Share Your Brian Gavin Diamonds Love Story

If you’re a hopeless romantic, then you’re well acquainted with the classic love stories that have been honored in literature and movies for many centuries. From Romeo and Juliet’s tale of star-crossed lovers to Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy’s turbulent relationship, these legendary couples have set the standard for epic romances.

With such epic love stories serving as inspiration, how do you and your sweetheart compare? Did your romance begin with love at first sight like Antony and Cleopatra or was it a deeply passionate relationship like Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler’s? At Brian Gavin Diamonds, we want to know how our customers’ love stories evolved.  To honor February, a love-filled month, and allow you to highlight you and your partner’s love story, we’re giving away the Circle of Life Necklace, a gorgeous 14k white gold necklace with a diamond circle, which symbolizes unity and an everlasting love. For a chance to win this stunning design, visit Brian Gavin Diamonds on Facebook and share your love story and how it was enriched with a Brian Gavin Diamonds Hearts and Arrows patterned jewelry.

It is truly an honor to be able to provide our customers with jewelry to enhance special chapters in their own love stories Many of Brian Gavin Diamonds’ relationships with customers begin with selecting an engagement ring, and it brings great joy when we have repeat customers who are looking for wedding rings, push presents and anniversary gifts, as we love being a part of our customers’ celebrations’ of love that are withstanding the test of time.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Circle of Life Necklace

Best of the Oscars 2015

The stars came out to shine at the 87th Academy Awards and we were completely enamored by last night’s glitz and glamour. The Oscars' red carpet was filled with A-listers dressed in every major fashion house, from classics like Chanel and Versace, to new trend makers like Thakoon and Alaia.  We’ve picked out our favorite bedazzled, laced and couture numbers that each deserve an award of its own, and what better of an award than a gorgeous piece of jewelry from Brian Gavin Diamonds?

Margot Robbie Oscars 2015 Look

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

Margot Robbie showed up on the red carpet in head to toe perfection. We love her classic black dress with the sheer sleeves. To amp up the look and define the plunging neckline, we would pair the gown with our layered Diamonds By The Yard Necklace in 18k Yellow Gold.

Lupita Nyong'o Oscars 2015 Look

Lupita Nyong’o in custom Calvin Klein Collection

2014’s Best Supporting Actress nominee commanded the red carpet in a custom gown covered in strands of pearls. Lupita opted not to wear a necklace with this gown, which is a winning choice as we think the dress is a statement in itself. Instead, she chose to pair her gown with simple pearl earrings.

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Gwenyth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture

Gwenyth’s dress is the true definition of femininity with its pastel pink hue and floral embellishment. To play up the floral theme, we’d love to see this look with our Large Flower Studs in Rose Gold.

Jessica Chastain's Oscars 2015 Look

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Couture

Jessica’s dress hugged her curves in all the right places! We love the dress’s navy blue color paired with the actress’ blazing red hair, a perfect balance of cool and warm tones. To keep with the navy theme, we would pair this Oscars look with our Pear Drop Earrings featuring pear-shaped blue sapphires.

Emma Stone's Oscars Look 2015

Emma Stone in Elie Saab

Emma Stone has had some of the best looks this awards season, and the Academy Awards was no different. It was refreshing to see her in an eye-popping chartreuse Elie Saab number, which is a departure from her recent black and white red carpet outfits. To enhance the beading work on her long sleeved gown, we would love to see this dress with our Four Square Diamond Bracelet.

There you have it – our favorite looks from this year’s Academy Awards. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments. Until then, we’re patiently awaiting next year’s most glamorous night of the year. Brian Gavin Diamonds can help you look like Hollywood’s royalty even if you aren’t walking down the Academy Awards' red carpet. Our collection of diamond jewelry and colored gemstones will add glamour to your look for your next big event!


The Popularity and History of Amethyst

Amethyst’s extravagant violet color is what makes this gemstone so unique. The purple stone is actually from the most valuable variety of the Quartz mineral. Mild heat is often used to deepen the color’s lavender hue, but if too much heat is applied, it can actually transform into the yellow shaded gemstone, Citrine. From Quartz to Amethyst and then to Citrine – this stone certainly has unique transformative qualities, which is why many people associate it with many spiritual beings!

