“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein
At Leon Mege, we have over 40 years of experience making custom jewelry. Leon Mege is a pioneer in forging platinum jewelry by hand. Consequently, we have the knowledge and experience to guide you through your decision process.
Our jewelry is different. We use bench tools to cut, bend, forge, and file the metal stock into a piece of jewelry instead of casting it by pouring liquid metal into a clay form. Each piece we make is a product of successful collaboration and interaction with a client.
Our pieces are assembled from separate parts, each painstakingly formed from a plate or wire with hand tools. We set our diamonds and gemstones under a microscope for precision and safety. Any technology taking the artistry out of the jewelry-making process is strictly forbidden in Leon Mege workshop.
Hand-forging is a term describing jewelry-making without casting, purely by shaping the raw metal using only hand tools. This is the highest form of bespoke craftsmanship done without molds or CAD.
We have no competitors capable of the same level of craftsmanship and artistry, except for a few shops working only for the trade and not taking private commissions.
The secret to finding the perfect diamond is analyzing the diamond data and extracting the bits of information that escape others. We have a proprietary methodology allowing us to sift through hundreds of listings to find the one that stands out by its properties and value. Leon Mege is a professional gemologist who earned a GIA graduate gemologist’s diploma in 1991.
“A diamond cost less than a shrink.” Pierre Megé
Top reasons to enlist us as your diamond source
- Our diamond cutters make the most beautiful diamonds of every shape and cut
- We sell natural and lab-grown diamonds at wholesale price
- We guarantee the lowest price for any diamond
- Our natural diamonds are all graded by GIA, the gold standard in diamond grading. Lab-grown diamonds are graded by IGI or GIA
- We ensure that the selected diamond and the ring style are mutually compatible.
- You save money by combining the diamond purchase with custom work
- Enjoy exclusive perks such as free shipping, expedited completion, and unlimited consultations.
- Our Jewelers Block insurance policy covers the diamond against the minuscule chance of accidental damage during the setting.
- We sell only ethically sourced diamonds from suppliers who strictly adhere to Kimberly Process guidelines.
We can sell the same stone at a lower price. So shop anywhere, and buy from us! The diamond prices are easily compared online. Each diamond can be traced by its unique GIA certificate, guaranteeing its authenticity and quality. We can locate the stone by its certificate number and sell it at a significant discount or suggest a better stone.
Most online sellers, such as BlueNile or James Allen, are aggregators and do not own diamonds; they sell “virtual” stones owned by diamond cutters.
Most jewelers make it no secret that the stone does not belong to them. They call these diamonds “virtual” instead of diamonds they own, which, in turn, can be sourced by other jewelers. Jewelers hesitate to admit that the diamond is sourced elsewhere.
Claiming they own the stone discourages consumers from asking another jeweler for the same stone. Most jewelers are willing to match the lowest advertised price, except for fake prices offered by bait-and-switch bottom feeders. Please email us the list of these shameful companies.
A jeweler’s worst nightmare is a predatory consumer taking advantage of the efforts of finding the perfect stone but buying from a competitor. To protect a sale, jewelers often ask a supplier to de-list the stone from the market.
Once a diamond is on hold, it temporarily becomes unavailable to other jewelers.
Jewelers and diamond resellers use different techniques to throw off comparison shopping: corporations such as Tiffany’s throw away GIA certificates and issue a proprietary version. This practice makes it harder for a jeweler to locate the stone using the 4 Cs instead of a certificate number.
Large online retailers have the leverage to bully producers into obscuring the diamond’s information. Certificate numbers, stone measurements, or listing prices are modified to throw off the competition.
Sometimes GIA certificates are substituted with inferior AGS certificates to give the stone an aura of exclusivity.
The AGS grade is routinely higher than the original GIA grade, so the stone is difficult to locate. Avoid any dealer offering AGS- or EGL- certified stones.
As a consumer, you want to avoid calling multiple jewelers about the same diamond. Doing so might reduce your chances of getting a better deal. The cutter knows that someone is interested in the stone when several jewelers inquire about the same stone and are less inclined to lower the price. The first jeweler who gets the call will try to get the stone off the market before other jewelers can inquire about it.
