Custom Work Quick Start Guide

The joy of getting a bargain wears off fast, but the regret of getting a lemon will haunt you forever. In jewelry, just like anything else, you get what you pay for.

Our custom work in four easy steps

We know how to make a perfect engagement ring and have been making them for several decades.

Our pieces are precision-forged using traditional bench tools. This is the highest level of craftsmanship.

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Step One - custom quote

Request a price quote via email. After you receive the quote and are ready to explore it further, please schedule a phone consultation.

We will gladly answer all your questions so you can decide whether you want to work with us. A phone call is not required; we can also communicate through email or Whatsapp.

We will not schedule an in-person appointment until we are in a committed relationship that requires a retainer.

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We insist on supplying all diamonds and gemstones because the choice of the stones has a huge impact on the look of a piece. If you inherited an heirloom passed down by your ancestors, we would be happy to design and craft a new mounting using your own gemstone or a diamond.

Our exclusive designs, such as “Cosmo,” “MonCheri,” “Cold Fusion,” and “Lotus,” are made only with stones supplied by Leon Mege. 

To create a beautiful piece of jewelry, one has to start with the most beautiful stone. Our diamonds and gemstones are hand-selected by Leon Mege and our staff gemologists for their outstanding qualities and values, as well as their intricate beauty. Leon Mege is your best choice for buying diamonds and gemstones. Our stones are hand-selected, evaluated, and vetted for their outstanding qualities and value, as well as their appearance.

A keystone is a crucial element of a jewelry piece. It should be carefully selected to be suitable for the intended design. To help you find, select, and acquire a perfect stone, we cultivate close relationships with the best diamond companies in the world.

Merriam-Webster’s definition of an heirloom: “A valuable object owned by a family for many years and passed from generation to generation.”

We will not consider a diamond or a gemstone an heirloom when:

  • you bought the stone after contacting us first
  • the stone was purchased less than a month ago
  • the stone’s certificate was issued less than six months ago

Glass/plastic-filled, coated, or structurally unstable gemstones are not acceptable.

We respectfully decline a commission from those who were shopping with us but purchased elsewhere. We respect our colleagues who have previously worked with you and sold you the stone.

  • Please give us a chance to match the deal and get you a better diamond at a better price. We sell diamonds wholesale and guarantee the lowest price.
  • We can trade in or upgrade your diamond.

A diamond is forever, but grandma’s ring is not. Give your heirloom a bespoke upgrade. We can give a new life to a treasured heirloom with a beautiful design and impeccable artistry. 

By securing relationships with suppliers working with the finest jewelry houses in the world, we can offer supreme craftsmanship at a fraction of the cost. Our discerning clients will find highly attractive the exquisite diamond and gemstone selection combined with our guaranteed lowest price.

Leon Mege jewelers allow the convenience of buying a diamond or a gemstone at a wholesale price and setting it into a bespoke custom piece unrivaled in its quality and finesse.

Step Two - selecting the diamond

We sell diamonds at wholesale prices. A well-cut diamond’s shelf life is short. We expect you to be ready to purchase once we find a perfect diamond. Otherwise, it will be sold, and you will miss an excellent deal. 

Pictures or videos of the diamonds under consideration require a retainer.

Whatsapp is our preferred method of exchanging images and video files, but email is used for documents requiring a signature, such as the Purchase order. Complete the purchase by wiring the deposit (the retainer will be deducted from the amount).

Please carefully check the PO for errors and omissions before signing it and returning it to us.

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  • Diamond prices, especially for round shapes, are pretty much uniform, no matter where you buy them.
  • You can get a general idea of the current diamond prices here
  • A round diamond is more expensive than a fancy-shaped diamond.
  • Retailers do not own the diamonds but loan them “on the memo.”
  • You can identify any diamond by its GIA certificate number.
  • GIA is the gold standard in diamond grading. Buy only a GIA-certified diamond.
  • GIA grades CUT of round diamonds, but not fancy shapes.
  • “Ideal cut” is not an official grade. All stones with GIA ExExEx grade (excellent cut, polish, and symmetry) are ideal-cut diamonds.
  • “Super ideal” or “Hearts and Arrows” are round diamonds with exceptional symmetry and proportions. Their unnecessary superiority comes at a steep premium.
  • Vintage diamond cuts, such as Antique cushions and Asschers, are more expensive than modern diamonds due to their scarcity.
  • Carat weight does not necessarily correlate to diamond face-up size, particularly for fancy shapes and antique cuts.
  • The Color/Clarity sweet spot for natural diamonds is G-H/VS
  • There are five basic diamond grades: Investment D-E/IF ; Collection E-F/VVS; Premium G-H/VS-SI1; Commercial  I-J/SI; Budget I-K/SI1-I 
  • Fluorescent diamonds are sold at a steep discount.
  • When fluorescent diamonds appear milky or hazy, they are nearly worthless.
  • Sometimes a strong blue fluorescence makes I-J-K-colored diamonds look whiter.
  • Faint fluorescence does not affect the stone’s appearance and value.
  • “Light Performance” is a sales gimmick.
  • Any diamond appears larger when mounted.
  • A diamond loses as much as 2-3 color grades when dirty.
  • It takes a big man to buy a big diamond, but a smart man to buy a good one.

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When you see a perfect stone, buy it without hesitation.

Sometimes the fear of commitment and second-guessing prevents you from making a decision. Don’t let a great diamond get away from you by needlessly procrastinating.

Diamonds have a relatively short shelf life. Once the stone is gone, you will instantly feel that you want it. Chances are, you will not find a stone as good as the one that slipped away.

Step Three - ring design

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We first discuss the ring design during the initial phone call. The design is finalized after the diamond is purchased, usually by phone. 

The quality and style of our work are superior to luxury brands like Harry Winston®, Graff®, Van Cleef®, Cartier®, and Tiffany®, among others. Any ring style you wish for can be reinterpreted and improved through detailed discussions with Maestro Mege.

Platinum is the best choice for a diamond engagement ring, but 18-karat yellow or rose gold can be used for those who crave color.

Step Four - production

Please sit back, relax, and leave the rest to us. We will notify you a few days before the job is completed to give you enough time to arrange for the final payment.

  • Most custom work takes three to six weeks.
  • We are fully insured.
  • Be ready to pay the balance in full before we ship.

There is no sales tax outside of New York. Continental shipping is free. The ring comes in a signature Leon Mege box with all the necessary paperwork, including a stone certificate and appraisal.


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