The name “Amethyst” is derived from the Greek word “amethystos,” which translates to “not intoxicated.” This translation is why amethyst has the nickname “Sobriety Stone” and is said to offer protection against drunkenness. As the February birthstone, it’s a fitting name for those celebrating Mardi Gras or birthdays!

If you’re looking for something violet to match your Mardi Gras gold and green ensemble or some color to make your birthday outfit pop, then look no further; We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Amethyst gemstone jewelry.

Brian Gavin Diamonds’ Cushion Cabouchon Amethyst Pendant

Brian Gavin Diamonds’ Cushion Cabouchon Amethyst Pendant is set in silver and includes a 16-inch silver cable chain.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Round Amethyst Ring

This stunning Round Amethyst Ring is a unique piece featuring a bark finish in 14k yellow gold.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Round Cabouchon Light Amethyst Earrings

Your ears will be dazzling with our Round Cab Light Amethyst Earrings that are set in silver and lined with petite white topaz stones.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Antique Cushion Checkerboard Amethyst Ring

Our Antique Cushion Checkerboard Amethyst Ring is a stunner! The fascinating ring is embraced in a row of diamonds set in 14k white gold.

We can guarantee that you will feel like royalty when you adorn yourself with a Brian Gavin Diamonds Amethyst piece of jewelry. Which of the purple pieces is your favorite?


Wedding Day Superstitions

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Black cats, broken mirrors and walking under a ladder are common superstitions to avoid on Friday the 13th, but what if it’s your wedding day? There are common myths that brides and grooms try to avoid to ensure a fairytale day. In honor of Friday, February the 13th, we’ve rounded up the most common wedding day superstitions and traditions and explore their unique history and discover their meanings.

  1. Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue”– This rhyme is one of the most common superstitions that almost every bride follows for her wedding day.  The “old,” “new,” “borrowed” and “blue” items a bride carries on her walk down the aisle have strong symbolism and are said to be good luck . “Something old” represents the bride’s past and “something new” represents the couple’s future. The bride is supposed to “borrow” an item from someone who is happily married in hopes the person’s good fortune rubs off on her marriage. Lastly, the color blue (“something blue”) represents fidelity and love, two qualities every couple desires.
  2. Rain on Your Wedding Day – While some would think this is a bad sign, a downpour or a sprinkle on your wedding day is actually a good omen! The rain is said to cleanse, unify and boost fertility in a marriage.
  3. Seeing Each Other Before the Wedding – This superstition stems from the time of arranged marriages, where couples opted not to see each other before the ceremony because it would potentially cause them to change their minds about the wedding. Today, many couples are choosing to have an intimate moment before the ceremony to where their portraits are taken or to simply have a moment of peace with each other before the festivities begin.
  4. Dropping the Wedding Rings – Make sure your best man is on top of his game! Apparently, if the wedding bands are dropped, the person who dropped them will be the first of the wedding party to die. Obviously, this is an extremely bad omen and certainly not a thought anyone wants to have during a wedding!
  5. The Bouquet Toss – During medieval times, it was considered lucky to receive fragments of the bride’s clothing. Often times, dresses were torn apart, so as an alternative, bouquets were thrown. Many people still follow this practice at their wedding receptions with the idea that whomever catches the bride’s bouquet will be the next to marry!

As with any superstition, it’s important to not take the myth too literally and instead, focus on enjoying yourself, especially on a special celebration like a wedding! If you are feeling any bad juju surrounding your wedding, Brian Gavin Diamonds will be here to provide you something new and blue for your wedding day!


Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

For many couples, Valentine’s Day is a special occasion to show your love just how much you care. While it doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be elaborate, making your Valentine feel special is important. For those that have just started a relationship and don’t know their partner intimately at this point in time or have been together for years and are tired of doing the same set-menu Valentine’s Day dinner, planning a Valentine’s Day fete is daunting. If Cupid’s arrow hasn’t reached you and you’re desperate for romance inspiration, then you’re in luck, because we’ve put together a list of Valentine’s Day date ideas and appropriate gifts for any type of relationship.

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A New and Exciting Romance

You’re still in the honeymoon stage of your relationship and haven’t quite figured out her quirks yet, but none of that matters because you’re absolutely smitten. Get her to fall for you by taking her to a romantic and intimate dinner. You’ll be able to talk over a glass of red wine and discover all her secrets. Have her understand you better by giving her your favorite book (paired with chocolates and roses, of course).

