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Surprise Engagement Ring? Read This First!

June 12, 2015

The Foolproof Way to Design a Surprise Engagement Ring She’ll Love


Considering all the time, effort and expense that goes into creating the perfect engagement ring, is it any wonder so many men want some element of surprise? It elevates their all-important question into a sweeping, romantic gesture -- not to mention, most women like it when their guy picks out the ring.

Of course, just how much surprise depends on the couple. In our 15 years of creating custom rings, we’ve seen it all -- from men who designed their intended’s ring entirely on their own to ones who include their partners in the decision-making process. (We even had someone propose in our shop!) There’s no one right way to go about it, but there are some things you can do to help ensure your surprise ring is well-received. see the full article

Meteorite Engagement Rings: Out-of-This-World!

June 11, 2015
When it comes to designing your own engagement ring, most of us want anything but cookie cutter. In fact, the more unique and special, the better—which is a big reason couples are flocking to rings made of Gibeon meteorite.

This warm grey material is truly like nothing on earth. For starters, it’s tough to find; it’s exclusively found in Namibia, in a huge field of meteorites that are millions of years old. (Thanks to our partnership with Lashbrook, we’re one of the few jewelers who offer it.) Also, because this space rock crystallizes in a unique pattern when it crosses into our atmosphere, every piece is slightly different. This is especially evident during polishing and etching, when those prized crystal formations appear. see the full article

Trend to Watch: Birthstones in Engagement Rings

June 03, 2015

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. see the full article

Basic Diamonds Education for Dummies

May 08, 2015

Basic Diamond Education in 5 Minutes or Less

Lisa Krikawa
Lisa Krikawa

Diamond shopping got'ya down?  Fear no longer!  You are five minutes away from knowing almost everything you need to know about diamonds.  After looking at thousands of diamonds, both loose, and set, with and without certs, bloody and clean, I've now settled on what I believe to be smart diamond shopping.

Here is my shpeel on The Four C's: CARAT - COLOR - CLARITY - CUT. 
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Introducing Our New Partnership With Lashbrook

January 16, 2015
Lashbrook Rings
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. see the full article

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