Lewis Malka https://www.lewismalka.com London Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:03:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Where is the best place to buy an engagement ring? https://www.lewismalka.com/best-place-to-buy-an-engagement-ring/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:22:27 +0000 https://www.lewismalka.com/?p=3124 For this particular blog I'm going to focus on London as that's where I'm located. It's a very broad question as to the "where" because at the end of the day, we all have different tastes. There are plenty of places in London to buy an engagement ring from, however, I'd like to marry this […]

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For this particular blog I'm going to focus on London as that's where I'm located.

It's a very broad question as to the "where" because at the end of the day, we all have different tastes. There are plenty of places in London to buy an engagement ring from, however, I'd like to marry this up with also being able to get the right value for money when purchasing that dream engagement ring.

In my eyes there are three mainstream types of shops that you can expect to buy an engagement ring from.

The first is on the High Street. These are the multiples with volume pieces at discounted prices. Such as Ernest Jones, Goldsmiths and Leslie Davis. That's to say that a lot of the jewellery which is in their shop window is manufactured abroad and lower end quality diamonds are used in their goods.

The second are the independent shops in towns, villages and city centres, which specialise in certain styles of jewellery. For example some shops might specialise in luxury watches and some might specialise in engagement rings. The jewellery centre of London is Hatton Garden. These shops are what I class as mid range. Most of them specialise in engagement rings and most of them have the same in their shop window as the shop next door. It's very easy to get confused when surrounded by all these beautiful diamonds.

And the final type of jewellery shops are the ones you will find in London's Bond Street. These are the big brands which sell high-end diamond jewellery to very wealthy people. In Bond Street you'll find brands such as Tiffany, Cartier, De Beers and many more.

Old Bond Street named the most expensive shopping street

So now that we know where you can buy an engagement ring from and what type of engagement ring you can expect to find in these different places, let's focus on where is the best place to buy an engagement ring in London.

Of course, if money is no object then the best place would be one of the luxury stores on Bond Street and even in Knightsbridge. The one thing to consider though is that the mark up they put on jewellery is far greater than an independent jeweller or of a High Street jeweller. But, this coupled with the fact that these jewellers have some of the largest and most beautiful diamonds in the world, you would expect to pay a small fortune for them. If, on the other hand, money is a factor and the budget is very tight, then the best place for you might be to pop along to the High Street jeweller and pay a visit to one of the multiples. They do have a large selection but above all they also have the ability for you to purchase your ring on finance.

Now naturally my favourite place for you to buy an engagement ring in London, would be Hatton Garden. Not just because I work here, but also because I do believe you will get the best value for money. In most cases you will be spoken to by a jeweller rather than a shop assistant. When parting with a substantial amount of money, you want to know that the person who is serving you has a background in diamonds and fine jewellery. I find it very frustrating that some of the young sales assistance don't even know the basics of a diamonds 4 c's. Yes, it can be very daunting if you've never been to Hatton Garden before. And yes, it seems like every shop has the same as the shop next door. But, you should be able to haggle and compare from one shop to the next. But going to Hatton Garden doesn't just mean that you are limited to the retail shops on the road. Historically Hatton Garden has been the centre of the jewellery industry for over 350 years. There are lots of workshops that are happy to deal direct with the public. And I, am one of them.

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Now I realise I haven't mentioned that you can also buy an engagement ring online. However I don't consider that as one of the best places to buy an engagement ring. First of all you're not limited to a location when you purchase online. For example there is no reason why you can't buy from Hong Kong if you live in London. Or why you can't buy from New York if you're living in Paris. One of the main reasons not to purchase such a special memento online is because diamonds aren't like anything else. In order to be able to purchase a diamond, and I'm referring to all colours, clarities and sizes, you need to physically see the diamond with your own eyes. Especially for such an important purchase like your fiance's engagement ring!

Let me leave you with a couple of tips to help when picking your perfect engagement ring and deciding where to get it from.

