Meet Adam & Hilary. We first met Adam when he came into Malka Diamonds & Jewelry in downtown Portland, Oregon. Adam brought in an heirloom diamond. It was a beautiful stone that had been in his family for generations. He came in looking for an engagement ring to set the diamond in. David and Adam worked together looking through several ring styles. They realized quickly that Hilary should come in and help Adam find the perfect ring. We set the stone in a temporary setting and Adam proposed on February 19th, 2013. Hilary said yes! The two came in to Malka Diamonds together to look for a permanent setting. Adam pointed out a vintage art deco ring and the two fell in love with it immediately. We removed the original stone and set Adam’s family diamond.
The wedding took place on June 21, 2014. Adam and Hilary exchanged their vows at the Lewis River Course in Woodland, Washington. The weather could not have been better. Hilary and her mom worked hard to create a wedding that was not only gorgeous but memorable. They had quite a few handmade items including jars of strawberry and blackberry jam as favors and an exquisite quilt. Hilary used colors from the wedding (coral & mint green) to sew an amazing quilted table runner. The table runner was used at the stunning wedding for the guest book table. The ring shown in this blog is set on top of the equiste quilted table runner.
The couple continues to use this table runner in their home. It is a new heirloom that they created and it represents their special day. We are honored to be part of this amazing moment in Hilary & Adam’s lives. Congratulations to the both of you!
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.
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.
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?
A few weeks ago, Malka Diamonds posted this image of 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!
So 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.
Ron 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!
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.
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.
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.