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...
5. 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.
6. 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...
23. August 2014
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...
23. August 2014
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...
1. August 2014
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...
24. July 2014
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...