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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.


A Stunning Halo Diamond Ring For An Anniversary Gift!

2 carat halo diamond ringWhat if you woke up to this stunning halo diamond ring every morning?  That would definitely be a ray of sunshine!  This beauty is about to leave Malka Diamonds & Jewelry's downtown Portland shop.  There are now two of these stunning rings floating around on Portland's fingers.  Both rings were purchased for 10 year anniversary gifts.  Both customers  were hunting for a ring they could re-mount their diamond in.  They were searching for a ring that was set low and had the wow factor.  This piece definitely does.  The ring shown houses a 2.02-carat diamond.  The center stone is surrounded by 1-carat total weight of diamonds - 200 (1mm) stones!  It's basically the halo split-shank diamond engagement ring on steroids.  We are gitty about it and can't wait to see our customer's face when she places this beauty on her finger.  Here is to a sparkly Wednesday.

Malka Diamonds Hires An Additional Jeweler!

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!IMG_0030  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). IMG_0050

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.

A Stranger Catches This Breathtaking Utah Engagement!

joe-heidiIt was just yesterday when Jon & Heidi came into Malka Diamonds in downtown Portland Oregon.  The two were smiling from ear to ear.  They had just returned from a memorable trip to Moab, Utah.  They shared their story with us and we were blown away.  We asked them to send over some pictures and details about the engagement.  Here is what Jon sent this morning...."A little bit about our proposal story...Heidi and I had a week vacation in Moab, Utah last week and I knew I wanted to propose on one of the hikes in the National Parks there. Last Wednesday we decided to go on a hike to one of the more notable rock arches in Arches National Park and I decided sometime on this 3 mile hike I would propose...preferably in front of the arch with a beautiful vista. Neither of us had ever been here so we had no idea of the beauty of it. The hike up towards the arch was full of beautiful red rock and canyon views and felt like we were hiking to the top of the world. joe-heidi-archWe came around a bend on the trail and then there was Delicate Arch in front of us....breathtaking, enormous, and with a perfect blue sky and scenery behind it. I knew this was the place. I had Heidi and I walk towards the arch and told her I wanted to get a picture of us. It so happened that on the walk over, a man asked us if we would like him to take a picture of us. I said yes and after Heidi was posed for the photo I reached down in my backpack and picked up the ring that was hidden in its box with some hiking socks wrapped around it. I got down on my knee and proposed....Heidi was so surprised and full of joy...and said yes. Our photographer stranger/friend was equally surprised but took several photos of the proposal which we're so lucky to have. Heidi loves the ring we got at your store.."  Thank you Jon & Heidi for sharing this magical moment with us.  We are honored to be part of this engagement utah amazing story.  Congratulations to you both on your recent engagement.  We can't wait to see the wedding pictures! - David & Ronnie Malka

Calling All Ducks... Adorable Couple Gets Engaged On Hayward Field!

Taylor & Lauren Meet Taylor and Lauren.  Taylor came in to Malka Diamonds in downtown Portland looking for an engagement ring.  He wanted it to be something truly special for his soon-to-be fiance, Lauren.  We looked at the selection of rings in the showroom and he was strongly considering one ring.  It was a pretty ring with some unique components on the sides but he didn't love the way the center diamond was set.  Lucky for Taylor, Malka Diamonds can do it all.  We removed the original 4-prong setting and placed the diamond in a bezel setting.

We then had our exceptional jeweler, David Stanwood, add bead work to the bezel.  The result is this amazing one-of-a-kind diamond engagement ring.Meet Lauren.  Lauren came in to our shop glowing.  The two had just returned home from Eugene.  Lauren shared with us the story of their engagement.  Seems Taylor was able to get the gate of Hayward Field, the UO track and field, open for a private visit.  The two reminisced about the many hours they spent running for the UO team.  Taylor then proposed with this stunning ring and Lauren said, Yes!  The two are now happily engaged and are starting to plan the wedding.  Thank you for including Malka Diamonds in this amazing time in your lives.






