Symbolism of the Right-hand Ring

Diamonds were traditionally reserved for rings of the engagement variety, but times have changed and so have jewelry trends! Today, you don’t have to wait around for Mr. Right in order to score the rock of your dreams. Just wear a right-hand ring—it’s the Little Black Dress of every jewelry box!

The right-hand ring is an accessory, usually with diamonds, that a woman buys for herself in celebration of her independence, accomplishments, and individuality. It symbolizes the successes she’s achieved, the obstacles she’s overcome, and the exciting places she hopes to go throughout life.

Because the right-hand ring represents so much, you should carefully choose one that reflects your style and personality. Go the simpler route with a classic diamond band, or spice it up with stacking bands that you can group in different combinations every day. Accent your right-hand ring with fancy (colored) diamonds or vibrant gemstones—consider incorporating your birthstone too! For a truly unique look, choose a vintage ring that captures the feeling of an earlier era. Antique engagement and cocktail rings make incredible right-hand rings because they flaunt unique stones and details that aren’t available in contemporary jewelry.

These days, diamonds wait for no man! The most important aspect of selecting one of these meaningful accessories is realizing that it’s about you. So go out and get yourself a “just because” right-hand ring that suits your personality…you deserve it!

What is Vintage Jewelry?


The term “vintage” means different things to many people, but for Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, it opens up an entirely different realm of choices for our customers. The way we use it, “vintage” simply means a piece of jewelry that was previously owned. Since the diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals are already millions of years old, the distinction between “new” and “used” is more easily blurred in jewelry than in any other product.

“Vintage” includes pieces ranging in age from those crafted centuries ago to those just born yesterday. Some pieces are from renowned designers such as Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, John Hardy, and Cartier, while others are one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable treasures.

Drawing on decades of experience and technical knowledge, our expert jewelers scrutinize each piece to ensure that it is authentic, made with genuine materials, and of top quality. Any pieces that do not pass their rigorous inspection are passed on to wholesalers who might find them homes in less discriminating stores.  Those pieces that are deemed worthy of our standards and yours are reconditioned to look their absolute best. Our master jewelers skillfully retouch, refinish, and refurbish them so well that you’d swear they were just made yesterday!

There is no difference in quality between our vintage and brand new jewelry—this is one of the best reasons to invest in vintage pieces! In fact, buying vintage gives you a much larger variety to choose from because you’re not limited to what manufacturers have decided to offer this season. Preowned jewelry is more distinctive than brand new pieces, and when you wear something that people find fascinating or exceptional, it draws a lot of attention!

Antique jewelry from specific time periods—such as the Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Retro, Edwardian, and Victorian eras—frequently boasts extraordinary attention to detail and superb craftsmanship that mass-produced items will never have. Whether they are true antiques or more recently minted treasures, a skilled maker’s workmanship and use of high quality materials create vintage pieces that will very likely continue to appreciate in value over time.

When you buy vintage jewelry, you’re not only investing in unsurpassed quality and fantastic originality; you’re getting an unbeatable value. Because our jewelers do all reconditioning in-house and we cut out the middleman mark-up, you can get more while spending less. Since our pieces have the same integrity and appearance as brand new items without the daunting price tag, it’s even easier to afford the designer and luxurious swag that you deserve. You get the same prestige at a different price!

Whether you like to splurge frequently on treats for celebratory events or a job well done, or periodically make more considered investments, buying vintage jewelry from Leo’s is a reliable, respected, eco-friendly way to make your dollars work harder to get more of what you want out of life. Let our vintage jewelry enrich your life with more style, sophistication, and a piece of history. And as always, we have a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re ever less than completely satisfied!

Enter to win a Tiffany & Co. Necklace and dinner at The Prado!

What is the sweetest thing anyone’s done for you in the name of love? Perhaps it was a planned romantic evening or a gift that still says “I love you” every time you look at it. The feeling you get when you think about that moment never goes away whether you were on the giving or receiving end.

Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, along with The Prado Restaurant, wants to give you the opportunity to create an unforgettably romantic moment for your special someone this Valentine’s Day. We’re giving away a vintage Tiffany Keys Heart key pendant by Tiffany & Co. and a $100 gift certificate to The Prado for a Valentine’s Day dinner for two!

The 18k white gold Tiffany necklace has 0.08 total carats of sparkly diamonds and includes an 18” white gold Tiffany chain. It retails for $1,825, but you’ll get it for FREE if you win the Key to Your Heart contest!

Nestled in our beloved Balboa Park in the historic House of Hospitality, gourmet dishes created by The Prado’s Executive Chef Jonathan Hale are legendary. A mouth-watering meal here requires some shrewd scheduling on Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest nights of the year. Winning our contest gets you a prized reservation for the perfect romantic evening at this acclaimed San Diego landmark.

To enter the Key to Your Heart contest, simply visit and tell us why your Valentine is the best Valentine in the world. It couldn’t be easier!

Imagine you and your sweetheart enjoying a pumpkin pie crème brulee or a triple chocolate “threat” (chocolate cookie crust, dark chocolate custard and ganache, with salted caramel ice cream) at a candlelit table overlooking Balboa Park. She’ll be overjoyed to be wearing her new Tiffany Keys Heart key pendant, and you’ll feel light-hearted about the light check!

Hurry, the last day to enter is Friday, February 10th!

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