We work through a transparent supply chain to consciously source diamonds ethically and to provide fair opportunities across the Diamond District. We are proud to work with some of the world’s most ethical and sustainable suppliers.
Leon Mege Signature melee diamonds used as accents in pave are brighter than diamonds used by other jewelers. Our bespoke pieces are set with premium-grade (F-G or higher/VS or better) ideal-cut natural diamonds with no fluorescence.
Our price estimates are based on a premium grade of ideal-cut 57-facet natural diamonds. The smallest size of melee available, although rarely used, is 0.4 mm in diameter – smaller than a grain of the finest sand.
It takes five times longer to polish our diamonds to the highest optical precision responsible for producing a crisp faceting pattern for outward-bound brilliance and internal reflections.
All our melee diamonds feature ideal proportion, superior facet size, consistent geometry, and 360-degree alignment of hearts and arrows facets. They fall within the spectrum of GIA XXX-cut grade that guarantees a fantastic light return, the perfect balance of brilliance and dispersion.
Leon Mege diamond cutters came from a terrible borough infested with the most dangerous people in the world – diamond brokers who chew ten cutters on the price before breakfast and come galloping back for a second helping. They were living in constant fear of not getting paid. And they were doing sad business, spending every moment of their days going through the unpaid receipts.
Poor diamond cutters! The one thing that they longed for more than anything else was a steady supply of rough diamonds. But they couldn’t get them. A diamond cutter was lucky if he found three or four rough crystals a year. But oh, how they craved them. They used to dream about diamonds all night and talk about them all day. You had only to mention the word diamond, and they would start dribbling at the mouth. As soon as Leon Mege discovered that the cutters were crazy about this particular resource, he went to Brooklyn and poked his head in through the door of the office belonging to the top cutter.
“Look here,” he said (speaking not in English, of course, but in Yiddish), “look here, if you and all your cutters will come to the Diamond District, you can have all the rough you want! They’ve got mountains of it on 47th Street! You can gorge yourselves silly on the rough! I’ll even pay your wages in rough if you wish!”
“You really mean it?” asked the manager, leaping up from his chair.
“Of course I mean it,” Leon Mege said. “And you can have the faceted diamonds also as well. Faceted diamonds are even better because they are already pre-cut.”
The manager gave a great whoop of joy and threw his book of memos right out of the window.
“It’s a deal!” he cried. “Come on! Let’s go!”
So he sent them all to Manhattan, every cutter. It was easy. He brought them to the city on a big yellow school bus, and they all got there safely. They are wonderful workers. They all speak English now. They still wear the same kind of clothes they wore in Brooklyn. They insist upon that.
We implemented vast improvements to the final finish of every diamond we cut. The technological breakthrough allowed our cutters to produce diamonds with superior luster, dispersion, and scintillation.
We exclusively use 5% Ruthenium Platinum or 18-karat Gold alloys
Most of our work is done in platinum – the only precious white metal. We also work with white, yellow, and rose gold. We do not use gold alloys lower than 18-karat (750 European).
One of the most desirable noble metals globally, platinum is the best choice for bespoke jewelry, especially engagement rings. Platinum has earned high marks from the Royal Society of Chemists for its unmatched properties, such as its strength, resilience, rarity, and value.
Platinum’s naturally white color, which does not corrode or darken, is responsible for its elevated status among jewelers and consumers. Platinum’s cool white sheen is perfect for accentuating the sparkle of diamonds. Platinum doesn’t cause any color reflections in the stone.
Platinum weight is not a factor for hand-forged earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets. Skilled jewelers use thinner metal, smaller gauge wire, and various techniques like adjourning to turn platinum pieces that are light and airy. On the other hand, platinum’s high density is detrimental to pieces made by casting. CAD/CAM jewelry is chunky and heavy because casting very thin parts is not practical.
At Leon Mege, we only use platinum consisting of 95.5 parts pure platinum and 4.5 parts ruthenium. Platinum is the most ductile of all metals in its pure form; that’s why it needs to be cured with a tiny amount of ruthenium to improve its hardness and density.
