Kabana Jewelry Customization Guide
Based in New Mexico, Kabana Jewelry offers the design flexibility typical of US-based jewelers. Choose your favorite metal, inlay stones, and faceted gemstones from the options below. If you find an active Kabana jewelry design you love, we can order it for you in whatever color scheme you desire. We can also provide you with a mockup of how it will look with your chosen colors - even if you didn't get the Kabana image from our store! Just email us the image, item # if available, with your stone and metal preferences (see below) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The price of your jewelry depends on the cost of materials at the time the order is placed - this final price may be higher or lower than the price of the same style on our website, even if identical materials are used.
View the following jewelry options in more detail below to get ideas for your own custom jewelry. Please also be sure to read about our Kabana FAQ's!
|Yellow Gold (14 & 18K)||Coral||Onyx|
|White Gold (14 & 18K)||Gold Quartz||Opal|
|Rose Gold (14 & 18K)||Lapis Lazuli||Spiny Oyster|
|Mother of Pearl||Turquoise|
Faceted Gemstone Options
Non-diamond faceted gemstones are subject to availability. Inquire if you are interested in a specific gemstone or color. You can request an engagement ring with an alternate center stone, or with specific diamond criteria; however, much of the jewelry with smaller diamonds can only be fashioned with diamonds.
As you can see in the image above, different metals may pair with the same stone, giving it a completely different look. Rose Gold imparts a feeling of femininity, Yellow Gold is reminiscent of the warm sun, while White Gold suggests purity. Your customized jewelry can be crafted from whichever metal looks best on you.
While stones such as turquoise and opal look good with any metal, some stones pair particularly well with a specific metal. Pink Mother of Pearl complements Rose Gold perfectly, while White Mother of Pearl combines with White Gold for more of a traditional bridal look. Gold Quartz is an incredible match for Yellow Gold, as is Bronze Mother of Pearl. This is just our opinion - Ultimately, the choice is yours!
14 or 18 karat Yellow Gold
14 or 18 karat Rose Gold
14 or 18 karat White Gold
Kabana Inlay Stones
Kabana Australian Crystal Opal
These brilliant opals were formed in Australia 30 million years ago. Rivaling diamonds, high quality crystal opal is very rare and commands high respect in the gemstone world - It can take up to 5 million years just to grow 1mm of Opal! As one of the largest Australian Crystal Opal buyers in the world, Kabana Jewelry has become known for their exquisite opal inlay. Because of its high value, Kabana requires its artisans to undergo five years of training before they may have the privilege of working with this stone.
Australian Crystal Opal is characterized by a deeply-hued body color with vivid flashes of light - very unlike the pale, cloudy opal most people are used to seeing. In fact, we have many customers who ask what that “beautiful stone” is!
Kabana never uses doublets or triplets in their jewelry, which are characterized by a thin layer of opal glued over a filler. Kabana’s fine opal inlay is generally four times thicker than most opal inlay available, ensuring you get more opal for your money. Additionally, Kabana does not fill fractures or enhance the opal’s color in any way, so you know the stone you’re wearing is a natural beauty, crafted by Mother Nature.
For your customized jewelry you can choose from the different grades of available opal, to fit the budget you may have set. Opal is graded according to various factors, but generally the most notable factor is the contrast between the body color and the reflecting plates. The more vivid the reflecting light, and the darker the body color - the higher quality the opal is. Below are the quality options associated with Kabana’s Opal - with XX being the highest quality available.
Blue Opal: X+, XX
Blue/Green Opal - X+, XX
Read more about the lore, history, and care of opals.
Kabana uses both Red and Black Coral in their jewelry creations. Red Spiny Oyster and Black Onyx can serve as great substitutes for your customized jewelry should Coral not be available.
Kabana Gold Quartz
Kabana Jewelry's Gold Quartz is mined from Australia, in the Queensland goldfields. This dazzling stone is comprised of pure white quartz marbleized with gold veins. It is unlike any other stone, and each cut is entirely unique. This valuable stone pairs especially well with yellow gold and its strong pattern makes it a great choice for men’s jewelry as well as women’s.
Kabana Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful blue stone that looks great on most skin tones and pairs well with both yellow and white gold. Read more about this "Stone of Royalty".
Malachite is characterized by swirls of deep vivid green. It is believed to aid in the protection of the body and spirit. Read more about this "Stone of Protection".
Kabana Mother of Pearl
Mother of pearl comes in many beautiful irredescent colors - Read more about each one below.