Committed and in Love

You’ve seen her through the good times and bad and she’s comfortable around you in her sweatpants with no makeup on. You have gotten comfortable with her but you still want to keep your relationship interesting. The perfect way to keep the spark alive is to surprise her with a short trip to a bed and breakfast outside the city. Once you arrive at your destination, make sure you have a small token of love, such as the Brian Gavin Diamonds Pineapple Cut Rose Quartz Ring, ready for her. It’s a sweet and intimate gesture that will keep her enticed.

The “One

Congratulations, you’ve found your soul mate and you’re ready to settle down! She’s the one who you envision growing old with, the one who will accompany you on life’s adventure. You want to make this day extra memorable and personal, so why not revisit all of your favorite places as a couple? Take her to your favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop by the places that are important to you as a couple, such as where you shared your first kiss and laughed until your stomachs ached. At the end of the day, take her back to your home where it’s romantically decorated with rose petals and candles and pop the question with a Brian Gavin Diamonds engagement ring. If your soul mate is a true hopeless romantic, a Valentine’s Day proposal will surely sweep her off her feet. For those with reservations about proposing on a day when other couples are also celebrating their love, consider popping the question a day or two in advance to catch your fiancée-to-be off her guard.

An Everlasting Love

You’ve been married for several years now and may have fallen into a routine. You rarely go on date nights because you’re both busy with work or taking care of the kids. Bring the focus back to your relationship and make Valentine’s Day extra special.- reignite the romance with something unexpected. Surprise your sweetheart with a spa day, because after all, she deserves to be pampered! A bigger surprise will await when you reveal you want to celebrate your marriage all over again with a stunning Brian Gavin Diamonds eternity band.

Whatever stage of your relationship you’re in and however you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we hope you and your Valentine share a beautiful day together! We have the pleasure of working with many different customers to make unforgettable moments, and would love to hear about yours. If you would like to share your Brian Gavin love story, use the hashtag #myBGDLoveStory or email lesleyh[at]brianthecutter.com.


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Live Colorfully with our Citrine Colored Gemstone Earrings

With jewelry so gorgeous, it should come as no surprise that our favorite social media app to show it off on is Instagram! The Brian Gavin Diamonds Instagram page gives you your daily dose of sparkle with beautiful photos of engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, bracelets and more! In addition to inspiring our followers with diamonds, we too find inspiration from the variety of Instagram accounts we follow! Scroll through our followers list and you’ll find wedding photographers and planners showcasing their amazing work, bloggers at brunch with the latest “it” handbag and our favorite customers showing off their #myBGD jewelry.

Instagram users are able to take advantage of the platform to show their followers how they live their lives and what inspires them, and what better way to live than colorfully!

To celebrate our colored gemstones jewelry, we’ve launched a “Regram to Win” Instagram Contest! It’s your chance to win one of our most popular gemstone pieces, the Round Pineapple Cut Citrine Earrings.

 Brian Gavin Diamonds Regram to Win

To enter, regram the “Regram to Win” picture on your Instagram account and make sure to include the hashtag #BGDGemstones and tag @briangavindiamonds in your photo caption. Comment below the original Brian Gavin Diamonds “Regram to Win Instagram” photo (the one you’ll be regramming) and tag three of your best girlfriends to share the contest.

If you’re not already following Brian Gavin Diamonds on Instagram, be sure to hit that follow button to start double tapping our dazzling imagery.


Diamonds (and Pearls!) are a Girl’s Best Friend

It’s the time of year when stores start carrying an overflowing amount of heart-shaped memorabilia, decadent chocolates and floral arrangements, which can only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day is near. Gentlemen, February 14th is three weeks away and it’s time to start looking for the perfect gift to make your sweetheart swoon. Don’t wait until the last minute and rush for flowers and candy… the flowers will die and the candy will be eaten! Think of purchasing something that she will have for a lifetime.

If you’re considering something more than Godiva and red roses this Valentine’s Day, then look no further than a stunning piece of jewelry. Diamonds and pearls are two stones that are as timeless as a couple’s love. Both are used in classic and modern jewelry pieces that serve as definitions of true beauty and elegance. To help you decide what kind of piece of jewelry to gift your darling, we’ve highlighted some of the characteristics that a “Diamond Girl” or “Lady with the Pearls” may possess.

