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 →
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 →
Need 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!
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.
Jewelry speaks words and shares stories people no longer say.
This vintage bracelet is certainly no exception! Brought by a local San Diego woman to one of our professional gemologists, this 2.00 carat total weight vintage bracelet brings with it a history from World War II.
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.
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.
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?