The Barse Story
Barse Jewelry is designer sterling silver, bronze and copper with a focus on opaque stones, especially through custom cuts and placements. Barse customers love the detail that goes into our jewelry. Every piece designed will bear an unusual detail that reveals the special touch that Barse fans love.
Our story begins in the 1980’s with Melanie Barse. Melanie began her adventures in jewelry in her native Ft. Worth, Texas, with a small gift store run with her mother, Nancy Moore. Melanie’s natural ability to speak many languages lead her travels to Mexico, where she was one of the first people to begin importing sterling into the US from Taxco, Mexico. Her natural sense of fashion allowed her to select the trendiest designs. As a twenty-something, Melanie would scout the best pieces and bring them back to sell at the store.
But Melanie didn’t stop there. Her attitude has always been a fun and vibrant “Why not?”! She knew she could sell her expertly culled pieces to others, so she partnered with her husband Michael Gobril to form Barse Jewelry in 1986. The name Barse is an artistic legacy. Melanie’s great uncle, George Randolph Barse, is a renowned American artist with art in museums and institutions throughout the nation, including the Library of Congress.
Melanie’s intrepid style and eye for jewelry lead them to begin importing world-round, and the business grew to be a successful global import company. Soon her energetic travels lead to Asia, where she discovered the rich culture and opportunities in beautiful Thailand. She quickly adapted to the Thai language and saw the opportunity to create a factory where she could begin using her acute fashion sense to design and produce her own trend-driven pieces.
Each piece of Barse jewelry begins with a sketch that is refined into a precise three-dimensional drawing that will be masterfully interpreted by our artisans in Thailand. These artisans use the age-old method of lost wax casting, done by hand so that each piece retains perfectly crafted detail.
Production of our cast pieces is largely based in our own Thailand factory. Each perspective of jewelry is moulded, polished and set with stones that are cut specifically for our designs. Our mould craftsmen are masters at interpreting our designer’s creations and painstakingly form the moulds that will bring about our finished product.
The Barse factory utilizes the age-old practice of lost-wax casting. This method allows for the rich details and flawless finishes that you will find in Barse cast jewelry. Most jewelry in today’s market is produced with die-cast methods that allow for thousands of pieces to be pushed out with little to no hand-finishing. By not using this method, but instead honoring the lost-wax method, Barse Jewelry attains a quality found in fine jewelry.
Our jewelry that is sold under the label Barse Sterling Silver is, without exception, sterling. Pieces are marked with a "92.5" to signify authenticity.
Jewelry sold under the Barse label is bronze, copper or bronze with silver overlay. Our bronze, copper and silver overlay jewelry is made with the same artisan method of hand wax casting. All of Barse Jewelry is nickel-free.
Unusual stones, many of them shaped in unique forms, have become a trademark for Barse. We often use opaque stones (those which do not allow any light to pass through) and translucent stones (those which allow light to pass) in combinations that offer truly unique mixtures. Finding stones that reflect current color trends is always a priority for the Barse design team.
Most stones used in Barse designs are cut from huge rough pieces of stone that we source from miners around the world. These stones are cut in our own factory by our expert lapidaries.
Generally we use genuine stones in our designs. Occasionally some of the stones that are used are dyed to achieve a desired color. It is common in the jewelry market for many stones to be heat treated or dyed to achieve different hues. We also occasionally use glass, crystal, or cz in a design when a certain colorful hue is desired with an extra sparkle.
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Barse Jewelry is designed locally in Dallas, where our team of talented designers bring the color and silhouettes of each season to life. Our beaded jewelry is produced world-wide, but many of our beaded items are hand strung locally in Dallas. We are proud to support local beading artisans, who achieve the quality we always strive for in our jewelry.
The Barse brand can be found in retail settings from major department stores and electronic retailers to our own barse.com and retail flagship store in Fort Worth TX.