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...
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?