There is a much to learn about diamonds. To begin, you must learn about the most popular diamond cut, the modern round brilliant. It has a set of charcteristics that are refered to as the “4 Cs” and David Malka, our residence gemologist from Gemological Institute of America would be happy to explain them to you in detail. The round brilliant cut is only one of many modern cuts. In addition to the new cuts, there are several old cuts that have been used since the beginning of diamond cutting. The older cuts have their own sets of rules as well. Lucky for us, David knows them all. This is quite helpful since we carry diamonds that date from the 1890s to 2013.
Recently, we had a customer come in to our downtown Portland jewelry shop who was looking for an oval rose-cut diamond. The technique of cutting rose-cut diamonds dates back to the early 1500s and is still used today. This form of cutting is extremely rare and usually entails a diamond with a flat base, circular outer edge, and triangular facets that create a crown. The shape of a rose-cut diamond resembles the petals of a rose bud. It just so happens that we had exactly what he was looking for. He wanted to set this stunning unique stone in a custom-made yellow gold bezel solitaire. Take a look at the images of wax mold to finish ring. This beautiful result combines an old method of diamond cutting with a modern clean-looking ring. Brilliant! Congratulations to you both!
Ahuva Zaslavsky, a Portland artist and loyal friend of Malka Diamonds will be showing her work at Prima Salon in the Pearl District. Beginning Monday November 18th, Ahuva’s work will be on display until January 2014.
As someone who grew up experiencing different area of climate, culture and architecture, Ahuva is fascinated everyday by the urban landscape and the Portland weather. Her art reflects her affinity to both the grey and autumn colors in the urban landscape. She has a strong interest in the different perspectives of the city from above. “I want to show the known from a different angle” says Ahuva. In addition, she emphasizes the trivial, industrial day-to-day of Portland as an artistic object.
Ahuva uses two main mediums – drawing in ink and colored markers on paper and encaustic – beeswax painting. There is an inherent conflict between the two mediums: the first is accurate, hard and sharp , and the second is more flexible and abstract. These are two sides of the artist reflected through her work.
In the last few years, Malka Diamonds has commissioned Ahuva to draw rings from our vintage and antique collection. All of the Art Deco engagement rings that Ahuva drew have sold and we have included the portrait as a keepsake. We most recently commissioned Ahuva to create a drawing of our downtown Portland jewelry shop. She scaled the building and store front to showcase both the details in our shop as well as the beauty of the historical Hamilton building. Thank you for creating amazing pieces for us and our customers. We know your upcoming showing will be a huge success.
Emily & Caleb found us on yelp when they were looking for an independent jewelry store in Portland Oregon. The two were in search for a shop that could restore a family heirloom. When Emily & Caleb came in to Malka Diamonds it was clear that they were very excited about their recent engagement. Caleb told us how he proposed. He mentioned that he asked Emily on a hike one gorgeous sunny Oregon day and Emily, of course, said yes. Caleb proposed with his grandmother’s diamond engagement ring. The piece was in need of some restoration and sizing. We started to work on it quickly so that the two could show it to family on their upcoming trip.
Caleb mentioned to his mom that he had found a jeweler in Portland that was taking care of the ring. While we were working on the ring we received the below note about the ring. We always love to hear the history of heirlooms. When they came in to pick it up, they were blown away. Congratulations Caleb & Emily! We are so thrilled for you both and thank you for allowing Malka Diamonds to work on your family ring.
“I want to thank you for taking care of Caleb and Emily and my mother’s diamond engagement ring. I just spoke to Caleb and he described the work you will do to transform the ring into exactly what they want it to be. It is a very exciting time and a very meaningful experience for all of us. My parents were engaged and married in Attleboro, Massachusetts and my father was in the jewelry manufacturing business. I wish I had a bit more history on the diamond but I think my grandfather got it from a jeweler friend. I had it informally appraised in Greenfield MA a few years ago. I know it is not a “big” diamond, but I think it is a very nice one. The setting it is in is not the original. My sister and my parents went mining in Montana around 1975 and my sister found a sapphire and my mother gave her the original setting for the stone she found. The current setting for the diamond is very 1970s in style wouldn’t you say? My parents were married in 1944. I can’t wait to see Emily’s engagement ring and thank you again for taking it on. Sincerely, Betsy Antaya, Caleb’s mom”
We always say that jewelry symbolizes amazing moments in our lives. A charm bracelet like this one can do just that. One of our favorite customers came in the other day to add a few new charms to her yellow gold charm bracelet. She had just returned from Alaska and brought back a mini Faberge egg locket. This locket will continue to remind her of the wonderful trip she and her husband enjoyed together. In addition to Alaska, the two have picked up many unique charms to symbolize their fabulous travels and moments together. They celebrated their first anniversary in San Francisco and purchased a cable car charm. They traveled to Santa Fe and added a kokopelli. They headed to New York and purchased a gold Big Apple. Her husband found an opal drop on his trip to Australia. During their trip to Argentina, they found a tango shoe as well. In addition, she had us add a Star of David to symbolize her love of Judaism. We look forward to adding more charms to this gorgeous piece and hearing about future trips and wonderful moments in their lives.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are engaged! The news comes a few days after her first engagement ring from ex husband, NBA player Kris Humphries was auctioned off and sold at $620,000. The first ring weighed 16.21 carats and was appraised for over $2 million.
