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Every Day is Earth Day

The annual Earth Day buzz is back, kickstarting Spring and a season of environmental support. Here at Bario Neal, we try to maintain the earth-loving fervor year-round by reading, watching and listening to stay informed, caring for our own green life in our home and work spaces, and visiting our favorite outdoor spots for a breath […]

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How to Get Involved this Earth Day

  Earth Day 2016 is fast approaching and if you are like us, you might be looking for ways to spend the occasion helping the environment. If so, all week in Philadelphia Earth Day volunteer opportunities abound. Consider one of the following: Tuesday, April 19th:  Delaware River Clean-Up at Pier 68 at Pier 70 Blvd, hosted by […]

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Top Notch Faceting x Bario Neal

“The gemology equivalent of rock-royalty,” Jean-Noel Soni, of Top Notch Faceting, showcases his one-of-a-kind, award-winning gemstones right here in our Philadelphia store. Hailing from San Francisco and featured in French Vogue and Gem Gossip, Soni colorfully talks shop”“ in our shop, describing process, philosophy, and sourcing. Our own rockstar jewelers are always on hand to consult on custom projects […]

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A Marriage Equality Victory

Another marriage equality victory to celebrate that could potentially expand same-sex marriage to 30 states, up from 19. Supreme Court Delivers Tacit Win to Gay Marriage, via the New York Times. The decision to let the appeals court rulings stand, which came without explanation in a series of brief orders, will have an enormous practical […]

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Top Notch Faceting’s Jean Noel Soni

Jean-Noel Soni is the mastermind behind Top-Notch Faceting. Jean creates award-winning, precision cut gemstones that are ethically-sourced, cut by hand, and created without the use of computer-aided design . In his words, the unique facets in his gemstones are “all figured by man.” I had the opportunity to take a peek at his notebook and […]

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