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All our jewelry is proudly made in New York

Maison Megé is an upscale atelier dedicated to bespoke jewelry artistry and custom designs. House of Megé is an upscale atelier dedicated to bespoke jewelry artistry and custom designs. Leon Megé jewelry is made in-house and sold directly to consumers. We also serve trade clients and luxury jewelry retailers. Leon Megé’s brand is defined by authenticity, creativity, personality, and tradition.

Leon Megé’s vision of beautifully designed, handmade jewelry has inspired every piece we ever made. Today, working out of his New York workshop, Leon Megé utilizes the same handcrafting principles and techniques traditionally attributed to European-trained jewelers. While retaining a private business’s intimacy, the company holds itself to the highest business ethics standards. Leon Megé is personally working with each client and personally supervises the production of every piece. From Shanghai to Milan, and all across the United States, the Leon Megé brand is a benchmark of precision and everlasting style.

Leon Megé’s showroom and work studio are located on the 9th floor of Leon Mege Tower at 151 West 46th Street,  a few steps away from Times Square. We are located in New York’s Diamond District, only a block away from GIA’s headquarters.

Leon Mege Inc. was founded in 1996 and was incorporated in the State of New York in 2003. The company trade slogan is “The Art of Platinum®,” featured on all our packaging and stationery. Leon Mege Inc. was founded in 1996 and was incorporated in the State of New York in 2003. The company trade slogan is “The Art of Platinum®,” featured on all our packaging and stationery.

Leon Megé boutique is designed to provide a discreet and secure meeting place for our clients and vendors. Visit us and enjoy our carefully curated collection of antique tools that illustrate the history of hand fabrication.

We are open for business every day except weekends and holidays from 8 am to 4.30 pm EST.

Leon Mege is the award-winning, world-renowned jeweler, best known for his outstanding craftsmanship, deeply steeped in the European tradition and pioneering work with micro pave. He holds several design patents in the jewelry and diamond cutting field born out of decades of work at the bench.

Megé has produced important pieces for some of the most renowned Madison Avenue and Hatton Garden houses throughout his lifetime.

 

Once Upon A Time

Coming from a long line of scientists and engineers – Leon Mege has honed his ancestral expertise into a frivolous field of useless adornments and shiny pebbles instead. Leon was born into a poor Jewish family in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, on July 4th, 1963. His father was an engineer-turned-dissident who used political jokes to undermine the communist regime. Leon’s mother was a scientist working at a nuclear weapons lab. To protect Leon from the wrath of anti-semitism, his parents hid their ancestry, so he grew up hating Jews just like the rest of his schoolmates. It came as a shock to him when at the tender age of 10, he found out that he is Jewish. The stunning discovery changed him forever, and from that point on, his childhood became different from that of most children his age. When his playmates would scamper off to beat up the Jews or kids with glasses, Leon would happily set off with his mother to explore museums and art galleries.

His mother was an enlightened guide into the exciting and dazzling world of art, and it was she who explained to Leon the meaning of jewelry – a form of expression as profound and powerful as music or painting. Leon was taken by the perfection of simplicity, of unassumed minimalism that brings out the true beauty.

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The Immigrant

Young Leon was not interested in becoming a jeweler. It was awful to think of a career of making shiny trinkets while so much suffering existed in the world. Leon was eager to become a productive member of society by becoming an architect or, even better, a city planner. Unfortunately, his dream of a college education was shattered once his family became a target of political repressions, and his parents were forced out of their jobs. Their attempt to escape Russia was halted by the authorities refusing to issue an exit visa.

After the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the worsening of the political climate, emigration was no longer possible. Learning jewelry at a trade school turned out to be the only option that fit Leon’s artistic skills and postponed the military draft. He graduated from State Art College #11 (Художественно-профессиональный лицей Санкт-Петербурга имени Карла Фаберже) in 1981. He was quickly drafted into the military, where he developed an avid interest in fine arts and design, an interest he continues to follow up to this day. Upon his release from the military, he returned to the factory and continued his career as a bench jeweler. It was there while repairing an umbrella that he discovered his talents in jewelry design. Being an outspoken activist and defender of worker’s rights, Leon was always on the radar of factory management and the KGB.

Taking the top prize in a jewelry competition held at the factory in 1987 infuriated the administration so much that Leon was immediately fired. Luckily, soon after, he and his family were allowed to emigrate. In December of 1987, he finally left Russia for good.

