With an ever-growing reputation for ethical handcrafted jewelry, Bario Neal has moved its headquarters to a newly renovated showroom and studio in Philadelphia. The fresh space makes more room for clients to shop Bario Neal’s fine jewelry collections and to work on custom designed rings in person and remotely with a new videoconferencing studio. Expanded offices, workshop space, and a sunny photo studio give the team more room to work and grow.
After a year-plus of renovation, there’s lots to take in — Bario Neal purchased and gutted the building — but one thing that definitely hasn’t changed is their dedication to making the jewelry world inclusive and accessible. "We want every person to feel welcome and comfortable in our showrooms," say Anna Bario and Page Neal, Principals + Lead Designers. "With wedding and engagement rings and all our jewelry, we want the moment to feel special for everyone who walks through our doors, regardless of age, orientation, race, or gender."
Longtime fans of Bario Neal’s cluster rings will notice the sophisticated white oak jewelry cases on the walls that reference the gemstone shapes in the signature Bario Neal cluster rings. Details like the Carrera marble tabletops from a Vermont stoneyard, which are designated for custom design appointments with clients, feel timeless, just like Bario Neal’s signature classics.
“The goal was to highlight Bario Neal’s jewelry,” says Jordan Hayslip, a Massachusetts-based designer who Bario Neal teamed with to design and build the “gemstone shaped” wall cases, custom tiled cases, marble tables, irregularly shaped oversized wall mirrors, desks, and subtle lighting. He appreciated the chance to work with Page and Anna. “They are both designers at heart” he says," and they had a strong sense of what they wanted. It was fun to collaborate.”
They may work with different materials, but Jordan’s approach to design complements Bario Neal’s. “I enjoy making beautiful and functional objects and to see it all in place in the showroom is great,” he says. Like Bario Neal, he enjoys working with small-scale artisans and merchants, and he has built relationships with many New England crafters and small business owners.
“I’ve always loved interiors and furniture design,” says Page, who relished every renovation decision from the eco-friendly laminate floor to reclaimed wood shelving for the staff offices. Of the stylishly arced full-length mirrors for clients, she says, “I found the shape in an interiors book from the 1930s and thought it was so beautiful."
Bario Neal has long collaborated with Philadelphia artisans on their jewelry and displays, and Page saw the building renovation as a chance to bring in the maker community. In addition to Jordan and his New England crafters, they worked with local fabricators for all their signage, including a brass Bario Neal logo inset in their concrete stoop. Even the wallpaper in the client bathroom was designed by a former client. If you’re curious to see how the jewelry is made, part of the workshop is in the showroom, so customers can catch glimpses of the production. On that main floor, three different paint colors visually divide the open space: green for the jewelry workshop, dark gray walls behind all the non-ring jewelry, and pink walls for the custom design and ring section.
Most clients won't see what's happening behind the scenes at the showroom, but you can get an idea through social media. To get a sense of the bright new studio for jewelry photo shoots, follow Bario Neal on Instagram. A flood-prone, unfinished basement is now the perfect (and dry!) area for shipping. That reimagined lower level is also home to a production studio where metals like recycled or Fairmined gold are hammered and polished.
Visit the New Bario Neal Showroom
Display cases are now arranged to make it easier for clients to browse Bario Neal's fine jewelry and find inspiration for a custom design or even a same-day purchase from the collection. While clients are welcome to drop into the new Philadelphia showroom to purchase fine jewelry, pick up orders, or drop off jewelry for resizing, the Bario Neal team suggests booking your personalized shopping experience in advance. The new marble tables are designated for appointments for in-person custom designs and ring shopping. The team also loves working with people from around the world, and they kept remote clients in mind during the renovation. There's a dedicated room with videoconferencing equipment where the team can chat one-on-one with clients from Australia, England, and beyond. Schedule online to talk to start your project.