Shopping Guide

Colored Gemstone Sourcing at Bario Neal

photo by Thomas Kluck Several of Bario Neal’s collection pieces feature colored gemstones, and customers often request them in custom designs. As with all sectors of the jewelry industry, sourcing for colored gemstones can be tricky, erratic, and sometimes unreliable. While traceability is difficult, since no valid third-party certification system exists, the colored gemstones we […]

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Matching Wedding Rings?

Do I have to have a matching ring & metal to my fiancĂ©? What if we like different things? While the option of getting matching bands made for you and your partner is certainly there, it’s also quite common for couples to get bands in different styles or metals.  A wedding band is a significant, […]

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Metal Properties

This article describes in detail the precious metals we use at the Bario-Neal studio, and we hope it will be helpful in choosing the right material for your commitment band or engagement ring. What does the karat refer to? Karat is a unit of measurement for gold. 24 karats is pure gold, or 100% gold. […]

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Some Facts About Palladium

What is Palladium? Palladium is a rare and lustrous silvery-white grey metal. Palladium, along with platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium form a group of elements referred to as the platinum group metals (PGMs). Palladium is similar in color to platinum, but is a bit more gray.  If we use the CIE lab system to refer to “whiteness” in  metals, where zero is black and […]

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