Ruthenium is a platinum group metal. Ruthenium platinum is the only alloy suitable for hand forging. We do NOT use 10% iridium alloy, which is inferior to ruthenium and is mainly used for mass fabrication by casting.
Platinum jewelry has a solid feel that is impossible to achieve with white gold. White gold was developed as a platinum substitute during WWII. It is a poor woman’s platinum.
Our platinum jewelry is marked with the Pt950 stamp according to FTC guidelines. For gold purity, Leon Mege jewelry is stamped 750, Au750, or 18K.
Here are the ten reasons why platinum is better than white gold. Platinum is the original precious white metal. Platinum is easier to work with than gold. The cost of labor, which is the main part of the fabrication cost, is lower, making hand-forged platinum jewelry surprisingly affordable.
Fine jewelry is exclusively made of 18K gold. There are many shades of gold – yellow, green, pink (rose), and white.
Every gold alloy we use is proprietary, field-tested, and guaranteed to satisfy strict quality requirements and FTC standards for jewelry metals. All Leon Mege gold alloys are guaranteed to pass the European Nickel Release test, which means that they will not cause skin allergies.
In its natural color, gold has long been the traditional metal of choice for jewelry because it doesn’t rust, tarnish or corrode. At Leon Mege, we exclusively use 3N*yellow gold alloy manufactured in Italy. The alloy produces rich, vivid-yellow gold color.
White gold requires periodic plating to maintain its look; it is only 75% pure compared to platinum’s 95%. Unlike platinum, which is self-burnishing, white gold is continuously shedding its top layer. And unlike some white gold alloys, platinum never contains nickel.
Pink gold is a blend of pure gold and copper with a very small amount of silver to tame the rich reddish color into a milder rose tone. The 18-karat pink gold contains 75 percent pure gold to 25 percent copper. “Pink gold” or “rose gold” can be used interchangeably.
Rose gold is harder and more durable than yellow gold, but unfortunately, due to its high copper content, it is prone to oxidation. Vintage pieces can be restored to their original look by repolishing. The oxidation and low ductility of the pink alloy make it harder to work with, but on the plus side, its superior hardness allows it to achieve higher gloss when polished.
Pink gold is surging in popularity as more and more people embrace its charming hint of vintage grace. Traditionally, in some countries, such as Russia, pink rather than yellow is viewed as a natural gold color.
Traditionally quoted in troy ounces, the spot gold price is the wholesale interbank price for a 400-ounce gold bar for delivery in two business days. It is the benchmark price on which all retail gold purchases are based.
Gold and platinum prices flipped over a decade ago, and gold remains significantly more expensive than platinum. The same amount of money currently buys twice as much platinum as gold. Platinum’s low price is a fantastic buying opportunity considering that platinum is 30 times more scarce than gold.
The gold market is the largest market by value. It trades internationally 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday. Gold prices constantly change and reflect the equilibrium between supply and demand from central banks, the jewelry sector, industrial use, and investors. Most trading in gold is carried out in the futures markets on the futures exchanges.
Gold is increasingly difficult to mine as all the easy-to-extract gold has already been mined. It is expensive and energy and labor-intensive to extract it from the earth. The political stability of gold-producing countries is also a major factor in the supply of gold to the market.
Gold jewelry remains popular in the western world due to its beauty and status, but in many parts of the world, particularly in India and China, gold jewelry is bought as a store of wealth. Gold is a proven hedge against inflation and uncertainty; it acts as an insurance investment during times of increased risk in financial markets or political tensions.
The London gold OTC (over-the-counter) market is the most important gold market because over 87% of all trades around the world are cleared through London.
The London Fix is a single price for all gold orders used by bullion banks and institutions and determined by the market-making members of the London Bullion Market Association.
The London Gold Market Fixing Ltd conducts the London Fix with participation from Barclays, the Bank of China, Bank of Communications, Goldman Sachs, HSBC Bank USA, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Société Générale, Standard Chartered, Scotia Mocatta (Scotiabank), The Toronto-Dominion Bank, and UBS.