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Malka Diamonds is a fine jewelry boutique in downtown Portland but it's wings spread a lot further. We are frequented by several Seattle engagement ring hunters as well as California-based diamond ring seekers.
Most recently, a sweet gentleman named Dean reached out to us over the phone to have an initial conversation about his engagement ring search. He and his future fiance were searching for an emerald-cut diamond vintage ring. He specifically wanted to find an emerald-cut larger than a 1 carat. We made sure to put some emerald-cut stones aside for their weekend trip down to Portland.
Dean and Evangaline came in and fell in love with a 1.31 carat emerald-cut diamond. We set it in a stunning platinum engagement ring paired with two tapered baguettes. A classic look from the late 1930s.
When the ring was ready for delivery, the couple came back to Portland. They were both thrilled! We can recall Dean's sweet words as he said, "This is the best day of my life! Actually the second best day, the first one was when I met Evangeline." We are thrilled to be part of such a wonderful celebration! Thank you for choosing Malka Diamonds & Jewerly of Portland, Oregon.
A few months ago we placed a spectacular 1920s Art Deco Tiffany & Co bezel diamond ring in our antique case. Within a few days, we had several people comment on its beauty. It was quickly becoming the most coveted vintage diamond ring in our antique cases. One weekend, three different couples came in and each one pointed out the Tiffany & Co. vintage diamond ring. All three grooms-to-be said they would be back. The Tuesday following, a new groom-to-be walked in to MALKA Diamonds. He showed us his girlfriend's pinterest board and instagram account. She had pinned an image that was a new piece inspired by our covetted Tiffany & Co. vintage diamond ring. We told him that we happend to have the origianl piece in which these photos were inspired by. He was above impressed and decided to buy it right then and there. Before he left with the ring, take some detailed photos. Over the following two weeks the three grooms-to-be returned to MALKA Diamonds to purchase the Tiffany & Co vintage bezel diamond ring. It broke our hearts to break the news that their ring had sold. We did however have a plan in place. We crafted a custom-made piece using the images we had. The grooms were thrilled. This week we will deliver the third of the custom-made rings. They are beautiful and we are incredible proud of our work.
We first met Jessi and Andrew in early October. They came in to Malka Diamonds in downtown Portland to find an engagement ring. The two were accompanied by a very loving "entourage" of people. The group was made up of family members including a grandmother, mother and sister. Jessi started to look around the store but it was only a few minutes until she spotted her future engagement ring. The piece was in our vintage case. It was a platinum Art Deco engagement ring with tapered baguette diamonds on the sides. She fell in love with it and so did her adorable "entourage". We then worked with Andrew to place the family diamond in to the center and get it sized and ready for the engagement. It was a real pleasure to work with this entire family. Congratualtions Jessi and Andrew. Thank you for choosing Malka Diamonds to be part of this special moment in your lives. Below find Jessi & Andrew's story, it's a sweet one.
"We were both Peace Corps Volunteers in Panama and met just before Andrew finished his service. A few months later he headed back to the US. I still had another year of service and we did not want to be apart, so Andrew returned to Panama. After the end of my service in 2015, we decided we weren't quite ready for real life and so we left for Beijing, China to teach English for a year. We returned to Portland in August 2016. We had decided to get married after about a month of dating. When we wandered into into Malka Diamonds and Jewelry I wasn't looking for anything in particular. One look at "the ring" just like one look at "the one" and I knew. On a sunny day in November, Andrew got down on one knee at Council Crest and asked me to marry him! " - Jessi
Caitlin came into Malka Diamonds to do some research for her future fiance. She knew she wanted a 14 karat rose gold engagement ring and a conflict-free diamond. Tessa, our skilled jeweler showed Cailtin some stunning vintage european- cut diamonds that date back decades. Most were cut in the early 1900s. Caitlin loved their beauty and their longevity. Next, Tessa and Caitlin looked at the large inventory of rose gold engagement ring that Malka Diamonds' houses. She was in between two different styles. One was a cushion-shaped halo ring with diamonds set along the shank as well as in the halo. The other was a four-prong solitaire with diamonds along the shank. She went with the diamond solitaire since this was the type of ring she had always invisioned.
