antique jewelry

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.


An 82 Year Heirloom Vintage Ring Restored To Celebrate 10 Years!

vintage ringOnce you spend a few minutes looking at a Vintage Art Deco diamond ring you simple become mesmerized.  The craftsmanship alone showcases the amazing work man was able to do in the 1920s-1940s.  This was a time when we lacked in computers, machine-precision tools, etc.  A piece like the image shown is pure art.  David & I have found ourselves in awe of the vintage rings.  Over the past few years, we have proudly collected a large selection of vintage art deco diamond rings.  We have come to know the work well and for that reason when a piece like this makes its way into the store our jewelers know how to bring it back to its original being. This beautiful vintage diamond ring belongs to our good friend, Leslie.  Leslie, brought it in to Malka Diamonds a few weeks back.  The shank (band) part of the ring had cracked.  This was actually the third time the shank had broken which meant it was time to restore the ring.  The piece is three rings soldered together.  This was quite common.  People would have "guard-style" bands created to place on either side of the ring.  The practice was most common in the late 40s.  So in this incident, the two "guard-style" on this ring were made of 18 karat white gold.  The engagement ring however is in platinum which was more common in the 20s and 30s.  This center ring houses the large diamond center and is crafted in platinum.  This ring was given to Leslie's maternal grandmother, Ruth.  She wore it for 51 years as her wedding ring.  Married at the Olympic Hotel in Seattle on September 10, 1933 to Manton J. Spear.  The original stone was removed in 1984 after Manton passed.  It was given to their son and the ring itself was given to Leslie.  Leslie tucked the ring into her safe deposit box.

Years later, Leslie met Rich.  Rich requested the ring and purchased a cushion-cut diamond to be set in the center.  Leslie saw the ring for the first time again on her wedding day.  They were married March 26, 2005 at Congregation Beth Israel.

This month the two celebrate their 10 year anniversary.  It's timely that the restoring of this stunning 82-year-old heirloom vintage ring is now.  We are pleased to be part of bringing it back to its original beauty.  Thank you Leslie & Rich for choosing Malka Diamonds and for sharing your story.

Seattle Couple Picks Up Their Vintage Inspired Custom Ring

seattle-coupleEmily and Keian came down a few weeks ago from Seattle.  They worked with both David and Ronnie Malka, owners of Malka Diamonds of Portland Oregon.  We looked through our vintage and antique enggement rings.  We also spent some time looking at our large european-cut diamond inventory.  Once the 1.60 carat european-cut diamond stone was chosen we came up with some options for Emily's ring.  She really wanted to capture the look of one of our 1920s Art Deco wedding rings but also wanted to add her own pattern to the band.  We decided to go the custom route with this one.  We first carved a wax to mimic a vintage ring she adored in our case.  We then had our jeweler engrave the pattern she sent us.  Last we casted the piece in 14 karat white gold. vintage-inspired custom engagement ring

This adorable couple came in last Saturday to pick up their one-of-a-kind vintage inspired engagement ring.  It was such a pleasure to see their smiles once they saw the piece in a Malka Jewelry box.  Congratulations Emily & Keian, from your favorite Portland jewelers!

A Family Heirloom Is Restored @ Malka Diamonds

Emily & CalebCaleb & Emily, Portland Engaged Couple found us on yelp when they were looking for an independent jewelry store in Portland Oregon.  The two were in search for a shop that could restore a family heirloom.  When Emily & Caleb came in to Malka Diamonds it was clear that they were very excited about their recent engagement.  Caleb told us how he proposed.  He mentioned that he asked Emily on a hike one gorgeous sunny Oregon day and Emily, of course, said yes.Caleb & Emily  Caleb proposed with his grandmother's diamond engagement ring.  The piece was in need of some restoration and sizing.  We started to work on it quickly so that the two could show it to family on their upcoming trip.

Diamond Engagment RingCaleb mentioned to his mom that he had found a jeweler in Portland that was taking care of the ring.  While we were working on the ring we received the below note about the ring.  We always love to hear the history of heirlooms.  When they came in to pick it up, they were blown away.  Congratulations Caleb & Emily!  We are so thrilled for you both and thank you for allowing Malka Diamonds to work on your family ring.

"I want to thank you for taking care of Caleb and Emily and my mother's diamond engagement ring.  I just spoke to Caleb and he described the work you will do to transform the ring into exactly what they want it to be.  It is a very exciting time and a very meaningful experience for all of us. My parents were engaged and married in Attleboro, Massachusetts and my father was in the jewelry manufacturing business. I wish I had a bit more history on the diamond but I think my grandfather got it from a jeweler friend. I had it informally appraised in Greenfield MA a few years ago. I know it is not a "big" diamond, but I think it is a very nice one. The setting it is in is not the original. My sister and my parents went mining in Montana around 1975 and my sister found a sapphire and my mother gave her the original setting for the stone she found. The current setting for the diamond is very 1970s in style wouldn't you say? My parents were married in 1944. I can't wait to see Emily's engagement ring and thank you again for taking it on.  Sincerely, Betsy Antaya, Caleb's mom"

Their First Trip To Portland!

