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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.

This Platinum Engagement Ring Is On Its Way...

Platinum Engagement Ring @ Malka DiamondsThis 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.

David & Joann, The Airforce And Now An Engagement!

Joann & David Just a few weeks ago, these two got engaged!   They both presently serve in the US Air Force and are clearly head over heels in love!  Joann sent us am email thanking us and giving us a little more information about the proposal.  Here is their story and we so thrilled we could be part of it.  ..."While David was deployed, he researched some jewelers and found Malka Diamonds. David had been in constant contact with Ronnie about different diamonds and settings he thought I would be interested in, so when we finally got the chance to drive through Oregon from California, we fell in love with a particular engagement ring and wedding band. David wanted me to be a part of the ring buying process, but he still wanted the proposal to be a surprise (which is impossible, because I'm Curious George), so the Malka’s helped David with ensuring the ring sizing and setting would be done before we left Portland for Seattle that day. While we were shopping, David slipped away to go "pay for parking" but really to purchase and pick up the ring. A couple of days later, David proposed on a dock at Greenlake, Seattle. He had roses and pictures hanging all along the sides of the dock. At the end of the dock, he had a picture of the engagement ring, and to my surprise, he pulled out the actual ring from his pocket. I was completely shocked because I had no idea he had even purchased the ring, let alone have the ring in his possession. It's impossible to surprise me, but David definitely pulled it off!"  Thank you Joann for sharing your story with us!  We are so happy for you both.


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





Fancy Shaped Sides Make This Emerald-Cut Diamond Ring Unique & Bold!

photo-18-sPete & Nikki came into to our shop looking for the perfect ring.  When they saw this shield-shaped side ring they knew it was the one.  They picked out an exceptional 1.50 Emerald-cut diamond to complete the piece.  Pete came in to pick up the ring as soon as the stones were set and the ring was sized.  Once the ring was in his possession it didn't take long for him to propose.  As so many have said, that black box seems to start burning a hole in their pocket and they can't seem to keep it from their loved one for too long.  Pete proposed that night on a nostalgic walk on the waterfront.  Nikki was thrilled! There are many diamond cuts.  Round, Princess (square), Oval, Emerald, and Cushion (rounded-corner square) are the most commonly sold at MALKA Diamonds & Jewelry in Downtown Portland Oregon.  However, there are many other cuts that deserve recognition.  These fancy cuts are exquisite and in some cases give a center stone a unique and bold look that sets it apart from the rest.  The shield-shaped cut is one of the older yet more unusual of the diamond shapes.  With the intricate angles and bold points this shape is a real stunner when incorporated into dazzling pieces.  These shapes are most commonly used in matching pairs as side stones to bigger solitaire stones, adding a distinctive and eye-catching element to the design.  Because of their lengthy and pointy shapes,  they are probably best when appearing on an engagement ring since their long ends run down the shank of the ring.  As with other side stone shapes which most often appear as pairs, such as the trilliant, baguette, half-moon and crescents – it is important that these stones are found in matching pairs – similar in size, color and clarity.  This may be a challenge.  Usually one will buy them in already matched pairs.

shield1This shield shape is somewhat triangular on the bottom with an added “level” added at the top with angled edges tapering upwards. The sides of the stone may be straight or rounded.  This shape is reminiscent, as the name suggests, of the shields used by warriors in battle.  Predominantly used as side stones they are also used in some cases for hanging earrings and in pendants.

However the shields are used they add so much to any piece of jewelry.  Congratulations Pete & Nikki!  We can't wait to see pictures from the wedding.


They Picked Their Ring Out Together!

Picking-The-Ring-Together-sWe just presented a beautiful round brilliant diamond engagement ring to a great couple. They come to us together earlier in the week looking for the perfect ring, and found a stunning platinum ring with a peek-a-boo diamond on the side. We then looked at diamonds together and they both decided on the perfect stone to match the perfect ring. It was really a pleasure to watch them find their ring of choice together as a couple. They checked in with each other and made sure each was thrilled. We set the stone and then Andrew placed the ring on his bride's finger. They were both glowing. The two are off to New York and planning a road trip back together to Portland. We are sure they will be looking at this beautiful ring on their travels. Congratulations and thank you for coming into Malka Diamonds!