OUR FAMILY

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David Malka

Meet David Malka. The diamond and gem authority of Portland. David has been advising and educating buyers about diamonds for the last thirteen years. He started as an independent appraisal lab and later opened Malka Diamonds, a full service shop. As a graduate gemologist from GIA, he is who you want helping you pick out the diamond of your (her) dreams.

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Ronnie Malka

MEET RONNIE MALKA. SHE’S THE ONE WHO WILL SHOW YOU THE STUNNING INVENTORY AS WELL AS GIVE YOU IDEAS FOR CUSTOM JEWELRY. RONNIE IS INVOLVED IN EVERYTHING FUN AT MALKA DIAMONDS. SHE IS THE ONE WHO BLOGS, POSTS, TWEETS AND PUTS TOGETHER THE EPIC ANNIVERSARY PARTIES YEAR AFTER YEAR. BOTH DAVID AND RONNIE MALKA WANT YOU TO FEEL COMFORTABLE AND KNOWLEDGABLE BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY PURCHASES. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU FIND THE PERFECT PIECE TO CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE MOMENTS.


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David Stanwood

Meet David Stanwood. David is our master craftsman. He has an incredible reputation and has been working behind the scenes in downtown Portland for the last 37 years. He is a master in all aspects of the jewelers bench. His diamond setting, wax carving and custom design are exceptional. David oversees all custom and restoration projects. He is meticulous and patient and that is why you want him taking care of your precious heirlooms.  

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Tessa Crowther

MEET TESSA CROWTHER. SHE’S THE ONE SMILING AS SHE BALANCES THE DAY BETWEEN HELPING CLIENTS IN THE SHOWROOM AND BENCH JEWELRY WORKING IN THE BACK. TESSA STUDIED METALSMITH AT THE DENVER COLLEGE OF METAL & ARTS AND BECAME A GRADUATE GEMOLOGIST AND GRADUATE JEWELER AT GIA. FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS, TESSA HAS BEEN SUBMERSED IN THE WORLD OF JEWELRY. BEING PART OF OUR TEAM HAS GIVEN HER A STRONG UNDERSTANDING OF HOW A FULL-SERVICE JEWELRY SHOP OPERATES.



MALKA DIAMOND HISTORY

 

We've been working with Diamonds, gems and exquisite jewelry for our entire life. This is our legacy. Nothing brings us more joy than working with our customers to make sure the pieces they get are an expression of themselves and their style. 

 
 
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1964
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David's father, Yossi Malka, is given an apprenticeship to learn the trade of sawing Diamonds under his uncle Shmuel Yohanaof in Tel Aviv, Israel.  

 

1969
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Yossi married Judy Policar, an Oregonian woman living in Israel at the time.  

 

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1972
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Yossi became an independent Diamond cutter

1975
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David Malka is born.

 

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1976
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The Malka family moves to Portland, Oregon to be close to Judy's family. 

 

1980
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Yossi started to sell diamonds in the classified section. He brought a half a dozen diamonds from Israel and sold them in less then 2 weeks. He then traveled back to Israel and purchased more diamonds. Upon his return he starts selling diamonds as a pocket dealer on the corner of 3rd and Alder at a jewelry shop.

 

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1981
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Yossi leases an office space in the Willamette building on 3rd & Alder and called the business Tel Aviv Diamond Company. He soon became the wholesale Diamond dealer to every independent jeweler in Portland.

 

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1983
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David Malka grows up in Portland, Oregon enjoying baseball and watching his father build a
Diamond business. 

 

1997
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David starts dating his future wife, Ronnie Oren, 
Israeli-American living in Israel at the time.

 

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1999
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David attends Gemological Institue of America on the Carlsbad, California campus as an in-resident student. Graduates with a degree in Diamond and Color Stone Grading and a Graduate Gemologist degree.


2000
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David works for jewelry stores in San Diego.

 

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2002
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David and Ronnie are married and move to Portland. 

 

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2003
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David opens Independent Gemological Services, a jewelry appraisal office in the Willamette building in downtown Portland. He quickly becomes the guru of grading in the Portland area.

 

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2010
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David & Ronnie Malka open Malka Diamonds & Jewelry

 

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2012
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Malka Diamonds becomes “Best Rings of 2012”

 

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2014
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Malka Diamonds wins Yelp People Choice Award