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5 Jewelry Design Rules You Should Break

July 05, 2014

J. Lo
J. Lo mixes yellow and white metals
Image: Poshglam.com
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 ring or wedding ring. Here are five of the most common rules you should toss right out the window. see the full article

Did You Know Krikawa Does Opera?

May 22, 2014

What Do Custom Rings and the Ringing of a Beautiful Voice Have in Common? 

Lisa Krikawa

Lisa Krikawa
 
John Krikawa
John Krikawa
My husband John Krikawa, the Chief Technical Officer of Krikawa Jewelry Designs, has a brother Andy Krikawa, who is married to Jennifer Krikawa.  Sound complicated?  It's not (we'll leave the other eight Krikawa siblings out of it!).
 
So, my sister-in-law Jennifer is also the founder, President and Artistic Director of the Vashon Opera Company on Vashon Island, just west of Seattle.  Jennifer and Andy moved from New York to find a quiet place to raise their children, but couldn't get away from singing.  see the full article

Sapphire Engagement Rings: A Rainbow of Choices

March 30, 2014

The History of Sapphire in Engagement Rings

 
Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring
Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring
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

The 7 Coolest Rings We NEVER Made

February 28, 2014

Seven Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Concepts

Waiting Just For You

 
Lisa Krikawa, Designer
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?  see the full article

Indulge Your Black Diamond Fantasy

February 04, 2014

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? 
 

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