LEO HAMEL TIMES
LEO HAMEL FINE JEWELERS PRESENTS
More than a Legend
CLASSICS 4 KIDS
Teaching children through
From Georgian to Retro: a
look at the evolving trends
of jewelry design
San Diego-Based race
team Autocon have the
heart & spirit it takes to win
What’s New: Introducing our latest watch line
An amazing 7.70ctw Phillip Stein, new designs from
Van Cleef & Arpels Hearts On Fire, Bertolucci, Omega,
and much more.
estate diamond ring
32 06 Our Services
08 The Gemological
Institute of America
10 Diamond Cuts
12 Jewelry Design:
Through the Eras
15 Testimonials COVER STORY 18
Photography by Aimee Hargrove
19 Watch Out: Philip Stein
20 Estate Jewelry
23 Classics 4 Kids Leo Hamel
24 Sometimes the Executive Editor
Underdog Wins and Photographer
36 27 Why Collect? Aimee Hargrove
28 Impeccable Taste: Art Director and Designer
Ulysse Nardin Collector Erny Castro
30 Cover Story: Keeping it
Simple; Tony Gwynn Dorian Hargrove
32 What to Wear: The Robin Hart
Races Leo Hamel
33 Events Calendar Contributing Writer’s
34 The Concept and Cynthia Chaplin
Measurement of Time: Bianca Ramirez
Part 1 Kelsey Lamaun
36 New from Omega & James M. Hart
39 New from
Marco Bicego Copy Editor
40 Van Cleef & Arpels
41 The Psychic Jeweler Old Town
1851 San Diego Ave.
42 New from San Diego, Ca 92110
Hearts On Fire® 619.299.1500
43 A Love Story
415 S. Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, Ca 92075
Rancho Bernardo Buying Office
16909-A West Bernardo Dr.
San Diego, CA 92127
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Letters to the editor
A MOMENT With Leo Feedback
Hello Friends and Customers,
The feedback from our first issue of this new magazine, Leo Hello Aimee,
Hamel Times, was quite satisfying and we incorporated
some of your suggestions in this current issue. I am How are you doing? Hope all is well. My name is George
interested in any further input you may have on subjects and I have been in the Marketing and Advertising
you’d like to see us cover. If you have a story or idea for
business for 21years and I wanted to let you know what
a story that you would like to submit, we’ll consider it. It
doesn’t have to be about jewelry or watches; any story a great job you and your staff did on Leo Hamel Times
or article of interest may be appropriate. And you don’t Vol. 1. I came home one evening to check my mail and
have to be a professional writer – just put your story into found the magazine with Mayor Jerry Sanders on the
words and we can help you polish it up a bit. Send your front cover and I said to myself I remember when we
stories and ideas to: email@example.com. interviewed him when I was at the radio station. I opened
it up and I said WOW! I didn’t know that Leo Hamel was in
I am pleased and honored that Tony Gwynn, an all-time the publishing business. What a beautiful picture of him,
favorite of San Diego baseball fans, agreed to be the his wife and the little ones. Let’s not forget Leo Hamel
subject of an article in this edition. Although there is no Senior lifting weights with Leo Hamel Junior. Great Job!
question that Tony is an outstanding athlete, it is because
he and his wife, Alicia, generously give not only their
money but also their time to those in need that I call
them “heroes.” George R.
If you have visited either of my stores recently you may
have noticed that we are offering a larger variety of estate Hi,
jewelry for sale than before. My company was founded
on this basic formula: a great selection of estate jewelry I have just received your new effort, the Leo Hamel Times,
and pre-owned fine watches. You’ll be seeing more and feel compelled to write some thoughts that it brings
of both as we expand our collection once again. And to mind. I think this is a substantial step forward in the
we are always interested in buying your old jewelry and marketing of your products and congratulate you and
watches or taking them in trade for something new. You your team. Whereas before your catalog was looked at
can upgrade that plastic crystal Submariner for the latest
only if there was time on my hands, now I’m compelled
sapphire crystal model now! Upgrade your diamond ring
to a bigger one or trade in your diamond earrings for to read it because it contains stories and tidbits that I
some twice the size! can relate to. Keep up the good work.
By the time this goes to press we will have opened a new While I’m at it, I congratulate you on bringing the
buying office in Rancho Bernardo where my brother-in-law, Glashütte Original line into your stores, which you had
Dano, will give you top dollar for your unwanted jewelry, mentioned previously. This line is a much greater value
watches and other valuables. If it suits our customers than its competitor A. Lange & Söhne. Indeed, German
we may even start doing a little selling there but we’re brands in general are far better values than the Swiss,
starting out with a buying office as that is what is now in whose prices have become beyond reason for causes
demand. too many to go into here. Nevertheless, I’d probably sell
my soul for an H. Moser & Cie. Such is the sickness of a
Enjoy perusing this issue and let me know if there is
anything I can help you with or anything in this magazine watch-a-holic. By the way, it would do no harm if there
you’d like to see changed. You can always contact me was a discreet little list somewhere of the lines you carry
directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. And thank you again to (see list page 12). Right now I’m trying to compare the
all my loyal customers – this magazine is for YOU! desirability of a Glashütte Pano versus a Perrelet jumping
hour and it’s hard to remember everything about a
Leo Hamel source.
email@example.com Congratulations again on Volume 1 and good luck in the
W W W . U LY S S E - N A R D I N . C O M
M echanical watch movements are
like engines in luxury automobiles;
they need to be maintained and
serviced on a regular basis. Lubricating
an automatic movement is similar to
getting an oil change in your car. When
an automatic watch is not serviced every
3-5 years the oils dry out, timekeeping
may lose accuracy, and parts can begin
to wear. Old lubricants turn into a fine
dust and can wear out the pivots of
watch wheels if not replaced regularly.
A complete watch service at Leo
Hamel Fine Jewelers consists of
disassembling the watch movement,
cleaning every part of any old lubricant,
relubricating all necessary points, re-
assembling the movement, and adjusting
the timing to standard (plus or minus
2-9 seconds per day) specifications.
The exterior of the watch is then fully
refinished, removing all scratches and
restoring the factory finish to the
exterior case and bracelet, and timing
is checked for accuracy over a period
of 72 hours. A service from Leo Hamel
Fine Jewelers also includes a one-year
warranty on timekeeping and a 90-day
warranty on parts.
It is a common misconception that
if a watch has not been worn for years
it does not need to be serviced. An
automatic movement works best when
it is in use; the rotation of the winding
rotor and motion of the various gears
and parts allow oils to distribute evenly
throughout the movement; when it is
not being worn these oils disperse and
Sometimes watches can run for
many years without being serviced, but
doing so wears down the movement
parts, eventually causing very costly
repairs and can dramatically reduce the
accuracy of the timekeeping. If you wish
to keep your timepiece in optimum
•Ring sizing working condition and perhaps some
•Cleaning and overhaul day pass it on to a loved one it is crucial
•Pearl restringing to have regular maintenance performed.
•Jewelry polishing Fine watches can continue to perform
•Prong re-tipping flawlessly for decades and even centuries
•Any other repair as long as they are properly maintained.
Not valid with any other coupon or discounts. One per customer.
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I s your jewelry in disrepair? When we
love our jewelry, we wear it every day
and it really takes a beating, getting
scratched and dented along the way.
Maybe your wedding ring is a bit tight;
that favorite chain is broken; the backs
are missing from a pair of earrings;
and the string on grandma’s pearls has
stretched to twice its former length.
Maybe you found a lovely vintage piece
of jewelry at an estate sale that needs
restoration, or the setting is outdated.
