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You Should Always Be Engaged In The Process Of Picking Out A Custom Engagement Ring in NYC

What Makes An Engagement Ring So Special?

Chances are, if you’re even thinking about getting married, you’ve probably thought about getting an engagement ring at some point. While it may not be the biggest factor in your relationship, it’s definitely an important one to consider. Regardless of the person, you’re buying it for, your engagement ring is one of the most symbolic ways to express how you feel about:

  • Who they are as a person. You know who they are and you should keep that in mind. What colors do they like? Would they be more interested in a modern or traditional style?
  • How you see them as a person. You know how you feel about them, how do you want to express that in the design of their engagement ring?
  • How much thought you put into their engagement ring. You know how long you’ve been together and you know what they will or will not like. Factor that in as well.
  • and How you want them to feel anytime they look at their ring. You should be able to imagine them looking at that ring a month from now or years from now and still smiling.

Did You Know?

According to wedding and engagement statistics gathered by InStoreMag, “Spending is way up across categories, proving that while couples are doing things their own way, they are still prioritizing celebrating their marriage,” said Lisa Gooder, executive director, Brides. “More than ever, couples are savoring the whole process, from engagement to honeymoon and beyond, by celebrating with more events, trips, and professional photos or videos to capture the moments.”

Something To Remember…

The ultimate symbol of your love has almost nothing to do with the material aspects of the engagement and wedding process. But it does have EVERYTHING to do with the process itself and how you choose to express yourself. Getting a custom made engagement ring in NYC doesn’t have to be an arduous process. The engagement ring itself is one of the most special ways to provide a symbol of your love towards for your better half. You just need to make sure you factor in who they are and what you are as a couple before choosing the right ring. Leon Mege is the premier custom jeweler in New York City and will provide you with the kind of quality service you deserve.

Are You Ready To Get Them The Engagement Ring Of Their Dreams?

We can provide you with the kind of quality engagement ring your better half won’t be able to look at without smiling and thinking of you. Don’t wait to buy an engagement ring at the last minute. Contact us today for an expert quote. Please Note: We are open Monday through Friday 8.00 am to 4.30 pm EST and available by appointment only. To book an appointment please use our Contact Form. For pricing requests please go to Quote Request form. We look forward to working with you very soon!

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You Were Born To Rock Your Own Birthstone

What Are Birthstones?

Birthstones are gems assigned to a specific month associated with a person's birth. Birthstones have held a level of cultural significance for thousands of years. At Leon Mege of NYC, we believe in providing you with a level of elegance that falls in line with those age-old traditions.

Did You Know?

Both traditional and modern birthstones are grouped by month as opposed to astrological signs. The "official" birthstone list issued by American Gem Trade Association and Jewelers of America was amended in 1952 when citrine, alexandrite, tourmaline, and zircon were added.

What Makes Birthstone Jewelry So Special?

Well, think about that that question for a second. We each have a beautiful gem that represents our birth month. A Special gem that can be placed into a ring, necklace, bracelet, watch, and more! Doesn’t that sound special to you?

Birthstones aren’t special because they’re gems. They’re special because they represent a piece of who we are and what makes us so special. You’re special. So is your birthstone.

So, What Is My Birthstone?

Well, we’re certainly glad you asked! Each stone is represented by its respective month: January through December.












Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone




Peridot, Spinel, and Sardonyx




Tourmaline and Opal


Topaz and Citrine


Tanzanite, Turquoise, and Zircon

Something To Remember

Your birthstone should hold more than just monetary value to you. Birthstones represent an age-old tradition of celebrating life and legacy. Your birthstone is as special as you are, and we hope you’ll let us customize something special for you or that special person in your life today!

Interested In Learning More Or Getting a Quote from Leon Mege?

Great! Feel free to read more about Birthstones Here and contact Leon Mege of New York, NY directly. Please Note: We are open Monday through Friday 8.00 am to 4.30 pm EST and available by appointment only! To book an appointment please use our Contact Form. For pricing requests please go to Quote Request form

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5 Things that Truly Define Quality Craftsmanship in Custom Jewelry

There is a level of personal attention and love that a custom jeweler puts into their work that is evident in the masterpieces they create. Bench made, custom jewelry is always going to be a better value than purchasing a mass produced piece. There are many reasons why high quality custom jewelry is more valued, but we have compiled a short list of factors that truly define quality craftsmanship.

