Colored Gemstone Sourcing at Bario Neal

By Alyssa on October 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

photo by Thomas Kluck

Several of Bario Neal’s collection pieces feature colored gemstones, and customers often request them in custom designs. As with all sectors of the jewelry industry, sourcing for colored gemstones can be tricky, erratic, and sometimes unreliable. While traceability is difficult, since no valid third-party certification system exists, the colored gemstones we offer come with certifications provided by our suppliers. Bario Neal develops relationships with suppliers we trust in our efforts to achieve transparency, and uphold high standards of ethicality for our colored gemstones. This article discusses how Bario Neal addresses sourcing and traceability for colored gemstones, and describes the origin of each colored gemstone we use. Continue reading Colored Gemstone Sourcing at Bario Neal

Interview with Kerin Jacobs of The Raw Stone: Colored Gemstone Sourcing

By Alyssa on October 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Interview with Kerin Jacobs of The Raw Stone: Colored Gemstone Sourcing


What colored gemstones do you supply to Bario Neal?

Aquamarines, rubies, tanzanite, sapphires, zircon, amethysts, opals, emeralds.

What is the source for each of those gemstones?

Mostly TAWOMA, but on occasion, I will buy rough gemstones from someone who has purchased from a mine or a source I trust and then I have the stones checked by a gemologist.

Can you give a bit of background on each source?

TAWOMA – there’s a bunch of info on them on my site that you can use. Right now they’re trying to put together a library for member mines, so all proceeds of the sales of their stones go to that.

Other sources – like I said, I will purchase only rough from other sources then have them looked at by a gemologist. Often the gemologist can make an educated guess and confirm their origin. Continue reading Interview with Kerin Jacobs of The Raw Stone: Colored Gemstone Sourcing

Gay Marriage Now Legal in New Jersey

By admin on October 21, 2013 at 10:32 am

Panessidi and Bell were among couples waiting to tie the knot when same-sex marriage became legal in New Jersey Monday.

Walpin and Shapiro (right) show off their engagement ring.

We’re very proud to say that another state has legalized same-sex marriage. New Jersey’s supreme court upheld a lower court’s decision to allow same-sex marriage. After this announcement, Governor Chris Christie withdrew his appeal of the marriage ruling, and his administration will no longer challenge the court ruling. Way to go, New Jersey!

Read more here.

Fairmined and Fairtrade Gold In Stock!

By admin on October 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

We now have fair-trade, fair-mined gold in stock. Coming in 2014!