The Building Blocks to a Perfect Proposal

Trust and commitment are the building blocks of a strong marriage. Our customer Tim took this reference to a new level when he used his favorite childhood toy to get down on one knee. Tim and Erin's love is something out of a fairytale, so this groom-to-be used his imagination to develop the perfect proposal.

When it came time to choose the perfect ring, Tim selected a stunning creation. His eyes were immediately drawn to the Anita Halo in 18K Rose Gold. The ring had the ideal features for Erin, including a dainty heart shape accent under the halo for a finishing touch. To top off the great selection, Tim chose a gorgeous center stone from our Brian Gavin Cape Collection. The term "Cape Diamond" referred to diamonds that originated from the British Cape Colony in South Africa. Diamonds from this region tended to be faint to light yellow in color, allowing Tim to get a substantial tinted stone that he deemed "incredible" to the eye. Once the ring was in his hands, Tim knew it was time to execute Erin's dream proposal.

The proposal was nothing short of magical. He incorporated child-like creativity with unconventional panache. Knowing that he wanted a unique proposal that Erin would never suspect, Time built a small ring box from Legos. He got artistic when he decided to be the architect of his own future by building Erin a romantic display.

We'll let Tim tell you in his own words:

Another very satisfied customer yesterday!  My fiancee Erin was ecstatic with the proposal and the beautiful ring.  The rose gold on the Anita setting with the substantial Cape diamond look incredible.  So many compliments yesterday.  She couldn't quit commenting about how it sparkled which is due to the quality diamond and lovely setting.  I enjoy Legos (still!) so built her a little box for the ring and used the Lego wedding set to hide the box before the proposal.  She was very excited so the set didn't last long once she realized what awaited behind it!  
 

We can't wait to work with Tim and Erin on a wedding band for their upcoming nuptials. We couldn't be happier for these two as they plan to tie the know! This clever and creative proposal is by far one of our favorites to date. To explore halo rings like Erin's, visit our website and browse our gallery

Get Festive for Mardi Gras

Each new year kicks off the start of Mardi Gras season with splashes of bright green, purple, and yellow and beads. Besides being known as the day that people indulge before the Lent starts, what exactly is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is a holiday and tradition that dates to thousands of years ago to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility with the big ones being Lupercalia and Saturnalia. When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders wanted to incorporate local traditions into the near faith to avoid the decision to abolish them all together. Now in modern day, Mardi Gras is a popular cultural phenomenon that is celebrated in many countries around the world.

As the day slowly approaches and the invites start pouring in, look your best at any Mardi Gras function that you attend. Don’t know what to wear? Lucky for you, we have some inspiration from our amethyst, citrine, and peridot jewelry collections that would be the perfect addition to any outfit an extra splash of color and shine.

 

Oval Amethyst Bracelet

 

 

Cushion Checkered Amethyst Studs

 
 

Round Amethyst Bark Finish Ring

 
 

Square Cab Citrine Earrings

 
 

Square Matte Citrine Ring

 
 

Round Pineapple Cut Citrine Ring

 
 

Cushion Checkered Peridot Studs

 
 

Cushion Period Halo Pendant

 
 

Princess Peridot Splint Shank Ring

 
 

Galentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day is great and all, the best part of this month is really Galentine's Day. With origins of the famous pop culture holiday stemming from the character Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreations, it's the day dedicated to celebrating the wonderful girlfriends in our lives and all they do for us.

With life's constant ups and downs, the one thing that's certain is how your friends will be there through thick and thin. Whether it's needing a shoulder to cry on or partner-in-crime for "The Bachelor" watch parties, your gal pals will always go the extra mile to put a smile on our face. Famous friendships like Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; and many others are a perfect example of #friendgoals.

There will never be a way to truly express how much our girlfriends mean to us, but it doesn't hurt to try. At Brian Gavin Diamonds, we believe in making beautiful, quality jewelry with our state of art cuts and diamonds that are for every woman in your life… even your bestie. Tell your Galentine that you love her with these timeless pieces from our collection.

Jasmine Earrings

Pearls No. 26 Necklace

Open Petal Earrings

Square Pyramid Cut Lemon Quartz Ring

Pearls No. 22 Earrings

   

February's Birthstone: Amethyst

When February rolls around each year, there are shades of pinks, reds, and whites everywhere to signify the coming of Valentine’s Day, the most loving and romantic holiday in existence. With these colors being in the spotlight, it’s easy to forget that there’s another color that shines as well – amethyst. This deep purple quartz is known for being the birthstone for February babies everywhere and is one of the most popular gemstones of all time.

The name “Amethyst” comes from the Greek word “amethystos” that translates to “not intoxicated.” Because of this, ancient wearers believed that the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness and the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. What makes amethyst so alluring, presently and throughout history, is that qualities like courage, peace, stability, and strength are said to be derived from it.