Diamond Girl

18k White Gold Four Square Bracelet / 18k White Gold Double Huggies Earrings / 14k White Gold Half Bezel Tennis Bracelet

Diamond Girl

  • Prefers red over white wine
  • Loves the sass of Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor
  • Lays out on the West Coast beaches
  • Relies on her iPhone to keep her organized
  • Loves to stay in and watch Netflix but will go out on the town too

Lady with the Pearls

11.5 mm White South Sea Pearls in 14k White Gold / 11.76mm White South Sea Pearls in 14k White Gold / 18k White Gold Hand Made Earrings

Lady with the Pearls

  • Prefers white over red wine
  • Admires Jackie O. and Audrey Hepburn
  • Sails along the East Coast
  • Prefers writing down her to-dos
  • Loves to indulge in classic, black and white movies

You can always rely on Brian Gavin Diamonds to provide superior quality jewels for any occasion, including Valentine’s Day. Whether you decide to go for diamond baubles, pearl jewelry or a combination of both materials, your Valentine is guaranteed to remember this gift forever.


The Popularity and History of Topaz

Topaz is an eye-catching colored gemstone that’s characterized by its vivid hues. You can find topaz in a wide range of colors including red, orange, peach, pink, gold, yellow and brown. Blue topaz, which is both the most rare and the most popular topaz color, is actually formed as the result of irradiation with gamma rays, meaning that some of the deeper blue topaz stones have been found to be radioactive! Talk about an impressive stone.

Adding to the uniqueness of the stone, because Topaz has been around for at least 2,000 years, over time, ancient communities have developed a variety of folklore tales surrounding it: Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all believed the mystical gemstone contained powers such as increasing strength, healing physical and mental disorders, and even preventing death.

If you’re looking for a present for your wedding anniversary or shopping for a Sagittarius, then Topaz is your stone. Topaz gemstone jewelry is the suggested anniversary gemstone for those celebrating 4th, 19th or 23rd years of marriage and is also the birthstone for Sagittarians who are born between November 22nd and December 21st. At Brian Gavin Diamonds, we take joy in enhancing the beautiful vibrant stone by creating exquisite jewelry and have highlighted our favorite topaz pieces for your next gift.

Round Topaz Cab Blue Studs  

Round Cab Blue Topaz Studs – These stud earrings are perfect for everyday wear and add a touch of color to any outfit.

Oval Blue Topaz Halo Ring  

Oval Blue Topaz Halo – This stunning cocktail ring incorporates a vivid blue topaz stone adorned with diamonds.

Round TOpaz Cab Blue Halo Pendant  

Round Cab Blue Topaz Halo – The perfect necklace for casual days, our necklace features a round topaz stone set in a satin finished, 14k white gold pendant.

Blue Topaz Bracelet  

Blue Topaz Bracelet – Six stunning blue topaz jewels are embraced in miniature white topaz stones and set in a white gold chain in this brilliant bracelet.

Topaz’s vibrant color allows Brian Gavin Diamonds to enhance its beauty by setting it among gilded metals and complementary stones. Take a look at our entire gemstone jewelry collection and tell us which piece is your favorite.


Brian Gavin Diamonds Talks Diamonds and NFL Football!

David contacted us just before Christmas via Live Chat about purchasing a diamond as a first upgrade for his wife. He was originally considering a princess cut but Denise worked with him to select a beautiful 1.575 J VS1 Brian Gavin Signature Blue diamond in a traditional 4 prong solitaire. At the outset they discovered that they were both ardent Dallas Cowboys fans and spent as much time talking football as diamonds!

We just had to share this fabulous final Live Chat session with our readers …yes, our highly trained diamond sales consultants here at Brian Gavin Diamonds talk diamonds and football!!!

David : Hi Denise!

Denise : Hey ! How 'bout dem Cowboys !

David : Oh what a game! I thought we were not going to make it and the last minutes of the game were awesome! I was on the edge of my seat. The kids thought I was going crazy. lol

Denise : It was totally insane. At first I was praying then I changed to … Thank you God for letting us win and we did ! lol

David : Romo said they gotta play better – that's for sure. He wasn't doing too well. He had tons of time in the pocket and still couldn't throw the ball sometimes. The winning throw took foooorrrreeeevvvveeerrr!

Denise : He's a nervous nelly sometimes and just shuts down.

David : So, I just wanted to get in touch with you and let you know how things went…

Denise : Do tell

David : We went to dinner and a nice restaurant where we met. After dinner, they brought us champagne and I told her she couldn't toast yet. And then I proceeded to tell her I wasn't a work. To which is looked at my like I'm insane and I could tell she was getting worried.