After Caitlin's productive visit, it was time for Andrew to work with Tessa on the details. Andrew contacted us shortly after and let us know he needed this piece before the European trip the two had planned. We decided to set the vintage diamond into a temporary rose gold solitaire to make the deadline. Once the two returned from their trip we placed the diamond into the stunning diamond shank solitaire that Cailtlin had chosen. The two were thrilled as were we. Congratulations to Andrew + Caitlin. Thank you for choosing Malka Diamonds. Caitilin has graciously shared their proposal story and photos below. A must read!!!
"We were in the last few days of a month-long European vacation. We had decided to end our trip at the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy. Our first full day there, we wanted to rent a moped and drive up the famously dangerous, but beautiful, Amalfi Coast road. Unfortunately, we woke up to grey skies and rain. After being denied a moped rental due to safety concerns, we were at a loss as to what to do that day. We stopped at our new favorite café for a snack, the weather cleared up and we were left with a beautiful, late September day. We returned to the moped rental shop, picked up our bike, and headed out to explore the coast.
We were thoroughly enjoying our ride and the amazing views of the Italian coastline. However, Andrew seemed to be more worried than usual as to our destination or plan for the afternoon. Claiming leg cramps, Andrew pulled over to “stretch his legs”. We hopped off the bike and before I knew it, he was down on one knee pulling my beautiful engagement ring out of his sock!
I had picked the ring out a couple of months prior and had gone with Malka specifically because of their selection of antique diamonds and wonderful customer service. With the intent to wear this piece of jewelry for the rest of my life, I was concerned about the implications of my diamond’s sourcing and decided an antique diamond was the best choice for me. Tessa at Malka Diamonds was so wonderful to work with and seemed to completely understand where I was coming from. I now have a beautiful ring as well as the piece of mind to wear it proudly.
We just received a fantastic email from Charlotte & Kyle who updated us on their recent Oregon engagement. The Trail Blazers success this past season plays center stage in the turn of events leading to this exciting engagement. Malka Diamonds is honored to be part of it.
Malka Diamonds was excited to meet and work with this stunning couple! It was a Saturday in March when Kyle brought Charlotte out ring shopping. He surprised her that morning and told her he wanted to get to know what she liked. Charlotte was all smiles, The two spent a while working with us and looking at the different ring style. One ring, an emerald-cut diamond with trapezoid-cut side diamonds simple took her breathe away. She took a quick picture of it as one of her favorites. We continued to look at the rings in the store and learn a little about loose diamonds. It was pretty clear that she was taken with the emerald-cut diamonds.
Kyle returned to our store a few weeks later to start talking more seriously about a ring for Charlotte. He wanted to custom make a ring like the one she had seen a few weeks back at our shop. We met with him several times to discuss diamonds and to start on a custom ring. Kyle was part of the entire process. He first came in to look over the sketches, then the wax and later the casting. Once it was just a few days away from completion, Kyle started to email and ask about it. We can recall one email in particular when he said, "It's all I can think about".
The day finally came when it was time for Kyle to come in to Malka Diamods and pick up the engagement ring. He had spoken about the proposal with us on several occasions. He mentioned they would be heading to Paris that weekend and he needed to pick up the ring by Saturday morning.
Saturday came and Kyle walked in to our downtown Portland shop. He seemed slightly distracted . When we asked if he was packed for the trip, he said, "not exactly". To understand the story, you first need to get to know the couple a little better. Here is the story through Charlotte...
"Kyle and I met through a mutual friend that “just had a feeling we needed to meet.” By our 3rd date I knew he was going to be the love of my life, in fact I called my mom the next day and told her I had met my husband. It was incredible how easy it was falling in love with Kyle, especially since it was not an opportune time to start a relationship. I had just started studying for the LSAT and planned on applying to law school later that year. On top of that, I work full time as a legal assistant and part time with the Trailblazers as a Blazer Dancer. Kyle works as an investment consultant for RVK and travels often, racking up over 30 work trips a year. Despite our crazy, stressful schedules we fell for each other hard and fast.
