Our highly experienced staff truly love what they do. Each staff member at Maloy’s is passionate about jewelry and passionate about doing business in the upfront, kind and respectful way Shan believed in when he first opened. We will do our best to insure that the process of reaching your jewelry goals will be an enjoyable, informative process. We value your business, and thank you for letting us be part of your jewelry story.
Shan, our founder, opened the business in 1986. In addition to making his own jewelry, and buying and selling estate jewelry, he took in simple repairs, fabricated custom jewelry, and performed complex restoration jobs… all services we still happily offer. His good humor and honesty has built a company culture that feels like family. Shan still comes in from time to time, so if you’re lucky, you may catch him! You can read more about Shan and the early days of the business in our History.
Eve grew up in NYC, got her degree from Parsons School of Design,and has had a toe, hand, or foot in the jewelry industry her whole life. She is the resident expert on Mexican, Danish, and mid century silver jewelry, as well as vintage costume jewelry. Once in Portland, (seduced by both the trees and her native born husband) she found Maloy’s and “let” Shan hire her back in 2003. She now wears many hats at Maloy’s, manager, ad copywriter, buyer, window designer, custom design, and sales. She loves every minute.
Originally hailing from upstate NY, Nina came to the Pacific Northwest to study animation and stayed for the mellow attitude and the weather. She soon found that her skills at building armatures for animation translated beautifully to the jewelry field. In 2010, a chance encounter in a yoga studio parking lot brought Nina to us. Nina loves helping couples enjoy the process of finding the right rings, remembering everyone’s name (and making the rest of us look bad), and getting to know our clients better.
Having grown up in Tucson, home of the country’s largest gem show, Jen was always fascinated by the sparklies. She studied at GIA and became a gemologist. She quickly recognized her love of vintage jewelry, and became a bit of a legend in our business. For several years, we heard of this lovely, charming, highly knowledgeable gemologist who was working in other, more glamorous places like Palm Beach and LA. When friends and love lured her to Portland in 2013, we were lucky enough to add her to our Maloy’s family.
We call Lam our “metal whisperer”, because he seems to be able to make platinum and gold do almost anything with ease. Lam started his jewelry studies back in Vietnam, when his father noticed he was good with his hands, and agreed to send him to jewelry school as a teenager. He has now been a jeweler here in the states for over 21 years, creating dazzling custom projects that artfully combine technical precision and meticulous detail.
We are truly delighted to add Jessie to the Maloy’s family! A familiar face to many antique jewelry enthusiasts in Portland, Jessie has been involved with pretty much every aspect of the field for over 20 years. In addition to being truly enamored of jewelry history, Jessie is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and is certified with the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA). In her spare time, Jessie loves reading and writing about jewelry, playing boardgames with her husband, and her 2 hairless cats (though not necessarily in that order).
Eden, our newest talented bench jeweler, Started her metalworking path when she left her artsy neighborhood in Connecticut for the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. After graduation, she worked at the bench of a well known jewelry house in NYC for several years, but a pre-covid visit to Portland family made her realize she was ready to enjoy the accessibility of both art and nature that Portland offers. Eden likes listening to sci-fi murder mysteries while working, and drinking champagne while not working. We are delighted to welcome her to our Maloy’s family.