  • Go to an independent jeweller or someone who has a workshop so that you can get exactly what you want. Just because a shop only has a certain range of sizes and styles doesn't mean that's all that is available to you.
  • Make sure that person is a member of the London Diamond Bourse. This way you know that your diamond has been ethically sourced.
  • Ask around for recommendations it's always a good idea to go to someone who's been recommended to you. Then follow this up with looking at their online reviews.
  • And finally, do your research. If you're not sure about anything then ask questions. Have a look at my blogs or better yet get yourself a copy of my book.

So there you have it. Don't loose sight of the end goal. The end goal here is to make every effort to make sure you pick the perfect engagement ring for your fiancé. Just remember that you never actually own a diamond, you merely look after it for the next generation!

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New Jewellery Trade App Launches: Jewellery Trader https://www.lewismalka.com/new-jewellery-trade-app-launches/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:33:55 +0000 https://www.lewismalka.com/?p=3101 After months and months of hard work and determination, I can finally reveal my latest project. Here is a snippet of today's (Feb 2nd 2017) press release. Two jewellery professionals have launched a new app for the industry today which enables members of the trade to showcase and source jewellery, watches and antiques and if they […]

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After months and months of hard work and determination, I can finally reveal my latest project. Here is a snippet of today's (Feb 2nd 2017) press release.

Two jewellery professionals have launched a new app for the industry today which enables members of the trade to showcase and source jewellery, watches and antiques and if they so wish, advertise items for sale to consumers.

The app, called Jewellery Trader, has been created by members of the industry, for the industry, and has been designed to provide an “innovative, cost effective selling tool in an easy to use and manage platform”.

Sellers on the app will be able to list items for sale; at trade prices for fellow professionals and/or for consumer sales on a no commission basis.

The app’s launch is marked with an incentive offer to trade of a no joining fee and free credits on completing a two-step registration process.

Jewellery Trader aims to put professional jewellers and affiliated businesses in touch with buyers and it hopes as the marketplace grows, it will take the legwork out of hunting down specific items by finding it on Jewellery Trader.

Co-founders of Jewellery Trader - new jewellery trade app

Daniel Seller (left), co-founder, Jewellery Trader comments: “For years, I have felt there are many trade professionals and retailers who have certain stock they would very much like to find an alternative way to sell. The traditional routes are often prohibitively expensive. There has been no central marketplace that provides a platform for fellow jewellers to see what stock is available.”

He continues: “The industry was previously fractured in this regard however technological innovation now makes it possible to not only sell to other professionals, but also showcase to the public which is a great way to release items from the depths of your stock and release valuable cash flow into your business.”

The app is easy to use and as it grows it will take the legwork out of hunting down ‘that specific item’ by finding it on Jewellery Trader. It also connects buying from all around the world and introduces them to each other.

Lewis Malka, co-founder, adds: “This simple to use app creates a one stop shop for those looking to source goods from within our own community both in the UK and internationally. I am excited to be part of the jewellery community and to be able to use my experience marketing to consumers as part of this initiative, as well as my technical experience to create an easy to use and simple industry tool that solves an age old problem.”

The app is available from the Apple store 

Here are three screenshots from the app.

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Daniel Seller and Lewis Malka are long-standing and active members of the Council of Management for the renowned London Diamond Bourse. 

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Thank you for your great support over 2016 https://www.lewismalka.com/thank-great-support-2016/ Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:33:43 +0000 https://www.lewismalka.com/?p=3090 It's been an incredible 2016. At the start of it I had the launch party for my book The Engagement Ring. It was very exciting and very rewarding too. It came after months of dedication and writing about something that is very close to my heart. What makes it even more rewarding is not that I've sold […]

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It's been an incredible 2016. At the start of it I had the launch party for my book The Engagement Ring. It was very exciting and very rewarding too. It came after months of dedication and writing about something that is very close to my heart. What makes it even more rewarding is not that I've sold copies of the book, but that I've managed to help guys buying engagement rings who otherwise might have got it wrong! It had a great premier on ITV London Tonight and has also received some great reviews on Amazon. Not just from my mum either! Thank you.

After that, the radio came calling and I was on air with Alexis Conran for an hour of his show. I was asked to come in and discuss diamonds. The topic of conversation was really along the lines of diamond scams and how people can avoid overpaying and getting ripped off. Are they really a good investment and where is the best place to get value for money? Well the best answer to that is to purchase them from me. To hear all the interview, click this link.

