What Size Diamond is Right for your Hand?

What size diamond is right for your hand?Diamond engagement rings are simply not “one-size-fits-all” and when you are shopping for yourself or a lover, keep these handy tips in mind for choosing the right stone.

At first, this question might seem simply answered, “it’s all about what you can afford.” Yet many other factors should influence your design decisions and will make a big visual impact when you wear your diamond ring.

Three tips to keep in mind

Hand size
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Larger hands need a larger visible gem area. This does not necessarily mean a larger single gem although a single amazing gem certainly makes quite a statement! Too large a gem may overwhelm a small hand; it’s all about proportion.

You might stretch your budget by prioritizing size over clarity or color. In this case, go for a fabulous CUT stone with a slightly less than perfect clarity (since these flaws are the least visible to the untrained eye) It’s all about the SPARKLE!
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Strategize To stretch your budget, consider a HALO setting! Because diamonds increase exponentially in value, a ½ carat stone is not half the price of a 1 carat stone of the same quality; it’s closer to one fourth of the cost. A halo setting (a central diamonds surrounded by a “halo” of smaller diamonds) will have the same total visual area but cost much less that the equivalent sized single diamond!
The bottom-line is to first, figure out the right size of “sparkle area” for your hand then to maximize your value by choosing the right configuration of diamonds for your budget. You can achieve an impressive beauty and lasting appeal by factoring in both value and beauty.

Visit our website today to learn more about selecting the perfct stone. From shape to color, to size, quality, and price, you can rely on the certified experts at Krikawa to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed choice.

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Arizona Jewelry Display Shows Off Best of the West

There’s great handmade jewelry in all pockets of this country, but we think the designs coming out of Arizona are especially beautiful and worth introducing to locals and out-of-towners alike. To that end, Krikawa recently unveiled a permanent in-store and online display of Arizona jewelry. It’s the first space of its kind for area metalsmiths to show their work, and we’re thrilled to shine a light on this fine and very difficult craft. The display will offer a regularly rotating lineup of contemporary jewelry inspired by the natural beauty and history of our state. Here are four artists we’re featuring right now:

Marilyn Mack

You could say that jewelry making is in Marilyn’s blood. The daughter of a rockhound, she grew up learning how to facet and cut cabochons, and these days creates colorful, bold pendants and earrings using untreated stones from our region and sterling silver or 14k gold. With their geometric design and exquisite craftsmanship, the pieces have a subtle Native American feel that feels fresh and current.

Lila Clare

In-the-know locals snap up Lila Clare’s simple sterling jewelry, and for good reason: The Tucson resident (real name Clare Johnston) crafts very clean, well-crafted pieces that won’t break the bank. Many are $100 or under. Expect to see wire forms in marquis shapes, leaf shapes made out of sterling, and lots of the semi-opaque seafoam-green stone chalcedony.

Circles Red Resin & Brass Bracelet

Sean Hill

Sean may be a local artist, but he has a cult following at major craft shows in New York City, Los Angeles and London. One look at his earrings, bracelets and rings, and it’s easy to see why. Each luxurious piece features an opaque, colorful resin, a hard plastic that Sean meticulously sands down and polishes to a brilliant shine.

Roni Bader-Tables

Roni is the epitome of a classic metalsmith. Much of her work involves a complex Japanese technique known as keum-boo, or overlapping 24k gold over sterling silver. The end result? Carefully crafted pieces, like her gorgeous cabochons set in bezels, that are essentially wearable art.
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