Denise : That's hilarious.

David : She said WHY!!?? And I told her I needed to get something… and I could tell she thought I was about to dump her or something….a look a great concern on her face.

David : So I said, "let me show you" And I pulled out the beautiful Brian Gavin box and sat it in front of her… She kinda looked confused and slowly opened to box and then she about hit her jaw on the table…

Denise : How fabulous !!! I wish I could have been there to see that.

David : She reached to touch the ring and I said WAIT! And she looked up and I pulled out a hand written love note for our anniversary and began to read it to her…I got about half way through it and she started to cry, then I started to choke up…paused…and then finished. The final line of the letter said, "And like this diamond, my love for you is brilliant, full of fire, and everlasting…" She ran over and about squeezed me to death! It was awesome.

Denise : Oh wow ! I have goosies all over. What an awesome story … LOVE IT.

David : I put the ring on her finger and she has been googly eyed over it ever since. It has made her very, very happy and she can't believe how sparkly the diamond is. She even loves the blue tint when in sunlight from the signature blue. Needless to say, it's not going back — JUST like you said it would happen!

Denise : Ah ha ! I know what I'm talking about sometimes. lol

David : So, I just want to give a big Texas sized shout out and thank you, Denise, and Brian Gavin diamonds for giving me one of the greatest experiences and happiest moments of my life. It has been wonderful and I just could not be more pleased with my diamond purchase — it was beautiful beyond anything I could have imagined. If I'm ever in Houston, I'm going to stop by and say hello.

Denise : The pleasure and honor was all mine. You have been an absolute DREAM to work with and I think I found myself a new friend. For sure come to Houston.

David : Sounds great! You have my info! Take care and GO Cowboys!!!

Denise : I sure do ! GO COWBOYS!!

 
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2015 Wedding Dress Trends

A stunning engagement ring is one of the most important pieces of a bride’s wedding day ensemble. It’s a significant token that she will wear forever and can be passed down for generations, but it takes a supporting role on a couple’s wedding day, as a bride’s wedding gown typically takes center stage. While many women start thinking about their dream engagement ring when they are in a serious relationship, wedding dresses are a vision that is created at childhood.

Whether you envision a classic dress style for your special day or prefer to make the wedding aisle your runway, we want to share the biggest wedding dress trends of Spring 2015 and how a Brian Gavin Diamonds wedding band can help enhance your overall bridal look alongside the perfect wedding dress and engagement ring.

Off the shoulder wedding dress

Ethereal brides

Off-the-shoulder dresses were one of the most popular necklines on the Spring 2015 runways. Although this style is typically thought of as classic and romantic, modern designs are incorporating different fabrics and styles with the off-the-shoulder neckline that make it perfect for both the free-spirited and graceful brides. Such a feminine neckline calls for a delicate wedding band, such as our Marquise and Round Band with Milgrain in rose gold. Light flowers and petals in neutral and blush hues will complement this ethereal wedding style.

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Vibrant brides

Modern and daring brides are embracing colorful wedding hues, which have been showing up more and more on the bridal runways. While white will always be the most quintessential and popular wedding dress color, dresses in shades of blue, gray and lavender are for brides that want to make a statement this spring. To enhance a fresh, spring wedding theme, colorful floral arrangements will set a picturesque backdrop. For the bold bride who opts for a lively and colorful palette, our Lace Matching Band with Blue Sapphire will make the perfect addition to your dress!

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Modern minimalistic brides

Brides with a simpler style will be happy to hear that tailored dresses with clean lines are one of the most popular trends for Spring 2015. This style doesn’t rely on a sea of fabric and lace to add drama, instead, dress designers focus on structure with tiny details, such as petite bow belts, to enhance the bride’s natural beauty and lines. Modern minimalist brides can play up this style’s subdued elegance by heightening their bridal look with stunning accessories like our intricately designed Denise Wedding Band and adding a floral bouquet in a simple color scheme.

Which of these wedding dress trends of 2015 fit your wedding day look? With Brian Gavin Diamonds, you’ll always find the perfect engagement ring or wedding band to complement your eye-catching dress. Whichever style you choose, a bridal style that withstands the test of time will always be a bride who is beaming with confidence and shines brightly with love on her wedding day.