By Alyssa on December 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm

For the correct size, please print the pdf of our Ring Width Guide by clicking the link below, and following the printing instructions on the guide. Thanks!


Here is an image comparison of rounded vs. straight edge rings in the same 4mm width; as you may notice, the rounded version usually has the illusion of being larger than the straight version:




By Alyssa on December 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

A visual comparison of a matte finish and high polish finish ring.  Changing a ring from matte to high polish, or the other way around, takes a matter of seconds on our buff machine. Matte is on the left, high polish is on the right, shown on our Milla round bands.

workshop action

By Alyssa on October 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm

a few necessary components from our collection to come…


Artist Ken Derengowski Shows Work at the Bario-Neal Store

By Alyssa on October 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Ken Derengowski is an artist based in Madison, WI. He showed two of his sculptures at our 1-Year Anniversary Party and Exhibition last night. Over the past four years, Ken’s work has been largely focused on diamonds, their history, their social and cultural constructs, and the structures of cut diamonds themselves.

We were honored to have the chance to pick his brain about his research, and how that’s translated into his sculptural work. He has explored using other materials (besides diamonds) which represent social conventions that have assigned values. Check out his paper models below using MacDonald’s french fries boxes!

One of the pieces he is exhibiting in our store, Diamond Ring: Ekati, is made out of palladium and costs $5487–the average price of a diamond engagement ring bought in 2010. Ken expressed his interest in diamond mines as reflections of time, energy, and resources. Here are a few photos of some pieces he shared with us this morning, as well as a link to his website.



A Brief History of Diamonds

By Alyssa on October 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm


Bario-Neal jewelry is handcrafted with recycled precious metals, ethically sourced stones, and environmentally conscious practices in Philadelphia. We promote transparency, fair trade initiatives, and the development of third party certification systems for ethical jewelry. Through our research blog, we seek to share information about materials, projects, processes, responsible vendors, and current issues within the jewelry industry. This particular posting is meant to be the first in a series of articles on the history of, and environmental and human rights issues surrounding, the diamond industry. We hope these articles will provide you with an intriguing and helpful resource, whether you are seeking information as you go through the process of purchasing a diamond, or educating yourself on the issues of a stone so highly valued in our culture. Please note: this series is meant to be an overview of a set of vast and highly complex issues. If you are interested reading further on the topics discussed here, please see our list of suggested resources at the end of this posting.

The story of diamonds possesses none of the characteristics of the crystalline gems themselves: it is caliginous, and even sinister in parts. The details of the first diamond discovery in South Africa are hazy–we know that the place of discovery was the Orange River, but was the diamond found in 1866 or 67? As I searched around for the story behind this discovery, I stumbled upon an article in the New Yorker archives from 1956 in which the author, Emily Hahn, interviews a South African historian, whom she calls Mr. Beet. He had actually spoken with Erasmus Stephanus Jacobs, the man who discovered as a child what became known as the first South African diamond.

Continue reading A Brief History of Diamonds

A Friendlier Kind of Diamond:

By Alyssa on October 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm

A New York Times article about Herkimer Diamonds, a type of crystal found in Upstate New York:



Link to article

The Diamond Planet

By Page on August 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Astronomers have found the remains of a once-massive star, now transformed into a solid diamond five times bigger than Earth.

Uranium Worth More than a National Treasure?

By Alyssa on July 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Now picture what’s going on in David Maisel’s “American Mines” photos taking place in and around Grand Canyon National Park.  Just last week, congress proposed a bill to allow uranium mining within the 1,000 acres of currently protected public lands surrounding the Grand Canyon.  While I’m hopeful that the proposed legislation to allow destructive mining activity in this area will not pass (would we really let that happen?), the fact that it has even gotten this far is disturbing to me.  I just visited the Center for Biological Diversity’s “Take Action” page and sent a letter to my Representative.  You can do the same while learning more about this issue here.


American Mines

By Alyssa on July 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Photographs of American metal mines by David Maisel


By Page on July 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Our Senna Stud Earrings in summery blue hues