Kyle graduated from University of Oregon and is (I don’t mean this lightly) the BIGGEST Ducks fan. He attends all home Oregon football games, and paces around nervously when he watches them play away. He absolutely loves all sports, collects wine, and is one of the biggest planners I’ve ever met (his outlook calendar is insane). He is pragmatic, steady, and a complete romantic. His friends even joke that he’s Ted from “How I Met Your Mother.”
In January, Kyle and I booked a trip to Paris to celebrate my final season with the Blazer Dancers and the next phase in my life as a law student. With Kyle’s frequent work travel there was a 9 day window in early May that fit perfectly. At the time it was unthinkable that the Blazers would advance out of the first round (or even make the playoffs for that matter), and therefore ruin our trip. This "Trip of a Lifetime" looked like a sure thing, so over the next few months (unknown to me) Kyle got to work, ring shopping and planning out a proposal in the City of Lights.
The Blazers would go on to finish the season as one of the hottest teams in the league but still looked like a first round exit. As they fell behind the Clippers, two games to none, we started booking tickets to the Moulin Rouge, Versailles, and transportation from the airport, etc. We were on our way, and just as important, the ring was ready. Friends and family (who knew Kyle’s plans) were rooting for us, and against the Blazers.
You know what happens next. As Rip City celebrated the big win advancing them to the second round, we sadly cancelled our reservations and requested refunds. Bittersweet, no doubt. The Blazers had defied the odds, but our trip, and Kyle’s proposal, was ruined.
On May 3rd, rather than catch our scheduled 8 am flight to Paris, Kyle told me to take the day off work. What followed was the closest we could get to Paris in Portland: a day full of crepes, croissants, baguettes, cheese, and of course wine. We spent the afternoon at some of Oregon’s most scenic wineries, and on the last stop, Kyle made his move. In the middle of our picnic overlooking the Willamette Valley, he got down on one knee and revealed his plans for us in Paris, his commitment to our future, and last but definitely not least: THE RING (thank you, Malka!).
Of course I said yes!
This stunning platinum diamond engagement ring took center stage recently in a Caribbean wedding proposal. Meet Luis and Crista. These two frist came in to Malka Diamonds after the winter holiday season. They had driven down to Portland from Seattle together. Luis and Crista came down for a romantic weekend getaway in which they stayed at a beautiful hotel in downtown Portland. The adorable couple came into Malka Diamonds towards the end of their weekend stay. They had been looking for quite a while for the perfect platinum engagement ring. Tessa, one of Malka Diamonds' jewelers, began the process with Luis and Crista. She showed them some stunning platinum engagement rings. After a short while, Luis noticed a stunning platinum diamond halo ring. This particular ring even had a name, the Valerie. Valerie is part of our platinum Vatche engagement collection. Valerie houses a 2.0 carat size center diamond and has almost 1.0 carat total weight of diamonds surrounding it. Luis and Crista loved it immediately. The two then sat down with Ronnie Malka and looked at 2 carat diamonds. Together we found an exceptional stone that had just the right sparkle for such an exquisite platinum engagement ring. Luis purchased the ring shortly after and they headed back to Seattle. It was very important to both of them that we engrave some words inside the ring.
We had our jewelers work on this immediately. Luis reached out separately and requested the ring be sent out as soon as possible. Crista didn't know at the time, but the very next week, she would be heading to the Caribbean where Luis planned to propose. Luis hid the Valerie platinum diamond ring until the moment was just right. He found a perfect spot on Stirrup Cay and asked Crista to marry him. She said "Yes!" Congratulations you two. Thanks for choosing Malka Diamonds.
Meet AJ & Laura. We first met AJ months ago when he came in to find an engagement ring for Laura. David Malka liked AJ right away. A charming young guy who is a professional opera singer residing in San Fransisco with a great sense of humor. David & AJ spent a while looking at diamonds, engagement rings, and getting familiar with some custom engagement ring options. The ring that caught AJ's eye the most was a stunning 1.71 carat radiant-shaped diamond with trapazoid-shaped diamonds on the side. The engagement ring was custom-made in-house at Malka Diamonds just a few weeks before and was out on display for a short time before AJ snatched it. The combination of fancy-cut diamonds in a platinum classic setting was exactly what he was looking for. Recently, AJ & Laura came in to Malka Diamonds for a visit. It had been a little while since we first saw AJ and we were excited to hear about the proposal. They were in town visiting family for the holidays and stopped in to chat about wedding bands. We spent over an hour playing with rings and talking. Their story is one for the books and we are pleased to share it. Below is a portion of an email I received from Laura with their story.
