Matching Wedding Bands But NOT Matchy Matchy

Celtic Knot Wedding Band Set Are you considering a matching set of wedding bands, but would like to retain your own unique individual expression? This was the case for a couple who came to Krikawa looking for custom wedding rings. Although the couple both loved the idea and symbolism of the Celtic Knot, they did not want their rings to be "matchy matchy." Thus, a wedding band set was created that is kindred in style but not identical. 

These Celtic Knot Wedding Bands feature the same eternity knot wrapping around the entire band, however that is where the similarities end. More...

Wedding Band Custom Made To Match Heirloom Ring

Custom Vintage Style Wedding Band for your Heirloom Engagement RingWhat happens when you have a beautiful, heirloom engagement ring and would like to have a matching wedding band to make a complete bridal set? You cannot expect to walk into any jewelry store and find a perfect match. This was the case for a lovely couple who came to Krikawa for a custom wedding band to match an inherited, antique engagement ring. When asked the story of her engagement ring, this is what she said...

"So it's actually my grandmother's engagement ring. She gave it to my mom for me to have, one day when I was ready. I was in high school.

New Trend Alert: Solid Black Diamond Wedding Bands

The Hottest New Trend
in Men’s Wedding Bands!

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Men’s wedding bands are anything but simple these days, and we couldn’t be happier about that. Though traditional white or gold metal rings are still popular, newer offerings from trailblazers like Lashbrook come decked out in intricate patterns and made of alternative materials like meteorite, Damascus steel and even wood. More...

The Surprising Facts About White Gold

White Gold Tree of Life Rings
Rhodium-Plated & Natural White Gold
Tree of Life Wedding Rings
When I first started out as a jeweler, I thought I knew everything there was to know about white gold. I was wrong. Turns out, this luxurious-sounding metal is surprisingly complicated.

For starters, though gold is found in nature, white gold most certainly is anything but natural. In order to make it, manufacturers mix pure, 24-carat gold with an alloy—usually nickel or platinum—that acts as a bleaching agent and strips out any hint of color. Well, almost any color. That’s because gold’s natural warmth can never be completely erased, even when combined with the highest-quality alloy. So to give the metal the appearance of being colorless, many jewelers will plate it with rhodium. More...



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

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. More...



Celebrity Ring Watch: Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt Wedding Band
Brad Pitt Wedding Band
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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...




The New Tradition in Bridal Jewelry? Having No Tradition at All

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...




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...

5 Jewelry Design Rules You Should Break

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J. Lo mixes yellow and white metals
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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...



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?