Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Your Diamond: Part II

Bent Prong Engagement Ring
Diamond Engagement Ring with Bent Prongs
In my last post, we talked about the best ways to clean your diamond. Today, I’d like to focus on what you can do to keep it looking beautiful for many years to come. Because here’s the thing: Diamonds are very hard and quite durable, but they’re also expensive and precious. Treat them like they’re valuable (because they are!). Here are my tried-and-true tips for caring for your diamond ring between regular check-ups and cleanings. More...

Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Your Diamond: Part I

Princess & Cushion Diamonds
Diamonds are the superheroes of gems: they’re all flash and fire and seemingly bulletproof. And yes, while it’s true they’re the hardest stones around, they can also show signs of everyday wear and tear. Their kryptonite? Dirt. Oil, skin cells, muck and grime not only dim your stone’s natural sparkle, they can also build up under prongs, causing the stone to loosen and possibly even fall out. Luckily, taking care of your rock is fairly simple. Today, we’ll cover how to clean and care for it. More...

The New Tradition in Bridal Jewelry? Having No Tradition at All

A few years ago, we noticed that our brides and grooms were bypassing the traditional in favor of something a little less mainstream. And these days, there’s no such thing as “normal” anymore: Some brides wear one ring instead of two. Many have no idea what their engagement rings will look like, while others are heavily involved in the design from the very beginning. Sometimes grooms foot the bill for the jewelry, other times it’s the bride. It’s a mixed bag.

But one area where we’re seeing the most dramatic change is in the design of engagement rings and wedding bands. Brides and grooms are pushing the envelope even more, choosing pieces that not only speak to them but also represent who they are. Considering that we customize everything from our ringtones to our running shoes, it only makes sense that people want the same level of personalization with their bridal jewelry. More...




Online Jewelry Shopping 101 (or How Not to Get Scammed)

Online Shopping
I’m a big fan of online shopping. In fact, a healthy amount of our business comes from our online store. But even as we’re becoming savvier Internet shoppers, I still have customers bring in sub-par stones they bought online--and paid way too much for. And hey, I get it: It’s tough to assess a piece of jewelry’s quality based solely on a website photo. 

While nothing can replace holding a piece in your hands and inspecting it from all angles, shopping brick-and-mortar-style isn’t always feasible. Sometimes you browse a site and end up falling hard for a piece you can’t imagine living without. Or sometimes you’re pressed for time and find that it’s easier to handle the whole transaction from the comfort of your laptop or smartphone. But before you click “buy,” check out these tips to help you suss out the real deals from the all-out scams. More...

So You Say You Want a Conflict-Free Stone . . .

Conflict-Free Diamonds
A lot of attention has been paid lately to conflict-free stones, and rightfully so. Even with all the reputable vendors out there, the mining and cutting of precious gems isn’t always handled in the most ethical way. Think small children working 12- to 16-hour days in a factory and breathing in harmful diamond dust. Or miners working in unsafe conditions with very little or no medical help at the ready and for little pay. More...

5 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Shopping for an Engagement Ring

Shopping for an Engagement Ring
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of stuffy jewelry stores. They tend to be imposing and even a little intimidating, which is not the way most of us want to feel when making a major purchase like an engagement ring. Still, even in the most casual of settings, it’s tough not to feel overwhelmed by all the choices. While any jeweler worth his or her loupe will help guide you through the process, missteps will happen. Here are some of the most common mistakes I see customers make—and my best tips on how to avoid them. More...

Ask the Jeweler: What Are the Best Diamond Alternatives?

Q: I’m helping my fiance design my engagement ring, and I’ve decided against a diamond. I love the sparkle of a diamond, but I’d prefer something more socially responsible. I’m considering a white sapphire. What do you recommend?

Moissanite Engagement Ring
Moissanite Cushion and Snowflake
Engagement Ring
with Round Moissanite
I love when customers ask me this question because I’m constantly researching and trying out the latest diamond alternatives. And I can see why you’re tempted to go with a white sapphire: It’s a 9 on the hardness scale (diamonds are a 10), won’t cost your fiance an arm and a leg, and it sounds beautiful. But here’s the big drawback: More...


5 Jewelry Design Rules You Should Break

J. Lo
J. Lo mixes yellow and white metals
Image: Poshglam.com
There’s a place for rules, but trust me, a jewelry store is not one of them. In fact, I’m a firm believer that you should check those pesky do’s and don’ts at the door and rely on your instincts instead. After all, unlike a set of arcane rules, your heart won’t ever steer you wrong—especially when it comes to choosing an engagement or wedding ring. Here are five of the most common rules you should toss right out the window. 

Rule #1:

Never mix metals. I have nothing against wearing pieces that are the same tone, if that’s what floats your boat. But I also think the days of worrying about whether the earrings match the necklace and ring are over. It’s perfectly fine to embrace your current crush on platinum and still wear that beloved heirloom gold ring. What matters more is that you’re putting on pieces you love and feel good in.  More...



Did You Know Krikawa Does Opera?

What Do Custom Rings and the Ringing of a Beautiful Voice 

Lisa Krikawa
Lisa Krikawa

Have in Common? 


John Krikawa
John Krikawa
My husband John Krikawa, the Chief Technical Officer of Krikawa Jewelry Designs, has a brother Andy Krikawa, who is married to Jennifer Krikawa.  Sound complicated?  It's not (we'll leave the other eight Krikawa siblings out of it!).

So, my sister-in-law Jennifer is also the founder, President and Artistic Director of the Vashon Opera Company on Vashon Island, just west of Seattle.  Jennifer and Andy moved from New York to find a quiet place to raise their children, but couldn't get away from singing. More...



Sapphire Engagement Rings: A Rainbow of Choices

Sapphire for Engagement Rings


The History of Sapphire in Engagement Rings


Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring
Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring
Sapphire engagement rings are not a new invention.  The history of sapphire engagement rings goes way back.  Sapphire was used along with ruby, emerald and diamond for engagement rings from the 15th century to modern times.  In the 18th century, sapphire was popularized by a story by Madame De Jenlis, in which "Le Sapphire Merviellence" was said to assist with fidelity in a marriage.  Sapphire was used in Victorian engagement rings, Edwardian engagement rings, and Art Deco engagement rings.  Sapphire was re-popularized by the contemporary proposal of Prince William to Kate Middleton, with a blue sapphire halo engagement ring. More...