Enjoy, we did...
Meet Josh. He recently shared with us the story of his engagement to Lindsay. We loved it so much we wanted to share it with all of you. Josh first came into Malka Diamonds to find a diamond engagement ring in early September. He worked with both Tessa & David. First, Tessa spent some time showing Josh our engagement ring inventory. He was pleased with one particular style right off the bat. It was a cushion-shaped halo diamond ring. Next, Josh sat down with David and looked at several round diamonds. With some help from David, Josh found the perfect stone. It was a stunning 1.18 carat round briilant diamond. Once the stone and ring were chosen, Josh had a request. The semi-precious aquamarine stone is incredible important to Lindsay. Josh wanted to make sure to use this blue stone in the design of her engagment ring. As a group they decided to custom make the ring using aquamarines in the cushion-halo part of the ring. On Thursday, October 27th, Josh came in to pick up the ring. David can recall the day Josh came in because he clearly was thrilled with the way ring came out and was excited to propose to the love of his life. We are truly honored to be part of this wonderful engagement story. Thank you Josh for sharing this exciting moment with us.
Below is their story, it's a good one...
"Lindsay and I met in Charlotte, NC through a mutual friend and became really good friends over the course of about a year. I ended up getting a job offer in Portland when I was vacationing here and before I moved, we both realized we were much more than friends. She took the plunge and moved here to be with me 6 months later.
We got engaged while driving up the coast from Tillamook to Cannon Beach on November 7th. It was a really windy, rainy day but we pulled off anyway at Hug Point Beach to explore. The tide was out so we were able to walk onto a second part of the beach that had a waterfall and series of caves. The wind and rain really started to pick up at that point and we ducked into one of the caves. That is where I asked Lindsay to be my wife."
Fine Whiskey, Fine Jewelry. Bull Run Distillery & Malka Diamonds are teaming up on December 3rd to create a memorable evening. Jennifer Kadell, who was interviewed about spirits in the examiner will be showcasing the fabulous flavors of Temperance whiskey. Guests who have rsvp to Malka Diamonds will get an intimate tasting and education from Jennifer and her staff. They will also have an opportunity to purchase these fine spirits. December 3rd will be a night of fine jewelry, fine food and fine whiskey. Malka Diamonds & Jewelry will be toasting to six successful years and to many many more.
Our lovely friend, Susanne, chose Malka Diamonds to create a stunning diamond custom band. She had been without a ring for a few months when she came in to our downtown store. Sadly, Susanne lost her ring on an outing with her dog one crisp February morning. She came up with a few different concepts and came to us with her vision. We worked together and carved a fabulous wax. Susanne popped in to take a look and loved it! Even in the green wax it showed beautifully. Our jeweler spent over four weeks setting the stones and adding the hand engraving. Yesterday, Susanne came in for the unveiling of fher custom diamond ring. She was thrilled! We are so excited to take part in creating this beauty. It was a real pleasure to work with you, Sussane. A stunning ring for a fabulous lady!
David & I spent the morning with Ana, Paul & Scott from the Garden Bar. We had a blast talking about our upcoming anniversary party. On Thursday, December 3rd from 5:30-9 Malka Diamonds will celebrate six wonderful years. The store will open after hours for a private party (rsvp required), where we will be showcasing the culinary expertise of our friends at Garden Bar. The menu is in the works and the hype is spreading. In addition, we are thrilled to partner with Betsy & Iya jewelry for a fabulous truck show and Bull Run distillery for a magnificent whiskey tasting. It will be a night you won't want to miss! This event is a very special one for Malka Diamonds & Jewelry. It is a time when we reflect on the year that past. The familiar faces and the new ones we were thankful to work with. It's because of the support of our community that we are as successful as we are. This past year, we were honored with the People Love Us On Yelp award. The Yelp award is not an easy one to receive. Our 36 reviews that have rated us 5 star is one of the main reasons we have become one of the leaders in fine jewelry in the Portland market.