The Beginning

Upon his arrival to New York, Leon secured a bench job with a prominent jewelry designer, Henry Dunay. In the evenings, he attended Diamond Grading classes at the Gemological Institute of America and eventually went on to earn a Graduate Gemologist Diploma.

After graduation, Leon worked as a master platinumsmith for Werner Lippe, a notorious Austrian jeweler famous for his colorful and volatile personality. Twenty years later, Lippe was sentenced to life in prison for knocking his wife unconscious, stuffing her into a burn barrel, setting it on fire, and later dissolving her remains in acid.

Despite Leon’s young age, he quickly became respected in the trade as one of the best in the shop. Clients began to request for more important pieces to be made by him rather than others. Working on museum-grade jewelry is when Leon developed a knack for the precise craftsmanship required in making high jewelry.

The Path to Success

Leon began to design one-off pieces and showing them in his Queens apartment, which quickly becomes known as “Le Brillianteria” among his friends. His work piqued the interest of a few potential customers, and soon the commissions began rolling in. The company was founded in 1996 after Leon was forced to quit his job after narrowly escaping death, defending a gay co-worker.

Mege opened his Madison Avenue workshop to the public. Shortly thereafter, he moved into a spacious penthouse workshop with a private showroom on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 47th Street in Manhattan. Leon Mege’s team of bright and passionate professionals consists of European-trained platinumsmiths and setters. Jewelers are excited to work with the designer who strives to create nothing short of a masterpiece.

Leon Mege’s relentless pursuit of excellence and his desire to welcome private clientele led him to a successful retail business, where he can work with customers directly, providing them with much-deserved quality and value.

Leon Mege’s work has become renowned for its elegance, quality, craftsmanship, and reputation for excellence. His work style is best described as a contemporary classic with a touch of surprises – intricate ajours, secret stones, and hidden filigree. The signature of a Leon Mege ring is in its simplicity – “Spotlight the gem, hide the metal” is his mantra. A piece will not leave the shop unless it meets the designer’s personal aesthetic and quality standards.

Leon Mege A'Design Award

The Finale

In 2014 the company moved to a new location in the heart of New York’s Diamond District. The shop is situated in the footsteps of the illustrious Times Square, close to the International Gem Tower, housing GIA. His eye-catching creations are crisp and beautiful. They break jewelry conventions while being unapologetically classic at the same time. They bring a special flair to what is certain to be future heirlooms.

Accolades

Out of respect for our client’s privacy, we do not drop celebrity names to impress the next customer. While the identities of those who wear Leon Mege pieces cannot be publicized, the craftsmanship and style can be easily recognized. During his long career in jewelry, Leon Megé won many prestigious awards.

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”  Albert Einstein

Leon Mege is a legend of the bespoke American jewelry design. The Diamond District darling, ever since his arrival in New York, Leon Mege developed an elegant, inventive, and exquisitely understated aesthetic in fine jewelry. Working out of a bustling studio in Midtown Manhattan, Maestro Mege is involved in the production of each piece, from conception to completion. He uses only the finest natural diamonds and gemstones in his hand-forged jewelry. While his European roots heavily influence his artistic style, Leon Mege jewelry has become an unmistakable part of the classic style in modern American jewelry. 

Hand-forged difference

Leon Mege hand forged differenceAll of our bespoke jewelry is hand-forged from platinum or gold stock. We do not use casting in our bespoke production. Why? Because making jewelry by casting is inferior to hand-forging. Cold-forging is the highest level of jewelry craftsmanship. We forge our jewelry from raw platinum or gold stock; no CAD/CAM is involved. Every piece we create has many individual elements – each handmade, perfectly finished, and assembled.

 

Affordable Prices

You might be surprised at how competitive our prices are. We work directly with a client without the burden of paying commission to salespeople, consultants, or store managers. We enjoy having low overhead, and we do not have a costly inventory. This spells low prices for the consumer.

One of our specialties is curating and sourcing loose diamonds directly from cutters. When it comes to buying a diamond, we match or beat any price you see elsewhere. How can we do it? Very simple – we source diamonds directly from cutters without any middleman. We charge less commission than anyone else, including resellers such as BlueNile or JamesAllen.

We combine the low cost of the diamond with a bespoke mounting better than those you see at Harry Winston or Tiffany’s. You will not find such a level of craftsmanship from any other jeweler. Yet, we do not charge an exorbitant “designer” price when it comes to sourcing a diamond. At Leon Mege, we guarantee the price you pay for any diamond is the absolute lowest.

