Congratulations To Charlotte & Kyle On Their Recent Oregon Enagagement!

Portland Engagement
We just received a fantastic email from Charlotte & Kyle who updated us on their recent Oregon engagement.  The Trail Blazers success this past season plays center stage in the turn of events leading to this exciting engagement.   Malka Diamonds is honored to be part of it.

Malka Diamonds was excited to meet and work with this stunning couple!  It was a Saturday in March when Kyle brought Charlotte out ring shopping.  He surprised her that morning and told her he wanted to get to know what she liked.  Charlotte was all smiles,  The two spent a while working with us and looking at the different ring style.  One ring, an emerald-cut diamond with trapezoid-cut side diamonds simple took her breathe away.  She took a quick picture of it as one of her favorites.  We continued to look at the rings in the store and learn a little about loose diamonds.  It was pretty clear that she was taken with the emerald-cut diamonds.

Emerald-Cut DiamondKyle returned to our store a few weeks later to start talking more seriously about a ring for Charlotte.   He wanted to custom make a ring like the one she had seen a few weeks back at our shop.  We met with him several times to discuss diamonds and to start on a custom ring.  Kyle was part of the entire process.  He first came in to look over the sketches, then the wax and later the casting.  Once it was just a few days away from completion, Kyle started to email and ask about it.  We can recall one email in particular when he said, “It’s all I can think about”.

The day finally came when it was time for Kyle to come in to Malka Diamods and pick up the engagement ring.  He had spoken about the proposal with us on several occasions.  He mentioned they would be heading to Paris that weekend and he needed to pick up the ring by Saturday morning.

Saturday came and Kyle walked in to our downtown Portland shop.  He seemed slightly distracted .  When we asked if he was packed for the trip, he said, “not exactly”.  To understand the story, you first need to get to know the couple a little better.  Here is the story through Charlotte…

“Kyle and I met through a mutual friend that “just had a feeling we needed to meet.”  By our 3rd date I knew he was going to be the love of my life, in fact I called my mom the next day and told her I had met my husband.  It was incredible how easy it was falling in love with Kyle, especially since it was not an opportune time to start a relationship. I had just started studying for the LSAT and planned on applying to law school later that year.  On top of that, I work full time as a legal assistant and part time with the Trailblazers as a Blazer Dancer.  Kyle works as an investment consultant for RVK and travels often, racking up over 30 work trips a year. Despite our crazy, stressful schedules we fell for each other hard and fast.

Kyle graduated from University of Oregon and is (I don’t mean this lightly) the BIGGEST Ducks fan. He attends all home Oregon football games, and paces around nervously when he watches them play away. He absolutely loves all sports, collects wine, and is one of the biggest planners I’ve ever met (his outlook calendar is insane). He is pragmatic, steady, and a complete romantic. His friends even joke that he’s Ted from “How I Met Your Mother.”

In January, Kyle and I booked a trip to Paris to celebrate my final season with the Blazer Dancers and the next phase in my life as a law student. With Kyle’s frequent work travel there was a 9 day window in early May that fit perfectly. At the time it was unthinkable that the Blazers would advance out of the first round (or even make the playoffs for that matter), and therefore ruin our trip. This “Trip of a Lifetime” looked like a sure thing, so over the next few months (unknown to me) Kyle got to work, ring shopping and planning out a proposal in the City of Lights.

The Blazers would go on to finish the season as one of the hottest teams in the league but still looked like a first round exit. As they fell behind the Clippers, two games to none, we started booking tickets to the Moulin Rouge, Versailles, and transportation from the airport, etc. We were on our way, and just as important, the ring was ready. Friends and family (who knew Kyle’s plans) were rooting for us, and against the Blazers.

You know what happens next. As Rip City celebrated the big win advancing them to the second round, we sadly cancelled our reservations and requested refunds. Bittersweet, no doubt. The Blazers had defied the odds, but our trip, and Kyle’s proposal, was ruined.

IMG_4939On May 3rd, rather than catch our scheduled 8 am flight to Paris, Kyle told me to take the day off work. What followed was the closest we could get to Paris in Portland: a day full of crepes, croissants, baguettes, cheese, and of course wine. We spent the afternoon at some of Oregon’s most scenic wineries, and on the last stop, Kyle made his move. In the middle of our picnic overlooking the Willamette Valley, he got down on one knee and revealed his plans for us in Paris, his commitment to our future, and last but definitely not least: THE RING (thank you, Malka!).

Of course I said yes!


Opera Singer Finds Enagement Ring At Malka Diamonds

opera singer proposesMeet AJ & Laura.  We first met AJ months ago when he came in to find an engagement ring for Laura.  David Malka liked AJ right away.  A charming young guy who is a professional opera singer residing in San Fransisco with a great sense of humor.  David & AJ spent a while looking at diamonds, engagement rings, and getting familiar with some custom engagement ring options.  The ring that caught AJ’s eye the most was a stunning 1.71 carat radiant-shaped diamond with trapazoid-shaped diamonds on the side.   The engagement ring was custom-made in-house at Malka Diamonds just a few weeks before and was out on display for a short time before AJ snatched it.  The combination of fancy-cut diamonds in a platinum classic setting was exactly what he was looking for.

Recently, AJ & Laura came in to Malka Diamonds for a visit.  It had been a little while since we first saw AJ and we were excited to hear about the proposal.  They were in town visiting family for the holidays and stopped in to chat about wedding bands.  We spent over an hour playing with rings and talking.  Their story is one for the books and we are pleased to share it.  Below is a portion of an email I received from Laura with their story.