The back end of the year was taken up mostly with the Hatton Garden situation. Rumours had been circulating about the London Diamond Bourse having to close it's doors and move out shortly. This is not true by the way. What is true though is that workshops, like my own, are being forced to close. Landlords want to renovate their buildings and rent out to tech companies all moving in to the area. Something that Crossrail has caused to happen. Great for them, Not so great for me. As a result I am currently looking for a new workshop. ITN again came to interview me regarding this and you can see that interview here.

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And of course I've been up to much of the same regarding making jewellery for lots of people. The rewarding thing is seeing the look on some ladies faces when they are presented with their engagement ring and then they quite literally burst into tears. You can look through my galleries on either Facebook or Instagram to see some of the creations.

The year ended when I was surprised to discover that my book had been picked up by the Jewish Chronicle magazine Celebrations. They had featured it in a four page spread titled "Rules Of Engagement For Guys". The magazine is printed once a year and is the bible for people with a wedding or bar/bat mitzvah coming up. It lists all vendors and suppliers to the "celebration" industry. So to have photos and a four page feature was incredible. You can see my blog on it here.

So all that's left really, is for me to say a massive thank you to those who continue to support me. I guess that must be you as you haven't unsubscribed yet, and I look forward to helping you and sharing more happy exciting events moving into 2017.

Happy holidays to you and your family. x
Lewis Malka London

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Rules of engagement for guys https://www.lewismalka.com/rules-engagement-guys/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:40:46 +0000 https://www.lewismalka.com/?p=3077 You are going to take out that little velvet box and propose, But first, some man-to-man advice from Lewis Malka, an expert from London's diamond district.  That was the headline I saw when I opened up this years simcha guide, Celebrations, from The Jewish Chronicle.  It's their annual magazine for people who are looking to […]

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You are going to take out that little velvet box and propose, But first, some man-to-man advice from Lewis Malka, an expert from London's diamond district. 

That was the headline I saw when I opened up this years simcha guide, Celebrations, from The Jewish Chronicle. 

It's their annual magazine for people who are looking to get married and it showcases all the best supplier. This includes all the big things like planners, caterers, venues and band. As as well as the small things which no wedding can be complete without. Such as stationary, flowers, wedding dresses and of course jewellery. Well I'm proud to say that I was asked to provide an insight and give some advice that can help guys pick out the perfect engagement ring.

One of the most intriguing parts of a Jewish Wedding Ceremony is when the Bride circles the Groom under the Chuppah (a canopy under which a Jewish wedding ceremony is performed), when they first enter the Chuppah. Usually they circle the groom seven times. Circling "seven times" corresponds with the seven wedding blessings and demonstrates that the groom is the centre of the Brides’ life. (This also symbolises her protective care of her husband). The number seven also represents the completion of the seven day process in which earth was created. During these seven days, the earth revolved on its axis seven times. Since marriage reenacts the creative process, the Kallah's (bride) encirclement symbolises the repetition of these seven earthly rotations. With this in mind I discuss the seven golden rules to help guys pick out the perfect engagement ring.

Below is a snapshot from the magazine. If you are looking for a copy of The Engagement Ring book then click here to purchase one.

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After considering all seven of these rules, I believe you are ready to start the in house process. All my rings are made to order and will be made to fulfil her dreams. Any woman who says she hasn't been thinking about an engagement ring is a woman who led a very sheltered life. And in my opinion, was never allowed to dress up in her mothers clothes!! If you would like an appointment to have your dream engagement ring made, then please do get in touch. I would be delighted to have an appointment with you. you can contact me at the top of this page or through the home page. Thank you.

