Bario Neal & Linder Just Broke the Rules of Men’s Jewelry
The Philadelphia-based jewelry design studio Bario Neal has long offered wedding bands for men, and particularly expressive ones, at that. Some of its rings look like carved petrified wood, some have a hammered texture, some are boldly striped. But there’s one steadfast rule of men’s jewelry that even Bario Neal has never dared to break, until now — color. Teaming up with the New York menswear brand Linder, the studio developed a special collab collection called Mortar, which launched today and features earrings, rings, and necklaces cast in irregular geometric shapes and adorned with confetti-like inlays of pink, yellow, and green cement. The color was meant to add an unexpected twist, but the series itself had larger aims: to evoke “powerful stones, pieces that felt powerful without just being big,” says head designer Anna Bario. Because of that moderate scale, of course, women can wear the Mortar collection too, though we have a feeling it’s the color-loving guys out there who are really going to jump at the chance to, you know, actually show a little personality.