client photo First and foremost, the engagement ring has been a smashing success. It's been a treat to see the girly side of my normally level-headed, non-girly, nursing-student girlfriend. So, thank you very much on that account. I'm very pleased. Thanks again for all of your help so far.

- James Watriss
Arlington, MA

The Krikawa Team

Krikawa Jewelry Designs is a family operated business, located in Tucson, Arizona. Krikawa is run by the husband and wife team of John and Lisa Krikawa. With passion and determination, Lisa has built a company dedicated to creating one of a kind masterpieces for a clientele all over the world. Her dedicated staff includes friendly and detail-oriented customer service staff, and master modelers and goldsmiths. One at a time, she designs and co-creates unique wedding and engagement rings for her clients.

Lisa Krikawa
Designer, Founder, Business Manager

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Lisa Krikawa moved to the United States in 1976. In 1997 she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with emphasis in jewelry and metalsmithing. Her jewelry is inspired by historic and futuristic forms, influences that stem from Lisa's studies in traditional and contemporary styles of jewelry and metalsmithing, as well as her studies in art history. Lisa Krikawa is an award-winning mokume gane artist, and is recognized world wide as one of the leading mokume ring makers. With clients from Australia through the U.K. to Canada and all across the 50 United States, Krikawa has quite singularly nailed the mokume-gane bridal market with her client-inspired, co-created, one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

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Lisa & John, Married 1990

John Krikawa
Master Modeller and Information Technologist

John Krikawa is a Technologist and Artist at Krikawa Jewelry Designs. John has been interested in computer graphics and design since 1985. He attended the University of Arizona, College of Electrical Engineering where he was able to further explore his outstanding computer abilities. He has a special affinity for the combination of visual arts and computer graphics. In 2004, he joined Krikawa Jewelry Designs, Inc. and has been performing CAD/CAM modeling of Lisa Krikawa's ring designs. John has received numerous awards from GemVision for technical modeling and artistic rendering.

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LeCarie Whitfield
Chief Operations Officer

LeCarie joined the Krikawa team in February 2013. As a seasoned attorney and business coach, LeCarie brings diverse experience that is a natural fit for implementing Krikawa’s plans for growth and development. She also serves as Associate Faculty at University of Phoenix and was recognized as 2012/13 "Rookie of the Year" by the School of Business (Southern Arizona). LeCarie holds a BA from California State University and a JD from University of Notre Dame.

Patrick Swartz
CAD Modeler

Pat brings to Krikawa the skills and experience gained from his long career as an industrial CAD designer, product developer, and scale model builder for off-shore technologies. His in-depth industrial experience is tempered by his highly artistic nature. He is a guitarist, composer, inventor and the mastermind of the Jam Kat and FLiP!, spring-loaded guitar pick holders on which he holds world-wide patent rights. Lisa is particularly thrilled at Pat's addition to the team because he is also her older brother. Lisa and Pat possess a collaborative energy that invigorates and inspires new designs regularly and smile knowingly when asked about how they feel about working on rings together.

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Cindy Sumner
Production Manager & Goldsmith

Cindy is a native Tucsonan, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, with an emphasis in metalsmithing. She has participated in numerous shows and gallery exhibitions with her unique work as well as teaming up with her sister Wendy Sumner to create the unique and unusual jewelry of SisterBloc. The shop at Krikawa is her happy domain where the quality and beauty of each piece of jewelry is her mission.

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Nancy Edwards
Sales & Design Consultant

Nancy Edwards has returned to the design staff at Krikawa! A University of Arizona Fine Arts graduate, Nancy continued her education at both the American Gem Society and the Gemological Institute of America. As a Graduate Gemologist, GIA, she looks forward to guiding you towards the perfect gemstone for your custom jewelry. Although she has worn many hats in the jewelry industry, her specialty is custom design. After years working in couture salons in Scottsdale and Dallas, Nancy returned to Tucson and is partial to the no-pressure style that Krikawa is known for. She thinks that the staff at Krikawa is the most down to earth group of perfectionists she has ever worked with! Nancy loves the challenge of translating personality, lifestyle, dreams and love into the perfect ring. She feels honored to use her talents to guide her clients through one of life’s most emotional purchases.
Stephanie Aguilar
Sales & Design Consultant

Stephanie, born and raised in Tucson, has a soft spot for the multicultural diversity the Bay Area exposed her to during her ten years growing up there. California College of the Arts and Crafts is where she began her education; she then returned home to attain a BFA from The University of Arizona in fine art photography, with a minor in Latin American studies. Her professional experience ranges from a legal assistant to wholesale gemstone rep to insurance account executive. However, working in an art gallery has always been a dream of hers, as well as developing downtown's local art scene. She has also made custom beaded jewelry for over 10 years and is excited to be a part of the Krikawa design team.
Marty Sanchez
Client Services

Martha Sanchez, better known as Marty here at the gallery, is a Tucson native of the Old Pueblo. She has an affection for creativity and practices her passion as a self-employed hair designer. She graduated from Tucson College of Beauty's Cosmetologist program and has won several local Hair Fashion show awards as an artist. As part of the Krikawa team, Marty is responsible for the shipping and receiving of packages, and also forms part of the client services department. As she delivers her utmost best in customer care, she successfully touches more hearts than hair.

Shelly Black
Marketing Resources & Photography

Shelly produces and manages the visual content for Krikawa. She grew up in Los Angeles and in Japan, and has lived in Tucson for ten years. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's degree in photography, she started working at Krikawa. Her responsibilities include taking photos and videos of jewelry and gemstones, and incorporating them into the company website, advertisements, newsletters and social media.

Todd Richards
Master Goldsmith

Todd's passion for jewelry began in high school, where he learned lost wax casting and metalsmithing. At Diablo Valley College, he took classes in business, as well as metallurgy, welding and fabrication. He also studied at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts before eventually opening Todd Richards Fine Jewelry. In the 2000s, Todd took a break from jewelry, moved to Tucson from California, and taught at The International Airline Training Academy at Ryan Field. Prior to Krikawa, he was employing his jewelry skills in the repair and calibration of precision optical and laser instruments. Todd is thrilled to return to the bench, and is determined "to make a positive contribution to the procurement of fine jewelry and the future growth of Krikawa"!
Jill Isachsen
Master Goldsmith

Jill graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry, and a minor in geological sciences. She has earned Graduate Gemologist Certification from the Gemological Institute of America and has also taken GIA's Beginning and Advanced Stone Setting Workshops. She established her custom jewelry manufacturing business, Chrysalis Design, in 1985, and moved to Tucson in 1994. She is proud to be a member of the Krikawa team, recognized as a high integrity business, manufacturing jewelry of superior quality.
Erika Weston
Shop Assistant

Erika's job is to ensure that the workshop runs smoothly. This includes organizing the client jobs for the jewelers, preparing waxes, maintaining equipment, as well as mokume patterning. Erika is originally from South Florida, and has been making jewelry since age nineteen. Having visited Tucson before for the gem shows, Erika finally moved here two years ago from Miami. Before Krikawa, she was doing jewelry repair and some custom gold and silver bench work. She is most excited about working with mokume because it is a new addition to her creative skill set!