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.