Valentine’s Day is approaching (rapidly, suddenly), which – in my book – means one thing only: it’s clearly time to think about buying jewelry (for our partners, from our partners, or heck, for ourselves). And really, if you’re engaged but haven’t bought your wedding bands yet, is there a more romantic (or practical) Valentine’s Day gift to get each other than wedding bands? I think not. So I’m delighted to talk about long time APW sponsor, Bario-Neal Jewelry.
It all started with APW and Bario-Neal back in the early days of the blog, when I wrote about their beautiful and simple Knottedrush Ring. It’s a simple ring that represents ‘tying the knot’ and it starts at just $154? I was, and am, in love. But they have so many other heartbreakingly lovely handcrafted wedding and engagement rings. There is the ever popular Reticulated Narrow Band (for just $230! What?) My favorite (the first picture in the post) the Aldine Thin Band, which is so classic, yet quirky, with its beautiful gold braid. And then there is the men’s Milla Shoulder Band above. Classic, lovely, affordable, and made by people who have values and business practices you want to support.
Or maybe you’re on the hunt for beautiful, one of a kind, wedding jewelry? Or, um, life jewelry. If so, lets talk about Bario-Neal’s lovely options. Like the necklace above, which is their Jute White Necklace, and is made from white vintage enamel track chain. I think it would look killer layered over a simple white sheath wedding dress (or a t-shirt, but that’s me thinking about me).
Or, lets talk about these Cala Saphire Studs, or the stunning and simple Milla Necklace below. If you’re looking for stylish, hip, heirloom wedding jewelry, that you can wear long after the day is over, Bario-Neal has you covered. And frankly, if you’re going to splurge on something for yourself that’s wedding related, I’m a big fan of the jewelry idea. It’s a way to take your wedding day with you any day you want, in a super top secret way.
But mostly, I want to get personal for a second and tell you how much I love Bario-Neal’s jewelry, and what a joy they are to work with. I asked my mom to buy me their Gale Bracelet as a 30th birthday present, and I wear it everywhere. You can see it on my wrist in Italy, at Mighty Summit, and at APW book clubs. It makes everything look effortlessly stylish, and I love the feeling of wearing handcrafted art, made by women who’s business I’m proud to support.
Beyond that Bario-Neal is a dream to work with. If you like their work, but you want it modified (a different metal, a different stone), contact them. They’ll work with you. If you want custom work? Well, check out their amazing gallery. APW-ers have been having Bario-Neal make their wedding rings for years, and they’ve worked to create a number of different affordable and personal wedding rings and engagement bands just for you guys. They are a joy to work with, and they are artists I’m delighted to promote. So go. Get your own art, and wear it every day.