24. July 2014
Diamonds , Sapphires
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...
21. July 2014
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...
18. July 2014
Diamonds , Sapphires
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?
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...
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
are five of the most common rules you should toss right out the window.
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...
28. February 2014
Seven Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Concepts
Waiting Just For You
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
4. February 2014
Black Diamonds for Wedding and Engagement Rings
Black is the New White
A black diamond engagement ring:
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?
The Uniqueness of Rose Gold
Popular Rose Gold Engagement Ring Settings
Rose gold, also called red or pink gold, is an alloy
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
14. November 2013
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.