Bario-Neal

 
Opal and Morganite

Who We Are

Bario Neal began as the collaborative work of designers Anna Bario and Page Neal. Anna and Page began working together with the shared idea that our most precious things come with a story. Drawn to the imaginative possibilities of jewelry, yet disillusioned by industry standards that turned a blind eye to metal and gemstone mining’s environmental and human tolls, the designers began to envision how to make jewelry of lasting value and ethical origins.

In 2008, Anna and Page launched Bario Neal as a design-forward, women-owned and feminist company. Today, Bario Neal is an industry leader in ethical sourcing and progressive manufacturing, known for its design sensibility and high-quality, handcrafted work. A belief in the right to love and marry whoever and however you choose is one of the core principles of Bario Neal’s jewelry. Whether it is a custom diamond ring or a pendant from the collections, each piece is designed in-house and handcrafted with reclaimed precious metals, Fairmined gold, and ethically sourced stones. The Bario Neal team works extensively with a local community of craftspeople on Philadelphia’s historic Jeweler’s Row — the oldest jewelry district in the United States — to apply specialized techniques such as hand engraving or glass enameling.

When visiting Bario Neal Philadelphia or the New York showroom, you will find an atmosphere unlike any other jewelry shop. The Philadelphia flagship doubles as both a production workshop and retail space, where a diverse group of skilled jewelers work next to the collection displays. The knowledgeable sales and design crew are thoughtful, approachable and trained to help customers realize their vision, whether through a custom design or an item from one of Bario Neal’s acclaimed collections.

Bario Neal is designing an ethical way forward for the jewelry industry, one handmade piece at a time. Explore our online shop, New York showroom or Philadelphia workshop and become part of the story.

Our People
What excites or inspires you about your work?

Making the first rough models for a new design - when it's all possibilities.And day to day I'm still inspired by what drove us to start Bario Neal - bringing an environmental and social mission to the studio, so that the objects we create can have a tangible positive impact.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Werner Herzog. His nihilism mixed with clear affection for the world's beauty & absurdity.

What is your favorite pastime?

Night swimming

Anna Bario

Co-Founder & Designer

Page Neal

Co-Founder & Designer
What did you study?

I have a Master’s degree in Integrated Product Design from the University of Pennsylvania & a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts with a sculpture concentration from Oberlin College.

What is your favorite pastime?

Casual strolling.

What is your favorite design era?

I love learning about the material exploration of the 1930's & 1940’s when Alvar Aalto discovered a molded plywood technique that inspired Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen to define a new era of furniture design.

What experiences led you to Bario Neal?

I worked in photography, video and advertising for a decade, but dabbled in ceramics and fiber art. I took a few silversmithing classes in that time, and was hooked on the magic and alchemy of working with metal. Here at Bario Neal, I work to ensure that our brand grows stronger, our departments are working in concert, and for the advancement of our values based mission.

What is your ideal vacation destination?

A year long trip to every National Park in the US - just like writer Stephanie Payne and photographer Jonathan Irish did for the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary in collaboration with National Geographic.

What is your favorite memory?

In one amazing year, I met the love of my life, watched the first year of my first niece's life, spent eleven days on the back of ‘71 Shovelhead in the California desert, pet a Rhino, and saw the Northern Lights over Reykjavik.

Sarah Maltais

Manager & Design Administrator
What excites you or inspires your work?

Working and growing with so many talented artists/makers/designers and the endless creative potential.

Who is your ultimate style icon?

Angelica Huston. Her talent, her confidence, her unusual beauty- she has been stunning and powerful at every age.

How'd you get to Bario Neal exactly?

I have a BFA in Crafts (Metals) from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MFA in Art (Jewelry and Metalsmithing) from Syracuse University. I've always been fascinated by jewelry's place in art history, it's ability to express sentiment and connection to the ones we love, and the magical, miniature world it allows me to live in.

Tessa Kennedy

Jewelry Designer & Production Coordinator

Constance Mensh

Photographer & Creative Coordinator
What excites or inspires you about your work?

Something that will always excite me about photography, still or otherwise, is the creativity of manipulation of actual objects, light, time and space to create what often becomes a fictional representation or narrative, but the kernel of inspiration is always the reality of what is being portrayed.

Who is your favorite artist?

There are too many to just name one, but since right now I am crushing hard on Barbara Kasten, I’ll pick her. I recently photographed her first large-scale survey exhibition and it was an incredible experience to work with such a seminal female photographer.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

An expert on cult and occult criminal psychology, ideally the one lone wolf detective at the CIA who knows the most. Like how Mulder was with UFO’s, I would be the specialist they call in to help investigate it.

What is your favorite pastime?

Cooking.

What excites or inspires you about your work?

Unique gemstones and happy customers :) I get attached to my customers and their pieces, so it's really special to hear from them and see their pieces come to life.

What did you study?

I started at the University of Pennsylvania as an Astrophysics major, but ended up graduating cum laude with a major in Visual Studies and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Visual Studies is an interdisciplinary major between Fine Arts, Art History, and the study of perception. I focused on printmaking (mostly letterpress and screen printing) and early 20th century art.

Genna Fischer

Gemstone Sourcing & Sales Coordinator
What is your favorite Michael Jackson song?

The Way You Make Me Feel

Who is your ultimate style icon?

Wayne Campbell

What design era do you relate most to?

Prehistoric

Katie Dannenberg

Jeweler & Designer