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Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Engagement Rings Store Director of Sales, Teri Ramirez Celebrates 26 Years and $50M in Sales

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- This month our Director of Sales, Teri Ramirez, celebrates two major milestones in her career. Not only has she been a valued member of the Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers family for 26 years, but she has also reached the $50 million mark in sales!

Teri started her career at the age of 14, working in her uncle's jewelry store here in San Diego. Before bringing her talents to Leo Hamel's, she worked for the Zale Corporation and Diamond Designs. Teri has always been a leader on the sales floor at Leo's, and others look to her for inspiration.

As owner and CEO Leo Hamel says, "We have always been so proud to have Teri in our family here at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers. I think one reason she is so successful is because she's only interested in one thing-making sure that her customers get exactly what they're looking for at a price they feel good about."

In addition to her outstanding sales record, Teri has received several accolades during her time at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers. For the past 10 years, she's been awarded Champion Status by the prestigious diamond line Hearts On Fire®, and was named Global Champion of the Year on four separate occasions. The president of Mémoire jewelry, Peter Smith, even mentions Teri as an example of exceptional salesmanship in his book Hiring Squirrels: 12 Essential Interview Questions to Uncover Great Retail Sales Talent.

About her success, Teri says, "I am most proud of the relationships I've built with both customers and industry professionals. My greatest professional success was being named an All Star by Hearts On Fire. It was a global competition, with only 3 winners selected, and I was one of them. It was an amazing personal and professional accomplishment that I'll carry with me for the rest of my career."

About Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers:

Leo Hamel's is San Diego's largest independent jewelry store with over 40 years in business. The jeweler boasts the largest selection of new and vintage fine jewelry as well as new and reconditioned pre-owned luxury watches. At Leo's, customers can also sell back their pre-owned watches, diamond jewelry, loose diamonds, scrap gold and silver, and more, for immediate payment. The jeweler has been voted San Diego's Best Jeweler for 10 years in a row. Leo's vast repeat and referral business is owed to uncompromising quality, fair and transparent pricing, and stellar customer service.

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Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Engagement Ring Store, 1851 San Diego Ave #130, San Diego, CA 92110.

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American Gem Society Launches Digital Badging for Members

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The American Gem Society (AGS) announced today the launch of "digital badging" credentials for AGS members. The badges are the first of its kind in the jewelry industry.

A digital badge is a graphical icon that indicates the AGS members' credentials and accomplishments and is displayed, accessed, and verified online. The badge can be added to their email signature, website, or social media.

Consumers can click on the member's badge, which then takes them to an online source that goes into further detail about why they have earned that badge, the methods they took to achieve it, and how they are working to maintain their AGS credentials.

"As a titleholder, our members have pledged to uphold the AGS mission of maintaining and promoting strong business ethics, continuing education, and protecting the consumer," said Katherine Bodoh, RJ, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. "In their stores, our members proudly display their certificates, but they cannot do that online or in emails. Digital badging acts as that virtual wall behind their desk or counter where they can proudly display their hard-earned certificates."

Bodoh adds, "It's one more way we can let consumers know about the importance of shopping with an AGS jeweler, and is a point of differentiation for the jeweler."

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About the American Gem Society:

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to promoting a high standard of ethics, continuous education, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society awards credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Less than one in twenty jewelers in the country have chosen to meet the exacting standards necessary for membership.


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Whiteflash Delivers Historic Super Ideal Diamond Necklace

HOUSTON, Texas -- Whiteflash announced today the completion of a custom platinum necklace containing a record number of AGS Ideal(R) diamonds; a project that has been months in the making.

The project involved 100 custom cut super ideal, collection quality diamonds set in a heavy 26 inch platinum line necklace. In what is likely the largest number of AGS Ideal(R) cut diamonds ever set in a single piece of jewelry, the diamonds are from the Whiteflash branded A CUT ABOVE(R) Collection Series with colors in the DEF "colorless" range, and the 'microscopically clean" IF-VVS clarity range.

A CUT ABOVE(R) diamonds feature precision cutting and elite light performance. They require a platinum dual light map Triple Ideal report from the AGS Laboratories as a baseline. AGS Laboratories is considered one of the leading authorities on diamond light performance. Further tests are performed by Whiteflash gemologists, including careful analysis of optical precision, before a diamond is awarded the internationally acclaimed brand of A CUT ABOVE(R). The ultimate designation in the brand is the A CUT ABOVE(R) Collection Series featuring the most elite colors and clarities, known in the diamond trade as "collection goods."

The client who commissioned the piece was very specific about his requirements, resulting in the need to produce a large number of .30-.33ct precision cut diamonds in order to arrive at 100 diamonds that would meet all specifications and qualifications for A CUT ABOVE Collection Series.

After the stones were cut, they were sent to AGS Laboratories for grading. Those stones passing the laboratory and meeting the strict baseline criteria for the brand were then sent on to Whiteflash for further testing. Finally, only the diamonds passing the full array of tests were chosen for the necklace. This world-class necklace consists of over 30 carats of AGS Ideal(R) diamonds and almost 100 grams of platinum.

Each of the diamonds in the piece has a full Triple Zero light performance report from AGS Laboratories, and each diamond comes with the full benefits package from Whiteflash including 100% Lifetime Trade Up benefit. The necklace was hand delivered to the client at The American Gem Society headquarters by Bryan Boyne GG (GIA), CG (AGS), Vice President of Whiteflash, who had helped oversee the project.

Whiteflash COO Eliezer Eber had this to say about the project: "We are extremely proud to have been chosen by this very discriminating buyer to supply this extraordinary piece. We create many custom pieces every year involving specially cut precision diamonds, but this project smashed the record in terms of the sheer number of stones in a single piece. The collective man hours involved in bringing this long-term project to reality was a true test for our processes and the diligence of our team of gemologists and jewelers."

Jason Quick, Executive Director of AGS Laboratories, commented, "I love seeing pieces, like this one, created around diamonds that have received the top cut grade in our lab. We appreciate Whiteflash for their dedication to the finest in diamond light performance and craftsmanship, and we are thrilled to be associated with this project."

About Whiteflash:

Whiteflash is a top tier retail jeweler specializing in Ideal Diamonds, Designer Engagement Rings and Fine Bridal Jewelry. Their A CUT ABOVE(R) Super Ideal Diamonds are considered by trade experts and diamond connoisseurs to be among the finest in the world.

The award winning website, described by Kiplinger's Magazine as the "Lord of the Online Rings" enables shoppers the world over to view, compare and purchase top quality diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry in a convenient, secure and information rich environment.

Whiteflash is the first jewelry retailer in the world to attain ISO 9001 certification for total quality management and welcome visitors to their Houston jewelry store located in Sugar Land Town Square.

Whiteflash is a member of the American Gem Society and recipient of the BBB 2018 Pinnacle Award.

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