This year we expanded our full-service jewelry shop. We added an additional jeweler, Tessa and have doubled in our custom, restoration & repair work. We are feeling very fortunate to celebrate Malka Diamonds' success with all of you.
Malka Diamonds just wrapped up a full photo shoot as it prepares for a new website launch! It is amazing that such a large part of our success is in online presence. It is truly amazing to think that the entire way we market has changed so drastically in just 20 years. It was 1996 that it became obvious to most retail companies that a public web presence was imperative to the life of the organization. At Malka Diamonds, our website is the first introduction to our story. Our new customers come in via our website and referrals from past customers. At least weekly, a new customer will walk in and say, " wow, this looks just like the website". This is why our website must be updated and upgraded to the latest and greatest. We thought you might enjoy a sneak peek into the making of the new site. We are hoping to showcase the custom jewelry making process as well as the restoration of vintage rings. Stay tuned for the finished piece.
The photos taken for are not just images of the shop and the people who work at Malka Diamonds but of the behind the scenes. There is so much that goes into custom creating and design that we were giddy to tell the story through photos. Here is hoping the new site launches by the end of 2015! Stay tuned..
Congratulations to Ann & David on their 15 year anniversary! If you are one of the lucky ones who knows this adorable couple you know how excited we were to see them walk in to Malka Diamonds this morning.
Ann and David met at Cedar Sinai Park. David was the director of this amazing facility that provides residential and community-based care to our elders and adults with special needs, allowing them to live with comfort, independence and dignity in a manner and in an environment based on Jewish values. Ann was looking for volunteer work. She found herself at Cedar Sinai Park looking into their volunteer options and her interview was with David. That was clearly the start of something really special.
Now, as they celebrate 15 years, they are all smiles. They are amazing parents to two wonderful kids. In addition, to a wonderful family life, David is quite the artist. He specializes in several medias but around here he is known for his amazing glass work.
Ann & David started their special day with a morning visit to Malka Diamonds. We went through all of the cases slowly, narrowing down the perfect ring. Towards the last of the cases, Ann found the one! We are busy setting and sizing this beauty but in the mean time we wanted to wish the lovebirds a Happy Anniversary! Thanks for choosing Malka Diamonds. We are honored to be part of this special moment in your lives.
Our customers come into Malka Diamonds to celebrate life moments. Many come in to create custom jewelry to celebrate a lifetime moment. We are thrilled to be part of the special moments that bring our customers in. Engagements, Weddings, Anniversary, Birthday are just a few of the many celebrations we help our customers with. Jewelry is one of the few artifacts that have a strong meaning and for that reason we take pride in the pieces we create at Malka Diamonds. When we first opened Malka Diamonds we didn't realize that we would not only help in life celebrations but we would take part in celebrating people's lifetime. In the last six years, we have had several projects that have taken components of heirloom jewelry from family members that have passed and created something new and wearable for their loved ones. This project is no different. We were honored when Cindy came into Malka Diamonds with a custom jewelry project. She brought in her late husband's diamond band in hopes to make a pendant for her two daughters. We pulled the diamonds from his band as well as gold from the back of the ring and custom created two stunning pendants. Created in 14 karat yellow gold, these pendants house two bezeled diamonds and have a sleek modern look. Cindy was thrilled when we presented the new pieces to her today. They will be gifts for her two daughters (23 and 25 years old). The oldest will get this special gift on her wedding day in mid February. It will be the something new and the something old. It will be a way to have her father's life remembered. Thank you Cindy for allowing Malka Diamonds to be part of these lifetime moments.
What if you were rafting with your significant other and they opened a floating box to propose to you? On a hot day like today, that sounds pretty spectacular. That is exactly what is happening on the Middle Fork Salmon River in Idaho as we write this blog. Our customers came into Malka Diamonds a few weeks back. They brought in three diamonds. These round brilliant diamonds came from their family. The couple wanted to work together to find the perfect ring. They wanted something special and timeless. This ring happens to be very similar to the three-stone David Malka proposed with 13 years ago. It's classic and timeless.
