October Offers Earthly Magic in our Linear Rings

By Constance on October 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

Have we talked about how lucky October kids are in the birthstone department? You get the ultimate twofer: Opal AND Tourmaline. If you think about it, it makes sense- October is a magical month to be born– and the zodiac signs couldn’t be more different or distinct. So whether you are a gentle Libra or wild Scorpio, you’ll find rings that showcase both in our stunning new Linear Rings.

 

New Linear Rings

These colorful, pure gemstones encompass the earth’s majesty in our new Linear Rings.

 

First, let’s explore the personality and paths reflected in these new designs. Inspired by our Linear Diamond Ring (straightforward and direct!) The new Linear Opal Ring suspends White Round Diamonds, Oval Opal, Pale Pink Morganite, Champagne round diamonds in a sweep of pale, peaceful beauty. Enter The Hex Sapphire Linear Ring: juxtaposing pink tourmaline with natural sapphires in a mix of fantastical colors and shapes.

 

If our new Opal Linear is a morning meditation, a whisper, a lull, a sunrise. Then the Hex Linear is a symphony, a dance, a jète of earth and sky colors, a sunset.

 

Bario Neal Linear Opal Cluster Rings

 

Opals, though pale and mellow, show up with fiery sparkles of all the colors of the rainbow when shaped and exposed to light. Pulled from the earth, these ethereal moonlets dance with the sun’s light like a tiny universe– a perfect mirror of the earth’s magic. These flashes are caused by light interacting with the tiny balls of silica that make up opals structure. Formed when silica gel fills crevices in rocks, as the gel evaporates it leaves behind the silica which is what we know as Opal. Being formed in this way, opals can contain as much as 20% water! (Scorpios, the fiercest water sign in the zodiac, may also want to take note.) What does this mean in practical terms? When used in jewelry, be careful not to let the opal experience drastic changes in temperature or rough treatment, as they are very sensitive gemstones.

 

Ethiopian Opal from the Sherwa Province

Ethiopian Opals are different from Australian opals, as they were formed as a result of volcanic activity as opposed to sedimentary formations.

 

Let’s discuss where on earth these incredible gems are found and their impact. We source our Opals from Ethiopia’s Sherwa province. Ethiopia began producing Opals in the early 1990’s. Since then, deposit discoveries continue to cement its reputation as an opal hotspot. First known specifically for producing characteristic reddish brown opals, white and black/blue opals similar to those found in Australia, have since been discovered, with notable deposits being found as recently as 2013.
A driving force in the development and promotion of ethical sourcing, our supplier’s chain reaches many places in Africa, connecting us with mining collectives, women’s organizations and minority-owned businesses directly supporting their activities. These include improving working conditions, making mines a safer place to work, and educating miners about the value of the minerals they extract.

 

Knowledge about the product is a huge challenge for miners who are too isolated from the market to realize the value of their labor.

 

Next, we move to another magical color-changing birthstone for October: Tourmaline. The new Hex Linear Ring and Dyad Cluster Ring feature a striking sunset-pink variety, but the gem itself can be anyone (or two or three!) of 60 natural colors. Found all over the world, they are one of the most versatile and diverse gemstones around.
Pink Tourmaline from Brazil

Pink tourmalines can also be known as Rubellites.

 

Brazil has famously been the source of some of the most impressive tourmalines ever discovered however more recently, deposits in Africa have yielded some of the best pink tourmalines. Namibia is home to world-class Tourmaline deposits along with Nigeria, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

Tourmalines are often dichroic or pleochroic which means they show two different colors in one stone. Although this effect is less pronounced and sometimes not noticeable in pink stones than it is in green, blue or green-blue tourmaline. It is even possible to get tourmaline that shows multiple colors in one crystal. The best known of these to jewelry lovers are watermelon tourmaline which has a red core surrounded by green.
The Tourmalines that we use in our Hex Sapphire Linear and Trillion Triad Cluster Rings are recycled gemstones, in that they have already be involved in the jewelry production process and we are reusing them. This approach means that no new mining is required thus eliminating the potential for damage to ecosystems and labor issues.
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Expand your horizon: a pop of Pink Tourmaline completes this line-up of Montana and Australian Sapphires in bright hues and mixed shapes.

 

Each ring is a carefully selected configuration and selection of high-quality, traceable gemstones. We see our jewelry as a tiny link between you, every hand that touches it and the earth. The Linear Series is a part of our new Ceremony Collection, now available online and in all Bario Neal locations.

New Colored Gemstone Designs + the Return of the Opal Cluster Ring

By Constance on January 19, 2016 at 10:07 am

Search no more, the missing piece has been found.

Search no more, the missing piece is here. Introducing our new Opal and Andalusite ring designs.

 

Remember our Limited Edition Opal Three-Stone Ring that quickly sold out? We felt your pain at missing out on that beauty, so we created the brand-new, revamped, Opal Cluster Ring for our permanent collection! Joining it are two more new collection designs: the Andalusite Cluster Ring and Andalusite Nikko Ring, crafted with an equally radiant new colored gemstone.

