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Happy 15th Anniversary To Ann & David!

15 year anniversary!
15 year anniversary!

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.

halo diamond ring
halo diamond ring

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.

San Diego Lovebirds Find Engagement Ring @ Malka Diamonds

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 These two San Diego lovebirds found their engagement ring and love at Malka Diamonds in Portland Oregon.  Yesterday, October 21, 2015, to be exact was the day Jerrad proposed to his soon-to-be finance, Stephanie.  David Malka along with our jeweler, Tessa, had the honor of being part of this monumental day.  David & Tessa helped the adorable couple from San Diego find their diamond engagement ring.  Stephanie and Jerrad spent time looking for the perfect ring in our downtown Portland jewelry shop.  They fell in love with a stunning 14 karat white gold diamond halo engagement ring. They then sat with David and found the perfect round brilliant diamond to match this exquisite ring.  The Malka staff set and sized the ring so that Stephanie could start wearing it immediately.
 san diego engaement ringAfter meeting the fabulous couple, we wanted to hear their story.  We sent an email requesting some details.  We received the below letter shortly after our request.  After reading this letter it is quite clear why David & Tessa and so many of their friends are giddy about this engagement.
"Hello Ronnie,
We loved your diamond store. David is amazing and helped me customize the perfect ring. Which is hard since I don't know that much about jewelry and really had no idea what I even wanted! he even helped us stay close to our budget which we really appreciated. I would love to share with you our story of how we met.
  It happened two and a half years ago. I grew up in Washington State and had just started my career as a flight attendant. During training, I got the news that I would be based in San Diego. Not knowing anyone in this state, I took the plunge and decided to make this big step. Of course, I always had the mindset of moving back to Seattle eventually, but fate had a different story in mind for me. I found a roommate to live with and we started to become friends. Since the day I moved in, she couldn't stop talking about how perfect her friend Jerrad and I would be together. I finally gave in and let her invite him over for dinner. He came over and as soon as she introduced us, she said "bye" and left the room. She totally set us up on a date! Jerrad asked for my phone number that evening and took me out on a real date the next weekend. I called my mom that night after our first date and said "MOM! i have met the man I am going to spend the rest of my life with! I don't know how i know, but i know!"
   Two and half years later from that day.... He decided to come on a layover with me to Portland. He had never been before so we thought it would be fun. As soon as we got to the hotel we decided to go for a walk on the river. We grabbed a coffee and off we went. We found a sweet bench to sit at and then the unexpected happened. He got down on one knee and pulled out the promise ring my dad had given me when I was 16. After I cried and said yes, he then told me that he wanted to make the ring extra special and pick one out together. That is when we came across your amazing diamond store. It was our 3rd stop of the day and as soon as I walked in, I knew it was the place! I had no idea what I even wanted and David helped us design more than I ever expected. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! It is even extra special to me, knowing that my fiance ( i like the sound of that...fiance..) picked that ring out together.
San Diego Engaged Couple
Thank you for listening to our story and for making our day so memorable and special! couldn't have been anymore perfect!
Stephanie & Jerrad"
Congratulations Stephanie & Jarrad!  Thank you for choosing Malka Diamonds to be part of this amazing moment in your lives.  We hope to see you again soon.
- The Malkas

Celebrating Their Dad With Custom Jewelry

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. heirloom pendantThis 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.

 

A Rafting Proposal On It's Way!

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.  IMG_0591

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!IMG_0592

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A One-Of-A-Kind Vintage-Inspired Blue Sapphire Ring

sapphire ringOne 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!  sapphire ringThese 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.

 

An Adorable New York Couple Finds Their Vintage Treasure

IMG_0194Welcome 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.DSCN0705 copy

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.