Surprise Engagement Ring? Read This First!

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...


Meteorite Engagement Rings: Out-of-This-World!

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 appear. More...



Trend to Watch: Birthstones in Engagement Rings


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...




Diamonds for Dummies

Basic Diamond Education in 5 Minutes or Less

Lisa Krikawa
Lisa Krikawa

Diamond shopping got'ya down?  Fear no longer!  You are five minutes away from knowing almost everything you need to know about diamonds.  After looking at thousands of diamonds, both loose, and set, with and without certs, bloody and clean, I've now settled on what I believe to be smart diamond shopping.

Here is my shpeel on The Four C's: CARAT - COLOR - CLARITY - CUT. 
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Introducing Our New Partnership With Lashbrook

Lashbrook Rings
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...


Everything You Need to Know About Black Diamonds

Black Diamond Engagement Ring
Raw Claw Engagement Ring
with a Black Rose-Cut Diamond
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...


Our New Store: A Dream Fulfilled

The Backstory of the NEW Krikawa Jewelry Art Gallery

Lisa in 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. More...

(Rant) Angry Jewelry Store Owners & Krikawa Pricing

Lisa Krikawa
Lisa Krikawa

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...


What Is Diamond Fluorescence? Everything you need to glow!

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...


Celebrity Ring Watch: Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt Wedding Band
Brad Pitt Wedding Band
Image: JustJared.com

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...