Month: February 2012

Metal Properties

This article describes in detail the precious metals we use at the Bario-Neal studio, and we hope it will be helpful in choosing the right material for your commitment band or engagement ring. What does the karat refer to? Karat is a unit of measurement for gold. 24 karats is pure gold, or 100% gold. […]


Mercury in Artisanal Gold Mining

credit: Artisanal Gold Council Mercury pollution is one of the greatest risks in artisanal gold mining, the term used to refer to small-scale mining done primarily by hand in more than 70 countries worldwide. Artisanal gold mining (ASM) produces about 20% of the world’s gold, and an estimated 20 million people conduct ASM.  ASM is […]