Perhaps your favorite pieces are just
not as shiny and sparkling as they were
the day you bought them. These are
all problems that we at Leo Hamel Fine
Jewelers can solve!
The highly-trained jewelers in our
repair department can evaluate your
jewelry and give you an estimate for any
repairs or changes that you would like
to have made. Our professional jewelers
can do it all: size rings, retip prongs,
tighten loose stones, restring pearls,
polish jewelry, rhodium plate and replace
clasps. We do it all and for less money
than you might think.
Why buy new when you can repair or
restore what you already own and make
it look like new again?! We have four full
time jewelers and can do some items
same day or within 24 hours. Come in for
a free estimate today!
Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers announces a
New Buying Location
We are proud to announce the opening of our new Rancho Bernardo Estate Buying
Office. We are paying top dollar for the following items:
•Gold, silver or platinum jewelry; new or old, even damaged
•Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier and any fine Swiss watches
•Diamonds & precious gems 16909-A West Bernardo Dr.
•Designer jewelry San Diego, CA 92127
•Antique & vintage jewelry
•Coins and precious metal
•Antique firearms, ivory carvings, fine art, vases
•Colored gems and more #3711-1889
www.leohamel.com LEO HAMEL TIMES 7
The School of Hard
The Gemological Institute of America
Written by Cynthia Chaplin, G.G.
D id you know that synthetic rubies
have been around since the 1880’s?
What about the fact that tanzanite gets its
Gemological Institute of America, or
GIA, has set the standards in the field of
gemology for the entire jewelry industry.
intense blue-purple color only after heat Many people are familiar with GIA’s system
treatment? Were you aware that although of grading and certifying diamonds, but
diamond is the hardest substance on earth, might not realize that GIA is every bit as
that jade is actually tougher? much invested in education as in laboratory
Having a Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) science. The Graduate Gemologist program
in the jewelry store that you patronize is is an intensive course in diamond grading
peace of mind for you and assurance of and colored stone identification with an
quality for the jeweler. A trained G.G. is able emphasis on the jewelry industry which
to accurately identify natural diamonds takes a minimum of six months to complete.
versus diamond simulants, determine the Students are trained in the use of very
“grade” of a diamond (typically thought of specialized equipment; the microscope is
as the color and clarity) and estimate carat standard, but there is also the refractometer,
weight on a mounted stone. Carat “weight” the polariscope, the spectroscope, the
is actually that – how much the diamond dichrosope, and many more.
weighs in a measurement called “carats.” In addition to the laboratory training,
To estimate weight when the diamond GIA requires all of its teachers to have at
can’t be weighed on a scale least three years of retail experience in the
is done by measuring jewelry industry in order to provide
the dimensions of the students with the maximum
stone and performing amount of applicable training.
mathematical calculations Seminars are held regularly on
from those measurements. campus by industry leaders in
A Graduate Gemologist is order to further the education
also a colored stone expert experience. The student
who can identify and comes away with not
determine the quality only a quality scientific
of over 250 colored education, but also
gems, differentiate advice from insiders in
between natural, the trade and tips from
synthetics and the field.
simulants, and spot treated and Whether you need
assembled stones. Many different kinds of to identify the stones in the jewelry your
gemstones are subjected to some kind of grandmother passed down, decide which
color-enhancing treatment these days and gemstone will work in the custom design
that can affect their value. Assembled stones you’ve been dreaming of, or simply want
are made from a less valuable stone that is more information on choosing the right
glued to a more valuable one to enhance diamond for your soon-to-be fiancée, five
the color or increase the size. We can even Graduate Gemologists are available at Leo
give you some background information and Hamel Fine Jewelers to help with a wealth
history of many gemstones, tell you which of knowledge to share.
locales produce the highest quality, and
help you to judge the more elusive aspects
Since its inception in 1931, the
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H ow much jewelry do you have in your jewelry box that
you don’t wear because it’s out of style or just isn’t
your style? Why not recycle that jewelry into something
new that you can actually enjoy wearing?
Our expert jewelers can take your existing piece
and redesign it to change the look a little or a lot. White
gold can be made yellow, or yellow gold made white.
Shiny finishes can become matte, or satin finishes can
be polished to a high shine. Gemstones can be added
or swapped for different colors or for diamonds to add
Diamond earring studs can be converted into sexy
dangles. A diamond pendant can be reset in a slide or
enhancer, or add a diamond or two and create a Journey
pendant. Buy another diamond to match and make a pair
of earrings. Take the diamond from a ring and set it in a
pendant, and then set a bright colored stone in the ring.
The possibilities are endless and it doesn’t have to cost a
lot of money to get a whole new look.
And don’t forget your watch! We can add diamonds
to many watch brands, on the bezel that goes around
the dial, on the lugs that hold the bracelet to the case or
sometimes on the clasp too. Adding diamonds to a watch
dresses it up and adds a touch of luxury. Many watches
can be fitted with different straps in a variety of colors
and textures to make a dramatic change in the look.
Bring us your jewelry box and discover the
I magine possessing an incredible piece of
custom-designed jewelry that no one else on
earth will ever own! Our Custom Jewelry Team
can make your dreams a reality and for less
money than you may think.
Our talented jewelry artisans skillfully unite the
best of old-world craftsmanship with state-of-
the-art Computer Aided Drafting techniques.
The resulting creations are both artistically
stunning and scientifically precise in design.
Virtually any piece of jewelry that you
envision can be brought to life by our
Design Team. Bring in a picture or drawing of
something that caught your eye and we will
make it uniquely yours. Recreate the piece that
was lost or stolen so that it can once again be
enjoyed. See some bling on a Hollywood star
that you admired? It can be yours.
We want the process of designing and
creating your unique piece to be a fun,
interesting and enjoyable one. You will approve
an exact wax model of your design before
work begins so that you are assured that
your finished custom jewelry will exceed your
Come in and get started on your custom
designed jewelry today!
www.leohamel.com LEO HAMEL TIMES 9
The History of
I t takes millions of years to transform carbon into
diamond as the result of the extreme heat and
pressure that is exerted in the earth’s layers far under
polished, the bigger it will look and the more brilliantly
it will perform. Before the 1300’s diamond cutting was
considered taboo, attributed mainly to the difficulty
the surface. Because of the complexity of diamond’s encountered when trying to cut the ultra-hard stones.
crystalline structure it has taken thousands of years
to perfect the art of cutting these precious gems to
release the maximum fire and brilliance. Cut deter-
mines how well a diamond will reflect and refract light.
The more precisely a diamond is proportioned and
Old Single Cut
By the end of the 14th century the taboo of cutting diamonds
Up until the latter part of the century diamonds were
worn or displayed in their natural octahedral shape,
like two pyramids stacked base to base.
had become obsolete. Yet due to primitive cutting techniques
diamonds still had a dark and dull appearance. Due to this lack
of beauty, the diamond was not as popular and highly coveted
as its counterpart, the colored gemstone. Rubies, emeralds,
sapphires and other precious stones were all the rage.
Advancing the art of faceted gem cutting, Giacomo Tagliacarne
and the Renaissance’s Giovanni delle Corniole refined the “Rose”
or “Rosette” cut. The Rosette cut popularized the diamond by
showcasing its ability to reflect and refract light. Unfortunately
the thicker cuts used by this cutting technique to prevent light
from leaking out through the bottom of the diamond rather than
being reflected back out of the top, also reduced the fire and
diamond’s potential to dazzle remained untapped.