Bench Made

No mass production involved. By definition, bench made jewelry is made by a craftsman, using traditional tools and a hand torch. This is what you are looking for when you want the absolute highest quality custom pieces. While machines can produce hundreds of units, mass produced pieces lack the attention to detail that bench made jewelry possesses.


The materials used are of the utmost importance. Metals used in handmade jewelry are should carefully sourced. The diamonds, sapphires, and other colored stones should all be carefully selected from reputable sources. Jewelers and dealers typically have long lasting relationships, and a high quality jeweler will have access to the finest stones and materials for your custom piece.


Production on a smaller, more personal scale is almost always higher quality because the of the jeweler’s ability to control the process from start to finish. Custom jewelers take extreme care when sourcing their materials and are extremely proud of the work they produce.

The Jeweler’s Process

A jeweler has a close relationship with every piece they design. Once the design is made, the next part of the process involves producing the piece with the desired metal and stones. Not all jewelers have the same process.

At Leon Megé, we listen very carefully to what it is you want from your custom piece. Only then can we answer all your questions and guide throughout the design process. There are many subtleties to cover to create your one-of-a-kind piece of custom jewelry. If you are considering purchasing a piece of custom jewelry remember that although it is an investment, it is also a one of a kind piece for you and your loved one to enjoy forever. Do not hesitate to ask any questions regarding any part of our process, from our materials, to our process. Bench made custom jewelry is defined by its quality craftsmanship, materials used, and the jeweler’s process.

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How to Pick the Perfect Jewelry Gift for Your Loved One

ewelry is one of the most traditional gifts that we give to our loved ones. However, choosing the perfect piece to give as a gift can be a daunting task. There are so many factors that go into the perfect piece of jewelry including setting, fit, stone, cut, and more. If you are thinking about getting your loved one a piece of jewelry for an upcoming occasion, or simply as a random token of affection, below are a few tips that should help you make your choice.

Decide on what your budget is.

Budget is a huge factor when it comes to choosing jewelry. Before you start looking around, you should have a rough estimate of how much you want to spend. There is a wide range of price points from affordable custom pieces to premium pieces covered with perfect clarity diamonds. There are typically incredible options at many price points that will satisfy both you and your loved one, you just need to know where to look.

If you are choosing an item that requires sizing, be careful.

If you know your partner’s sizes, great, but if you don’t then there is no need to stress. There are pieces that do not require sizing like necklaces and earrings. It can be helpful to restrict your search to things that don’t require sizing if you are unsure. You can also find a smooth and casual way to ask your loved one what size they are without ringing any alarm that you might be getting them a gift in the near future.

Check out the items that they wear regularly.

A good idea if you are considering purchasing a jewelry gift is to pay attention for a week or so to see what pieces your loved one wears each day. Find out if they are constantly wearing the same pieces, or if they change it up more often depending on what they are wearing. Keeping an eye on what your loved one likes to wear can help you find something that would fit into their rotation, and match their style. Talk to your jeweler about what you observe and they should be able to steer you in the right direction.

Speak to an experienced custom jeweler.

If you are still uncertain about what you’re looking for, seek the assistance of a reputable custom jeweler. They provide assistance, ask you questions about what you observed, and find the perfect piece that will satisfy both you and your partner. The right piece of jewelry can be an incredibly a romantic gift that will absolutely delight your loved one. Following these simple tips should help you find the perfect item for their jewelry collection more easily.

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28 Fascinating Facts About Platinum

Leon Mege Platinum pure alloy

  1. The world’s most precious gemstones and diamonds, including the famous Hope diamond, are set in platinum.

  2. During World War II platinum was declared a strategic material and was banned in the United States for non-military use.

  3. Platinum is hypoallergenic and has many medical and dental applications. It is used for implants as well as equipment.

  4. Spanish Conquistadors named the metal Platina, Spanish for “little silver,” and thought that it was an unripe gold.

  5. Known to Europeans since the 17th century, platinum was not produced in useful quantities until technological advancements came along two centuries later.

  6. Until 1820 Colombia was the world’s only known source of platinum.

  7. Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother for breastfeeding deprived Brits) was coronated with a platinum crown.