 

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Save money by making a new piece of jewellery from your old treasured pieces https://www.lewismalka.com/save-money-making-new-piece-jewellery-old-treasured-pieces/ Sat, 29 Oct 2016 18:33:22 +0000 https://www.lewismalka.com/?p=3069 We're all guilty of the same thing. Every now and then we all buy something new to replace an old favourite. That old piece gets left aside and hardly ever worn again. There's nothing wrong with that. However, I do believe that if you have a piece of jewellery, then you should wear what you […]

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We're all guilty of the same thing. Every now and then we all buy something new to replace an old favourite. That old piece gets left aside and hardly ever worn again. There's nothing wrong with that. However, I do believe that if you have a piece of jewellery, then you should wear what you have and enjoy it. By now you've realised that I'm referring to your old pieces of jewellery. Items that have been placed in your trinket box and sadly haven't seen the light of day for a considerable amount of time. 

I understand about fashion, trends and style. I also understand that the possibilities of doing something else, with your now forgotten ex-favourite piece of jewellery, are endless. That's exactly what happened with these two pieces in the last couple of weeks. Let me tell you two short stories. 

The first new piece of recycled jewellery is this beautiful two stone pendant in yellow gold. The diamond used to sit in my clients pendant, and the sapphire was part of her cocktail ring. Neither design is in fashion anymore and not neither piece is being worn. She wanted me to make her a new pendant utilising both stones. As her engagement and wedding ring is yellow gold, she wanted the pendant to be yellow gold too. As you can see the end result is quite striking. By making the stones in a semi-rubover setting, it allows the light in from the sides, giving the stones maximum brilliance. The best bit about this was that when all was finished and her scrap gold sold, I ended up giving her back some money as well as a new piece of jewellery. Needless to say she was delighted. 

sapphire and diamond pendant

This next pendant came together beautifully. My client had some jewellery which she had been given over the years. A few pieces were presents which are no longer worn due to them being out of fashion. One diamond piece was from her grandmother and had a lot of wear and tear due to age. She's decided that she no longer wanted to wear any of it. We scraped all the gold and kept the four larger diamonds from those pieces. The end result is this exquisite four-stone pendant. The beautiful thing is that each stone tells its own story. She still has her diamonds and now they are all together as a memory piece. Not only are they all different sizes, but the largest stone is in fact a different cut too. Another happy client. 

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If you have any unwanted jewellery and would like to have a new piece of made from them, or even maybe just want to get rid of your unwanted jewellery and cash in, then please get in touch. I always offer a free consultation. Who knows, you could even end up with a new sparkler and some cash. Now that would be amazing!! Lewis Malka is an expert in the diamond jewellery industry. In 2016 he published his first book, The Engagement Ring. You can find out more about it on his website

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Rolex watches – are they really a good investment? https://www.lewismalka.com/rolex-watches-really-good-investment/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +0000 https://www.lewismalka.com/?p=3000 There’s a tendency for people to refer to expensive purchases as investments.  “I’m going to invest in a new car,” someone might say. Yet new cars hold their value about as well as a chocolate teapot. Cars are not investments. Neither is a phone or a television, unless it’s a rare vintage car that will be kept in a garage and never touched. […]

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There’s a tendency for people to refer to expensive purchases as investments. 

“I’m going to invest in a new car,” someone might say. Yet new cars hold their value about as well as a chocolate teapot. Cars are not investments. Neither is a phone or a television, unless it’s a rare vintage car that will be kept in a garage and never touched.

Clearly, pretty much anything with a technological expiration date is a bad financial investment. This is why many skeptics have voiced concerns about the priciest Apple Watches. You see it makes little sense to drop hundreds of pounds on a gadget-fashion piece that will be outdated and lose value as time passes.

Like wine, art, or other hard assets such as diamonds, gold, and property, people sometimes do refer to watches as “investments” without completely misusing the word. And yet it would be silly to view a watch, or a collection of watches, as a core component of your investment portfolio.

A large part of the reason is the fickle and emotional nature of the watch market. A single collector alone has the power to influence the tastes, trends, and values of the entire market. Pop culture plays a role too: There’s no doubt that James Bond propelled Rolex even higher when it debuted on Sean Connery’s wrist in Dr. No. Essentially, it’s really hard to predict where the market will go, even where tried-and-true marques are concerned, which makes watches troublesome as investment fodder.

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So what watches best hold their value?