Old Mine Cut
With time the cutting and shaping of diamonds became
more refined. The earliest form of the “Modern Round
Brilliant” cut is the “Old Mine” cut. This cut is round in
shape, and the crown is taller in proportion to the smaller
table of the gem, allowing the brilliance and fire to shine
through the facets with ease.
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Old European Cut
With a circular girdle, the “Old European” cut is the
immediate precursor to the “Modern Round Brilliant” cut.
With a hefty crown, a tall depth, and a small table, the “Old
European” cut truly revealed the splendor of the diamond
for the first time.
Modern Round Brilliant Cut
The Modern Round Brilliant Cut was developed in 1919
by renowned Belgian diamond-cutter Marcel Tolkowsky,
and used mathematical science to further refine the Old
European Cut and maximize the scintillation, fire and
brilliance of the cut diamond. The Modern Round Brilliant
cut when done to exact proportion is referred to as an
“ideal cut” diamond. Unfortunately most diamonds are not
cut to these exacting standards and although they have
the basic shape and form of the Modern Round Brilliant,
they do not exhibit the fire and brilliance that one could
expect from an ideal cut.
Hearts on Fire®
Super Ideal Cut
The Hearts On Fire® diamond has set the new standard for
diamond cutting with their Super Ideal Cut – far superior to
the average “ideal cut.” Hearts on Fire’s® name was inspired
by a natural phenomenon of light created by this perfect
cutting technique – each Hearts On Fire® round brilliant
diamond displays a perfect ring of eight hearts when viewed
from the bottom, and a perfectly formed symmetrical
fireburst when viewed from the top.
Only a select group of craftsmen have mastered the skills
necessary to cut these diamonds. The Hearts On Fire®
diamond is analyzed, hand-cut and polished using 100x
magnification, which is 10 times the grading standards used
by the world’s gemological labs. That’s why Hearts On Fire®
diamonds take up to four times longer to cut than other
It is also why a Hearts On Fire® diamond looks like no other
diamond of comparable color, clarity and carat weight. They
sparkle with the utmost brilliance and fire and less than one
in every million diamonds is cut to this extraordinary level of
perfection. It is affectionately called a “five-table” diamond,
as its cut and polish allows it to stand out from as far as five
restaurant tables away.
Hearts On Fire® diamonds – for a difference that you can
really see! LEO HAMEL TIMES 11
Offering our TIME
A t Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, we pride ourselves in having the most experienced and
knowledgeable team of sales professionals in San Diego County, or maybe the
world. Members of our sales team have owned as well as managed other jewelry stores
and small businesses, and others are Graduate Gemologists. In combination they
represent a vast amount of expertise in the jewelry industry.
Our sales executives offer a personal shopping service that can cater to your
jewelry and watch needs. Do you collect vintage Art Deco, or have a penchant for black
diamonds? Looking for a particular model of IWC that is out of production? Let your
sales professional know of your preferences and they will do the shopping for you.
You’ll get the first shot at the most coveted goodies even before they go on display.
We also cater to corporate accounts. Our corporate customers have rewarded
their employees with such incentives as fine Swiss watches or jewelry gift certificates.
We are happy to help their employees choose the perfect piece to celebrate that
promotion or attained goal.
Here at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers we
carry only the finest watches and
jewelry from some of the world’s
most prestigious brands.
Dear Mr. Hamel,
Last week I visited Leo Hamel’s in Solana Beach.
I had the pleasure of being attended to by Evan Campbell whose friendly
demeanor and thorough knowledge in responding to my many questions
served to be very educational guaranteeing I will be a returning customer.
I look forward to visiting your store in the future
and will be recommending Evan to others.
Dear Leo Hamel,
Ten years ago for my 30th birthday my husband made my dreams come
true; he bought me a Rolex watch. During that time he met and worked with
Yolanda and she helped find the perfect watch for me. I’ve worn it almost
every day for ten years and it is by far my favorite piece of jewelry.
When my husband’s big 40th Birthday came around a few years later, Yolanda
helped me surprise him with the perfect watch. She helped me decide on just
the right gift, an Omega, and he appreciates the quality of such a fine watch.
With both purchases Yolanda was outstanding in patience and guidance
as well as assuring us that the price we were paying was appropriate. Her
smile and warmth were amazing and to be quite honest I really consider
her a friend. Whenever I hear one of your ads on TV or the radio, I think
of Yolanda and her friendly smile. To me she is what makes Leo Hamel a
warm comfortable place with such amazing customer service.
Thanks to Yolanda, we have always left Leo Hamel feeling satisfied that the work done was of the finest
quality. She makes us feel appreciated and valued, assuring that we are completely satisfied with our
service. It is evident that Yolanda is both experienced and competent and above all by her dedication she
proves that Leo Hamel is worthy of its reputation, that of being one of the finest Jewelers in all of San Diego.
Karen took care of me when I decided to mark my 40th birthday with a special watch.
I thank her for her patience and help during the watch
selection. I also want to thank her for her nice letter
that she sent me not long after that purchase.
If I need assistance in the future I know where to go. I will ask for Karen.
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This jewelry style was named for the four Kings named George who ruled
England during this period. The designs are bold, ornate, and symmetrical.
Bows and swags were popular motifs, and the techniques of chasing
and repoussé were often used. Garnets, topaz, coral, and diamonds
were fashionable, set in high karat yellow gold and silver settings. The
diamonds in jewelry from this time were usually rose cut or table cut and
often foil backed to give them more shine.
The Style Georgian
The Eras Art Nouveau
Written by Carly Park, G.G. Art Deco
Victorian jewelry was named after Britain’s Queen Victoria, and includes
different styles that were popular during her reign. Sentimental jewelry
was in demand and many people had lockets, brooches or pendants made
with human hair from loved ones. After Prince Albert died, Queen Victoria
wanted to remain fashionable while in mourning and “mourning jewelry”
was created using jet and other black materials. Neo-Classical designs
based on archeological finds in Greece and Rome were also popular, as
well as Egyptian and Assyrian themes. Other recurrent designs included
crescent shapes, snakes, and cameos. The gemstones most commonly
used in Victorian jewelry were diamonds, jet, garnets, amethyst, coral,
turquoise, tortoise shell, and chalcedony, and were often set in silver and
yellow gold. Diamonds were usually rose cuts or early brilliant cuts.
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1865 Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau is French for “new art.” This style was greatly influenced by
the Japanese art that was being imported to Europe at the time. It is also
seen as an artistic revolt against the mechanical themes and methods
of manufacture that came out of the Industrial Revolution. Nouveau
designs were more organic and asymmetrical. The jewelry incorporated
sweeping and flowing lines with natural motifs such as flowers, insects,
birds, and the female form. Diamonds were uncommon in this style and
overshadowed by the use of colorful enamels and glass, and gemstones
such as pearls, opals, amber, moonstone, tourmaline, amethyst, and
chalcedony. Noted Art Nouveau designers were Rene Lalique, a glass
designer renowned for his stunning creations of perfume bottles, vases,
jewelry, chandeliers, clocks, and, in the latter part of his life, automobile
hood ornaments, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, who designed stained glass
windows and lamps (hence Tiffany lamps), glass mosaics, blown glass,
ceramics, jewelry, enamels and metalwork.
This style of jewelry was named for England’s King Edward VII. During his
reign, jewelry was flaunted as a statement of wealth. Edwardian jewelry was
made using the finest gemstones and precious metals. Use of platinum
in jewelry became widespread and was valued not just for its pure color,
but for its strength as well. Platinum’s strength and durability allowed for
more intricate designs and the use of delicate filigree. Edwardian jewelry
is distinctive for its white-on-white look using fine platinum filigree set
with top quality pearls and diamonds.
