Jenna and Alicia, two recent Bario Neal clients, both used heirloom stones from their maternal grandmothers to create their cluster engagement rings for one another, which were made to look like they were both a part of the same vision. We think this is a beautiful sentiment, since we specialize in giving family heirloom diamonds and gemstones new life in custom jewelry, whether that be engagement rings, cocktail rings, or fine jewelry. We're also thrilled to use heirloom gemstones since they require no new mining: we're an ethical jewelry company who pays attention to where our jewelry is sourced. We were delighted to help Jenna and Alicia realize their custom cluster engagement rings vision - see it come to life below!
Bario Neal: Why did you choose Bario Neal to design your jewelry?
BN: Are you commemorating a milestone or event with your jewelry?
JE: Our wedding!
BN: Can you tell us about the origin of your heirloom stones and where they came from? Why have you chosen to use these heirlooms in your design?
JE: Both rings incorporate stones from rings belonging to our maternal grandmothers.
Alicia: The central stone in my ring is a ruby from a ring belonging to my maternal grandmother, which was passed down to my mother after moving from China to the US.
Jenna: The central diamond in my ring is a stone that my maternal grandmother helped pick out for my maternal great-grandmother. The diamond was incorporated into a ring that my grandmother had for years until she passed away last year. The surrounding small diamonds in both rings are a combination of diamonds from both heirloom rings - This way, both rings contain stones from both of our maternal lineages!
BN: Any details you’d like to share regarding the significance of the chosen gemstones or the design inspiration for jewelry?
JE: We wanted to design rings that were each unique but when put together, look like they are part of the same vision. The pattern of alternating diamonds and red stones in Alicia's ring is inspired by her mother's engagement ring. The sharp corners in Jenna's ring cluster is inspired by the shape of her mother's diamond in her own wedding ring.
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