Lifetime warranty

The Leon Megé brand and reputation is your best assurance of impeccable quality and aesthetic perfection. Each piece complies with the highest manufacturing standards and is guaranteed to be free from any manufacturing defects for life.

Concierge Service

Ordering a bespoke engagement ring from Leon Mege is straightforward and surprisingly affordable. The reward is an heirloom-quality piece flawlessly exhibiting your center stone with minimum metal distraction. Personalized service is at the core of Leon Mege. We treat our customers the way we would want to be treated. Our goal is to build lifelong customer relationships.

GIA diamonds only

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Honest jewelers do not sell AGS or EGL stones. These (and some other) labs do not adhere to the strict standards set by the Gemological Institute of America.

AGS and EGL routinely assign inflated grades to diamonds they certify, so consumers are getting overcharged for an inferior product. With your interests in mind, Leon Mege sells only diamonds certified by the GIA.

CAD/CAM-free

Leon Mege we dont like CADJewelers who cannot forge jewelry by hand will tell you that CAD jewelry is equally good. Please do not believe them. CAD is simply a cheap way to make a mold for casting. You see a sleek picture on the screen, but the result is quite different. If you are a person who appreciates superior quality, craftsmanship, and style, a piece made by CAD will leave you greatly disappointed.

Unmatched Craftsmanship

Quality and craftsmanship are what sets Leon Mege apart from other jewelers. Maestro Mege has an excellent eye for every little detail, and he will stop at nothing short of pure perfection. Impeccable style, combined with a degree of precision that even Sheldon Lee Cooper Ph.D., Sc.D. can appreciate, is the essence of our service.

Your personal designer 

Leon Mege has created thousands of jewelry pieces during his career. The multitude of jewelry awards and a few patents are testaments to his skills and artistic abilities.

The chances are that you know great things about Maestro Mege by reading reviews online or talking to your friends who referred you to us. Leon Mege is a master jeweler and designer with decades of experience who will gladly share his artistic opinion on any subject related to jewelry. The thrill of buying jewelry at a retail store is long gone. A consumer needs space and time to contemplate the decision without a pushy salesperson hovering over their shoulder.

Worldwide service

We’ll work with you closely whether you’re in New York or elsewhere – to design your piece for that special occasion. No matter where you are physically located, we can comfortably work together without meeting face to face. We discretely meet with each client in the comfort of our New York showroom or collaborate through correspondence by email, text, or phone.

Resizing and alterations

All sizing and alterations are done promptly and without delay. Initial size adjustment of a newly made ring is complimentary (some restrictions apply based on the sizing and the ring style).

Free Cleaning

We offer cleaning and inspection free of charge for all our clients. The professional cleaning is done in-house, typically while you wait (appointment is needed).

Professional Jewelry Services

Whether you need an engagement ring, a wedding band, a pair of studs, a necklace, or any other type of jewelry to add to your collection, we have you covered. We strive to provide clients with a unique bespoke experience; we are your jewelers for life.

 

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2021 In-store design award first place Leon Mege

First place – Best Earrings over $5,000

Leon Mege Paraiba award winning chandelier earrings

Leon Mege Spectrum 2017

"Bellflower" ring featuring a 3.28-carat cabochon sapphire accented with diamonds and sapphire. Bespoke micro-pave, custom design in platinum. The ring is available for purchase - r7201

Leon Mege Spectrum 2017

"La Petite" bracelet with nine miniature charms featuring Rubies, Aquamarines, Garnets, Amethysts, Sapphires, Tourmalines, and Spinels. Available at our online store - b7482

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Leon Mege Spectrum 2015Leon Mege Spectrum 2015 Best of Show

The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Best of the show is considered the jewelry industry Oscar. It is the most respected and prestigious creative award for the design industry, a benchmark for jewelry designers striving to gain recognition for their work. Winners set the standards of excellence for our entire industry.

We are proud and excited to receive top honors and the Best of the Show Award in the 2015 Spectrum competition. Captivating 4.71-carat Windex-blue Paraiba cabochon ring.
This remarkable Brazilian stone is incredibly rare and currently is unable to be sourced because all of the mines have been exhausted.

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Leon Mege Spectrum 2014

Leon Mege MJSA 2014award

As told by MSJA "The Professional Design Excellence Category celebrates work that exemplifies the best of contemporary jewelry design. The winners show a thorough grounding in the tradition of fine design, along with an eagerness for experimentation and innovation. By meeting the highest standards of craftsmanship and creativity, these designs truly deserve their award-winning status."