Art Deco design came into vogue after the end of WWI. The forms were
bolder and geometric compared to the delicate Edwardian and flowing
Art Nouveau styles that predated Art Deco. Strong, contrasting colors
were achieved using richly hued gemstones such as diamonds, black
onyx, lapis lazuli, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, jade, turquoise, and coral.
Platinum was the most common metal used, but jewelry was also crafted
from white gold. Designs were streamlined, linear, and geometric.
During WWII, gemstones and platinum were in short supply so gold and
enamel became very popular. Different colors of gold such as rose and
green were used along with yellow gold to enhance the design and make
up for the lack of color from gemstones. Retro jewelry is characterized
by flowers and bows, animal figures, and industrial-inspired designs.
Gemstones that were lighter in color such as citrines, aquamarines, and
amethysts as well as smaller diamonds, sapphires, and rubies were used
sparingly as accents.
*Jewelry shown illustrates each era’s style and is not necessarily of that vintage. LEO HAMEL TIMES 15
Real TIMES, Real People
MY 60TH BIRTHDAY
As told by customer Joanie Murphy
T urning 60 was not something I was looking forward to.
How in the world could I have gotten to be that age? In
my mind’s eye I am still in my thirties; sure, I can see some
a lovely birthday cake on the dining room table that read,
“Happy Birthday – Grandma.” That’s my husband’s humor,
and I do love being a grandma so I said to myself, “Suck it up
physical changes and feel a few aches here and there but 60 and have a good time.”
years old? It seemed unbelievable. I was thrilled to greet old friends who I don’t see much
I determined that one way to manage the whole ordeal because we are all so busy with kids and grandchildren. It
was to schedule rotator cuff surgery 2 days before my then came time to open presents. I saw all these lovely gold
birthday (I’d been putting it off for two years and really bags with purple tissue paper and thought, “Isn’t that cute?
needed to get it done). I thought the surgery would be a Helen must have bought all the bags to match.”
blessing; a party of one and being medicated I probably My darling grandson Sonny was my helper and he
wouldn’t think about the impending birthday. brought me each bag. I opened the first gift from Tom and
When my best friends Tom and Helen learned of my Helen and inside was a Pandora bracelet with a charm that
plans, they said we were absolutely going to celebrate my read “I LOVE YOU” with spacers added as a gift from Maggie
60th birthday and offered to have a gathering at their house (my favorite Leo Hamel employee). Then it dawned on me
the weekend before my surgery. I couldn’t say no; we’ve that all the bags were from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers. In
been friends for almost 40 years. I noticed my husband every bag was a Pandora charm that represented something
talking furtively with Helen over the next couple of weeks meaningful about my relationship with the giver.
and I thought, “Oh there’s a surprise of some kind.” Helen My husband gave me a queen bee charm, a gold snake
assured me that the party would be no big deal; just our charm (I hate snakes - more of his humor) and three gold
children, grandchildren and dearest friends. ring spacers; my son and his girlfriend gave me a charm
The fateful day arrived and I was feeling a bit reluctant shaped like a suitcase that has Paris and the Eiffel tower
to attend the “happy event.” When we arrived I could see on it (I teared up at that one – my mom was from Paris);
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from my grandson Sonny there was a baby shoe charm; Every time I wear this wonderful Pandora bracelet I get
from his mommy a gold cross; from my stepson Travis, wife choked up. The entire bracelet is filled with charms that
Michelle and sons Elias and Owen a baby bootie charm; mean so much to me and memories of each person who
from my stepdaughter Heather a snowman charm (I gave gave one to me.
her a snowman at Christmas); from my grandson Alex a This was the best birthday present I could have ever
little boy charm. From my stepdaughter Melissa I received received and such a thoughtful and loving surprise; thanks
a graduation cap charm, to memorialize her graduation to my family and dearest friends and Maggie who helped
and how long it was in coming (inside joke). From various everyone to purchase their gifts. How silly I feel now for not
friends I received charms in the shape of a high heel shoe, wanting to turn 60 - it turned out to be one of the best days
a heart, an angel, a pineapple, a puppy, a silver ring with my of my life.
birthstone, a gold and silver stack of rings, a silver ball with
hearts, a Journey ball, a letter ‘B’ ball and a beautiful Murano My warmest regards,
blue glass charm. Each charm was added to my bracelet as Joanie Murphy
each gift was opened. After all of my gifts had been given, I
had a complete Pandora charm bracelet!
Helen had called everyone and told them about the idea
of the bracelet and the charms and each person went to
Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers in Old Town to select the perfect
charm for me. You can just imagine how overwhelming and Because my husband
special that was for me. knows who his queen is
Because my stepdaughter
appreciates what I do for her
Because they all have a
special reason that I am in
their lives, and why they are
here to celebrate mine
Because my son
For men who still think
of blackberries as a fruit.
Not this one.
Big Ingenieur. Ref. 5005: A device that tells you the battery’s empty isn’t Mechanical IWC-manufactured movement |
Automatic Pellaton winding system
much use out in the wilds. But the largest automatic movement made by (ﬁgure) | Seven days’ continu-
IWC goes on running continuously and reliably. And if you should decide ous running | Power reserve
to take a break between K2 and Mount Everest, it has a seven-day power display | Date display | Anti-
reﬂective sapphire glass |
reser ve. Thanks to its solid stainless steel case, its delicate mechanism Sapphire glass back cover |
will forgive you almost any thing. Even a beard. IWC. Engineered for men. Water-resistant 12 bar | Stainless steel
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Wearing a watch
P HILIP STEIN® has become a leader in mind-body wellness
by integrating frequency-based technologies into
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Technology and Multiple Frequency Technology which both
emit natural well-being frequencies in the 7-9Hz range
helping the body’s energy flow.
flow of energy, sometimes referred to as “Chi.” Wearers of As a company, PHILIP STEIN® is committed to
PHILIP STEIN® watches report better sleep, less stress and researching technologies that work with the body’s subtle
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The Earth has a frequency, discovered by physicist love and love to wear and Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers welcomes
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highest intensity of this Earth frequency occurs in the 7-9Hz
frequency range. This is considered by many researchers, a. SS, LDS Mini Harmony, $830 / b. SS, LDS Small Harmony,
therapists, and healers to be the natural resonance of the $1,895 / c. SS, Large Harmony, $695 / d. SS, LDS Small Double
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b. c. d.
a. 14ky, Oval Ruby Ring, 4.95ctw, $365 / b. 14ky, Oval Ruby Earrings, 9.55ctw, $495 / c. 14ky, Oval
Ruby Floral Necklace, 100ctw x 315, $3,850 / d. Platinum, Oval Ruby (4.35ct) and Marquise Diamond
(2.45ctw x 25) Cluster Ring, $16,000 / e. 14kw, Pear Shaped Diamond (1.10ctw x 2) and Marquise and
Baguette (2.40ctw) Cluster Dangle Earrings, $9,000 / f. Platinum, Diamond Vintage Ring with Filigree
and Leaf Engravings, 0.41.ctw, $995 / g. 14kw, Diamond & Two Pearl Bypass Ring, 0.30ctw, $450
h. 14kw, 331/2 inch, 7.88mm Pearl Necklace with Diamond Clasp, $995 / i. 14ky/w, Black Rhodium Plated White
& Champagne Diamond Tear Drop Shaped Dangle Earrings, 5.48ctw, $3,150 / j. Platinum, Marquise and Treated
Fancy Yellow, Orange, Blue, and White Diamond Cluster Ring, 3.71ctw, $8,000 / k. 14ky, Oval Blue Zircon, Rose
Cut Diamond & Blue Enamel Vintage Ring, 0.50ctw, $895 / l. 14kw, Diamond (0.55ctw x 20) Ring set with an Oval
Blue Sapphire (3.70ct), $6,975 / m. 18kw, Diamond & Oval Blue Sapphire Center Lever Back Earrings, 1.45ctw,
$1,950 / n. 14kw, Round Blue Sapphire (7.00ctw x 7) and Diamond (6.51ctw) Bracelet, $8,900 / o. Platinum,
Diamond (2.20ctw) and Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire (2.00ctw) Cluster Ring, $4,250 / p. 22ky/w, Diamond Milgrain
Wide Bracelet, 15.25ctw, $19,000
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The latest in what you can find at
Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers
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Dr. Donnelly advertised in our first issue and coincidentally I needed
a dentist for the first time in a long while. Though reluctant to go I
ended up actually enjoying the process because of how friendly and
accommodating everyone was. The care was superb as well. I personally and
highly recommend them!
