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...
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
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...
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...
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...