and can be worn with one or two. All of our hair pieces are handmade with reclaimed precious metals, and crafted by artists in our Philadelphia studio.

 

Stingray Hairsticks on display

Stingray Hair Sticks and other boutique items on display in our Philadelphia store.

 

Last minute shoppers, this weekend is your last chance to ship in time for Christmas and time is running out for our in-store Holiday Sale. Until 12/23 you can bring an art supply to our Philadelphia or NYC location and receive 25% off the Stingray Hair Sticks and all of our boutique jewelry; 10% off fine earrings and necklaces.

The BNGood sale is in-stores only, but even better to take advantage of our extended Holiday Hours. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s gift idea & hope to see you soon!

 

 

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12 Days of Gifts, Collection Classics: The Herringbone Bracelet

By Constance on December 17, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Herringbone Bracelet

 

On the tenth day of our 12 Days of Gifts, we spotlight another classic from the collection, the Herringbone Bracelet, created with a crescent shape and a hand-carved herringbone pattern. Patterns, chevrons, herringbone and cut-outs have been been all over the runway recently, so the time is right to sport this modern take on a 70’s vibe.

 

Herringbone Bracelet

 

 

Want? Get to shopping! These are your last days to ship for Christmas and time is running out for our in-store Holiday Sale. Until 12/23 you can bring an art supply to our Philadelphia or NYC location and receive 25% off the Herringbone Bracelet and all of our Boutique Jewelry; 10% off fine earrings and necklaces.

 

Bario Neal Boutique Collection

BNGood Sale: Our entire Boutique Jewelry Collection is 25% off in stores with donation!

 

The art supplies go to help out Philadelphia’s Congreso after school program and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Malawi Dzone development project, which creates advancement in the education and health of communities surrounding the Chimwadzulu Mine, a major source of our sapphires.

Stay tuned for more gift ideas every day during our 12 Days of Gifts celebration & don’t forget to take advantage of our extended Holiday Hours.

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12 Days of Gifts: Limited Edition Garnet Engagement Rings

By Constance on December 16, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Garnet Gemstone Engagement Rings

 

For the ninth day of our 12 Days of Gifts, we announce the new Asymmetrical Avens Garnet Engagement Rings. We love gemstone rings and these two are very special Holiday Limited Editions designs! Both are available for purchase today and ready to ship.

 

This version of our Asymmetrical Avens Ring features a 6mm round Almandine Garnet with five 1.75mm champagne diamond side stones. Available in 14kt rose with light champagne diamonds or yellow gold with darker champagne diamonds.

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Garnet Asymmetrical Avens Ring with Light Champagne Stones in 14kt rose gold.

 

 

Garnet Asymmetrical Avens Ring with Dark Champagne Stones

Our Limited Edition Garnet Engagement Rings are ready to ship for the holidays!

 

Garnet Gemstone Engagement Rings

Garnet Asymmetrical Avens Ring with Dark Champagne Stones in 14kt yellow gold.

 

 

If you are hoping to gift or propose with a gorgeous gemstone ring this Christmas, but missed our deadline for fine jewelry orders (we can no longer accept orders for Holiday delivery of rings and bands), order now to have under the tree by 12/24.

 

Fine jewelry bands and rings are not included in the Holiday sale. Please contact for details to see if this ring can be adjusted to your desired ring size. Visit our locations page for our extended holiday hours in both Philadelphia and NYC.

 

 

 

12 Days of Gifts: Resin Enamel Bracelet

By Constance on December 15, 2015 at 1:04 pm

12 days of Gift Ideas Resin Bangles

On the eighth day of our 12 Days of Gifts, let loose with the perfect present for the eccentric in all of us, the kaleidoscopic Resin Enamel Bracelet. This distinctive design pairs multicolored resin in a marbled effect, with a hand-cast, asymmetric oval shape.

 

12 days of Gift Ideas Resin Bangles

The Resin Enamel bracelet features marbled “cold” or epoxy enamel, a versatile alternative to glass enamel.  

 

This wild child comes in bronze in the three shown color patterns for mixing it up and plays really well with others in our line, like it’s slightly more sophisticated sister bangle, the Enamel Bracelet.  Get it for 25% off through 12/23 via the BNGood Holiday Sale, just in time for gifting!

 

 

 

 

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12 Days of Gifts: the Notch Mixed Metal Necklace

By Constance on December 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Notch Necklace

 

On the seventh day of our 12 Days of Gifts, we show some love to a subtle little stunner, the Notch Necklace. This mixed metal necklace features three bronze and two silver beads that nestle together on a gold-filled chain with a handmade toggle clasp. The hand-crafted “notches” were cast from beads originally made in Ghana.

 

 

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The mixed metal Notch Necklace  forms its own little stack. 

 

We know how much you like mixing metals and stacking, so put this versatile piece (it falls to 9.5 inches long, with a total chain length of 19 inches) into any necklace line up for maximum impact. Plus, get at 25% off  through 12/23 via the BNGood Holiday Sale! Keep checking in for a new BN gift idea daily.

 

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12 Days of Gifts, Collection Classics: Sapphire Slice Pendant

By Constance on December 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

Sapphire Slice Necklace

On the sixth day of our 12 Days of Gifts, we highlight one of the coolest classics in the collection, the Sapphire Slice Pendant, a shield-shaped pendant inlaid with an ethically sourced sapphire slice on a delicate chain and a handmade toggle clasp. Every sapphire slice is hand-shaped and has natural variations in color. Available in 14kt gold or sterling silver, this necklace also makes a perfect set with a pair of our large or small Sapphire Slice or the *brand new* Ruby Slice Earrings.

 

 

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Sapphire Slice Pendant shown in 14kt gold with handmade large and small sapphire slice earrings.

 

Donate an art supply in store to qualify for 10% off these gorgeous statement-making-staples and 25% off the entire boutique line. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Malawi Dzone development project, which creates advancement in the education and health of communities surrounding the Chimwadzulu Mine, a major source of our sapphires.

 

art supplies under the tree

The art supplies go to help out Philadelphia’s Congreso after school program

 

Stay tuned to for a new gift idea daily! BNGood Sale in-store only through 12/23.  See locations page for more info about our extended Holiday hours.