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.

Fairmined Gold that Gives Back

By Constance on August 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Need a little cheering up? Just look down at that certified Fairmined gold ring on your finger. We spent a little free time getting down with the annual report to see the improvements from money collected for the reinvestment in Fairmining communities. Here’s a small breakdown of where your support went.

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  • Aurelsa (Peru) focused its investment on geological and environmental studies, which allowed to include more artisanal miners in their mining concession.
    The certified mining organizations of La Llanada (Colombia), used the Premium to buy highly expensive safety equipment, which would have been impossible to acquire without this financial resource. The cooperative also invested in its workers and the community with the creation of a fund and a bonus for the mine workers to improve their houses.

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  • Sotrami (Peru) invested in the construction of treatment plants for residual water in the mine, a water pump for the mining community and improvements in the living area for their workers. Furthermore, they supported the local educational facility and bought protection equipment for the women’s mineral sorting Association “Nueva Esperanza”.

  • In Iquira (Colombia), the Premium helped to finance the management system for occupational health and safety, environmental mining studies and loan funds for unexpected events. It was also used to support educational and religious facilities.
  • The certified mining organizations of La Llanada (Colombia), used the Premium to buy highly expensive safety equipment, which would have been impossible to acquire without this financial resource. The cooperative also invested in its workers and the community with the creation of a fund and a bonus for the mine workers to improve their houses.

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“Responsible mining means doing fair mining with nature, that doesn’t work with violence or forces us to work. Here we don’t use mercury or cyanide, we do reforestation and we work hard to not contaminate the water. It’s all about making things grow”. – Henry Guerrón, Chief at Coodmilla Mine.

Information was provided by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) annual report. ARM established the Fairmined Standard and is a leading expert on small-scale and artisanal mining. They set standards to make sure that the miners and their families and communities are economically and socially improving while staying environmentally responsible.

Explore the annual reports on Fairmined Gold reinvestment here.

 

Worthy Causes: Pure Earth and Planned Parenthood

By Constance on April 11, 2016 at 11:01 am

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The Pure Gold Auction + Benefit Bash

 

Happy Monday! This week we switch out the winter wardrobe for spring party attire to celebrate two of the most worthy causes we can imagine:  The Pure Gold Auction + Benefit Bash and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA’s annual spring fundraiser. 

First, we teamed up with Pure Earth’s Pure Gold Auction and Benefit Bash to prevent mercury poisoning caused by gold mining. You can bid from wherever you are on our “nuggets of pure gold,” the Bog Earrings in 14kt Fairmined, until the actual benefit on Tuesday, April 12.

“Mercury and gold mining are inextricably linked. A quarter of the world’s supply of gold comes from artisanal gold mining, which leads to the release of approximately 1000 tons of toxic mercury a year. Of the 20 million artisanal gold miners, an estimated 2.5 million are women and over 600,000 are children.” ““ www.pureearth.org 

To learn more about the dangers of mercury exposure through artisanal mining and our efforts to avoid it by using Recycled and Fairmined gold, read Pure Earth’s recent interview with Anna Bario and our existing blog post. 

Visit the  Auction + Benefit Bash page to see event details, bid, donate and watch a video detailing the hazards of mercury globally and mercury’s relation to gold mining.

 

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Swing into Spring at the Young Advocates of Philadelphia

 

This weekend brings a chance to dust off the dancing shoes right here in Philadelphia at the Young Advocates of Philadelphia’s Annual Fundraiser in support of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania. Women’s reproductive health is very personal cause for the staff at Bario Neal and we are so proud to be a sponsor for what is sure to be the event of the spring.

Please consider supporting Planned Parenthood at a local or national level, and if you are in Philly, maybe we’ll see you at the William Way Center on Saturday night?

See event details for the Planned Parenthood benefit here or on Facebook.