Meet 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
When 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
Eventually, 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.”
When 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.
Meet 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.”
Fine 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.
Our lovely friend, Susanne, chose Malka Diamonds to create a stunning diamond custom band. She had been without a ring for a few months when she came in to our downtown store. Sadly, Susanne lost her ring on an outing with her dog one crisp February morning. She came up with a few different concepts and came to us with her vision. We worked together and carved a fabulous wax. Susanne popped in to take a look and loved it! Even in the green wax it showed beautifully. Our jeweler spent over four weeks setting the stones and adding the hand engraving. Yesterday, Susanne came in for the unveiling of fher custom diamond ring. She was thrilled! We are so excited to take part in creating this beauty. It was a real pleasure to work with you, Sussane. A stunning ring for a fabulous lady!