LoveWins our BNstory Photo Contest

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

grand prize Broad street proposal

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

Moonstone

 

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. 

 

moonstone dais ring bario neal

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

#BNstory BNstory wedding rings

“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.

#BNstory BNstory photo contest

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 press@bario-neal.com anytime! We love to see and share photos from your engagement or unforgettable moment.