Category Archives: General Discussion

Changing Colors for October’s Opal Birthstone

A change of season calls for a change of colors with October’s opal birthstone. Opals, classified as precious gemstones and sedimentary stones, are formations of non-crystalline silica gel. Known mostly for their often brilliant color display, no two opals are … Continue reading

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Little Boy Saves Quarters for Mom’s Birthday

A full piggy bank can go a long way towards getting a diamond for Mom! Here at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, we recently had the pleasure of serving two of our youngest customers, Franco and Isabella Cozza, who had diligently … Continue reading

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On Bended Knee for the Perfect Proposal

It’s the moment that many people dream about their whole lives—that moment that their soul mate will drop to one knee to propose marriage. But how did the tradition of proposing on bended knee come to be? Though the origin … Continue reading

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The History Behind a Fabergé Egg

It’s more than just a colorful Easter egg. For nearly 130 years, the world has been mesmerized by the beauty and history hidden behind the famed Fabergé egg. Often dressed in gold and adorned with diamonds and gemstones, Fabergé eggs … Continue reading

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Shades of Sapphires for September

Gaze into the deep blue this September with the beloved sapphire birthstone! A variety of the mineral corundum, sapphire is the second hardest gemstone next to diamonds.  Although it’s commonly thought that  sapphires form exclusively in their recognizable blue hue, they … Continue reading

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The Phases of a Blancpain

            All watches can tell time, but how about one that shows you the phases of the moon while also accounting for leap years, completely automatically and mechanically? Blancpain’s perpetual calendar watches do it all! The mechanical memory in … Continue reading

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Picking the Wedding Day For a Victorian Bride

After every wedding proposal comes the inevitable question, “When are you getting married?” For most couples, choosing a date can be quite stressful. What colors do you want? Is a specific vendor available that day? Will it be an outdoor … Continue reading

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The Making of Jay-Z’s Hublot “Big Bang” Watch

  Beyoncé definitely wanted her husband to make a “big” statement and wear a watch with a “bang!” Back in December, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z was gifted a $5 million, one-of-a-kind Hublot “Big Bang” watch by his superstar wife, Beyoncé.

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Think Green with August’s Peridot Birthstone

Be green with envy of August babies with the peridot birthstone! A gem-variety of olivine, peridot is composed of two minerals: fayalite and forsterite. Iron, which is rich in fayalite, is the causing factor of peridot’s plush, green color. Commonly … Continue reading

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Memento Mori

Memento Mori, in Latin means “Remember your mortality” or “Remember you will die.”  It reminds people of their mortality, and to live a good life because death can strike without any warning. Mourning dress was expressed in the 17th and … Continue reading

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