Written by Dorian Hargrove
Photography by Aimee Hargrove
I n Ms. MacKenzie’s second grade
class at Florence Elementary School
in Hillcrest, sixteen students sat
witnessed increases in standards-based
test scores, the most significant being
in mathematics. For the Standard-based
organization experiencing that much
growth is no easy task, especially
considering that Classics-4-Kids is
cross-legged on padded mats in Assessment on Mathematics Test (SAM) completely independent, with over 50%
the front of the classroom. All were students scored an average of fifteen of their annual budget earned through
silently energetic as they stared at the points higher after participating in the private donations. The program consists
guest speaker, their little faces full of Classics-4-Kids program. of three full-time paid employees and
curiosity. The speaker that day was Dana “Also, the second-graders who relies on nearly 200 volunteers.
Mambourg Zimbric, Music Director and participated in the Classics program To learn more about the program
Composer for the non-profit music had an additional 40% increase in test visit their website:
literacy program, Classics 4 Kids. scores compared to other grades who www.classics4kids.com.
“Hello everyone! The last time I saw did not participate in the program,”
you was at the ‘Fairwell’ symphony in said Laurie Sanderson, Director of
November,” said Mambourg Zimbric. Resource Development.
“Does anyone remember what composer With those kinds of results it’s hard
the symphony was about? Remember it to believe that the program is only in its
started with Hay…” fourteenth year.
“Haydyn,” four second-graders It started in 1994, when Marion Scire
excitedly answer out loud. wanted nothing more than to give his
“Yes, that’s right! Very good! Joseph sixth grade daughter and her classmates
Haydyn was the composer. Well today a chance to see a professional piano
I’m going to talk to you about another recital. However the funds to pay for 600
symphony. This one’s about nature…” sixth-graders to attend a professional
The symphony Mambourg Zimbric recital were just not in the budget,
referred to is one of the 40 child- so Scire and his daughter had to get
friendly classical concerts that Classics- creative. They sold homemade chocolate
4-Kids plays each year throughout San lollipops shaped like music notes to pay
Diego County. The concerts teach for the cost of admission. In the fourteen
classical music to Pre-Kindergarten years since, the independent non-profit
through Sixth Grade students as well as organization has grown immensely. In
educating them about the composers 2007, over 30,000 elementary school
and the different instruments used students were given the opportunity to
in a symphony. The program sells the see a live symphony perform, and 7,000
subsidized tickets for six dollars and of those children attended the concerts
typically each class attends three at no cost. The growth continues; in the
different symphonies per school year. 2008 school year over 15,000 tickets
The results are clear. Schools that were sold during the first week alone.
have participated in the program However, running a non-profit
LEO HAMEL TIMES 23
Wins Written by Dorian Hargrove
Photo provided by Richard Prince
A t the 31st annual Long Beach Grand Prix, fans lined
up inside the gates for a chance to meet members
of the American LeMans Series race teams and ogle their
overalls. The paint on their V-10 Le Mans prototype race
car lacks the immaculate luster seen on the other race
race cars. Race car drivers passed out handshakes and “Our budget is probably ten to fifteen percent of
autographed posters. Their fire-resistant overalls were those of the factory teams we race against,” says Lewis.
covered shoulder to shoulder with patches from big “In the spectrum of ALMS teams we are certainly the
name sponsors. Behind the tables, heavily polished race smallest both in terms of personnel and budget. We do
cars crouched next to 45 foot-long transports. a lot with a little! It has always been our strategy to pour
The lines in front of the tables of the Porsche, Ferrari, everything possible into making the car the best it can
Flying Lizard, and Audi teams grew ever longer. While be while letting some of the other ‘window dressing’
their drivers, dressed in expensive race suits and wearing elements suffer. Our trailer is not new, we don’t have
designer sunglasses, signed autographs, Mike Lewis, 20-30 guys running around, we don’t have a big catering
owner and lead driver of Autocon Motorsports, relaxed and entertaining capacity. But we do build a good race
and played with his young children. car that finishes races and is reasonably quick.”
Unlike the bigger teams, the crew of San Diego-based So quick in fact, that they are the only American
Autocon’s racing team consists mainly of volunteers and prototype team from the United States that has been
interns. There are only three paid permanent members. invited to race in The 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, the
Dano McCarthy, estate buyer for Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers biggest race in the American Le Mans circuit.
and volunteer for the team says, “Only our air fare, hotel Lewis and Crew Chief David Steele formed the team
and food are paid for. Like most of the other guys, I do it over 20 years ago and it has grown year by year. “We
just to be close to the cars and the racing.” never had plans to grow, although every driver likes to
The Autocon team is sponsored by JeanRichard, a advance. We race because we love it. We have a passion
small fine Swiss watch company with a modest budget. for the sport and the competition. And even though we
Their orange and grey trailer is noticeably older than rarely have the speed of the mega-teams, we still fight
those parked around it. Worn spots compete for space the good fight and manage to trip them up now and
with splotches of dried oil and fluids on the crew’s then,” says Lewis.
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As race fans shuffled from one table to the next at
the Long Beach Grand Prix, the underdog Autocon team
prepared themselves for what they thought would be an
unrewarding race. All were feeling the effects of a crash
that happened on the previous day, when one of their
drivers was hospitalized with a broken vertebra in his
spine. And on top of that, the car just didn’t seem to be
performing well out on the track.
But as soon as the green flag was waved over the
sun-filled straightaway that day in Long Beach, the crew
brushed off the setbacks and put everything they had
into running the race. Lewis and Chris McMurry, who
flew down the night before to replace the injured driver,
managed to stay in striking range of the other cars and
ended up holding the third place trophy.
“Congrats to the team on its first podium of 2008,”
wrote Lewis in an e-mail to the team the following day.
“Just look at the competition we face: names like Penske,
Audi, Andretti, Brabham, Acura, and Porsche, all with huge
sponsors and budgets. To merely step onto the playing
field with these guys and compete is a credit to you all.”
Now this courageous group is gearing up for the race
at Le Mans on June 8th. For more information visit the
Autocon’s website at www.autoconmotorsports.com.
JeanRichard: The official
watch of Autocon Sports.
