*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
Today I get to write about one of APW’s longest-time sponsors, and one of my very favorite jewelers in the world, Bario-Neal. The whole story started when I did an Indie Ring Roundup in APW’s very first few months. A reader emailed me about the Bario-Neal Knottedrush ring, which three years later remains one of my favorite engagement and wedding rings in the world. It’s such a simple visual representation of “tying the knot,” and at just $80, it places the value of your wedding on exactly what it should be: the commitment.
Since then, I’ve gotten to work with Page and Anna, the artists behind Bario-Neal, and I love them, and their work, with a deep passion. (I wear their Gale Bracelet that my mom gave me for my thirtieth at all important life occasions… like Yay New York.) Plus, they love you guys, too. They’ve worked with many of you over the past years, buying wedding rings, and designing custom work, and they describe you as some of the sweetest and kindest customers around (but you knew that). So now I think you should fall in love with Bario-Neal right back, whether you’re shopping for an engagement ring, a wedding band, or just something pretty for yourself.
Here are some of my current loves: The Senna Round Ring (above) is the perfect simple engagement ring for someone (who? I want a picture after you start rocking it!) and can be made with a variety of enamel colors and metals. (PS. Seriously. These ladies are sweet, talented, and affordable, so do not be scared to contact them about prices and making it your way.)
I have a massive love affair with the Aldine Thin Band (which I would love as my wedding ring in silver, were I doing it all over again).
And for the more traditional among you, rest assured, they have (and can make) lovely traditional rings as well. I’m obsessed with the Burnished Diamond Band at the moment.
Then there is the Avens Rough Diamond Ring (which can be made in a variety of metals and diamond sizes). The rough diamond ring is such perfect symbolism to me… because who wants a perfect relationship? I’d rather have someone that accepts me, flaws and all, and a ring to symbolize that. So go, browse. Make art with some truly excellent ladies. And enjoy wearing a ring that reflects your values and your aesthetics. There is nothing better than wearable art that you can afford, ladies.