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...


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...




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...


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...