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...


The 7 Coolest Rings We NEVER Made

Seven Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Concepts

Waiting Just For You


Lisa Krikawa, Designer
Lisa Krikawa, Designer


Yes, you read that correctly.  These are my seven favorite ring designs that haven't made it to the goldsmiths bench, or to a warm finger.   These babies just dance around in the back of my head, calling out every now and then.  What they really need is a warm home!  Weigh in; which one is your favorite?


Amazing Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Design
Amazing Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Design

This over the top decorative mokume gane engagement ring and men's wedding band were designed for a client based upon our Falling Water Mokume Engagement Ring.  In this design, all the little white dots are pave diamonds.  There is some negative space in the engagement ring, lightening it up and giving it truly a sculptural appearance.  The men's band has the same diamond pave design as the engagement ring.  Can't you can see this with black diamonds?
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Indulge Your Black Diamond Fantasy

Black Diamonds for Wedding and Engagement Rings

Black is the New White


A black diamond engagement ring:
Exotic Black Diamond Wedding Set
Exotic Black Diamond Wedding Set
it’s exotic, unique, opaque and mysterious. A black diamond combines the brilliance of a faceted diamond with dark romantic love. 

Why should I have a black diamond in my engagement ring or wedding band? 





What's So Cool about Warm Rose Gold?

The Uniqueness of Rose Gold

Popular Rose Gold Engagement Ring Settings



Rose gold, also called red or pink gold, is an alloy
Rose Gold Engagement Ring with Pink Sapphire
Tree of Life Engagement Ring with Pink Sapphire
of copper and gold; it has a lovely, warm, rosy hue. Experiencing a rise of popularity, rose gold engagement rings topped the chart with Blake Lively's Giant two million dollar rose gold engagement ring.  From fashion designers such as Michael Kors all the way to haute couture, rose gold is rocking the world.   The warm peachy tones are perfect for an engagement ring.  Rose gold speaks volumes about the alternative bride: it takes you back to the Roman Empire, yet keeps you grounded with it's earth tones.  
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Out of This World: Are Black Diamonds from Space?

Black Diamond
Natural Untreated Black Diamond
credit: www.krikawa.com

The Origin of Black Diamonds

Where do black diamonds come from? This question has only increased the mystery surrounding these amazing gemstones, and the answer to the question of origin is even more alluring than their unique appearance. Black diamonds are less commonly known as carbonado, and scientists believe that outer space may actually be the birthplace of these particular stones.
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