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Bario Neal’s Shark Triad Necklace: How I Wear EcoFashion, Ethical Jewelry Edition

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Bario Neal‘s jewelry hits the great-design trifecta for me: It’s ethical, it’s edgy and it’s enjoyable to wear. The company recently sent me one of their Shark Triad necklaces to try out and it’s one of my new fave things ever, and one that will definitely stand the test of time; it’s a classic piece that I’ve gotten so many compliments on every time I wear it.

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Bario Neal is committed to environmental responsibility, ethical sourcing and marriage equality. Our jewelry is handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals, Fairmined gold, and ethically sourced stones, using environmentally conscious practices.

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I took it with me on a recent detox vacation at The Retreat in Costa Rica (that’s their glorious waterfall pool in the background here) and wore it pretty much nonstop during the entire trip; it was even the perfect in-the-pool complement to my Ambika hand-crocheted bikini.

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The Shark Triad necklace is made from three handmade linked bronze shark jaw castings (yes, for real! Isn’t that so cool!) that hang from a gold-filled chain with a handmade clasp.

The necklace is about 32 inches in length, and each shark jaw piece measures roughly 1.3 inches in height and 2 inches in width.

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Bario Neal makes all sorts of other wonderful and interesting jewelry, including some VERY lovely engagement rings (the one below just blew me away!), cool wedding bands, and all kinds of other sweet pieces.

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All photographs by Starre Vartan, save the last one which is via Bario Neal. 

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.