Certain relatively attainable (£3,000-£8,000) watches are known to hold their value extremely well—even appreciating in some cases. Interestingly, they’re almost all made by Rolex. I hate to say it, but in this price range, vintage Rolex are the best game in town if you’re looking for an investment-grade piece that doesn’t have to sit in the safe. 

Everybody who I work with in the watch industry seems to agree on this. Along with Patek Philippe -a brand with a much higher price range- it’s the only brand that is able to maintain the high resale value with the majority of its products. Rolex has spent decades creating the marketing image that a Rolex watch is a sign of success—it also happens to be a good watch.

Not all Rolexes mature equally, however.

In general the watches that have done the best over time have been the sport watches: The GMT, the Submariner, and the Daytona. This is due to the more casual nature of a watch designed for a job or use, not a formal occasion. 

One of the reasons for Rolex’s success in value retention, is that it has kept the product line small, enabling many of these watches to become household names. Omega, in comparison, does okay on the second-hand market, but has hurt itself by peppering the field with so many different models over the years.

How to at least break even on a watch as an investment.

While you shouldn’t count on a watch to produce a solid ROI, you can do a few things besides just getting a Rolex to give yourself the best chance at making a profit in 10 or 20 years.

One option is going vintage. So when does a watch become vintage and not merely “pre-owned”? According to most of my suppliers its after 20 or 30 years it starts to appreciate gradually in value—that’s what’s happened to almost all Rolex watches. So we’re starting to see the 16800 become collectible. That’s the last Submariner made before the current one now.

As for why vintage models are most likely to keep going up in value, well, the limited supply is key. They’re not making any more old watches, they’ve only made so many 5512s, one of the first Submariners with a crown guard, and there’s a finite amount of those left and every year more and more die off.

The other advantage of vintage is increased visibility of the market. You already know everything which happens with that product, you know the demand, how well they’ve aged, the competition. You can look back on a watch and see its complete history and make a conclusion. You know generally how it’s held up. With new stuff you never know.

Watches that fall into the “pre-owned” category—anything that’s not new, yet not considered vintage yet—are far more affordable, and they can often represent good deals for someone who wants a high-quality model to wear for the long haul. Much like a car, a new £10,000 Rolex driven off the lot is suddenly worth about half, considering the dealer probably paid £6,000 for it. On the pre-owned market, you may be able to acquire the same watch for a heavy discount of 20% or more off the original price, giving you a smaller target to hit if your goal is to break even in the future.

The real reason you should buy a luxury watch.

While the world of watches is unapologetically aware of value, money, and prestige, everyone agrees on one thing: Buying one should be about your enjoyment of the watch itself, not the possibility of getting a return on your investment. Above all, it’s piece of jewellery you wear, something emotional and personal, not something soulless like a portfolio of shares. 

I always tell people to buy something they like, not something for an investment. It’s not a bar of gold, you actually get to wear and enjoy it.

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If you are looking to purchase a luxury watch, Rolex - Patek Philippe or a different brand, then please get in touch with Lewis Malka London. I would be delighted to assist you.

Source Ethan Woolfe-Mann.

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Make your engagement ring stand out with this “I Said Yes” mug https://www.lewismalka.com/make-engagement-ring-stand-said-yes-mug/ Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:50:07 +0000 https://www.lewismalka.com/?p=2935 The best way to show off your new sparkly engagement ring is on social media. Whether you use Facebook or Instagram, make your ring stand out with this colourful yet understated mug. Show the world you said yes and that you're now off the market. This makes the perfect present for a bride-to-be. And whats more, […]

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The best way to show off your new sparkly engagement ring is on social media.

Whether you use Facebook or Instagram, make your ring stand out with this colourful yet understated mug. Show the world you said yes and that you're now off the market.

This makes the perfect present for a bride-to-be. And whats more, with each mug sold you get a 10% discount coupon off your wedding rings, should you want me to make them for you!

So what are you waiting for? Don't be a mug - get a mug and get that perfect selfie.

For a limited time there is free post and packing within the U.K. Shop here.

