Fire Signs: Here’s Your Energy Match in a Gemstone

By Sarah on August 24, 2018 at 2:34 pm
Bario Neal Rings with Gemstone Personalizations for Fire Signs
From left to right: Open Lash Emerald and White Topaz Ring, Reticulated One Champagne Diamond Band and Lash Garnet and Tourmaline Power Studs

People have recognized the energy and healing powers of gemstones for thousands of years. A connection between that naturally formed mineral beauty and the zodiac’s four elements””fire, water, air, and earth””makes sense. So while Bario Neal works with plenty of clients on custom birthstone rings and similar jewelry gifts (gemstones matched to the month), we also love taking cues from the zodiac for our designs. We’re kicking off this series with the fire signs of the zodiac. 

 

Each zodiac sign has complementary gemstones whose metaphysical properties mean enhancing and supporting the best self. The three fire signs””Leo, Aries, Sagittarius””are associated with strength, passion, and bravery. Here are three gemstones, along with jewelry designs, that can fuel those bright flames.

Gemstone for Leo: Tourmaline Jewelry (July 23 – August 22)

The folks at Tarot.com recommend tourmaline for Leo because, they say, “it enhances compassion, happiness, and serenity.” Noting that Leo equals creativity, they add that, if you’re born in late summer, the stone acts as a muse and gives you a friendly push if your imagination is stuck.

Lucky for drama-loving Leo, tourmaline comes in an inspiring multicolored palette, from black to green to pink, and there are plenty of ways to play when it comes to jewelry.

Part of our new-this-year Ceres Collection, our Lash Garnet and Tourmaline Power Studs (and the skyward ear climber version) incorporate pale pink tourmalines in a setting that’s asymmetrical yet still feels perfectly grounded. These earrings make a good match for that Leo strength.

On a more delicate note, a recycled princess cut tourmaline added the perfect hint of pink to the mix in this Cluster Trillion Triad Ring (starts at $1,970). (Bario Neal often uses recycled gemstones, sourced from jewelry settings gone by, to create our eco-friendly jewelry.)

True to our inclusive approach to jewelry design, we don’t think of gender when we use pink tourmaline, but for a Leo who prefers a darker gemstone, green-blue tourmalines shine. That shade is at the heart of our Custom Oval Bezel Ring with Tourmaline and Custom Cushion Cut Tourmaline Cluster Ring.

Gemstone for Aries: Diamond Jewelry (March 21 – April 19)

According to the metaphysicists at Tarot.com, the durable diamond shares everlasting strength with Aries. If your birthday is early spring, they say, diamonds can help drive you to your goals (you already have a never-give-up attitude), and also support you in “attaining spiritual clarity and speaking your heart’s truth.”

Put aside any preconceived notions about diamonds only being for engagement rings or the most special of occasions. The Bario Neal team has loved working with clients who visit our showrooms or shop online to buy diamond jewelry for themselves. You don’t have to spend a bundle to tap into this gemstone’s power either.

There are two diamond necklaces, a diamond bracelet, and a stud pair of diamond earrings in our Lau Diamond Collection (starting at $368), which uses a channel setting and a semicircle shape for a design that’s reminiscent of an electric arc (energy) or a rainbow (those dreams you’re dreaming!). If you want to go full circle and a bit bolder, check out these Aira Studs ($195).

Our organically styled Reticulated One Diamond Band ($271) and delicately braided Fishtail Diamond Ring ($291) are two more accessibly priced ways to wear a diamond. For all these designs we use ethically sourced white diamonds, but don’t forget that diamonds come in many colors, from champagne to black.

Gemstone for Sagittarius: Topaz Jewelry (November 22 – December 21)

Topaz, according to Basmati.com, a site that focuses on health and the environment, has Sagittarius energy. If you were born under this sign, writes Stasia Bliss, choose topaz for “increasing connection with soul truths, strengthening the body, healing any discord and simply finding peace and happiness within.” That influence makes sense when you learn that topaz is also thought to stimulate honesty and straightforward communication.  

Our Ceres Collection sings with truth, and we used blue topaz and white topaz for a few Ceres pieces. (Yep, the explorer in you has color choices with this stone.)

In the one-of-a-kind Lash Vertical Square Cut Emerald, Carnelian, and Blue Topaz Cluster Ring, a blue topaz is the perfect punctuation point (starting point?) in a tower of strength. In this ring, “O,” not “X,” marks the spot.

If you want to go colorless, our white topaz shines in the Open Lash Emerald and White Topaz Ring. This incomplete circle is a signature Bario Neal design and will likely appeal to the open to all possibilities vibe that governs Sagittarius. Our Custom Topaz and Heirloom Rough Diamond Cluster Ring has twice the positive energy with two topaz.

These topaz, tourmaline, and diamond jewelry designs show off just a few of the ways Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries can keep a healing gemstone close. Shop our rings, earring, necklaces, bracelets, and custom jewelry for more. If you fall in love with another piece shown with some other stone, ask us about getting it made with your zodiac match, which we’ll ethically source. And check back with the Bario Neal blog in the future to see what gemstones work for Earth, Air, and Water. Heads up, Cancers, Scorpios, and Pisces: Check back with the Bario Neal blog in September, when we’ll cool things down a bit with our gemstones for water signs.

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: Linder Collab Studs and Rings

By Constance on December 9, 2015 at 1:42 pm

12 days of Gifts: Day 2

On the second day of our 12 Days of Gifts Celebration, we are showing off these versatile mix-and-match studs and ring, both from Mortar, a new unisex collaboration with Linder NYC . We love how the innovative geometric pieces come with a variety of colored cement inlays in silver and bronze that let you switch it up, so the look never feels stale. Plus, let’s face it, really great man-gifts are hard to find, especially ones that ladies can borrow.

What’s even better than that? The BNGood Holiday Sale starts today! Donate an art supply in store to qualify for a 25% off the Linder Collaboration and all of our boutique jewelry, plus 10% off fine jewelry earrings & necklaces. A portion of the proceeds goes to help Philadelphia’s Congreso after school program and the Malawi Dzone development project.  Stay tuned for a new gift every day, there’s a lot to feel good about this Holiday.

Sale in stores only through 12/23. Our New York Showroom will open for walk-in shopping for the sale and extended holiday hours go into effect soon at our Philadelphia store. Check the locations page for details.