Rare Burmese blue moonstone micro pave ring with sapphires and diamonds by Leon Mege

Leon Mege Spectrum 2014

Custom-made right-hand ring, featuring magnificent blue moonstone set in an elaborate micro pave mounting. Three rows of rounded micro pave halo and three rows of pave on the shank. The stone is cradled in platinum and rose gold patterned cup encrusted with custom-cut sapphire cabochons.

Rare Burmese blue moonstone micro pave ring with sapphires and diamonds by Leon Mege

Leon Megé's 18K gold and sterling silver "Maestro" ring (r4986) featuring interchangeable records made of ebony wood and gemstones won 2nd place in the Objects of Art Division in 2014 Spectrum Awards.

This Category is unique and showcases jewelry as artwork that can stand on its own and that doesn't have to be worn to be appreciated.


"Blue Fin" exclusive ring featuring electric-blue 12.75 ct. Paraiba Tourmaline cabochon accented with diamonds and small paraibas won 1st Place in the Evening Wear division at the 2014 Spectrum Awards. This design is the epitome of Evening Wear and the Red carpet look.

Leon Megé's platinum ring featuring a 13.67 purple sapphire accented with diamonds and ruby cabochon received an honorable mention in the Evening Wear division at the 2013 Spectrum Awards The jewelry in this category is nothing short of spectacular and could be worn on any red carpet around the world.

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Adesign award by leon mege maestro musical ring set

Leon Megé's “Maestro” ring is a musical experience translated into jewelry. Handcrafted in sterling silver, 18k gold, and black and white diamonds, the ring features interchangeable records made of black ebony wood and sits upon a base of white Carrera marble with a silver platform in the shape of an old-fashioned gramophone.

ADesign 2013

Taking Leon Megé approximately one year to complete, the “Maestro” ring offers a set of jewelry compiled into one piece. The miniature records that accompany the ring are custom-made with gemstones to fit a client’s personal music taste.

2012_Platinum_Honor_Spectrum_Award_r4696Stunning one-of-a-kind ring features a 16.76 ct. Paraiba Tourmaline cabochon accented with antique cushion-cut diamonds and micro pave. The ring design won Platinum Honors in the Business/Day Wear category at the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards. Platinum Honors recognizes the outstanding use of platinum in colored gemstone jewelry in the five Spectrum Awards categories.

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The New Talent Design Competition seeks out to highlight the best new designers in fine jewelry. The American Jewelry Design Council is a non-profit educational corporation that recognizes and promotes original jewelry design as art. The award is given in recognition of the body of the designer's work.

The AJDC emphasizes the artistic qualities of jewelry design. Quote: “Essential to every culture, art is the vehicle for expressing emotions and ideas in a personal and creative manner.” The AJDC is a group of more than 30 designers whose mission is to promote the art of jewelry.

In coordination with JA, the annual contest helps present a single outstanding designer to national and international jewelry buyers. Michael Good designed the beautifully made award in Anticlastic raising technique.

The legendary American designer, late Jose Hess, presented the Award. Hess was the first American president of the CIBJO, an international trade association that created standards for the jewelry industry throughout the world. He was a decorated designer and the winner of numerous design competitions.

Leon Mege A'Design award certificate

The A'Design Jewelry, Eyewear, and Watch Competition highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts, and design-oriented products on an international level. The competition honors the best designers in the world.

The A'Design Award is a badge of excellence in design and solidly proven design quality. The Award ceremony in Como, Italy is a major event for artists and designers worldwide. Winners are showcased on the Design Magazine website that is legendary for launching new names in the world of design.

The Platinum A'Design Award was awarded for the Leon Mege La Petite collection of miniature ring-like pendants. 

 

Leon Mege Spectrum 2010Leon Megé's platinum and silver ring featuring a 2.19 ct. Paraiba Tourmaline accented with Tourmalines and Diamonds won 2nd place in the Classical Division at the 2010 Spectrum Awards. The classical Category is defined by superior traditional and timeless designs with a fresh twist for modern-day beauty.r1293_Ring_Paraiba_Leon_Mege_New_York

 

First Place in Professional Jewelry Competition of St. Petersburg, Russia. The competition was held in cell block 16 of a government-run jewelry manufacturing complex "Russkiye Samotsvety" (Русские Самоцветы).

Русские Самоцветы где Леон Меже начинал карьеру ювелира

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