12. June 2015
The Foolproof Way to Design a Surprise Engagement Ring She’ll Love
Considering all the time, effort and expense that goes into creating the perfect engagement ring
, is it any wonder so many men want some element of surprise? It elevates their all-important question
into a sweeping, romantic gesture -- not to mention, most women like it when their guy picks out the ring.
Of course, just how much surprise depends on the couple. In our 15 years of creating custom rings, we’ve seen it all -- from men who designed their intended’s ring entirely on their own to ones who include their partners in the decision-making process.
(We even had someone propose in our shop!) There’s no one right way to go about it, but there are some things you can do to help ensure your surprise ring is well-received. More...
When it comes to designing your own engagement ring
, most of us want anything but cookie cutter. In fact, the more unique and special, the better—which is a big reason couples are flocking to rings made of Gibeon meteorite
This warm grey material is truly like nothing on earth. For starters, it’s tough to find; it’s exclusively found in Namibia, in a huge field of meteorites that are millions of years old. (Thanks to our partnership with Lashbrook
, we’re one of the few
jewelers who offer it.) Also, because this space rock crystallizes in a unique pattern when it crosses into our atmosphere, every piece is slightly different. This is especially evident during polishing and etching, when those prized crystal formations
Alexandrite, the June birthstone,
in a mokume engagement ring
Think your birthstone
should be relegated to earrings or a pendant? Think again. More couples are opting to use these stones in their engagement rings
and not just to accent the diamond. In fact, birthstones are becoming the new center stone of choice for some.
A couple’s reasons for eschewing diamonds are as varied as the birthstone they use. Some women want a ring that’s as unique as they are, while others are vehemently against any possibility of wearing a so-called blood diamond. (You can read more about
ethically mined stones here
.) Then there’s the matter of price: Some birthstones are a fraction of the cost of a diamond, meaning you can get a much larger stone for
much less money. More...
Damascus Steel & Meteorite Rings from Lashbrook
Now Offering Made to Order Alternative Metal Wedding Rings!
Are you familiar with Lashbrook, the manufacturer of men’s wedding bands? If not, you will be very soon. After a year of coveting the company’s designs, I’m pleased to announce that Krikawa
is now carrying a great line of its alternative metal
men’s bands. More...
4. December 2014
Take one look at a black diamond
and it’s immediately clear why it’s is so popular these days. It’s sparkly, dramatic, sexy. In short, it’s a showstopper that looks just as good in a
fancy engagement ring
as it does in a pair of everyday earrings. But as with any gemstone, it pays to do a little research about black diamonds before you hit the jewelry store.
Here are answers to the most common questions we hear from our customers. More...
11. November 2014
The Backstory of the NEW Krikawa Jewelry Art Gallery
When I was in art school, I fantasized about one day owning a gallery that also showed other artwork. Apparently, other jewelers had a similar idea, and for years Tucson enjoyed two jewelry art galleries. (One of them even showed some of my work when
I was in college!) Meanwhile, I went on to open Krikawa Jewelry Designs, on North Campbell Avenue. Though small, the showroom has served us well over the years, but a few years ago, I realized our quickly-growing business needed bigger digs.
5. November 2014
Why on earth would I be writing a story (okay, a rant) about angry jewelry store owners?
I certainly am not one.
Now, I love jewelry. I love my staff, and I love my customers. I actually really enjoy what we do here at Krikawa.
One of the most rewarding things I do is help our clients discover the perfect ring design that celebrates and represents the single most important relationship in their life.
Many times, it’s a custom design, one that is born from one of our thousands of previous custom ring designs.
It’s funny, but there is a lineage to many of our rings. More...
29. October 2014
Of all the amazing features of a diamond, I think one of the coolest is its ability to glow under a UV light. The phenomenon, called fluorescence, doesn’t occur in all diamonds, but it’s fairly common. About a quarter of all the diamonds submitted to
the Gemological Institute of America
over the past decade show some degree of it. More...
29. October 2014
Though the much-anticipated wedding of Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie had some nontraditional elements, like their children drawing pictures on her veil, other parts were nothing short of classic. My favorite? Brad’s ring, a yellow gold, 4 millimeter, half-round
shape that’s the epitome of a vintage men’s band and a style your grandfather probably wore on his own wedding day. More...