Photography by Aimee Hargrove
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Wrist Watches? Written by Leo Hamel
I have often been asked why a man would want more than
one watch. This question often comes from someone
who has never owned a fine watch. Once you experience
divers watch, or the moon watch (just in case) all come to
mind. There are watches for doctors, nurses, pilots, race car
drivers, yachtsmen and even cave explorers!
the pleasure of wearing of a fine watch (Swiss or German) So there you have three reasons why a man could have
you will feel a little differently about them. Most men do at least three watches. But a strange thing happens at three.
not wear a lot of jewelry and their watch is sometimes This number now makes you a collector and collecting
the only piece besides the wedding ring. So a watch can becomes a hobby of sorts. Our watch collectors often know
mean different things to you and can substitute for the more about the watches than we do. They become a study
collections of jewelry a woman may have. Pride of ownership and no detail is too minute to be important. In the old days
and appreciation of craftsmanship are reasons to enjoy a collecting meant vintage watches but now modern watches
second watch or even a third. are collected with more intensity than even the older ones.
After wearing a fine watch a person often finds This is a new and exciting field which didn’t exist when I
themselves wanting another. If the first one was a sport first started this business.
watch then a dress watch starts looking desirable or even To collect, wear, show off or to treasure in private, the
“necessary.” So two becomes the irreducible minimum until choice is yours.
another reason comes along and a specialized need often Check out the amazing Ulysse Nardin collection on the
fills that bill. The two-time-zone watch for the traveler, a next page (pg. 28).
chronograph to clock the horses, the 3000-foot waterproof
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Words from a Ulysse Nardin Collector
U lysse Nardin doesn’t simply make some of the
world’s most beautifully designed modern day
mechanical wristwatches. They create them, one at
a time, each piece expertly finished and individually
numbered. From elegant divers to haute multi-
complication timepieces, there is a U.N. for virtually
everyone. The collection you see here is a testament
to their innovation and creativity of the highest order.
As a collector, purchasing any fine Swiss timepiece is
more than just an investment in a watch. It’s an investment
in the very people that stand behind it too. At Leo Hamel
Fine Jewelers you’re not just a customer; you’re really part
of a very special family, whose entire staff of dedicated
and talented professionals is committed to your complete
satisfaction top to bottom.
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LEO HAMEL TIMES 29
with Hometown Hero
Simple Written by Dorian Hargrove
Photography by Aimee Hargrove
Once thebatting cages ofteenagers wiped theinside San
private batting lessons ended,
Diego State University, two
Tony Gwynn Stadium at
Gwynn’s style; no, the reason he accepted the job at his
alma mater was so that he could continue having a positive
impact on the lives of young people.
their brows. They were asked if they had any questions for That selfless attitude was evident throughout his 20
their tutor, head coach of SDSU’s Aztecs and Hall of Fame years in the major leagues where he learned early in his
baseball player, Tony Gwynn. “Um, sometimes I get into the career that the game of baseball wasn’t the most important
batter’s box and feel like I lose all confidence. What was thing in life.
your mind set when you stepped into the box?” “When I first got into the big leagues, I got so caught
“It was always, ‘bring it,’ because I knew that they up into what I was doing and how I was playing. After a few
couldn’t beat me. They might be years, I started thinking more about
able to get me out, but they couldn’t my family back home, and all that I was
beat me. Early on I realized that for missing. It grounded me and made me
me it wasn’t about hitting it out of realize what was important. It was Alicia
the park; it was about putting the and the kids; all of them,” Tony said,
ball in play and making them work playfully peering over his left shoulder
to try and get me out. I always told at Alicia, “and always remembering
myself, just keep it simple.” that life is easy; we are the ones who
Keeping it simple is more than complicate it.”
just baseball lingo for Gwynn, much And while Tony spends most of
more. For Tony and his wife Alicia, his time on the field with his players,
whom he met during middle school Alicia spends much of her day working
in Long Beach, keeping it simple is a for their foundation. The Tony and
way of life and a motto by which to Alicia Gwynn Foundation (TAG), has
live. It’s a motto that they instilled been involved in the lives of San Diego’s
in their two children, Tony Jr. and youth since 1995. The program is
Anisha as well as over 20 troubled designed to instill practical principles
teens the Gwynn’s invited into their in today’s youth such as respect, honor
home over the past two decades. For and trust. Those principles, according
the Gwynn’s, keeping it simple means to Alicia, are crucial in building a strong
going back to the basics of life; for self-esteem, resolving conflicts through
those troubled teens it meant seeing communication, and setting life goals.
what the inside a loving home is like, Tony and Alicia Gwynn have had
the importance of sitting down at a positive impact on so many of San
the dinner table together, and the Diego’s youth, they deserve to be
need for communication. called two of our community’s most
You see, although the Gwynn’s appreciated humanitarians.
like to keep it simple, that doesn’t And apparently things had become
mean that they like to take the easy too simple in the Gwynn household as
way out. For instance, take Gwynn’s decision to coach San of late, because there recently appeared a new addition
Diego State’s baseball team. For any other person, coaching to the family: an eighteen-year-old looking to build a solid
at a college like SDSU would be the job of a lifetime, but foundation for the rest of his life. He was fortunate indeed
when that person is a member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame, the to find this place from which to start and these people to
recipient of eight National League batting titles (second to show him the way.
Ty Cobb) and is considered to be among the top 50 greatest More information on the Tony and Alicia Gwynn
players in the history of baseball, it’s hard to imagine why Foundation can be obtained at www.tagwynn.org.
the meaning of the seventh inning stretch wouldn’t change
to a full body massage on a private island. But, that just isn’t
Tony Gwynn gives batting
tips to two teens.
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What to wear:
A Day at the Races
18ky/w, Diamond Teatro
Earrings, 0.09ctw, $1,220
18ky, IL Cairo Textured
Multi-Strand Bracelet, $6,615
18ky/w, 1.45 ctw Diamond
Jewelry worn by model Jordan Olive
Photography by Aimee Hargrove
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July 4th - Independence Day
July 17th - September 3rd
Racing Season at Del Mar
July 25th - 26th
Leo Hamel’s Art Nouveau &
Deco Estate Show
July 26th - Parents Day
August 1st - August 24th
La Jolla Society SummerFest
August 2nd - Friendship Day
August 10th - Annual
Hillcrest Cityfest Street Fair
August 22nd - 23rd
Leo Hamel’s Colored
September 7th - Labor Day
Coronado Art Walk
September 25th - 28th
San Diego Film Festival
September 26th - 27th
Leo Hamel’s Spectacular
www.leohamel.com LEO HAMEL TIMES 33
The Concept and
of Time Part I
Written by James M. Hart, PLS, CFedS
S tudies suggest that we look at our watch, often
subconsciously, every 8 seconds. It is commonplace for
someone to ask “What time is it?” That’s a pretty easy thing
to answer for most of us. But have you ever been in a room
and had several people respond with a different answer? Of
course our timepieces are all generally pretty close to each
other, but rarely are they all precisely in sync.
What if we were to take the simple question, “What time
is it?” and rearrange the words to, “Time: What is it?” How
would you answer that question? In Book 11 of St. Augustine’s
Confessions, he ponders on the nature of time, asking, “What
then is time? If no one asks me, I know: if I wish to explain
it to one that asketh, I know not.” It seems simple, but try
refining your answer to a written sentence. It’s often found
to be more difficult than one first imagines.
Try this on for size: Time is the occurrence of events,
one after another. So how much is time? The year is well
understood to us – in a general sense anyway. The concept
of one complete orbit of the Earth around the Sun being one
year and one complete rotation of the Earth being one day
is familiar. But, how do we end up with 365¼ days in a year?
How is it that the length of one day is actually 23 hours 59
minutes 47 seconds?
There is a virtual universe of thought behind these
concepts – all pent up in fields such as astronomy, physics,
mathematics, and even land surveying. Historically the
concept of the year and the day was easily understandable
just by observing the sun and the stars. Pagan rituals were
attuned to the equinoxes and the solstices. We tend to think
of these events simply as the onset of Spring, Summer, Fall,
and Winter (the Vernal Equinox, the Summer Solstice, the
Autumnal Equinox, and the Winter Solstice, respectively).
