MJSA Journal Online Design Challenge 2018: Anna Bario

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A Mission in Life

3: Anna Bario

We specialize in custom design work, and part of our process involves working with the client and walking though how we can incorporate details of her life into the piece. When I read the story and saw the gemstones, I saw the piece as a ring. Mark had given Lila a simple silver band when they wed, and I viewed this piece as something that would complement her wedding ring. She could wear it with the silver band or alone on her other hand.

I also wanted to tie in connections to places Mark and Lila have lived and traveled. For the ring, I opted for Fairmined 14k yellow gold. When they served in the Peace Corps, Mark and Lila worked to better the communities in which they lived. I think it would be important to them to know that the metal in their ring was ethically sourced. It’s one more way that they’re helping to create a more sustainable economy around these materials in the places they were mined. They recognize that materials such as Fairmined gold...