I Said Yes Mug

If you would like an appointment, then please do call for a free consultation in our central London Hatton Garden office and we would be glad to try and help you. Our details are on the main page of the Lewis Malka London website.

Lewis Malka is a recognised expert in making diamond rings as well as being a famous jeweller to the stars. All his blogs are his own opinions. He is a member of the London Diamond Bourse (LDB) You can follow him daily on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. If you would like any bespoke jewellery made, then please visit his website.

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London’s ITV news programme spoke to Hatton Garden jeweller Lewis Malka, who is being forced to leave his workshop. https://www.lewismalka.com/londons-itv-news-programme-spoke-hatton-garden-jeweller-lewis-malka-forced-leave-workshop/ Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:00:05 +0000 https://www.lewismalka.com/?p=2900 Concern over rising rents in London’s historic jewellery centre, Hatton Garden, made the evening news last Wednesday night (August 17). London’s ITV news programme, shown at 6.00pm, spoke to Hatton Garden jeweller Lewis Malka, who is being forced to leave his workshop by the end of the year, due to rising rents. The item also […]

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Concern over rising rents in London’s historic jewellery centre, Hatton Garden, made the evening news last Wednesday night (August 17).

London’s ITV news programme, shown at 6.00pm, spoke to Hatton Garden jeweller Lewis Malka, who is being forced to leave his workshop by the end of the year, due to rising rents. The item also featured an interview with London Diamond Bourse chief operating officer Victoria McKay.

ITV’s reporting of the issue around rising rents in Hatton Garden came just a day after the London Diamond Bourse announced its intention to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) with its members to discuss the future of the organisation past July 2019 when its lease runs out.

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Ms McKay, COO of the London Diamond Bourse, said: “The jewellery quarter in London is significantly under threat and we are trying to come together as a community to solve these problems. We are going to hold a meeting with our 300 members to discuss the many options and whether a move would be viable.”

Although retailers might remain in the area, workshops would be forced out, said Ms McKay, who is on the board of the newly established Hatton Garden Business Improvement District. “It’s not a case of a mass exodus yet, but we do have a big problem as I think the workshops and offices will be forced to move elsewhere and then we will become fragmented,” she said.

Tuesday's (August 16) London’s Evening Standard also published an article which highlighted the plight of Hatton Garden as under threat from spiralling rents as a result of Crossrail.

A statement from Camden Council which was read out on the ITV news said: “We support the jewellery trade through a special local planning that has secured affordable workshop space for jewellers in the area.

If you would like an appointment, then please do call for a free consultation in our central London Hatton Garden office and we would be glad to try and help you. Our details are on the main page of the Lewis Malka London website.

Lewis Malka is a recognised expert in making diamond rings as well as being a famous jeweller to the stars. All his blogs are his own opinions. He is a member of the London Diamond Bourse (LDB) You can follow him daily on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. If you would like any bespoke jewellery made, then please visit his website.

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Lewis Malka meets Alexis Conran and discusses diamond scams on TalkRadio https://www.lewismalka.com/radio-posts/ Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:56:00 +0000 https://www.lewismalka.com/?p=2866 It was a pleasure to be invited along to TalkRadio Towers to speak with Alexis Conran about diamond scams. Lewis Malka meets Alexis Conran and discusses diamond scams on TalkRadio. It was a pleasure to go along to TalkRadio Towers and have a chat with Alexis, on his show The Radio Hustle, all about diamond […]

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It was a pleasure to be invited along to TalkRadio Towers to speak with Alexis Conran about diamond scams.

Lewis Malka meets Alexis Conran and discusses diamond scams on TalkRadio.

It was a pleasure to go along to TalkRadio Towers and have a chat with Alexis, on his show The Radio Hustle, all about diamond scams and the actual price of diamonds. One of the main questions asked was "Why are diamonds so expensive?"

One other main question was "Are diamonds as rare as we are led to believe?" It's one of those things, diamonds have been around for so many years now that you just forget about the "scam" so to speak. They originated onto the market so many years ago, that we just accept it as part of everyday life.

It's hard to imagine that all those years ago diamonds were just a piece of carbonised crystal which was formed in the earth. What makes this subject even more fascinating is the fact that if it wasn't for that one large mining company, De Beers, we probably wouldn't even use diamonds as that integral part of all marriage proposals.