  8. In 2016 only 190 tons of platinum was produced worldwide, compared to 3,100 tons of gd or 1,700,000,000 tons of steel.

  9. All the platinum ever mined in the world could fit into a single room unless you live in New York where it would probably fill the whole apartment.

  10. All of the platinum ever mined until now would barely fill 300 cubic feet of space. It’s less than half of the water in a 16’x48’ swimming po. The block would weigh over 10,000 tons (compared to 190,000 tons of gd mined throughout the history, which melted down would fill 2 Olympic-size swimming pools).

  11. A Spanish vessel with cannons containing platinum alloy is wrecked somewhere in the Caribbean.

  12. There are four mines in the world producing 90% of the world’s platinum. Only one is located outside of Africa.

  13. South Africa is the world’s largest supplier of platinum, with over 70% of the global production. Russia and Zimbabwe are second and third.

  14. In 2016 Europe consumed approximately 75 tons of platinum, closely flowed by China with 63 tons. The US consumed only 35 tons.

  15. Platinum demand depends on the auto market since platinum is used primarily for catalytic converters.

  16. Roughly half of annual platinum production is used for industrial purposes, jewelry accounts for about a third of consumption.

  17. Platinum’s melting point: 3221.6°F (1772°C). Its boiling point: 6920.6°F (3827°C ). It would barely come to a boil in the middle of a sunspot, which is 7,300°F (4,000°C).

  18. Platinum density (specific gravity) is 21.45 g/cm3, heavier than gd and more than twice as heavy as silver.

  19. Platinum hardness on the Mohs scale is 4.3, which is harder than the gemstone Fluorite (4) and almost as hard as Turquoise (5).

  20. Platinum purity symbolizes the sanctity of marriage. A platinum ring owner is three times less likely to get a divorce.

  21. The first ever platinum coins were struck in Russia in 1828.

  22. In 1898, Louis Cartier started a platinum jewelry line and in 1907 introduced the world’s first platinum watch.

  23. Louis XVI of France was reported to own platinum jewelry, perhaps the very first in Europe circa 1780.

  24. Platinum is one of only six noble metals: platinum, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium, and iridium - together known as the platinum group.

  25. Platinum is malleable, strong, and highly durable, which makes it exceptionally suitable for hand fabrication. Its neutral color is ideal for setting colorless diamonds.

  26. Platinum was used by South American natives even before the 15th century, although they could not melt it.

  27. Russia was supplying the world with more than 90% of it’s platinum until platinum was discovered in South Africa in 1924.

  28. The Art Deco movement helped to propel platinum’s popularity, and starting from that period platinum became the metal of choice for the finest jewelry.

  29. If you are interested in exploring the subject of platinum please read Platinum vs. Gold

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Affordable engagement

Affordable engagement


Leon Megé is a jeweler who is not part of a business conglomerate or faceless corporation. He is an artisan. His personal involvement with every aspect of designing and constructing jewelry makes him unique in the industry.

You will stand out from the crowd if you wear a Leon Megé engagement ring! Our custom-made engagement rings are the most affordable ones found in the high-end jewelry market. You simply won’t find the hand-forged quality and impeccable European style we are known for at lower prices anywhere else.

Leon Megé’s mission is to bring to discerning consumers the same custom bench work that Fifth Avenue retailers reserve for their most expensive pieces, regardless of whether your stone is worth $50 or $5 million.

How are we able to offer such low pricing for this level of craftsmanship? In several ways:


  • We are ‘vertically integrated’ - we cut stones, alloy platinum, make jewelry, set pavé, identify stones, maintain a website to interface with our clients, and even shoot our own photographs and videos to display our work.
  • All work is done on premises in New York City.
  • We sell directly to you – there are no commissioned salespeople.
  • We have a low overhead - we do not shower visitors with souvenirs or fancy drinks. Our savings go directly to our paying customers.


The Custom Difference

Commissioning a custom ring requires a degree of imagination and trust on the part of the buyer. It is not for everyone; sometimes it is better to pay the retail price for a ready-made piece than to face the potential for a result that is less than satisfying.

None of the pieces we make are exactly the same; each one is custom tailored to fit a particular stone. We do not offer computer-generated renderings, as they tend to bear very little resemblance to the finished product. Instead, we use high-quality photographs and videos to show off our past work.