Zeghani By Simon G Has Arrived At Malka Diamonds

We, at Malka Diamonds, are pleased to announce that the Zeghani bridal collection by Simon G has arrived! Zeghani is a sought-after bridal line which features exceptionally crafted fine jewelry.  Simon G is a household name that continues to be a leading bridal line since they launched their first line.  Zeghani is one of the collections that is housed at Simon G and is made to reach all budgets. The highly coveted company chose Malka Diamonds as one of the few jewelry stores in the Northwest to house their stunning and classic bridal line.  We are honored and could not be happier.  Check out some of the beautiful engagement rings that are settling into our Malka Diamond & Jewelry cases by clicking the link ( latest collection page ) or heading to bySimon GZeghani by Simon G

Custom Engraved Modern Pendant @ Malka Diamonds

Custom Engraved PendantLast Thursday, we delivered this modern, symbolic pendant to one of our loyal customers.  He and his wife came in to pick up her recent remounted ring and they both were thrilled.  Later that day, he came in on his own still thrilled with the recent new ring and eager to create a new piece for his wife. The pendant would need to look good with the new ring and at the same time represent his two daughters.  We did several sketches together and found a modern and sleek design for a "M" which symbolizes both daughters, Molly & Megan.  He returned to Malka Diamonds a week later with one of his daughters to confirm the wax.  The father-daughter duo loved it and requested 14 karat white gold for their choice in metal.  The last stage was engraving.  We had our hand engraver inscribe the names "Molly" & "Megan" on the back. photo 2 copy

A Touching Proposal With A Custom Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring!

Our customer, John, recently emailed us that he had proposed to Emily, his now fiancé, who replied, "Yes!"  We worked with John on a custom three-stone diamond engagement ring.  It was a pleasure to work with him and a treat to get the following engagement story... John & emily

"We began our relationship together on January 11th 2013.   After this past Christmas break, we were planning on having a special date to recognize being together for one year.  I made arrangements to have dinner at our friends' house where we actually had our first date almost a year ago.  I did not initially tell her the details of what we would be doing but everyday I gave her a clue concerning where we would be going, with whom we would be, and what we would be doing.  As soon as Emily returned, it was clear that she knew what was about to happen.  I briefly recounted the changes in our relationship as  I placed the ring I had custom-created at Malka Diamonds on her finger.

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I got down on one knee and said, "Emily, will you marry me?" and she said, "Yes!" and quietly exclaimed.  "We're going to get married!"

Thank you John for sharing your story and photos with Malka Diamonds & Jewelry.  We are honored to be part of this amazing time in your lives.  We are looking forward to meeting Emily soon.Portland Propsal

A Monogram Yellow Gold Pendant @ Malka Diamonds

We recently worked on this stunning 14 karat yellow gold monogram pendant.  At Malka Diamonds, we work with some amazing vendors.  One of these vendora creates these unique and stylish pendants in yellow, white or rose gold.  They are also available in gold-plated.  Our customer wanted her initals monogramed into a large 1.25" size.  She chose to go with the more modern block design.  Once her piece arrived from the vendor, we added a little extra to give it a custom feel.  We sandblasted the finish and set a small diamond in the corner.  I liked this piece so much, I bought the cursive monogram design  for myself.  I opted for the gold-plated which makes it an affordable and unique necklace that I will enjoy wearing. 14 Karat gold Mongram Pendant

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John & Ray Marry After 17 Years, Hooray For Washington!

photo-1 It was early in September when we met Ray and John.  They came into Malka Diamonds, located in downtown Portland, to create a custom diamond ring.  John came in with a stunning 1.03 radiant that was E in color and VVS in its clarity.  Needless to say, we were incredibly taken by the "near perfect" stone.  The two showed us some images they had found and we brainstormed together with our jeweler on the project.  The mission was to create a ring that would showcase the beauty of the radiant diamond and at the same time be accompanied by a mix-metal ring. We were confident we could make it happen. It took about three weeks but the wax was created.  Both Ray and John came in to take a look.  They had a few tweaks to the wax, but overall loved the concept.  They loved it so much that Ray decided he too would like a similar ring.  Both rings were casted in platinum and 18 karat yellow gold.

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During the custom process, we got to really enjoy connecting with Ray and John.  They shared with us the news that once the rings were completed they would set the date for their intimate Washington wedding.  We are so happy for the two of them and their family that Washington has legalized gay marriage and hope that Portland is not far behind.  Congratulations to you both! anouncement