4 Ideas for a Meaningful Handmade Baby Gift

By Sarah on April 27, 2018 at 3:08 pm

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From clothes to disposable toys, kids have a way of putting a dent in sustainable living. Families politely request “no more plastic stuff, please!,” and it keeps coming.

Our brand-new Bario Neal Baby & Child Keepsakes line reflects our desire to design objects of lasting value. There’s an invisible tie among parents, children, and siblings, but in today’s mass consumption world, these bangles can be a delicate reminder of how much this connection is what truly matters. They have the added bonus of being a meaningful gift that’s not headed straight for the landfill or the “can this be recycled?” pile.

Designers have created jewelry for children for hundreds of years, from lockets to bracelets, and the custom of children wearing jewelry is still prevalent in many cultures today. The Victorian era was a particularly popular time for tiny rings and bangles engraved with a baby’s name. The fact that you’re likely to stumble on them during a Sunday vintage/antiquing outing speaks to their permanence.

The Bario Neal team knows children embrace handmade gifts. “My son will only use the spoon that one of the jewelers at Bario Neal made him when he was an infant,” says Page Neal, Bario Neal co-founder and designer.

As we’ve worked with our clients over the years, we’ve seen so many versions of “family.” Moms, mother figures, dads, guardians. Our Keepsake bangles are designed to work for every family member and can be made in sterling silver or 14kt yellow gold. (With the environment in mind, Bario Neal uses only Fairmined gold and recycled metals.) They can be engraved with names and they come in four sizes: baby, toddler, child, and adult.

Shop our new Bario Neal Baby & Child Keepsakes collection today. For parents and caretakers of all stripes, the baby and child bangles might be a way of continuing a family jewelry tradition, or creating a new story for a new family. For those on the hunt for a handmade baby gift that’s more personal than mass-produced, they’re the perfect alternative to another plastic toy.

12 Days of Gifts, Collection Classics: The Herringbone Bracelet

By Constance on December 17, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Herringbone Bracelet

 

On the tenth day of our 12 Days of Gifts, we spotlight another classic from the collection, the Herringbone Bracelet, created with a crescent shape and a hand-carved herringbone pattern. Patterns, chevrons, herringbone and cut-outs have been been all over the runway recently, so the time is right to sport this modern take on a 70’s vibe.

 

Herringbone Bracelet

 

 

Want? Get to shopping! These are your last days to ship for Christmas and time is running out for our in-store Holiday Sale. Until 12/23 you can bring an art supply to our Philadelphia or NYC location and receive 25% off the Herringbone Bracelet and all of our Boutique Jewelry; 10% off fine earrings and necklaces.

 

Bario Neal Boutique Collection

BNGood Sale: Our entire Boutique Jewelry Collection is 25% off in stores with donation!

 

The art supplies go to help out Philadelphia’s Congreso after school program and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Malawi Dzone development project, which creates advancement in the education and health of communities surrounding the Chimwadzulu Mine, a major source of our sapphires.

Stay tuned for more gift ideas every day during our 12 Days of Gifts celebration & don’t forget to take advantage of our extended Holiday Hours.

12 Days of Gifts: Resin Enamel Bracelet

By Constance on December 15, 2015 at 1:04 pm

12 days of Gift Ideas Resin Bangles

On the eighth day of our 12 Days of Gifts, let loose with the perfect present for the eccentric in all of us, the kaleidoscopic Resin Enamel Bracelet. This distinctive design pairs multicolored resin in a marbled effect, with a hand-cast, asymmetric oval shape.

 

12 days of Gift Ideas Resin Bangles

The Resin Enamel bracelet features marbled “cold” or epoxy enamel, a versatile alternative to glass enamel.  

 

This wild child comes in bronze in the three shown color patterns for mixing it up and plays really well with others in our line, like it’s slightly more sophisticated sister bangle, the Enamel Bracelet.  Get it for 25% off through 12/23 via the BNGood Holiday Sale, just in time for gifting!

 

 

 

 

12 Days of Gifts: the Notch Mixed Metal Necklace

By Constance on December 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Notch Necklace

 

On the seventh day of our 12 Days of Gifts, we show some love to a subtle little stunner, the Notch Necklace. This mixed metal necklace features three bronze and two silver beads that nestle together on a gold-filled chain with a handmade toggle clasp. The hand-crafted “notches” were cast from beads originally made in Ghana.

 

 

Notch necklace

The mixed metal Notch Necklace  forms its own little stack. 

 

We know how much you like mixing metals and stacking, so put this versatile piece (it falls to 9.5 inches long, with a total chain length of 19 inches) into any necklace line up for maximum impact. Plus, get at 25% off  through 12/23 via the BNGood Holiday Sale! Keep checking in for a new BN gift idea daily.

 

12 Days of Gifts, Collection Classics: The Coil Bracelet

By Constance on December 11, 2015 at 12:23 pm

An oval bangle cast from coiled clay

On the fourth day of our 12 Days of Gifts, we spotlight another classic from the collection, the Coil Bracelet, an oval bangle cast from coiled clay. The Coil is deceptively simple, with a 70’s chic-yet-crafty vibe. Wear it everywhere, with any look, and get ready for the compliments to come rolling in.

 

 

The Coil Bracelet is an oval bangle cast from coiled clay with a .5 inch width.

Wear as a bangle or a cuff; available in both Bronze and Silver.

 

A classic bracelet that is also mini-sculpture for your arm party? Check. 25% off in stores with an art supply donation through 12/23? Check. Holiday shopping for the coolest girl you know finished? Check.

 

Stay tuned for a new gift idea every day during our 12 Days of Gifts celebration!