A Stranger Catches This Breathtaking Utah Engagement!

Utah EngagmentIt 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. We 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. Arches National Park, UtahI 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!

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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.  10417596_906104209417216_7606069226315795070_n




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.



Rose Gold Engagment Rings In The City Of Roses!

This custom-crafted rose gold ring was recently created at Malka Diamonds in downtown Portland.  It was delivered this morning and is heading on a glorious Oregon hike this weekend.  It will be the focal point when our groom-to-be gets down on one knee to propose to love of his life.  We have had several Oregon hike proposals this summer.  In addition, there has been a rising demand for rose gold in the City of Roses!  This low-profile,14-karat rose gold engagement ring is the sixth rose gold piece we have done in the last two months.

Rose Gold is not a new metal in the jewelry world.  It was first introduced in Russia in the 19th century and spread quickly because of its desired hue of pinkish red resembling the rose.  As we know, pure gold in its natural state is yellow.  To reach a rose or white gold our jeweler combines alloys like copper and rhodium to the gold to reach the color desired.  This bezeled three-stone ring covers the entire face of the ring while the hammered band giving the sides unique interest.  We have made a few variations of it using different metal colors.    Take a look at these two similar custom three-stone engagement rings.  Which color metal do you prefer?

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Big, Yellow And Fabulous! 5.02 Carat Yellow Diamond Finds A Home!

A few weeks ago, Malka Diamonds posted this image yellow intense diamondof a green wax ring with a 5.02 carat yellow fancy-intense emerald-cut diamond.  The side stones are 2.31 carat total weight custom-cut trapezoid diamonds.  We promised to take a picture of this beauty once it was complete.  This ring is over the top in so many ways.  The first is its size.  Most diamonds sold here in Portland do not exceed the two carat mark.  This one is big, weighing 5.02 carats.  The second is the color.  This stone is the second highest grade of yellow which is fancy intense.  The only grade above it is so rare it is hard to come in contact with.  The last, is its unique shape.  The emerald cut is a classic shape that shows off all its beauty.  The stone has to be absolutely perfect to show like this one because emerald-cut diamonds don’t hide anything.  This spectacular piece is being delivered this afternoon and is going to a special gal for her upcoming 65th birthday!  yellow diamond

Mark & Janet Are Engaged! A Modern Ring For A Fabulous Lady!

Engaged!We are thrilled to blog about these two sweethearts!  Meet Mark & Janet.  Janet, a close friend to the Malka family, has amazed us with her ability to do it all!  Janet is a mother of two wonderful children and manages a fast-growing business all on her own.  When Janet met Mark it was love at first sight.  Mark is a true gem.  He not only loves his bride-to-be but is enamored by the two kids who he has come to love as his own.  Janet came to Malka Diamonds with some pictures of rings she loved.  She was drawn to a thick yellow gold band with diamonds through out. Without her consent we went ahead and custom-made this yellow gold band with a spinning channel-set of diamonds around it.  We contacted Mark when the piece was complete.  Mark came in and picked up the ring the day before their family road trip to California.  On their way back from a memorable trip they stopped and admired an old tree.  photo 9While the kids were climbing the tree, Mark proposed.  Janet said yes, and so did the kids!  We are so thrilled for these two and know the future looks wonderful for the whole family. IMG_2430

Summer Camp Sweet Hearts Celebrate Their 50th Anniversary!

photo 8So many kids are heading off to sleep away camp this month.  They probably do not realize that there is a chance they might fall in love and perhaps be fortunate to celebrate a 50th year anniversary with huge smiles.  Meet Ruth & Ron.  It was over 50 years ago when these two lovebirds met and fell in love during their time at sleep away camp.  Fast forward 50 years and these two are filled with love all around them.  Children and grandchildren surround them as they celebrate this amazing milestone.

photo 6Ron came into Malka Diamonds & Jewelry to create a piece that would mark this amazing moment in their lives.    When Ron asked his daughter, Lisa for some advice, she reminded him about the bracelet her mom fell in love with on their recent travels.  We worked with both father and daughter to make a bracelet that is inspired by a gold snake cuff, but has birthstones throughout to represent the people in their lives.  We are so honored to work on a piece like this.  Congratulations to Ruth & Ron!  Here’s to summer camp and summer loves!

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Zeghani By Simon G Has Arrived At Malka Diamonds

We, at Malka Diamonds, are pleased to announce that the Zeghani bridal collection by Simon G has arrived! Zeghani is a sought-after bridal line which features exceptionally crafted fine jewelry.  Simon G is a household name that continues to be a leading bridal line since they launched their first line.  Zeghani is one of the collections that is housed at Simon G and is made to reach all budgets. The highly coveted company chose Malka Diamonds as one of the few jewelry stores in the Northwest to house their stunning and classic bridal line.  We are honored and could not be happier.  Check out some of the beautiful engagement rings that are settling into our Malka Diamond & Jewelry cases by clicking the link ( latest collection page ) or heading to malkadiamonds.com.Zeghani bySimon GZeghani by Simon G

Vintage Or New.. Which Tennis Bracelet Would You Choose?

During the last few days at Malka Diamonds, with the morning sun shining into our jewelry cases, we watch our diamond tennis bracelets sparkle.  The first image shown below is a stunning Art Deco tennis bracelet which was hand crafted in the 1920s.  It houses over 5 carats of diamonds and is bezeled set with milligrain work throughout.  This beauty is found in our vintage and antique collection.  The second image is of a 10 carat total weight diamond tennis bracelet which was made recently and is prong-set.  This style setting showcases the diamonds with minimum metal shown.

These in-line diamond bracelets have been around for decades, but were officially named in the 1980s.  Prior to then, They were refered to as diamond or eternity bracelets.  In 1987 Chris Evert, the former World No. 1 woman tennis player and the winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, was playing in the U.S. Open. She was wearing an elegant, light in-line diamond bracelet which accidentally broke and the match was interrupted to allow Chris to recover her precious diamonds. The “tennis bracelet” incident sparked a new name for the item and sparked a huge jewelry trend. Tennis bracelets continued to be worn by various tennis stars like Serena Williams and Gabriela Sabatini.

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A Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring For A Memorial Day Proposal!

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This vintage-inspired white gold engagement ring was in our shop, Malka Diamonds & Jewelry for a few hours before a soon-to-be-groom snatched it for his upcoming marriage proposal.

We recently picked up Jolie designs, a well-made vintage-inspired line for our jewelry case.  The line resembles many of the intricate work that was displayed in the early 20s to the late 40s.  It showcases impeccable milgrain & filigree work and includes designs that have been coveted for the last 100 years.

Our soon-to-be-groom, came in last week looking for a new piece that had some vintage flare.  He found this stunning ring and without hesitation said, yes!  This morning he returned to see the stunning one carat diamond he had picked out set in his ring.  His smile said it all.  When asked when he might pop the question, he said, “Memorial Day on a great hike in the Gorge”.  We can’t wait to hear the details.  Sounds like this Memorial Day weekend will be memorable for him and his soon-to-be fiance.

A 63rd Birthday Gift For A Wonderful Lady

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Our good friends, a mother/daughter duo,  came into Malka Diamonds a few months back with an intriguing  project.  They wanted to take the  mother’s diamond and reset it into something she would treasure..  We searched through our inventory and our collection of images to create  a unique piece that she would enjoy wearing for years to come.  Both of her daughters came with her and suggested ideas of their own.  The final result was a  collaborative effort–her daughter envisioned a ring to which we added some custom changes.  Yesterday both mom and daughter came  to downtown Portland to pick up the ring.  They loved it!  It was ready  just in time for her to wear as she celebrates her 64th birthday