Although it’s commonly recognized for being purple, amethyst can also range from a pinkish violet to a light green color depending on how much heat treated to deepen the color. It is a very common mineral and can be found worldwide with the finest amethyst of all being found, historically, in Russia.

This precious stone is a classic beauty that has won over our hearts and our jewelry collection for its beautiful shade and how well it complements both cool and warm colors. Here are a few of our amethyst pieces that can be purchased on Brian Gavin Diamonds or in-person.

 

Cushion Amethyst Earrings

   

   

Cushion Checkered Amethyst Studs

   

   

Round Amethyst Ring

   

   

Round Amethyst Halo Pendant

   

   

Square Cab Amethyst Ring

   

 

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Our latest customer story will stop all those out there thinking it’s too late to find love because as the story goes with Carl and Clara – love is timeless, and it's never too late to find it. After 16 years of friendship and a five-year engagement, Carl decided that Clara’s 55th birthday needed a special celebration.

As fate would have it, Clara’s birthday happened to be the same day as the first total solar eclipse in more than thirty years. Carl knew without a doubt this would be the perfect moment to profess his love to Clara and propose with a ring made for a princess.

Clara hinted that a “big rock,” was on her mind and Carl found his way to Brian Gavin Diamonds. He landed on the stunning white gold Juno ring with one of our signature Brian Gavin Blue diamond nestled on top.

With the ring in hand, the star-crossed lovers set off on an adventure to the perfect viewing spot to witness the natural phenomena set to occur just 522 miles north of where they were. As they entered the campgrounds, they eagerly set up chairs to admire the total eclipse. With Clara’s “big rock” from Brian Gavin Diamonds hidden, the sky began to go dark, and Carl anticipated the exact moment he would surprise her. As the moon passed over the sun, the feel of the air was magical.

Moments after as the sun began to shine again, Carl worked up the nerve to give his speech:

“55 years ago you were born on a family farm in South Korea. Happy birthday, baby,” he said endearingly.

Clara was left utterly speechless and calls Carl her “dream man.” he lovely couple plan to get married early next year and Clara plans on not only wearing her Brian Gavin ring, but also the ruby wedding band that belonged to Carl’s mother.

At Brian Gavin Diamonds we're committed to providing the best service and designing stunning engagement rings like the one pictured above. If you're planning on tying the knot soon, we would love to be part of your special day.

 

Your Valentine's Day Go-To Guide

With the holiday season behind us, it's reasonable to think that we can take a break from gift shopping but that's when Valentine's Day sneaks up! For many couples, it's a day to show love and how much you care about the special person in your life.

No matter what stance you have on Valentine's Day, where does the holiday originate from? How did it become the way that it is now? Why do we care about it so much?

Some stories say the holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, a celebration dedicated to the coming of spring. Fact: it also included fertility rites and the pairing off with men by a lottery system. This tradition went on for years until the end of the 5th century when Lupercalia was replaced with St. Valentine's Day, named after a Christian priest who was martyred. There are many versions of history surrounding the holiday's origins.

A Valentine's Day gift should be a thoughtful expression of what your significant other means to you. Knowing what to get can be hard, but lucky for you, we gathered a list of jewels that any woman will love. From everlasting diamonds to mixed metals, there is something for every special someone to sparkle in.

 

   

Cushion Bezel Bracelet

   

   

Twist Pendant

   

   

Handmade Milgrain Bezel Studs

   

   

Pearls No 25

   

   

Fiorella Solitaire Right Hand Ring

 

January's Treasure: Garnet

As everyone looks forward to a fresh slate in the new year, Garnet gets its chance to shine as January's birthstone. Garnets are a group of closely related minerals instead of an individual gem as many may think. The gemstone comes in almost every color because of its various compositions but is most known for its dark red shade. Some may say these gorgeous stones resemble small pomegranate seeds, which is why its derived from the Latin word "granatus" meaning seed-like.

Throughout history, garnets have been a popular gem worn by individuals with high power. The stone was coveted by Egyptian pharaohs and African tribal leaders throughout history. Its red hues thrived among the Aztecs, Mayans, Native and South American Indians.

There's even a bit of legend within the garnet gemstone. Garnets were believed to impart enhanced awareness and assisted with bringing creative powers to fruition. In earlier times, people thought that the blood-like colored stones would protect warriors from battle wounds and make soldiers' weapons deadlier.

Fast forward to present day, garnet is treasured as a beautiful, precious gemstone for January babies and couples who are celebrating their second anniversary of marriage. Here are some of our favorite garnet pieces available on Brian Gavin Diamonds that can make a great gift for the special woman in your life.

Cushion Checkered Garnet Pendant

Cushion Garnet Ring

Round Cab Garnet Halo

Round Garnet Earrings

Square Garnet Studs

Celebrate 2018 and Enter to Win a BGD Surprise

Ready to make 2018 the best year ever? As you sip on champagne, don’t miss the opportunity to score some sparkle! This New Year’s Eve, we’re launching the Resolve to Sparkle Photo Contest. Share a photo of your BGD jewelry along with your New Year’s resolution for a chance to win a surprise piece of BGD jewelry. Three lucky winners will score a BGD treat to signify bright new beginnings.

