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An Interview with Alex Twersky from Finesse Diamonds about Kalahari Diamonds & Ethical Diamond Sourcing

Page talks with Alex Twersky, Vice-President of Finesse Diamonds about ethically sourced Kalahari diamonds and Finesse’s patented 88 cut.  Can you talk about the relationship between the Namibian mine and De Beers? Many of our customers don’t want to have anything to do with De Beers because of its bloody history. How are customers assured that the Kalahari diamonds […]

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SUMMER BEADS

Summery fun bead necklaces made from leather string and Ghanaian trade beads. Available for purchase at the Bario-Neal store. A little background info: these historical glass beads continue to serve as currency in Ghana, and they fluctuate in value like gold does. Some beads, especially older ones, may be as expensive as gold rings.  The […]

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MALAWI SAPPHIRES

*Click on the image to view this ring on our website At Bario-Neal jewelry we source our sapphires from the Chimwadzulu Hill Mine in Southern Malawi. Malawi‘s shallow deposits of sapphires promote small scale mining activity that lessens its impact on the surrounding area. The Chimwadzulu Hill Mine protects wildlife habitats, streams, watersheds, and groundwater […]

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Definitions of Ethical, Fair Trade, Green, and Sustainable, Pertaining to the Jewelry Industry

The jewelry industry still lacks clear certification standards for its materials and manufacturing methods; nonetheless, many terms exist which are used to describe responsibly sourced and manufactured jewelry. To consumers and those in the industry, the loose terms can be quite confusing. Below are working definitions of the labels commonly used. Definition: Ethical Ethical is […]

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Some Facts About Palladium

What is Palladium? Palladium is a rare and lustrous silvery-white grey metal. Palladium, along with platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium form a group of elements referred to as the platinum group metals (PGMs). Palladium is similar in color to platinum, but is a bit more gray.  If we use the CIE lab system to refer to “whiteness” in  metals, where zero is black and […]

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Cool Tools: More Safe Studio Practice Tips

COOL TOOLS Chemical Responsibility – Disposal solutions for the studio By Helen I. Driggs, Managing Editor Excerpt from the Jewelry Artist One of the simplest things you can do to lessen negative environmental impact is to reduce chemical use in the studio and select less-toxic alternatives for those that can’t be avoided. The most commonly […]

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Safer Studio Alternatives for the Jeweler

Our Friends at the Society of American Silversmiths compiled a list of safer alternatives for a jeweler’s studio. We will continue to update the list as new methods are added.   3M Radial Bristle Discs Small-but-sturdy “bristle discs” are new abrasive products from 3M. 3M radial bristle discs, in 1-inch diameter, stacked together on a […]

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