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.
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.
LeCarie Whitfield, Chief Operations Officer
LeCarie joined Krikawa Jewelry Designs 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. LeCarie also serves as Associate Faculty at University of Phoenix and was recognized as a 2012 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.
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.
Shelly Flores, Marketing Resources & Photography
Shelly produces and manages the visual content for Krikawa. She grew up in Los Angeles and in Japan, and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's degree in photography, she landed a job at Krikawa! Her responsibilities include photographing every sparkly product that comes out of the workshop. After editing and cataloging the images, she then incorporates them into the company website, advertisements, newsletters and social media.
|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 JamKat, the spring loaded guitar pick holder. Lisa is particularly thrilled at the addition of Pat to the team, as he also holds the title as Lisa’s Big Brother. Lisa and Pat have already been working together on the FLiP!, the precious metal, customized version of the JamKat, and they both smile knowingly when asked about how they feel about working on rings together.
|Erika Juzwiak, 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!
|Jill Isachsen, 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.
|Nancy Edwards, 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.
|Brandon S. Owens, Client Services|
Brandon is originally from Huntsville, Alabama, but he also spent several years in Nevada and Tennessee. He came to Tucson in 2005, where he earned his BA in Linguistics at the University of Arizona, and quickly put down roots in this unique and culturally-rich city. At Krikawa, he tracks every order through the process from start to finish, and ships the final works of art! He spends his days immersed in the multitudes of details that accompany each custom created piece. Brandon's years of providing customer care help him to make the client experience as smooth and pleasant as possible. His goal is the same as the rest of our crew - that our clients have a positive experience they will remember forever!