How to Enter:

1. Snap a photo of your Brian Gavin Diamonds jewelry to post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (accounts must be public to qualify) 2. Caption your photo with your New Year’s resolution with the hashtag #MyBGDNewYear 3. Post as many entries as you’d like between Dec. 29 and Jan. 31, 11:59 p.m. CST.

We can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for you!

Good Luck!

The BGD Team

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French-Inspired Country Wedding

You don’t have to travel all the way to France to get that French-inspired wedding you always dreamed of. Instead, plan the wedding on your home turf, or in our case, Texas, and let the creativity soar. In collaboration with Smith House Photography and Garnished Event, we’re sharing a few of our favorite details from this French-inspired wedding that’ll make you say – oh, la, love!

This exquisite shoot took place at  Le San Michele, a European-inspired venue outside of Austin, Texas. From the moment the styling team drove through the entrance of the 12-acre country estate, they were transported to a charming setting that felt like the French countryside. Complete with magnificent seasonal gardens, statues, fountains and a beautiful pond, we couldn't have dreamed of a more romantic backdrop for our rings to be placed in.

For this particular opportunity, we provided a stunning ring from our 810 Collection. The collection draws inspiration from Art Deco and Art Nouveau eras, but each ring is completely customizable. Paired next to the dazzling 810 ring, photographer Becki Smith styled our Oval London Blue Topaz Halo – just look how it shines! Set in rose gold, the London Blue Topaz Collection features similar vintage-style embellishments. The piece can be fashioned as a right-hand ring or alternative engagement ring. No matter what the bride decides, the options are exceptional.

From the coral-hued flowers by Bloom and Bar to the delicate calligraphy handwritten by Lazy Wood Lanes, no stone was unturned in this regale photoshoot. Our rings fit perfectly into the French-themed motif, being one piece in the puzzle of a dreamy marriage. We’re absolutely in love with all the details put together for this shoot and we are so grateful to have been a part of it!

Credits: Photographer: Smith House Photo | Planner + Design: Garnished Event | Venue: Le San Michele | Furniture and Rentals: Birch & Brass| Florals: Bloom and Bar | Hair and Make-up: Hey Lovely Makeup | Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Lazy Wood Lanes | Bride's Dress: Bella Bride Boutique | Bride's Shoes: Bella Bella Shoes | Groom's Attire: Xedo | Specialty Cocktails: She + Him Bartending | Couple: Danielle Lynee Photography and Colt Michell 

 

BGD Celebrates Pantone's Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

With so much that has happened, it’s crazy to think that the year is quickly coming to an end. In Pantone fashion, the company announced its choice for Color of the Year as Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838). While the 2017 choice of Greenery symbolized new beginnings for revival, restoration, and renewal, this new year has a completely different outlook that is geared towards endless possibilities.

Ultra Violet embodies originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking to influence and inspire a better and brighter future with discoveries that go beyond from where we are now. A few of the reasons why this purple shade was picked are the suggestion of intrigue for what lies ahead, its representation of artistic brilliance, unapologetic individuality, and unconventionality as shown by pop culture icons like Prince and Jimmy Hendrix. Ultra Violet is also deeply associated with mindfulness because of the spiritual quality attached to it.

Ultra Violet – The Brian Gavin Way

As a nod to Pantone’s Color of the Year, our amethyst gemstone jewelry evokes the same feeling and can be worn year-round for any occasion. Below are a few of favorite pieces from the collection that would make a great gift for the special person in your life.

Cushion Checkered Amethyst Ring

Looking to add a splash of color to your outfit without overdoing it? This antique cushion checkered amethyst is the way to go with a bezel milgrain border that truly highlights the diamond.

Round Amethyst Pendant

Why look ordinary when extraordinary is the much better option? This 14K rose gold pendant has an oval checkerboard amethyst jewel with diamonds that accent it is an absolute beauty.

Oval Amethyst Bracelet

If you’ve been on the hunt for a bracelet that would go with neutral-colored outfits, our oval amethyst bracelet is a great new piece to add in your ever-growing jewelry collection. With a prong set up, it’s easy to put on and the 14K rose gold perfectly complements the gem’s purple hues.

Oval Random Cut Amethyst Pendant

Shine bright and stand out from the crowd with our oval random cut amethyst pendant. The 16-inch silver cable chain makes it easy to toss on when you’re in the mood for some panache.

Oval Amethyst Leverbacks Earrings

What better way to highlight your face than with a good pair of sparkling earrings? Our 14K rose gold leverback earrings featuring two oval cabouchon amethyst stones and accented with diamonds will be a piece that you’ll wear time and time again.