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Montana Sapphire Engagement Rings

November 23, 2023

Something Blue, Made Just for You!

Montana Sapphire engagement rings are having a moment and there's more to it than their beautiful delicate colors, almost-like-diamond durability, and ethical “Made in the USA… see the full article

Two Stone Engagement Rings: It’s “Toi et Moi” Forever!

January 31, 2023

Toi et Moi, or “You and Me” engagement rings are a unique design choice, and gaining popularity! The idea behind this style is that there are two center stones to represent the couple, rather than a single center stone. One for you, and one for me. The appeal of this style is that yo… see the full article

Moss Agate Engagement Rings Alternatives

November 09, 2022

Moss Agate is a beautiful stone that celebrates nature. The mossy design preserved in a crystal home transports you to a lush forest. “Cottage-Core” is a design trend of imagining a slower and more peaceful life. Imagine an English countryside with lush gardens, homemade wares, and peac… see the full article

2021 Fall and Winter Fashion Colors in Gemstones

September 29, 2021

Finally a fashion season full of amazing gem colors!

This year, the runways of New York Fashion Week brought a bright palette with an array of stunning hues. Pantone pu… see the full article

Arizona Jewelry Display

November 12, 2015

There’s great handmade jewelry in all pockets of this country, but we think the designs coming out of Arizona are especially beautiful and worth introducing to locals and out-of-towners alike. To that end, Krikawa recently unveiled a permanent in-store and online display of Arizona jewelry. It’s the first space of its kind for area metalsmiths to show their work, and we’re thrilled to shine a light on this fine and very difficult craft. The display will offer a regularly rotating lineup of contemporary jewelry inspired by the natural beauty and history of our state. Here are four artists we’re featuring right now:
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A Guide to Designing with Colored Diamonds

October 02, 2015

Have your heart set on a fancy colored diamond (FCD)? We don’t blame you. With their array of eye-catching shades, these beauties add a pop of color and a quirky-cool edge to your jewelry. Just like their more traditional white cousins, FCDs are the hardest stones on the market and can be easily customized into the piece of your dreams. But since they are colored, you’ll have a few extra things to keep in mind during the design process.

Here’s what you—and your jeweler—should know. see the full article

8 Hot Jewelry Trends in 2015

July 08, 2015

JCK Vegas
Image Credit: Professional Jeweler
Every year in June, the who’s who of the jewelry industry descend upon Las Vegas for the international convention JCK. Besides walking the floor and feeling like I’ve been transported to another country, I love seeing what design trends are emerging.

Here are eight of my favorites: 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

Sapphire Engagement Rings: A Rainbow of Colors

March 30, 2014

The History of Sapphire in Engagement Rings

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. see the full article

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