Enjoy, we did…

How we Met
winery engagementWhen I was still a professional singer, AJ and I met on a gig in Logan, UT.  He had the apartment next door to me and every day I’d complain about the loud tenor that would sing in the shower every morning.  Eventually, he ‘outed’ himself and I was mortified.  Many years later and after vaguely texting quips at each other, he invited me to come visit him in Philadelphia during rehearsals for a show he was in.  I took a bus from New York (where I was living) and from the second I saw him, I knew I felt totally comfortable with him.  Our relationship grew somehow between New York and San Francisco — I’d fly out for opening nights and time in the fresh air, and eventually I moved to the west coast in 2014.
How he Proposed

winery egagementEventually, it got to a point where we’d just look at each other and say “why aren’t we just married already?”.  AJ was about to be locked down for 4 months with the opera.  He had a deposit on a ring and was on vacation with me and my family when he suddenly said, “I have to go to Portland before rehearsals start”.  As he says, he just knew he hadn’t found the right one.  We came up with a fake story to tell people about why he suddenly had to make a trip to Portland, but obviously I knew.  I told him I was a little disappointed that there wouldn’t be any surprise to it, so he had the challenge of coming up with a way to re-create anticipation.  On the day that he walked into Malka Diamonds, he says he looked around and all of his anxiety and hesitation was gone.  He knew just walking in and talking with David that the ring HAD to be there.  When David brought the ring over, that eventually became ours, AJ saw everything that he loves about me in the ring and suddenly felt nothing but excited to ask.  I know this because I promptly received a stream of text messages saying, “I love you so much.  We’re so lucky.  You’re wonderful.  I’m in love.”
IMG_2845When he returned from Portland, he met me at work to pick up the car and asked if he could grab some chinese food.  There I am, sitting in the hatchback of our Prius, when he hands me a gyoza box.  I open it and there’s a ring box inside.  I am at once thrilled and horrified that this is how it’s happening.  Inside was a baby picture of AJ.  I half smiled and said, “that’s…cute?”  For the next 12 days, I received a box every day with a token of our life together.  By the 13th day, the novelty had warn off and I pretty much assumed I’d be opening boxes for the rest of my life.  Instead, he picked me up at work and drove me to the first winery that he had joined and the first winery he had taken me to when I was living in New York.  We did a tasting– nothing.  We walked through the garden and the vines– nothing.  The sun was setting, the winery was closing, and I was flumoxed.  He walked me
to “watch the Zin grapes being smashed” in the barn out back.  We walked through workers and up a random wooden staircase and there was a bottle of wine on ice and the final ring box waiting for me.  We got to sit looking out of a picture window and talk about our life together, call our parents and friends, and just be together.  It was absolutely perfect.

Josh & Lindsay, A Perfect Oregon Coast Engagement!

engagement photoMeet Josh.  He recently shared with us the story of his engagement to Lindsay.  We loved it so much we wanted to share it with all of you.

Josh first came into Malka Diamonds to find a diamond engagement ring in early September.  He worked with both Tessa & David.  First, Tessa spent some time showing Josh our engagement ring inventory.  He was pleased with one particular style right off the bat.  It was a cushion-shaped halo diamond ring.  Next, Josh sat down with David and looked at several round diamonds.  With some help from David, Josh found the perfect stone.  It was a stunning 1.18 carat round briilant diamond.
Once the stone and ring were chosen, Josh had a request.  The semi-precious aquamarine stone is incredible important to Lindsay.  Josh wanted to make sure to use this blue stone in the design of her engagment ring.  As a group they decided to custom make the ring using aquamarines in the cushion-halo part of the ring.
On Thursday, October 27th, Josh came in to pick up the ring.  David can recall the day Josh came in because he clearly was thrilled with the way ring came out and was excited to propose to the love of his life.  We are truly honored to be part of this wonderful engagement story.  Thank you Josh for sharing this exciting moment with us.

Below is their story, it’s a good one…

“Lindsay and I met in Charlotte, NC through a mutual friend and became really good friends over the course of about a year.  I ended up getting a job offer in Portland when I was vacationing here and before I moved, we both realized we were much more than friends.  She took the plunge and moved here to be with me 6 months later.

We got engaged while driving up the coast from Tillamook to Cannon Beach on November 7th.  It was a really windy, rainy day but we pulled off anyway at Hug Point Beach to explore.  The tide was out so we were able to walk onto a second part of the beach that had a waterfall and series of caves.  The wind and rain really started to pick up at that point and we ducked into one of the caves.  That is where I asked Lindsay to be my wife.”

Bull Run Distillery Showcases Fine Whiskey At Malka Diamonds

temperance_trader_both_illustration_v01_1500x1500-2Fine Whiskey, Fine Jewelry.  Bull Run Distillery & Malka Diamonds are teaming up on December 3rd to create a memorable evening.  Jennifer Kadell, who was interviewed about spirits in the examiner will be showcasing the fabulous flavors of Temperance whiskey.  Guests who have rsvp to Malka Diamonds will get an intimate tasting and education from Jennifer and her staff.  They will also have an opportunity to purchase these fine spirits.

December 3rd will be a night of fine jewelry, fine food and fine whiskey.  Malka Diamonds & Jewelry will be toasting to six successful years and to many many more.