White and Yellow Mother of Pearl
Both Kabana’s White and Yellow Mother of Pearl is cultivated from the Pinctada maxima oyster shell, found in the South Pacific seas and the Philippines. This species of oyster produces two color varieties - Gold-Lipped and White-Lipped, both of which can grow up to 12 inches across! The inside of these shells is a lustrous white color, while in the Gold-Lipped variety, only the outer edge of the inside of the shell produces a radiant golden hue. This small portion of the shell is what is used to produce Kabana's Yellow Mother of Pearl jewelry.
Pink Mother of Pearl
Kabana’s Pink Mother of Pearl (Potamilus purpuratus) is found in American fresh waters. As with all the materials they use, Kabana’s standards are very strict. In general, only about 5% of Pink Mother of Pearl is of gemstone quality, most of which contains unsuitable blemishes. From this smal percentage of suitable shells, Kabana only uses the most lustrous and bright portion of the shell to make their jewelry (about 15% of the shell).
Bronze Mother of Pearl
Bronze Mother of Pearl is found in the Philippines. This distinctive shell is a warm chocolate brown with irridescent glimmers of reds and yellows, depending on where the light hits it. The outside of the shell produces a lighter bronze tone with red and pink overtones that pair well with Rose Gold. The inner portion of the shell is more of a deep chocolate brown and is characterized by yellow and red overtones. This portion of the shell is well suited for Yellow Gold. Because of this color duality, and since it is not distinctively masculine or feminine, it makes a great choice for matching wedding bands. It is also a good choice if one partner wants Rose Gold and the other wants Yellow, but they want their rings to match. (Ex. A Rose Gold engagement ring and wedding band for the bride and a matching Yellow Gold wedding band for the groom.)
Tahitian Black Mother of Pearl
This striking Mother of Pearl variety, Pinctada margaritifera is found in Tahiti (in the South Pacific). The delightful shells that create this substance are also the source of the famous Tahitian Black Pearl. The body color of this shell can range from silver to a pearlescent black. Don’t let its name fool you, though - twist it in the light and you will see dramatic glints of shimmery pink and green overtones! As with the other Mother of Pearls, Kabana only uses the finest portions of the best shells to make their jewelry - so you can be sure you’re getting the the quality you deserve.
Nacre: This is the substance that gives the shell its shimmer, is the same substance that forms pearls. The thicker the nacre, the more valuable the material, as thicker nacre generally increases the iridescence (or “orient”) of the shell. Kabana only uses the thickest nacre available, to ensure a beautiful luster.
Surface Texture: The smoother the better. Look closely at a piece of Kabana Mother of Pearl inlay jewelry and you won’t see a single bump or errosion.
Onyx, similar to Black Coral, gives off a delightfully mysterious gleam. This dark stone pairs well with any metal and goes with just about any outfit.
Kabana Spiny Oyster
Like Mother of Pearl, Spiny Oyster comes in a variety of colors: red, purple and orange.
These cheery shells are harvested from the Pacific Ocean and the Mexican Riviera. Despite their vivid color, these shells are not color enhanced at all. In fact, the oysters’ different food sources are what cause these bright hues - seaweed and various forms of plankton produce strikingly different colors when eaten! This shell can be difficult to work with, as only the lip of the shell produces color. In order to maintain the highest standards, Kabana only allows its Master Craftsmen to work with it.
Kabana Tiger's Eye
Tiger's Eye, an opaque quartz, is found in Africa. It has a shimmery fibrous pattern that creates its "cat's eye" appeal when the jewelry is twisted. This beautiful stone looks amazing in Yellow Gold and is an excellent choice for men's and women's jewelry.
Turquoise is commonly mined in the American Southwest or in China. Both locations produce high quality turquoise, though it is important to be aware of the high influx of cheap or synthetic turquoise in the market. Many kinds of synthetic turquoise look very authentic, but possess no value. Kabana uses top quality authentic turquoise in the creation of their jewelry.
Turquoise can vary from vivid blue to green, depending on the minerals present in the mine. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is from the Sleeping Beauty Mine in Arizona, while Chinese Turquoise is mined in China. While Chinese Turquoise is available in many different forms, Kabana uses the turquoise with a matrix (webbing), which distinguishes it from the Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. This variety comes in three color varieties: light blue, dark blue, and green.
*Please be aware that natural turquoise can deepen in color when continually exposed to oils and chemicals.
Read more about the lore and history of turquoise.
Kabana Fitted Bands
Our fitted diamond bands can be used either as wedding bands, or as diamond 'enhancers' for the engagement ring itself. They can be permanently attached to the engagement ring to add extra sparkle - Or they can be bought separately to be given at the ceremony itself, or even years later as an anniversary gift! These bands correspond to specific engagement rings based on the carat weight of the engagement ring's center diamond. To see which one you would need, make sure the "Tier" number matches the tier of the setting you are looking at.