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Malka Diamonds 6th Anniversary Party With Garden Bar, Betsy & Iya And Bull Run Distillery!

Garden Bar @ Malka Diamonds

Garden Bar @ Malka Diamonds

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David & I spent the morning with Ana, Paul & Scott from the Garden Bar.  We had a blast talking about our upcoming anniversary party.  On Thursday, December 3rd from 5:30-9 Malka Diamonds will celebrate six wonderful years.  The store will open after hours for a private party (rsvp required), where we will be showcasing the culinary expertise of our friends at Garden Bar.  The menu is in the works and the hype is spreading.  In addition, we are thrilled to partner with Betsy & Iya jewelry for a fabulous truck show and Bull Run distillery for a magnificent whiskey tasting.  It will be a night you won't want to miss! This event is a very special one for Malka Diamonds & Jewelry.  It is a time when we reflect on the year that past.  The familiar faces and the new ones we were thankful to work with.  It's because of the support of our community that we are as successful as we are.  This past year, we were honored with the People Love Us On Yelp award.  The Yelp award is not an easy one to receive.  Our 36 reviews that have rated us 5 star is one of the main reasons we have become one of the leaders in fine jewelry in the Portland market.

This year we expanded our full-service jewelry shop.  We added an additional jeweler, Tessa and have doubled in our custom, restoration &  repair work.  We are feeling very fortunate to celebrate Malka Diamonds' success with all of you.

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.
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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 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.

 

Sarver Winery Makes The Perfect Setting For A NW Wedding Proposal!

These two are clearly in love and we are in love with this proposal!  We first met Max when he came into Malka Diamonds & Jewelry of Downtown Portland.  He was referred to us by a mutual friend.  He was in search of custom creating an engagement ring for Jordan, his soon-to-be fiancé.  It had to be custom because it was very important to Max that we use the 24 karat gold flake ore he had with him.  Max explained that his soon-to-be fiancé's father had handed the gold container to him when he asked for his daughter's hand in marriage.  It just so happens that Jordan's family mines gold in Alaska.

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We assured Max that the three-stone diamond engagement ring would be casted in Jordan's family gold.  We then spent a while discussing the design and stone selection process.  Max wanted something classic and timeless.  First, he spent time with David Malka learning about diamonds.  He then helped hand select the stones for Jordan.   Next, we used the chosen diamonds to craft a custom three-stone diamond engagement ring.  Max came in several times to look at diamonds, confirm the wax and see the ring in different stages.  When Max came in to see the final piece, he was thrilled.  He had a huge smile on his face.  We asked Max to keep us in the loop on the proposal.  We had no idea he had something so extravagant planned.3-stone custom ring

Jordan & Max first met at the University of Oregon.  Both were college athletes.  Max played football and Jordan played softball.   The two stayed together through college and graduated.  Their relationship continued to grow and Max knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Jordan.  To surprise Jordan, Max had one of Jordan's girlfriends invite her for a wine-tasting date.  Jordan was supposed to meet her friend at Sarver Winery.  Jordan arrived first and was waiting for her friend.  The winery owner invited Jordan to walk out to the vineyard where they would start the tour.  As she walked out there she noticed a guy who looked similar to Max.  She walked closer and closer and realized it was Max.  Max got down on one knee and proposed and Jordan said Yes!  The winery owner was captured the special moment with some amazing pictures.

Thank you Max for trusting Malka with this very special engagement.  Thanks to the newly engaged couple for sharing their story with us.  We are honored.  Congratulations to the both of you on your recent engagement we can't wait to see the pictures from the wedding day.

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.

 Taylor-and-Lauren

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