So what are your thoughts on diamonds? Have you had to buy an engagement ring? Have you often wondered why something so small commands such a high price? More importantly, how do we know that we are getting value for money when we go along and buy that all important engagement ring? So many questions.

I won't ruin the show for you but rest assured it is a fascinating topic and a great listen. Enjoy the show and thank you TalkRadio for the invite. I look forward to coming back again soon.

I start my conversation in Part 2 at 2 minutes 10 seconds.

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Will you propose to your man this leap year? https://www.lewismalka.com/will-propose-man-leap-year/ Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:33:38 +0000 https://www.lewismalka.com/?p=2718 It happens once in a blue moon and the blue moon in this instance is every four years and happens on the 29th of February. It's the day when women have the opportunity to turn the tables on their man and come up with a creative way to propose to their loved one. If this […]

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It happens once in a blue moon and the blue moon in this instance is every four years and happens on the 29th of February. It's the day when women have the opportunity to turn the tables on their man and come up with a creative way to propose to their loved one. If this is the first time that you've heard of it, it's a relatively new concept, in leap year terms and not been happening all that long. Consider too that's it's once every 1460 days and it's not something which will be on our minds too often.

So what can we expect on this day? Well for the ladies who have been in a steady and loving relationship for the right amount of time and who feel that a marriage proposal should have happened by now, they may consider this the opportune moment to propose to their man in the most creative way. And why not? I think it's a very romantic thing to do. In my eyes it shows a healthy and strong relationship between the two of them.

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I've heard men say that they would try and be out the country, away on business or anything that will prevent their other half from having a chance to pop the question. When I probed them further as to why they wouldn't want to be proposed to the reply has always been "it should be the man proposing to the woman, that's the tradition."

Well this too is a tradition which is now part of Western culture and something that is very much part of the norm. Whilst I was researching for this blog, I found out that around 5 percent of women have proposed to their man. That's in an average year and not taking a leap year into account. Nearly half of single women who hope to get married someday say they would consider proposing if it would mean achieving their goal.

From a personal point of view I have no problem with a woman proposing to a man and it shouldn't be limited to February the 29th either. A few months ago I was sitting with a couple looking for an engagement ring and the question that I always like to ask is "How did you both get engaged?" In this instance the lady proudly piped up that she was the one who did the proposing. It wasn't a grand gesture at all. As it turned out they were having a conversation over dinner. It came to the topic of new furniture for their home which they had moved into six months prior and the lady turned and said "Why don't we get married now, will you marry me?" Sometimes the most simplest ways are often the most romantic too and not long after they were planning a wedding.

I also uncovered a few fact that might prove useful when going ahead and proposing to your man.

  1. Don't do it in public. Even if he is very outgoing keep it private. Proposing is still seen as a guy thing to do and you wouldn't want to embarrass him.
  2. Keep the proposal fun, flirtatious and light-hearted.
  3. Try and keep it in a setting or over a theme he relates to and would love. That's not to say on the jumbo screen at a football match would necessarily work.

If you're now wondering what you should propose with, well I have some help for you here too.

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We all know that you want and will get a ring. If you want to propose to your man with a ring perhaps it can be a plain wedding ring style band. And maybe you can personalise it with his birthstone set within. If you feel that your man wouldn't wear a ring then how about one of these proposal gifts.

  1. Create a romantic momento of your proposal for him to keep forever. This could be a framed picture with some of your happiest memories together.
  2. Have something engraved. Perhaps a pair of cufflinks or a special pen.
  3. Perhaps he's a handy man and really wants one of those multi-tool gizmos.

If you would like an appointment, then please do call for a free consultation in our central London Hatton Garden office and we would be glad to try and help you. Our details are on the main page of the Lewis Malka London website.

Lewis Malka is a recognised expert in making diamond rings as well as being a famous jeweller to the stars. All his blogs are his own opinions. He is a member of the London Diamond Bourse (LDB) You can follow him daily on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you would like any bespoke jewellery made, then please visit his website.

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