So many kids are heading off to sleep away camp this month. They probably do not realize that there is a chance they might fall in love and perhaps be fortunate to celebrate a 50th year anniversary with huge smiles. Meet Ruth & Ron. It was over 50 years ago when these two lovebirds met and fell in love during their time at sleep away camp. Fast forward 50 years and these two are filled with love all around them. Children and grandchildren surround them as they celebrate this amazing milestone. Ron came into Malka Diamonds & Jewelry to create a piece that would mark this amazing moment in their lives. When Ron asked his daughter, Lisa for some advice, she reminded him about the bracelet her mom fell in love with on their recent travels. We worked with both father and daughter to make a bracelet that is inspired by a gold snake cuff, but has birthstones throughout to represent the people in their lives. We are so honored to work on a piece like this. Congratulations to Ruth & Ron! Here's to summer camp and summer loves!
Last 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.
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...
"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.
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!"
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.
This fantastic couple celebrated 30 years of marriage in Portland last weekend. We worked with Linda and Denny over the phone, email and facetime to find them the perfect ring. Linda wanted a radiant-cut diamond which is rectangular with soft corners. She wanted it set horizontally, a unique choice for a stone that is usually seen set in the vertical manner. We found her a stunning stone and a perfect ring to set it in. The two drove down Friday morning from Vancouver B.C. Canada and were in our shop in downtown Portland by the afternoon. Since we had cooresponded so much we felt as if we were old friends by the time they came in. The two made a weekend of it and enjoyed our city while David Stanwood, our jeweler, sized and set the stone. Linda & Denny came in Saturday afternoon and loved the ring. Thanks for making the trip down to Portland. We hope to see you again soon.
This gorgeous and classic diamond engagement ring is on its way to a lucky man who is about to ask the love of his life to marry him. The 1.67ct round brilliant diamond is set in a custom created platinum ring by Vatche. David and I met Vatche this summer at the JCK jewelry show. We were immediately impressed with the quality of the pieces in the collection as well as the price point of these stunning platinum engagement rings. Vatche has not only succeeded in creating a collection that is spectacular he also has designed several of Tiffany's classic and timeless rings. The entire collection is due in our store, Malka Diamonds of Portland, Oregon this week. While we eagerly await its arrival we had our customer take a look online and he found the perfect ring for his love.
Blakely and Viviana were young and in love in New York many years ago. While in NY, they realized they were meant to be together and decided to make it official. "Viviana and I were married on the 8th of May 2004 in central park (Cherry Hill to be exact). I had the original ring made at a place on Fulton street in downtown Brooklyn. Since we had been married in Brooklyn, and Portland has been the longest places we've lived. It is so special to have both of those places in one ring" explained Blakely, when he came into to take a look at his custom ring. Blakely first came into Malka Diamonds & Jewelry with his original ring that had thinned out and was worn. He wanted us to use the original gold as well as gold from other sentimental pieces to recreate the ring. The goal was to mimic the ring but make it thicker and more durable. We first carved a wax (shown in blue).
The wax was made by hand and looked identical to the original ring. Blakely came in and tried on the wax. He gave us the go ahead and we immediately casted it in his personal 14 karat yellow gold. The ring came out better than expected. Blakely is not only a happy customer but a local artist as well. His work is on exhibit at Chambers Gallery.
A few years ago, our good friend was given her mother's stunning opal. It stayed secure in a jewelry box with a hint of a custom project in its future. A few months ago, we sat down with our friend and jeweler and created some sketches as well as a wax for this unique stone. The stone weight is 6.34 carats and has a strong play of color which is very desirable when looking for this type of stone. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia, which produces 97% of the world's supply. The concept was to create a pendant that would showcase the fiery color and size of the stone which is incredible exquisite but be casual enough to be worn on a day-to-day basis. Our jeweler decided to create a bezel in white gold with a pave set of small diamonds on its sides. We also went with a horizontal setting as oppose to the traditional vertical pendant that has been the traditional way for decades. The opal's size made the pendant substantial and to give it the right bezel around it required 79 small diamonds equaling 1.07 carat to be set on its sides. The pendant took over 4 weeks to complete and is a masterpiece. We know she will wear it in good health.