I’m sure by now you’ve come across the term 'lab-grown' when referring to diamonds. There has been a lot of buzz in the press recently, with some high street brands shouting about them. They’ve been championing the fact that they’re environmentally friendly. How they can be made to order. How they are much cheaper than natural diamonds. And that’s true. But there is a reason for that.
Given that, and with all the marketing, you’re wondering if you should jump on the bandwagon too. You ha...Read More »
Looking back, one of my proudest moments in life was starting in the jewellery trade as a sixteen-year-old apprentice. Learning the skills of a diamond mounter, as we are known, has helped give me the foundations for the work I do today. All the skills needed to understand the construction and framework, for what seems like a simple thing, were skilfully mastered in my first three years.
Technology, like in most industries today, plays a huge part in business. The jewellery trade is no differen...Read More »
As the COVID-19 pandemic starts to ease and rules start to relax, some peoples attention returns to their wedding day. Yes, there are different degrees of heartbreak as some people were months away from their wedding. But there were those who were weeks, if not days, away from theirs. And all of them had one thing in common. The original date was cancelled.
Yes, there was a knock on effect. And yes, clients cancelled their appointment with me as their wedding was put off. But this isn't about me...Read More »
Given her family wealth, it’s unlikely there’ll be many people losing sleep over the fact Formula 1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone had a reported £50 million-worth of jewellery stolen from her home last night.
Thieves broke into her 55-room Kensington home (yes, you read that right – 55 rooms) and got away with a sizeable haul of jewellery that included individual items worth six figures.
I’ve heard more than one person utter the words Well, she can afford it since the news broke this morning and th...Read More »
Who among us couldn’t do with a bit of extra cash at this time of year?
The weeks leading up to Christmas are traditionally heavy on the old wallet or purse as Santa ticks off items on the Nice list, and there’s no let-up on the normal day to day expenses that go with getting through the week.
Finding a bit of ready money can be hard, but the chances are you’re literally sitting on a little gold mine without even knowing it – and if you’re lucky it could be enough to make this a great Christmas...Read More »
Those of you who read my blogs regularly or who know me personally may have been aware that a couple of years ago, I published a book about how to buy the perfect engagement ring.
The Engagement Ring – How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring and Get It Right First Time has been a bestseller on Amazon and has helped many a nervous groom-in-waiting to find the perfect ring to grace the wedding finger of the love of his life.
I wrote it because the truth is that as guys, we’re completely out of o...Read More »
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 o...Read More »
I'm often asked "what makes the perfect engagement ring?" or "how do I get the best engagement ring for my money?" And I understand that for many of us entering a jewellery shop or looking online for the ideal ring can be confusing and a little bit intimidating. So with that in mind I have put together some vital facts and suggestions to help you prepare for your important purchase and most importantly of course, your future wife.
Set a realistic budget: According to a survey, the average amou...Read More »
Knowing that buying an engagement ring is likely to be the third highest single purchase most people make, behind a car and a home, it's crucial that we understand the 4C's of diamond grading before deciding which stone to buy.
It wasn't all that long ago that diamonds themselves became universally accepted and used as tokens of love. After all we've only been mining diamonds for around 100 years and it's only since the late 1940's that diamonds themselves were suggested as the main stone with w...Read More »
Last Thursday evening was a night to remember. In the heart of London’s famous Soho district, in a swanky cocktail bar called Archer’s, there was an event going on like no other. Previously unattended by men, Lewis Malka, the Diamond Geezer from Joseph Sterling Bespoke Jewellers, was giving a talk on diamonds to members and guests of the European Professional Women’s Network.
Billed as an evening of networking, sparkles and bubbles, the event lived up to it’s name.
For the first time in their event history, the EPWN were sold out!! Entrepreneurs who I had the pleasure of meeting had come from all different countries, including Italy, Spain, France, and Germany to mention but a few. What was meant to be a 20 minute educational slot by me, turned into an hour of interactive Q&A’s which was delivered with humour and fact in a way that made the time fly. Topics included the 4C’s, Conflict Diamonds, Re-Modeling antique Jewellery and always a controversial one, Should a woman buy her own engagement ring!!
On show last night was a range of diamonds which attendees were allowed to get up close and personal with 🙂
"This was my first time at an EPWN event and if they are all this good I am definatley joining up" said one lady I spoke with after the talk. Another said "I have never been as interest in diamonds as I am now. There is no way I am going to wait for my husband to buy me diamonds. I am going to buy my own from now on".
"What the evening did was allow lots of people to come together in a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy some champagne and time with one of natures natural wonders. It’s not everyday we all get so close to these beauties and with some much to learn and know, it was a pleasure to have Lewis come and speak to our members and guests of the EPWN". That was a quote from event organiser Laurence Rose.
Would you like me to speak at your event? Drop me an email. It would be a pleasure.