Malka Diamonds of downtown Portland, Oregon is staying very busy. So busy that we decided it was time to add another jeweler to the our full-service shop. We are pleased to introduce Tessa! We first met Tessa at the GIA's (Gemological Institute of America) job fair. She came highly recommended by her professors, recruiters as well as several of her fellow classmates. We met many students that day but Tessa stood out. Her education background is quiet robust. She not only comes with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Criminology and Spanish but she has a strong education in the metal arts as well. She first studied metalsmith at the Denver College of Metal & Arts. She then made her way south to GIA Carlsbad, San Diego campus. For the last two years, Tessa has been submersed in the world of jewelry. Her certifications include Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Jeweler, Accredited Proficient Jewelry & Certified CAD (computer aided design)/CAM (computer aided manufacturer).
It's clear that with the above education, Tessa is bringing a lot to the plate at Malka Diamonds. We look forward to her working with David and I in the store as well as spending time on the jewelers bench with David Stanwood, our craftsman jeweler. In addition, we are eager to take her knowledge on the CAD matrix program and implement it into our custom process. Stay tuned for a future purchase of a 3D printer. A CAD printer will use the computer program that Tessa has become familiar with and print out a wax form. Needless to say, Malka Diamonds is going stong and we are pleased and honor to have our Tessa on our team! Come by and meet her soon.