Kanye West made this engagement incredible memorable by proposing to Kim on her 33rd birthday. He flew Kim to San Francisco, blindfolded her, and whisked her off to AT&T Park. A 50-piece orchestra joined Kanye as he serenaded his future bride. A jumbotron message, “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!!” appeared on the back. West purchased the 15-carat diamond ring in Paris while the couple attended fashion week.
Meet Andy! Andy and David worked together over 30 emails and several phone calls to custom craft this unbelievable yellow oval-diamond halo-engagement ring. Residing in Chicago, Andy had to work via technology to give David his thoughts on the piece. David would send an image in CAD (computer generated images) over email and Andy would tweak it by drawing on top of the image. Once the wax was formed, Andy came to Portland to pick up the green wax formed ring.
Stephanie joined him in Washington and he proposed with the wax ring in a Malka Diamond box at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. She said yes to Andy’s proposal and to the wax mold.
When they returned to Chicago, they sent the wax to us in Portland Oregon. Four weeks later, the ring was completed. We sent the stunning piece overnight to Andy and Stephanie. The two loved the ring and are now focusing on future wedding plans. In the meantime, it looks like even the dog is getting a chance to check out the stunning engagement ring! Congratulations to you both!
It was early in September when we met Ray and John. They came into Malka Diamonds, located in downtown Portland, to create a custom diamond ring. John came in with a stunning 1.03 radiant that was E in color and VVS in its clarity. Needless to say, we were incredibly taken by the “near perfect” stone. The two showed us some images they had found and we brainstormed together with our jeweler on the project. The mission was to create a ring that would showcase the beauty of the radiant diamond and at the same time be accompanied by a mix-metal ring. We were confident we could make it happen. It took about three weeks but the wax was created. Both Ray and John came in to take a look. They had a few tweaks to the wax, but overall loved the concept. They loved it so much that Ray decided he too would like a similar ring. Both rings were casted in platinum and 18 karat yellow gold.
During the custom process, we got to really enjoy connecting with Ray and John. They shared with us the news that once the rings were completed they would set the date for their intimate Washington wedding. We are so happy for the two of them and their family that Washington has legalized gay marriage and hope that Portland is not far behind. Congratulations to you both!
Congratulations to our newly engaged San Francisco couple, Eirenne & Aiden!
Aiden first contacted us by email. He wanted to see if Malka Diamonds of Portland, Oregon could custom-make a rose gold halo oval diamond ring for his soon-to-be fiance, Erienne. We loved the idea of a rose gold engagement ring and gladly accepted the challenge. We spoke to Aiden over the phone, sent emails and images and within a few weeks, his ring was ready to be picked up. Then on a trip to Oregon to see his future fiance’s family, he snuck away from Erienne to come see us. He was accompanied by his future father-in-law. The two of them were incredibly pleased with the outcome of the ring. Aiden returned to San Francisco, where he and Erienne reside and a few weeks later they were engaged.
The following is part of an email received from Aiden.. ”Last night was the proposal. With Erienne’s birthday coming up, I told her we were going out last night but didn’t tell her where. After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, I told her we had some time to kill and should go to a popular view-point. Once we got up there, we took some pictures of the bridge and city and then I popped the question. She was totally shocked and had no idea it was coming. She absolutely loves the ring and couldn’t believe it was custom made for her…Again, I can not thank you both enough. You both made this whole process so great for me, and Erienne is so grateful for the ring you made for her. Hope all is well! Aidan”
What a wonderful proposal and amazing photos! Congratulations to you both! – Ronnie & David
Who doesn’t love to look at beautiful wedding photos? We just received these stunning images from Paul Rich, a local wedding photographer who did an exceptional job capturing Courtney & Brant’s Oregon Garden wedding. The two first came into Malka Diamonds to find an engagement ring. They chose a 1.00 carat old mine-cut diamond in a stunning vintage setting accompanied by a vintage diamond wedding band.
We mentioned they should swing by before the big day to have their rings cleaned. Courtney took us up on the offer and came by for a quick clean. While waiting for our jeweler to give it a well deserved sparkle, she noticed an exquisite Victorian lavalier. She mentioned to David how much she loved the sapphire and diamond piece and thought how neat it would be to wear it on her wedding day. David gave her the necklace to borrow and Paul Rich captured an amazing shot of it. Cogratulations Courtney & Brant!!!!
These two came into Malka Diamonds & Jewelry yesterday. We first saw them outside our store front looking into our collection of vintage rings. We couldn’t help but watch them as they pointed to each ring and smiled. They came in shortly after and asked to see one ring in particular, a platinum Art Deco ring that they both loved. She tried it on and the two looked at each other right away. They wanted to get it right then but felt a need to look at the other vintage rings to be certain. A little while later, we were back at the original ring and they decided it was the one. This ring was going to make it official. The two had enjoyed what sounded like a wonderful first visit to Portland and this moment would make the trip even more memorable.
I asked if anyone knew what they were up to. They smiled and said only his mom. We sized the ring and they headed to the airport. By now, they are home in California and I am sure they are enjoying sharing their story about their first visit to Portland and Malka Diamonds.