Category Archives: General Discussion

Following the Runway Jewelry Trends of 2014

As models walked fiercely down the catwalks this past fall in New York, Paris and Milan, designers gave us a preview of the newest jewelry trends to kick off the 2014 spring season.

Here are the jewelry crazes of the season and our favorite designer looks that can easily translate into everyday life to become a part of anyone’s jewelry collection.  Continue reading

Start the New Year with a Garnet

Vintage garnet jewelry at San Diego's Leo Hamel showroom.
Vintage garnet jewelry at Leo Hamel’s San Diego’s showroom.

Start 2014 off with a symbol of commitment, friendship and positive energy with the garnet gemstone.

The six families of garnets are silicate materials of different chemical composition, although they retain a similar physical appearance. Garnets range in hardness from a 6.5 to a 7.5 on the Mohs scale (1 being the softest and 10 being the hardest), making them suitable for daily wear in rings and other jewelry pieces. Continue reading

The Mystery Behind a Black Diamond

New and vintage pieces in our Leo Hamel showroom showcasing black diamonds.
New and vintage pieces in our Leo Hamel showroom showcasing black diamonds.

Be spooked by the intensity of a black diamond this year and enchant your jewelry collection with a true gemstone rarity.

Similar to white diamonds, black diamonds are crystallized carbon and are evaluated by the 4 Cs: color, carat, cut and clarity. Along with the appearance of a glossy surface, a black diamond is higher in density than a white diamond, so that stones of the same carat weight have different relative measurements.  Continue reading

Create a Custom Pandora Bracelet Just for Her!

Blog_pandoraNeed an extraordinary last minute gift for someone special this Christmas? Pandora offers you the opportunity to create a perfect gift with charms made by skilled craftsmen using the finest materials.

You can be the designer of a one-of-a-kind bracelet that tells the story of your unique relationship with selective charms that fits every moment or personality. With Pandora you will capture her memories in jewelry that will last a lifetime. Commemorate the past year with charms that symbolize her likes, hobbies, and those character traits that you cherish the most. She’ll love you for it!

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Congratulations to Leo’s Perfect Proposal Winners!

Leo’s Perfect Proposal Contest winners, Michael Samuelson and Vanessa Vargas, immediately after their onstage proposal at December Nights.

On Friday, December 6th, one lucky couple experienced the moment of a lifetime. At San Diego’s very own beloved December Nights event at Balboa Park, the winner of Leo’s third annual Perfect Proposal contest took the stage to propose to his girlfriend in front of thousands of people.

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Diamonds and Brides at an Exquisite Weddings Event

A bride models vintage jewelry from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers at the Exquisite Weddings Fall Launch Party. Photos courtesy of Holly Ireland Photography.
Bridal jewelry from Leo Hamel at the Exquisite Weddings Fall Launch Party. Photos courtesy of Holly Ireland Photography.

It was all about the diamonds at the Exquisite Weddings soirée!

On Thursday, October 24, 2013, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers attended Exquisite Weddings Magazine’s Fall Launch Party hosted at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. With a collection of different vendors from various bridal industries, Leo Hamel sparkled among the rest with 65 diamond and gemstone jewelry pieces on display.

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November’s Birthstone – Citrine or Topaz?

Vintage citrine and topaz jewelry perfect for the month of November, all currently available in our Leo Hamel showroom.
Celebrate the month of November with citrine and topaz jewelry, currently available in our Leo Hamel showroom.

It’s a battle of the orange gemstones!

Orange topaz, known as “precious topaz” is considered to be the original November birthstone, though citrine has rapidly grown into a popular modern alternative.

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Understanding the “4 Cs” of a Diamond

When it comes to buying an engagement ring, knowing and understanding the “4 Cs” of a diamond can certainly come in handy. Considered the universal method of evaluating a diamond, the 4 Cs can help both consumers and professionals determine qualities and classifications of a diamond that differentiates it from the rest. Standing for cut, clarity, color, and carat, these four characteristics are used to help measure the quality and determine the value of a diamond.

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Watching the Watches of James Bond

Our San Diego Leo Hamel showroom currently has this preowned collector's Omega Seamaster Chrono Diver James Bond.
This preowned collector’s Omega Seamaster Chrono Diver James Bond is currently for sale in our San Diego showroom.

The name is Bond, James Bond. But, what’s the watch?

The mysterious and debonair 007-agent has fascinated and intrigued pop culture for more than 50 years. First created by the author Ian Fleming, James Bond has morphed into one of the most recognizable gentlemen spies that men everywhere emulate, including his stylish fashion choices. So, what’s the watch brand that accompanies 007 on his missions around the world?

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