These are not events that occur in a broad brush sense of
time but at very precise moments, each in an instant and
For example, the Vernal Equinox is that precise instant in
time when the Sun crosses the Earth’s equator on its trek into
the northern hemisphere to create Spring. At that instant in
time, the night is of exactly the same duration of time as
is the day. The Summer Solstice is that exact instant where
the Sun ceases its northerly motion and starts to head back
south. At the precise time that this Solstice occurs, daytime
is longer than nighttime and the difference is maximum.
You’ve probably surmised that the Autumnal Equinox is
the same as the Vernal Equinox except the Sun is heading
across the equator into the Southern hemisphere and that the
Winter Solstice is when nighttime is longer than the daytime
and the difference is again maximum. With this repetition of
universal events, one after another, one can start to think in
terms of “time” as a clock of infinite proportions. So we enter
the measurement of time – to be future explored in Part II in
the next issue of Leo Hamel Times.
34 LEO HAMEL TIMES Photography by Aimee Hargrove
c. d. e.
F ounded in 1848, Omega remains one of the most recognized and prestigious watch companies in the world with their
long history of improvements to the science of the measurement of time. Their recently introduced co-axial escapement*
movement has been heralded as one of the most significant horological advances of the last 100 years. It is this kind of
innovation that makes the Omega timepiece not only appealing to the serious collector but to anyone who wants to own a
sophisticated Swiss watch.
*The co-axial escapement functions with virtually no lubrication, thereby eliminating one of the shortcomings of the traditional lever
escapement. Through using radial friction instead of sliding friction at the impulse surfaces, the co-axial escapement significantly reduces
friction, theoretically resulting in longer service intervals and greater accuracy over time.
The Newest a. SS, Ladies Constellation with Diamond Guilloche Dial and Diamond Bezel,
$3,200 / b. 18kr/SS, Ladies Constellatioin with Diamond Guilloche Dial and
Watches Diamond Bezel, $5,700 / c. SS, Ladies Seamaster Aqua Terra, Diamond Tapestry
Dial, $3,200 / d. SS, Gents Seamaster James Bond 007, $2,500 / e. SS, Ladies
from Seamaster Aqua Terra, $3,400
36 LEO HAMEL TIMES *All prices subject to change
“This watch looks fantastic
in person. A must see!”
B ertolucci, the most Italian of the Swiss brands, owns
the Mediterranean magic. Unique with a crystal clear
DNA, Bertolucci is anchored in the marvellous world of the
Mediterranean. Confluence of civilizations, mystical source
of extraordinary tales, emblematic and evocative places, the
Bertolucci world naturally suggests the pleasure and the joy
of living from a timeless Riviera that fills us up with dreams.
Bertolucci is a strong blend of creativity and sensuality. Both men
and women purchasing a Bertolucci timepiece will find a pure
expression of the Bertolucci 4 C’s: Creativity, Curves, Comfort
and Construction. d.
a. 18kr/SS, Ladies Serena Garbo with Sapphire Crystals, 1.29ctw, $8,200 / b. SS, Ladies Doppia, $2,900
c. SS, Gents Serena Garbo, PVD*, $4,300 / d. SS, Ladies Stria with Sapphire Crystals, 0.70ctw x 162, $7,900
*PVD (Physical Vapor Deposit) - Very hard black coating LEO HAMEL TIMES 37
Birthstones a. for the upcoming months
The red glow of the ruby is said to have come from a flame
within the gem that can never be extinguished. This symbol
of an everlasting flame makes the ruby a perfect gift for
b. someone you will love forever. Ancient lore has it that
wearing a ruby ring on your left hand will bring the wearer
good fortune making it a perfect engagement ring with its
strength and durability.
a. 14ky, Diamond (0.10ctw x 6) and Ruby Bangle Bracelet, $335
b. Kwiat, 18kw, Diamond (0.17ctw) & Ruby (0.19ctw) Channel
Set Band, $850
c. 14kw, Diamond & Ruby Hoop Earrings, 0.50ctw, $489
d. Kwiat, 18kw, Ruby Milgrain Band, 0.40ctw, $850
Throughout history, August’s birthstone has been used as a means to connect
with nature. Peridot was also used by early Egyptian priests to makes cups
believing that drinking from peridot would draw them closer to Isis the goddess f.
of nature. Tied to nature, the peridot is a symbol of vitality within a single person
or unifying relationship, promising growth just as nature intended.
e. 18kw, Small Oval Peridot Earrings with Diamond Frame, $595 g.
f. Judy Mayfield, 18ky, Peridot (3.55ct) & Diamond (0.11ctw) Fancy Ring, $2,785
g. 14ky, Oval Peridot & Diamond Vintage Ring, $525
Sincerity and faithfulness are associated with this gemstone. Because
sapphires are second only to diamonds in hardness, a gift of sapphire
i. says that your love will remain strong forever.
h. Judy Mayfield, 18kw, Blue Sapphire Bangle Bracelet, $1,395
i. 14kw, Emerald Cluster Ring, 0.80ctw, $1,650
j. Judy Mayfield, 18ky, Oval Sapphire & Diamond Earrings, $1,705
Photo on pg. 32-33 taken at:
The River Valley Ranch
Premier Equestrian Center
38 LEO HAMEL TIMES *All prices subject to change
at its Finest New from
W ith the genesis and growth of a new brand,
there is a story worth telling; this is the story
of Marco Bicego. Marco Bicego has redefined a.
the phrase “everyday luxury” with sensuous,
extraordinarily beautiful jewelry that blends old
world Italian craftsmanship with tradition, passion,
and imagination; his uniquely crafted pieces are
exceptional enough to make a statement, yet
personal enough to wear everyday. This unique
combination has attracted many modern and
cosmopolitan women to this artisan’s work.
Bicego began his training as a gold artisan
at his father’s fifty-year-old atelier in the Vento
region of Italy. His instincts were refined at the
workbench and led him to create unique, multi-
textured items that were both beautiful and
unexpected. This pure artisanship by Marco and
his team of craftsmen in Trissino, can be found
in the manipulation of gold; transforming this b.
luxurious element into spirals and hand-engraved
The Marco Bicego brand has emerged as
a leader in the world of fine jewelry. Design,
marketing, sales, and customer service consistently
work together to achieve the organization’s
goals. Every individual who works for and with
Marco Bicego shares the same passion and vision.
Youth, effortless sophistication, and luxury are
the elements of Marco Bicego jewelry; Creating a
unique, accessible luxury experience that begins
with the team and resonates with the consumer.
Should we be surprised that a revolution in e.
style and passion stands on a solid foundation?
Absolutely not. To visualize a global image and
see it materialize we must first know our roots,
our families, and our communities. Marco sees
and appreciates the everyday life at home, small
gestures, friendly faces and precious moments.
