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.
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.
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.
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?
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 alike due to a variable interplay in their internal structure.
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 saved a little over $100 to help pay for their mother’s 50th birthday present.
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 is still unknown, kneeling in front of a woman during a marriage proposal became customary during the time of chivalry and knighthood. At the time, bowing was an established tradition for a knight in order to show obedience to his master or mistress. Similar to bowing to royalty or to a victorious enemy, kneeling during a marriage proposal would elevate the woman to a superior position as the man revealed his humility.
The implication behind this gesture continues today as the kneeler offers themselves completely to their partner, providing the intended with the opportunity to determine the ultimate fate of their relationship by saying “yes!” Continue reading
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 have become an artistic icon to Russian culture and a symbol of the imperial Romanav family. Continue reading