Ohhhh….. you guys. I get to write about photography a lot, but today I get to write about jewelry, or more specifically wedding rings the way they were meant to be, hand crafted by two woman designers that make up Bario-Neal. Yup. That’s indie wedding and engagement rings, at reasonable prices. Wheee!
Those of you who have been reading for a long time (or who have been poking through the archives) know that the first thing that made me realize that wedding planning was going to be complicated for me, emotionally, was the rings. We looked for rings everywhere, and every single mass produced wedding ring…. just….. didn’t feel right on my hand. I wanted a ring that felt like it had a tiny soul. And Bario-Neal’s rings have soul a-plenty. They make everything from thought provoking designs, to simple lovely bands that pull at your heart.
All of this is why I think Bario-Neal’s wedding and engagement rings are just so right. I love their hand crafted-ness, and I think they are among the most beautiful wedding rings I’ve seen. They are organic, they play with the form of the traditional wedding ring, but make it feel soulful and alive. And these rings allow you to wear and piece of hand crafted art on your hand for the rest of your life. And they also do custom work… rings that tell your story.
Because Bario-Neal’s rings are hand made, you need to allow about 5-6 weeks lead time for your order. I submit to you, wedding bands that you really need to look at (in order of the pictures in this post): the Aldine Band (braided, yum), the Dais Thin with Diamonds Band (I’m not even sure I can put into words why I adore this ring, but adore it I do), the Reticulated Band (which is one of the coolest men’s rings I have ever seen), and the Reticulated Narrow Band (for the ladies). All of their rings can be made in a variety of metals, natch. But check out their full selection of rings, because I can’t even get through all the ones I think are beautiful.
You should also keep in mind that they have jewlery that would make wonderful gifts for the women and your life that you are honoring (bridal brigades, mothers, women of awesome). I’m partial to the Knotted Rush Ring, above, which is affordable as heck. It’s how I first found Bario-Neal, when one of you used it as your wedding ring (tying the knot). It has now become something of a APW classic wedding ring, and I think I will be asking for it as a gift from David one of these days. Also look at the beautiful Aster Ring for a gift or a engagement ring, and their Hollow Earrings. If you buy wedding party gifts at the same time as buying your wedding rings, you even get a discount!
So go browse. I’ve gotten so many emails from you guys over the last two years, saying that you used Bario-Neal and you couldn’t be happier, and I love that. Oh. And their regular jewelry rocks too (see above bracelet that I am obsessed with). Now go, go, go.