These moments that change and inspire as f.
the days go by; this is the foundation of
a. Jiapur Double Strand Earrings w/ Amethyst,
Red Tourmaline & Citrine, $1,780 / b. Jiapur 47
1/4in. Mix Stone Necklace, $4,870 / c. Jiapur Gold
& Green Tourmaline Necklace, $9,370 / d. Jiapur
Large Lemon Citrine Ring, $1,970 / e. Jiapur Small
Red Tourmaline Ring, $1,090 / f. Jiapur Medium
Orange Citrine Ring, $1,390
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Written by Robin Hart Stone
Presenting a spectacular diamond ring from the
extraordinary house of Van Cleef & Arpels
T his magnificent 7.70 total carat weight oval diamond ring
by legendary jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels is now available
for viewing at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers. Few are privileged to
own such a significant piece from this celebrated family; could
this be your opportunity? The chronicle of Van Cleef & Arpels
began with the 1896 marriage of Estelle Arpels, daughter of a
precious stone wholesaler, and Alfred Van Cleef, son of a Dutch
diamond merchant. In 1906, Alfred and his brother-in-law,
expert gemologist Charles Arpels founded Van Cleef & Arpels
and moved into the prestigious boutique at 22 Place Vendome.
Brothers Julian and Louis Arpels joined the fledgling firm soon
after, and what was to become a world renowned house of
jewelry had begun. Because only the premier quality becomes such a legend,
Truly a family affair, Alfred’s daughter Renee Puissant and Van Cleef & Arpels insists on setting only diamonds of IF to
Julian’s sons Claude, Jacques and Pierre all came on board in the VVS2 (Internally Flawless to Very Very Small Inclusions) clarity
20s and 30s. In 1939, Van Cleef & Arpels became one of the first and the highest color ratings in their jewelry. The diamond
European jewelers to venture into the New World when Claude color scale ranges from D (totally colorless) down the alphabet
opened a Van Cleef & Arpels boutique in Rockefeller Center in through Z (fancy yellow). The oval diamond at the center of this
New York. Soon after the move was made to the now famed platinum ring weighs 6.51 carats and is of VVS2 clarity and D
address at 744 Fifth Avenue. color. It is framed by two pear shaped diamonds on each side
Van Cleef & Arpels has always been on the cutting edge of weighing 1.19 carats total. The elegant minimalism of the
innovation in the jewelry world, while at the same time retaining setting is typical of the understated chic of Van Cleef & Arpel
a timeless and classic sense of style. The Mystery Setting or Serti bridal designs, allowing the diamonds to speak for themselves.
Mystérieux was invented in 1933, a technique by which square The certificate of authenticity is included, indicating the piece’s
gemstones are set seamlessly side by side with no visible metal individual serial number as recorded in the Van Cleef & Arpels
prongs holding them in place. The perfection of this process Archives.
allows Van Cleef & Arpels to design what appears to be glittering Call today for an appointment to view this exceptional
flowers of solid red ruby or stunning pure emerald leaves, with piece of jewelry couture and become a part of the celebrated
flowing curves the like of which had never before been seen in saga that is Van Cleef & Arpels.
In 1939 the Duchess of Windsor asked Renee to create a
zipper of platinum set with diamonds for one of her evening
dresses. The technique was perfected and patented, and in 1951
the Zip Necklace was unveiled, a variety of fully functioning
bejeweled zippers to be worn open or closed.
Van Cleef & Arpels was commissioned in 1956 to design the
tiara worn by Grace Kelly when she became Princess of Monaco.
Her engagement gift from Prince Rainier the year before had
been a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and pearl necklace.
Other signature series include the Snowflake Collection
which debuted in 1940, dazzling diamonds capturing the fresh
shapes of nature, and the Alhambra Collection, reflecting in
its colors and design the pop culture of the 1970s. The family
was also accomplished in watch making and created some
exceptional time piece designs throughout the last century.
40 LEO HAMEL TIMES
Jeweler Written by Leo Hamel
T hings happen in a jewelry store that are very funny and
I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I like
telling these tales.
later an old jalopy drove up and I knew it was him because
his right hand was hovering over his front pocket as if he
was protecting a 25 carat flawless ruby. As he entered the
About 15 years ago I received a call from store, he looked around with the superior air of the recently
a guy who said that a friend had given him a rich. When we locked eyes his hand went for his pocket like
Rolex and he wanted to know if it was real. a gunslinger. I threw up my hand and stopped him cold. He
I didn’t tell him what I was thinking: “If froze. The air was crisp with excitement. He was sure he had
you have to ask, it isn’t!” Instead I told struck gold and I knew he had not! Eyes still locked, I said,
him to come in and I would help him “It’s not a Rolex!” Uncertainty crossed his face. “But... but…
make that determination. He was how… you…” I stared him in the eye and emotionlessly said,
resistant, “No man, I don’t want to “I know who you are. You have a watch in your right front
drive all that way. Just tell me how pocket and it’s a cheap fake!” Anger replaced the confusion.
to tell if it’s real!” I repeated, “Sir, I “No way, man! You can’t know it’s a fake without looking at
can’t tell you that without seeing it. it!” I repeated, “It is!” He reached again for his treasure so
You’ll need to bring it in.” He whined, I got a little bit naughty. “No! No! No need to take it out.
“Come on dude, it’ll cost me two bucks It’s just a fake!” Skeptical and yet with a touch of fear he
in gas to drive to you. Just tell me what thrust it at me. “Look! Look at it!” I turned slightly away and
to look for!” Once again I insisted, “I can’t sniffed, “Fake, I say. Only a fake!”
tell you if it’s real without seeing it! I am Dano, my brother-in-law took pity on him because
not a psychic jeweler!” He protested, “You the poor guy was nearly blubbering and held out his hand
are just messing with me. You can tell me to give a second opinion. After scrutinizing the watch in
something…” I was getting exasperated so I question for a long second, Dano pronounced, “Yep. It’s
said, “Ok, ok. Hold it up to the phone.” I could a rip off.” Dejected the recently “rich dude” turned away,
hear some rustling as he did. Then he asked, “Is it real, mumbling, “Why didn’t I listen and not drive all
man?” I said, “Hold it closer and hold it still.” Apparently he this way…” Just as he reached the door
did because I could hear some movement and then all was he turned back and said, “Hey really,
quiet. After a few moments he came back on to the phone. how did you know it was a fake
“Is it? Is it real?” I paused to build suspense and slowly without looking?” I took a final
replied, “It… is… A FAKE!” Suddenly a light went on in his jab. “Remember earlier on the
head which was so bright I nearly had to avert my eyes from telephone when I told you I
the phone. He yelled, “Hey that’s bull! You can’t say it’s a wasn’t a Psychic Jeweler?
fake, if you haven’t seen it.” Silently I muttered, “Duh!” Out I lied!”
loud, I replied, “That’s what I’ve been telling you. You have to
bring it in!” “Ok… whatever.” And he ungratefully hung up.
If you know me, you know that I am a kind, gentle and
considerate jeweler who kisses babies and wishes well to
all people. But I couldn’t help myself that day! A few hours
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It was a second wedding for both JJ and Eve. JJ was married to
his former wife for 40 years and Eve spent 48 years with her first
husband, until each was sadly widowed. They were fortunate to find
each other, although their paths had crossed before. Their families
had attended the same church for years. Eve was even a guest at the
wedding of JJ’s daughter over 25 years ago where she remembers
speaking with him briefly, never imagining that she would one day
become his wife.
After being blissfully wedded for nearly eleven years, JJ continues
to express his love for Eve with thoughtful gifts on their special
occasions. Often JJ would hunt for vintage perfume bottles for
Eve’s treasured collection, but this year he wanted to do something
unexpected. Three days before her birthday, JJ invited all of Eve’s
girlfriends over for a luncheon that he prepared and served all on
his own. After the food had been cleared, JJ presented Eve with the
magnificent estate pendant that he had discovered among the
unique selection of vintage jewelry at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers.
Needless to say Eve was thrilled with JJ’s thoughtful and generous
gift. Creating these special moments for each other is what keeps
this second marriage going strong.
LEO HAMEL TIMES 43
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