Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, Jewelry Buyers, Accessories
But how does the average consumer know he's not being swindled when he sells his broken jewelry, quirky antiques, or even a like-new watch to the estate buyers? Hamel soothes concerns by hiring the very best to evaluate these items, which can range from broken pieces of metal to military memorabilia to large diamonds. Most of his estate buyers are Graduate Gemologists trained at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or have extensive professional experience. They are very knowledgeable about gemstones and antiques, not just scrap gold, and study market trends in order to give solid advice. If a customer would benefit more from selling somewhere else, whether it's to his best friend or even to a competitor, Hamel's employees will tell them so. It's this honesty and integrity that cultivate a strikingly high percentage of repeat customers for Leo Hamel Jewelry Buyers.
"Our buyers are lauded by customers for their professionalism and ability to make what can be an embarrassing, painful experience into a pleasant one," Hamel says of his staff members, who frequently receive handwritten notes, emails, and Yelp reviews of gratitude.
Leo Hamel, whose Jewelry Buying locations specialize in buying fine Swiss watches, advises that customers looking to sell a watch should be very selective. "It's important to sell to someone who knows the fine watch market and keeps up with their collectible value," Hamel warns. If you want to sell a diamond, Hamel pays premiums for larger ones, as vintage diamonds are always in demand in his showroom because of the excellent value.
Overall, Hamel thinks it's a fine time to sell gold and other unwanted valuables. "The price of gold has leveled off but is still at historical highs! Four short years ago it was trading for half of what it goes for today," he remarked. He also takes trade-ins if a customer doesn't need to sell, but just wants to show off something new.
Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers has been buying and selling jewelry in the San Diego area for over 32 years. In 2011 they were voted San Diego's Best Designer Jewelry in the 10News.com A-List contest, San Diego's BEST Jeweler in the U-T's 2010, 2011, and 2012 SD BEST poll, and San Diego's Best Jewelry Store in Citybeat's 2011 Readers Poll. Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers has a retail showroom in San Diego near Old Town, as well as eight jewelry and gold buying locations in San Diego, La Mesa, Solana Beach, Oceanside, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Chula Vista, and El Cajon.