Every piece is made by hand, starting from raw wire. We consider it extremely important that we be allowed a degree of artistic freedom while the bench work is being done. Leon Megé’s expertise, experience and artistry is the best assurance of ultimate success.


Ten Easy Steps to Your Dream Ring

  1. Set the budget
  2. Choose a stone shape and ring style
  3. Request a price quote based on your budget
  4. Work with us on selecting the best stone for your budget
  5. View the stone either in person or via high-resolution video
  6. Reply to a questionnaire or speak directly with Leon about the specific details of the ring
  7. Return the signed Purchase Order along with a deposit
  8. Wait as the custom work swiftly commences
  9. Receive a final invoice and pay the balance
  10. Delight in the finished ring that is shipped directly to you!


The Budget

First decide what your minimum requirements are. Setting the budget at an artificially low level will not miraculously result in a ‘bargain.’ At the same time, be realistic about your finances. Blowing all of your savings on a diamond ring will not do anyone any good! But once the budget is set, do not be tempted to go a penny over it - when it comes to jewelry, someone will always offer a ‘great deal’ only if you spend just a little more. It is a rookie mistake to keep changing your budget!


Select a Design

Don’t waste your time online. Most jewelry you see online is mass produced. The images are heavily edited at best; at worst, they are computer renderings that poorly reflect the actual product.

In this age of the Internet, the idea of looking through glossy magazines might feel strange, but it is actually an excellent source of inspiration. Visiting retail jewelry stores is another source of inspiration. Go to Tiffany’s, Cartier, Harry Winston, Graff, Fred Leighton, or Stephen Russell and look around. Decide what details inspire you.

Finally, look through our Portfolio. It contains over 1000 images and covers 99% of engagement styles. Think of it this way - if we haven’t done it already, it is probably not the best idea!

Stay conservative! (We don’t mean politically.) When it comes to jewelry, conservative means traditional, simple, and minimalistic. You might be a rebel now, but 10 years from now you might find that black diamond ring ridiculous.

Unless you are interested in purchasing one of our stock pieces, we will not be able to accommodate a request for an appointment at this time. As we are a custom salon and not a retail store, we are not able to ‘meet and greet’ without a guarantee of your making a purchase.


Request a Quote

We can generate a price quote in several ways.

We suggest checking our Stock Items section first to see if there is a ready-made ring that appeals to you. Use our ‘Make Me an Offer I Can’t Refuse’ feature if you are interested in testing our willingness to negotiate.

If none of the stock Items appeal to you, head straight to our Custom Work section and find a ring in our portfolio that you like. Click on the ‘Quote Custom Work’ button to open a simple form with the image number for the ring you like already inserted for your convenience.

Alternatively, you can also use the generic Quote Form Quote Form found on our front page. You will need to insert the image number from the ring you have chosen in order to submit that form. Once the form is submitted, you will see a short optional form where you can let us know your budget, as well as minimum diamond color and clarity. It is not necessary to fill in the optional information, but it will help us in calculating a more precise quote.

To learn more about incorporating heirloom stones in Leon Megé jewelry, please read this first.


Selecting a Stone

The diamond trade is a network of dealers and re-sellers. Regardless of whether they call themselves retailers, wholesalers, brokers, private jewelers, diamond consultants, diamond connoisseurs, diamond specialists, diamond concierges, online distributors, etc., a re-seller is a middleman who wants to sell you a diamond listed on the Diamond Network at a small profit.

Diamonds are a commodity, with the rare exception of artisan cuts such as an Asscher cut or a True Antique™ Cushion. Almost every website (including ours) features a Diamond Search interface. Some are easier to use than others, some are more limited in scope, but ALL search through the exact same diamond listings. This means, you can buy the same diamond from anybody with access to the network, whether it is an industry giant like BlueNile or a small mom-and-pop jewelry store in Kansas. The price difference is simply the amount of commission either one is charging - pretty much like buying a case of beer at different supermarkets.

We have enjoyed access to the Diamond Network for more than a decade. We do not charge fancy ‘designer fees’ for our service. Quite the opposite - we charge less than anybody else. In addition to paying less for the same stone, you will get a significant reduction in our custom work fees.


