vintage rings

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!

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.

A Vintage Ring Finds a Home & We Explain Replica vs Authentic Antiques

vintage-art-deco-ring-sLast week at Malka Diamonds, we had a customer buy one of our favorite vintage Art Deco rings.  He was thrilled to find such a stunning ring that was incredibly popular in the 1920s and now a rare find.  Inspired by the architecture of its time, this 1.15 carat European cut diamond platinum ring houses .35 carat total weight side stones and is set low in a vintage classic style. His fiance was thrilled with the ring and came into size it.  She asked, "How does one tell which rings are authentic antiques and which are replicas?"  Great question!  It's not an easy answer, but with so many companies creating replicas, if you are in the market for antique and vintage rings you should do your homework.

First, spend sometime looking at images of vintage rings to get familiar with the styles of the era.

Second, look for the platinum/gold karat mark on the back of the ring, pin or brooch, using a jeweler's loupe to locate these small symbols. They may be faint due to years of wear and tear. Look for other markings that indicate the company or artisan.

Third, look at the stone's setting.  Antique jewelry contains hand-cut diamonds and other gems.  Baguettes and invisible settings were first used in the 1920s.

Last, look at the the way the diamonds were cut.  Diamond cutting has changed significantly over time.  Around 1875, stones were cut in the European-cut manner.  The invention of the steam-powered lathe made the cutting faster and easier.  This form of cutting continued until the early 1900s.  The transitional-cut diamonds were used from around 1918 until the mid-1920s - a short frame of time that ended when the modern cut diamond was created.  From the 1920s to the present day, diamond cutters use mathematical measurements to cut the diamonds with 56 facets to create the round brilliant stone that dazzles and dances.