These two came into Malka Diamonds & Jewelry yesterday.  We first saw them outside our store front looking into our collection of  vintage rings.  We couldn't help but watch them as they pointed to each ring and smiled.  They came in shortly after and asked to see one ring in particular, a platinum Art Deco ring that they both loved.  She tried it on and the two looked at each other right away.  They wanted to get it right then but felt a need to look at the other vintage rings to be certain.  A little while later, we were back at the original ring and they decided it was the one.  This ring was going to make it official.  The two had enjoyed what sounded like a wonderful first visit to Portland and this moment would make the trip even more memorable. ring-photo-copy-4b I asked if anyone knew what they were up to.  They smiled and said only his mom.  We sized the ring and they headed to the airport.  By now, they are home in California and I am sure they are enjoying sharing their story about their first visit to Portland and Malka Diamonds.

She Said Yes! Wedding Proposal In Portland, Oregon

IMG_1951-392x550bWe received this image a few days ago.  The email heading read, "She said Yes!"  These two came in a few months back and found a stunning antique wedding set.  She had seen several rings in Portland but fell in love with a ring we had in our vintage case.  They left and he contacted us a few days later asking us to size it and put it aside.  He came in on his own to purchase the 1940s yellow gold engagement ring with the matching band.  He mentioned that he had planned the proposal with a photographer and as you can see in the picture, he captured the moment.  Congratulations to you both!!!!

Malka Diamonds Latest Addition, One of Only A Few In Oregon, The EVO Laser Welder

Malka Diamonds, one of only a few jewelers with a laser welding maching Every guy loves new gadgets and David Malka and David Stanwood, our amazing jeweler, are no different.  These guys are giddy about our latest purchase.  Malka Diamonds is setting the bar in downtown Portland with this state-of-the-art jewelry laser welding machine.  We are one of only a few in Oregon that have invested in this amazing piece.  Take a look at this link for a video of the machine in action: Laser Welding Machine .  In its short time at Malka, the laser has taken our repair ability to another level.  In addition to seemless ring sizing and immaculate re-tipping prongs, the laser is a beast of its own.  Our vintage jewelry restoration has always been strong and now its simple exceptional.  Almost every repair that comes into our Portland downtown jewelry shop can be done more efficiently with this amazing machine.  In addition, jewelry assembly and fabrication is now easier and the possibilities of jewelry creation are endless with many designs becoming easy to create that were impossible to make using a traditional jeweler’s torch.




Stunning Vintage Ring & A Love Lock Honeymoon To Paris!

Michelle & Geoff came to Malka Diamonds & Jewelry in downtown Portland looking for a vintage ring to house their beautiful loose diamond.  They had been to several local shops before Malka Diamonds and all had offered to custom create a replica vintage ring for them but no one had a true 1920s Art Deco ring that was similar to the one she fell in love with.  At Malka we do plenty of custom pieces but that is not what these two were looking for.  After several trips to vintage and antique shows as well as visits with vendors in our shop, we found the perfect ring.  Michelle had shown us a picture of her dream ring.  It was an Art Deco diamond ring with unique cut sapphires accompanying it.  It was stunning and she was willing to wait to find a similar one that she could call her own.  We called the two love birds in to our 3rd Ave shop to see a ring that we had just found which seemed perfect for them.  As Michelle said, "You found my glass slipper!"  The two were married in Oregon and honeymoon in Paris, France.  They joined the many newlyweds in the heartwarming custom of locking a love padlock on the Pont des Arts bridge and throwing the key into the Seine River.  Congratulations Michelle & Geoff!  Thanks for sharing your special moments with us! Michelle-GeoffMichelle-Geoff-rings





Your Ring As An Artistic Masterpiece - Brilliant!

photo-copy-91-e1353353848991-sSo many of you love your ring.  You have told me time and time again how special it is and how it reminds you of a special moment.  What if your ring was in a drawing that hung in your bedroom or in your powder room.  Ahuva Zaslavsky, an Israeli artist which has made Portland Oregon her home, is creating these masterpieces for Malka Diamonds.  Ahuva uses many forms of media to showcase her talents.  These two images seen below are in pen and are amazing representations of the rings.  The rings are both part of our vintage collection and are stunning art deco pieces.  The drawings are as accurate as a photograph but have a brilliant artistic flair.  It really is a must see and can be done for a special anniversary, birthday or any special moment.  These drawings will be on display at our Emily-Jane Trunk show on December 6th.  Ahuva will be here as well and would be happy to answer any questions about her technique.