 

The new Opal Cluster Ring. Opals offer a soft glow with colorful iridescence that shifts in the light.

The new Opal Cluster Ring offers softly-glowing colors that shift in the light.

 

This exciting new ring vertically stacks an opal over an apricot sapphire, balancing contemporary design with a classic look. October’s birthstone, the opal features kaleidoscopic and varied coloring, ranging from deep saturated colors to light iridescent tones, owing to their long history as symbols of luck and mystery.

Our opals are ethically sourced from an Ethiopian mining collective, then cut and polished in a respected facility in Jaipur, India. Light in color, these stones offer a soft glow and dancing, colorful iridescence. Because opals are fairly soft stones, it was important to design a protective prong setting that does not hide its beauty. Each opal is then paired with an emerald-cut, apricot sapphire to bring out the the gentle pastels of the Ethiopian opal. We source our sapphires from an ethical mine in Sri Lanka where all cutting and polishing is done on site by well-trained professionals. The mine is known for the unusually wide variety of colored sapphires it produces. We carefully hand-pick and custom-cut each sapphire in order to create perfect color and size match for each unique opal, so every ring made is a one-of-a-kind.

 

Another color-changing gem, Andalusite, features in two gorgeous new pieces

Another color-changing gem, Andalusite, features in two gorgeous new pieces.

 

Enter the earthy radiance of the gemstone known as Andalusite– in the first of two new designs, the Andalusite Cluster ring, similar to the Opal Cluster, with prong settings and a delicate band. As with the Opal Cluster Ring, we hand selected the colored sapphires and paired them with the andalusite to give the most complimentary color combinations. The emerald-cut, bright yellow sapphire beneath an oval clear white sapphire, balances both the teardrop shape and the rich, dark tones of the andalusite.

 

Another color-changing gem, Andalusite, featured in a pear-cut with the Nikko Setting.

The Andalusite Cluster features three stones in a perfectly balanced composition of varied shapes. 

 

The final design to round out this trio of new colored gemstone rings is the Andalusite Nikko Ring, named for our existing design’s marquise-inspired setting, but showcasing the stone as a pear-cut solitaire.

 

Another color-changing gem, Andalusite, featured in a pear-cut with the Nikko Setting.

Our Andalusite Nikko Ring is ready for stacking!

 

Andalusite owes its name to Andalusia, the province in Spain where it was first discovered. Similar to opal, andalusite is a poylchromatic gem, though its coloring and structure are very different. Ranging from khaki to dark olive, pierced by angular pinks, reds, and blues as the stone shifts in the light, our Andalusite is sourced from a well-respected ethical supplier.

 

Very necessary additions to the growing trend of diamond-alternative engagement rings.

The newest, most-necessary additions to the growing trend of diamond-alternative engagement rings.

 

Love colored gemstones and want to learn more about the growing movement to improve ethical practices? Join us next month at the Jewelry Industry Summit. The summit is a great chance to engage with Anna Bario and other industry leaders as they discuss the challenges facing colored gemstone sourcing, and other topics that will transform the jewelry industry for the better.

 

 

 

12 Days of Gifts: Limited Edition Cluster Gemstone Engagement Rings

By Constance on December 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Cluster Rings

No Twelve Days of Christmas would be the same without the five golden rings, so for the 5th day of gifts we are very excited to celebrate our Limited Edition Cluster Rings. We love gemstone engagement rings and these are two very special– they are both the only ones out there and ready to come home for the Holidays.

 

Limited Edition Gemstone rings for the Holidays 2015. Pariaba and Opal Cluster, Garnet asymmetrical avens, Andalucite cluster rings

Limited Edition Gemstone Cluster engagement rings for a special holiday proposal.

 

First up is a rare Paraiba Cluster Ring. This ring is truly a one-of-a-kind! Sure it looks beautiful here, but believe us when we say no photograph does it justice. This gemstone is one of the most precious and valuable in the world, and with one glance, it is easy to see just why. Glowing from within, this paraiba tourmaline is an almost electric shade of aqua, set above a small emerald-cut apricot sapphire and a .1ct diamond, in 14kt gold.

 

Limited Edition Gemstone

The Paraiba gemstone is one of the most precious and rare, even moreso for its ethical origins.

 

Next up, our Opal Cluster Ring features a similar design, set with complimentary-colored gemstones to bring out the natural swirling beauty of an ethically-sourced Australian opal. Also one-of-a-kind, this 14k rose gold ring is available in size 5.75.

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The Opal Three Stone Cluster Ring pairs an iridescent opal with apricot and raspberry sapphires.

 

Drooling yet? Good news: these are ready to ship, so if you were hoping to gift or propose with a gorgeous gemstone engagement ring this Christmas, but missed our deadline for fine jewelry orders (bad news: as of today, we can no longer accept even rush orders for Holiday production of rings and bands), just order by 12/23 to have under the tree.  Or right now, because after these limited edition rings are gone, that’s it.

 

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.