The process took a few weeks and once it was complete, we gave them a call. Our soon-to-be-groom showed up Thursday to pick up the ring. He came into Malka Diamonds & Jewelry with a Pelican case. This is a special case he uses when he takes tours out on a guided rafting trip. The purpose of the box is to bring valuables and make sure they will float if need be. Take a look at this stunning three-stone diamond engagement ring being placed in the pelican box. This is a first for Malka Diamonds!
One of our favorite things to do at Malka Diamonds & Jewelry, is custom making a one-of-a-kind piece. Take a look at this stunning vintage-inspired blue sapphire ring we just delivered. At Malka Diamonds we are fortunate to have two on-site jewelers. All of our projects are done in-house, as we are a full-service jewelry store.
The new owner of this beauty came in with this beautiful royal blue sapphire stone. She wanted us to create a custom ring for her that would show off the stone and be unique. She gave us free range to create. During the process we presented the shield-cut diamonds. She loved them! These kite-like stones were the perfect side stones for the vintage-inspired blue sapphire ring. We bezel set the stones and milligrained the bezel. Our jeweler then hand engraved the shank (band) with a leaf-like pattern. he set several small diamonds along the shank and millgrained the edges as well. The sapphire truly became even more beautiful once it was set in this one-of-a-kind custom creation. Our customer came back last week to see the final process and was blown away. This is definitely one of our favorite pieces.
Welcome to Portland Oregon Christina & Eric! We met this New York couple a few days ago when they came in hunting for an Art Deco engagement ring. Their visit to Portland was incredibly purposeful. The two plan to move to Portland soon. During their trip to the Rose City, they were able to close on a home and find a vintage diamond engagement ring. When they first came in to Malka Diamonds they spent some time looking at the collection of Art Deco rings with David Malka and our new jeweler, Tessa. Christina and Eric came in the very next day knowing exactly which one of the 1920s engagement rings they wanted. The ring they chose is a highly coveted style from the Art Deco era.
At Malka Diamonds, we visit with our vintage and antique vendors frequently to find this exact style ring. These two were all smiles when they looked through our vintage jewelry case and found this stunning treasure. The ring will spend a few extra days in our shop being re-shanked. The current band has thinned over the years and although, it could be worn for at least 10 years, we just can't let it leave our hands without it being in perfect condition.
We fell in love with this couple's story. Who wouldn't? Their story is out of a 1950s movie. She is a flight attendant and he is a pilot. They both work for American Airlines. The two met two years ago on a flight to Buenos Aires. They fell in love and now are making Portland, home.
Congratulations to the two of you! We are honored you chose Malka Diamonds & Jewelry.
Fara came into Malka Diamonds of Portland Oregon with her families jewelry about one year ago. She was hoping to create her own custom jewelry that she would wear everyday. We had pulled out stones and metal that could be used towards the new piece. The mission, however, was a big one and she needed time to think of exactly what that piece would look like. We agreed to revisit the custom jewelry project when she was ready. A year later, Fara came back in to Malka Diamonds & Jewelry. She was still unsure what to do but after a productive brainstorming session with David and Ronnie, she was feeling more confident about the custom jewelry project. The tri-colored ring seen in the image would become the bands. This ring was from her paternal grandmother, Helene. It was worn during her wedding ceremony because they needed a ring that was a solid circle. The largest stone in the grouping was a diamond that was salvaged during World War II. It was one of the few things that Fara's mother's family saved from their jewelry store before the Nazis tore the store apart. The next largest diamond was taken from the engagement ring seen in the photo. Chris had proposed with this ring 13 years ago and it meant a great deal to Fara that it was represented in this custom ring. The three small stones were pulled from a bracelet that Fara's father, Steve had gifted her mom, Shelly. The result as Fara posted on her Facebook page ..."is a super blingy (ha!) tribute to my marriage (going on 13 years!), my family (to whom I will pass this on), and the beautiful women in my life, whose stories I get to continue to tell."
We are truly honored with the opportunity to work on such an amazing project. We know that this new piece will become an heirloom in Fara's family for decades to come.