“Red Gold” Screening at Bario Neal October 14th

By Anna on October 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm


Red Gold is a 55-minute documentary film by Travis Rummel and Ben Knight about the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska. It is as much a celebration of salmon and the people of Bristol Bay as it is a look at mining development. The documentary took home top honors at the May 2008 Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado, winning the Audience Award and the Festival Director’s Award.

This screening is part of Design Philadelphia and is free and open to the public.

Please join us October 14th at 7pm
Bario-Neal workshop & showroom
700 S. 6th St. (at Bainbridge)
Philadelphia, PA 19147

For more information: www.redgoldfilm.com, www.designphiladelphia.org


By Anna on July 29, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Bario-Neal provides a couple of options for engraving your rings and other jewelry – hand engraving or laser engraving.

For our hand engravings, we work with two wonderful engravers, Charlie and Pat. Charlie’s a WWII veteran who came back from the war and wanted to be a jewelry designer. At the time, there were very few jewelry schools, and the industry was even more of a family business than it is now. Charlie attended the now-defunct Philadelphia Engraving school on the GI bill, and has been doing wonderful hand engravings ever since. Pat carries on the tradition of his family’s three generation old hand engraving business

Hand engravings can be done in simple print (sans-serif), block lettering (serif), script, or many others. Our default engraving style is print.

We can also do computerized laser engraving. Laser engraving can be done in a simple serif or sans serif font (think Times or Arial).We can also laser engrave an image -like your own simple line drawing- or a specialty font, including characters in other languages.

If you have any questions about engravings, just let us know.

Reading the 4c’s: How to Choose a Diamond

By Page on July 13, 2010 at 8:21 am

Carat Size Chart:



The Cut actually refers to two separate aspects of a diamond’s appearance:  shape, and the quality of workmanship.

Shape :

Popular diamond shapes include Round, Marquise, Princess, Radiant, Pear, Oval,  and Emerald.

Quality of the Cut:

Excellent or very good: If you want quality and beauty- go for very good to excellent make.

Good: If you want a larger stone for your money- go for good make.

Fair or Poor: If you want the lowest grades- we do not recommend fair to poor makes for engagement rings due to a noticeable lack of brilliance and fire (even when color and clarity are very high).


The color of diamonds varies from colorless (most rare and precious) to many shades of yellow (less rare). Slight tints of yellow make a diamond less rare, but some people prefer the personality it gives a stone of good make and clarity.

D: If you want perfection regardless of cost, go for D Color.

E,F: If you want excellent quality and beauty- go for E of F colors (still colorless to any eye).

G,H,I: If you want a larger stone for your money without sacrificing appearance- go for G, H or I colors (near colorless, esp. in a gold setting).

J,K,L,M: If you like very faint yellow tints, go for colors like J, K, L or M (you can see the slight tint when next to a more colorless diamond or set in a white metal).


Every diamond has some internal or external “flaws,” but you should decide based on how much they are visible and how much that means to you. Usually, flawless to the naked eye (SI-1 or better) is quite sufficient for anyone concerned about beauty but not wanting to pay extra for rarity you can’t see.

Flawless and Internally Flawless: If you want perfection regardless of cost, go for flawless or internally flawless.

VVS1, VVS2: If you want it to look flawless under a loupe but not pay for flawless- go for VVS1 or VVS2 (still flawless to an untrained eye under a 10x loupe).

VS1, VS2: If you want to see very little with a loupe and nothing to the naked eye- go for VS1 or VS2.

SI1, SI2: If you just want it flawless to the naked eye- many people really only want this degree of flawlessness.

I1: If you don’t mind some small inclusions that might be visible to the naked eye and want a larger stone that still sparkles- go for I1.

I2, I3: If you’re interested in the lowest grades- we do not recommend them for engagement rings because they lack brilliance and crack or chip more easily due to larger structural flaws.


Corals used in jewelry fail to win UN trade curbs

By Page on March 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm


By Regan Doherty

DUBAI (Reuters) – A U.N. conference rejected on Sunday trade restrictions on red and pink corals used in jewelry in what environmentalists called a new setback for endangered marine species.

Delegates at the 175-nation meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha failed to back a U.S. and European Union proposal to limit trade in 31 species of corals, found from the Pacific to the Mediterranean.

“Vanity has once again trumped conservation,” said David Allison of Oceana, which calls itself the world’s largest international ocean conservation group, of the decision that would have affected trade worth tens of millions of dollars.

“Today is yet another example of CITES failing to protect endangered marine species,” he said. On Friday, the March 13-25 conference also rejected a proposal to ban trade in bluefin tuna, prized as sushi in Japan.

Sunday’s coral proposal fell short of the needed two-thirds majority by mustering 64 votes in favor with 59 against and 10 abstentions, delegates said.

The proposed restrictions would have stopped short of a trade ban but required countries to ensure better regulations and to ensure that stocks of the slow-growing corals, in the family coralliidae, were sustainably harvested.


Catches have dropped to about 50 metric tones a year in the main coral grounds in the Pacific and the Mediterranean from about 450 metric tones in the mid-1980s, the U.S. and EU proposal said.

In Italy, top quality beads fetch up to $50 per grime and necklaces sell for up to $25,000, it said. Main harvesting and processing centres include Italy, Japan and Taiwan. The United States is the largest market for red and pink corals.

Some nations objected it was complex to identify the red and pink corals at customs posts. But some rare corals, including black corals, are already protected by CITES.

The wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC and conservation group WWF said they were “deeply disappointed” by Sunday’s vote. Measures to protect red and pink corals were also rejected the last time CITES met, in 2007.

“Without the trade control measures this would have introduced, the current overharvesting of these precious corals will continue unabated,” said Ernie Cooper of TRAFFIC Canada.

Separately, CITES unanimously approved a proposal by Iran to ban all trade in Kaiser’s spotted newt, a type of salamander from Iran, delegates said. The newt is under threat from trade agreed over the Internet by collectors.

Definitions of Ethical, Fair Trade, Green, and Sustainable, Pertaining to the Jewelry Industry

By Page on January 30, 2010 at 10:43 am

The jewelry industry still lacks clear certification standards for its materials and manufacturing methods; nonetheless, many terms exist which are used to describe responsibly sourced and manufactured jewelry. To consumers and those in the industry, the loose terms can be quite confusing. Below are working definitions of the labels commonly used.


Definition: Ethical

Ethical is a general term, currently understood by many consumers to mean products that are produced and traded in ways that avoid or lessen social, environmental, economic, cultural and/or political harm an or produce social, environmental, economic, cultural and/ or political benefits at local, national, regional, or global scales and according to the values of the actors in the supply chain, including the consumer. “Green Jewelry,” “Fair Trade Jewelry,” “Peace Jewelry,” and so on, are all terms that are now being used more and more to denote “Ethically produced Jewelry.”

Note: The term “ethical” is understood by some experts to mean compliance with all International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions. Under this definition, ethical products in the jewelry supply chain would on be expected to have been produced in ways that comply with all ILO labour conventions, including the avoidance of child labor, forced labor, gender balance, adverse health and safety conditions, among others.


Universal standards are not currently defined. Many jeweler’s have developed their own ethical standards for conducting first party assurance of their supply chains.

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