Get in Touch

Did you know the shelf life for a diamond is less than a week? What we mean by that is we will not hold a specific stone for more than few days. If you are not ready to buy, simply let us know. We will wait for you to contact us again in the future rather than bother you by calling every five minutes! It is essential to get in touch with us as quickly as possible once you are ready to order your custom ring. Since we will have already spent a considerable amount of time selecting the stone, we will want to be sure you are ready to move forward so we don’t re-list the diamond and have to repeat the same diamond search work in the future.

If you live within traveling distance from midtown Manhattan, please call or email to arrange a viewing of your stone. If you prefer a long distance transaction, we will send you a high-resolution video of the stone.

Depending on the circumstances, arrangements for viewing more than one stone will require a $400 retainer.

Getting in touch is easy - call (212)768-3868 or send us an email


Discuss the Options

Whether you visit our showroom in person or connect with us by phone or email, we will need to discuss the design of the ring after the stone has been selected. Some people prefer to leave that decision to Leon, while others insist on specifying the minute details. Whatever your preferences, we will patiently consult with and educate you on every aspect of the design. We will then present you with a written Purchase Order (or Work Order for heirloom stones). That Order must be signed and a deposit must be made in order for work to commence.


Why Choose Us?

Our jewelry is custom made. We do not use ‘semi-mounts,’ and we do not use replicas or computer-generated models.

We make classic jewelry in the distinct Leon Megé style:


  • Minimum amount of visible metal. The metal is concealed to allow diamonds to “float” in thin air
  • Setting stones low on the finger (with rare exceptions)
  • Classic aesthetics. Leon Megé is a master in choosing the right proportions, angles and curvatures
  • Attention to minute details. Every surface, whether you can see it or not, is perfectly finished.
  • Impeccable style. We will help you choose the best style for your stone
  • World-famous, nearly invisible ‘Eagle Claw’ prongs
  • Precise sizing. We measure and produce our rings in ⅛-inch increments
  • We use only the finest materials: pure alloys and Leon Megé approved gemstones


Save with Us!

We charge less for diamonds and gemstones than anyone else and will match any legitimate offer from a competitor. We will match a competitor’s price even if it is inferior to our own craftsmanship.

When you order a custom-made ring with a stone purchased from us, we will charge even less. In addition, you will get free domestic shipping and a free in-house appraisal.


Exquisite styling, customized details, experienced artisans, and the lowest prices in the industry – that is the Leon Megé experience.


For more information on prices and payment click here>>


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How to talk to a jeweler

How to talk to a jeweler

Describing a design that has not materialized yet is extremely difficult.

The lack of common terminology doesn't help either.

When a waiter gets an order from a customer the most important part is to remember exactly what was ordered.

When a jeweler discusses a job with a client, his goal is not to remember what is being said, but to understand what is the motivation for the client's choice.

A jeweler must be a psychologist to get inside his client’s head in order to connect and understand what is being imagined, rather than what is being told.


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5 Myths About Buying A Loose Diamond – Debunked by Leon Mege


With the world making the transition from brick and mortar to a cloud, choosing one diamond out of hundreds of options seems like an incredible opportunity.

 The internet actually makes sourcing and buying diamonds easier, more convenient, and less expensive, but selecting a loose diamond on your own is still wrought with a great deal of risk.

 Find out the answers to common questions, as we debunk five of the most widespread myths surrounding the transition from buying a whole ring to buying a diamond and a setting separately.


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How To Buy a Diamond At A Deep Discount

Discounted diamondSavvy buyers know that when it comes to choosing an engagement ring, a diamond has no equal. Even with the ‘diamond cartel’ (DeBeers) pumping millions of dollars into heavy-handed promotion of diamonds, the choice of a gemstone for your engagement ring should not be between a diamond and something else, but rather between a round or not-round diamond. Whether you are rich, poor, or somewhere in between, you should expect to drop three months’ worth of your paycheck on a stunning piece of petrified carbon!

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Why Do People Wear “Fake” Diamonds?

Why Do People Wear “Fake” Diamonds?


A few years ago, a customer (who for obvious reasons will not be named) came in to have her ring cleaned. She is a very wealthy owner of an important diamond, a stone so big that it would look right at home at the Smithsonian. She spends a lot of her time going to war-torn countries  doing charity work, and she had just returned from an aid mission overseas.

“Leon,” she said, “I don’t know why I even need this diamond anymore.”

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