Summer Wedding Trends

Summer weddings are guaranteed fun in the sun. Usually a bit more casual, these nuptials have the opportunity to explore more whimsical trends. The playfulness of summer weddings pair perfectly with the elegant, timeless Brian Gavin Diamonds engagement and wedding rings.

Summer 2015 wedding trends are all about re-envisioning the traditional ceremony and reception with pops of color and sweet summer treats.

Neon Accents

Tie all your wedding colors together from start to finish, from your engagement ring to your ceremony programs. Traditional pastels are a thing of the past; wedding invitations and décor no longer have to stick to creams and ivories – many couples are choosing to add pops of color that reflect their personalities. Neon is 2015’s latest summer wedding trend. Brides and grooms are incorporating the tone’s electrifying energy and zest in a bold yet classy way.

Our Brian Gavin Signature Scattered Truth White Gold engagement ring adds dispersed 0.02 ct F/G VS Brian Gavin Signature Diamond Melee 3/4 around the shank. The bright pink stones make the ring truly stand out and uniquely shine.

 
Photo by (clockwise from top left): Jenna Marie Photography; Rachel Havel; Red Ribbon Studio; Jessica Strickland Photography

Photo by (clockwise from top left): Jenna Marie Photography; Rachel Havel; Red Ribbon Studio; Jessica Strickland Photography

   
Brian Gavin Signature Scattered Truth Ring in  White Gold

Brian Gavin Signature Scattered Truth Ring in White Gold

 

Regal Hair Pieces

For brides that don’t want to add an extra layer to their wedding day ensemble, trade in the veil for a halo, flower crown or a bedazzled hair accessory this summer. Not only does this give a modern twist to the traditional veil, but it also helps keep brides cool during the warm summer months.

Don’t stop with giving only your hair accessories a heavenly feel; a regal halo on your diamond engagement ring adds an additional sparkle and touch of personalization. While the Kristin Split Shank Halo engagement ring features approximately 1.25 ctw Brian Gavin Signature F/G VS diamond melee, each setting is created to accommodate the exact measurements of the center stone, offering a truly customized design. The halo design is perfect for brides looking for an extra touch of grandness for their rings.

 
Photo by: Kurt Wilberding (left); Maria Valentino/MCV Photo (right)

Photo by: Kurt Wilberding (left); Maria Valentino/MCV Photo (right)

 
Kristin Split Shank Halo in Rose Gold

Kristin Split Shank Halo in Rose Gold

   

Sweets Bar

While cakes of all shapes, flavors and sizes will always be a wedding tradition, we love seeing couples add additional sweet treats to their celebrations. Consider adding your favorite candies to a “build your own” candy bar, having a frozen treat cart roll into the reception or serving ice cream sundaes instead of a groom’s cake. These personalized touches will give your reception just one more unique summer touch and make the soirée even more decadent.

Don’t forget to share the sweetness with your right hand on your wedding day! Add a colorful touch and a pop of color with a cocktail ring. The Brian Gavin Select Cushion Amethyst Halo ring, which features approximately 1.81 ctw Antique Cushion Checkerboard Amethyst surrounded by diamonds, is more delectable than rock candy.

B.Lovely Events

B.Lovely Events

 
Brian Gavin Select Cushion Amethyst Halo

Brian Gavin Select Cushion Amethyst Halo

   

Big Bands

Music sets the mood and is a must at almost every reception, but take this as your chance to turn it up a notch. Having a live swing band adds to the tempo of the evening. Live bands are fun and energetic – perfect for a summer night under the stars. Double up on the bands on your wedding ring as well. Consider immersing yourself in the “stacked ring” trend with the Brian Gavin Signature Double Novela. Each band is composed of 26 0.2 ct F/G VS Brian Gavin Signature Melee and is guaranteed to sparkle as you dance the night away.

Heather Parker Photography

Heather Parker Photography

 
Brian Gavin Signature Double Novela in Platinum

Brian Gavin Signature Double Novela in Platinum

 

No matter which 2015 summer wedding trends you follow, your Brian Gavin rings will always shine. See more timeless jewels at briangavindiamonds.com.

#MyBGDTravels July Edition

Last month, we asked you, our wonderful customers, to share images from where your BGD has been, and the results were amazing. As evidence from your June submissions, each and every Brian Gavin Diamonds piece has extreme beauty and an incredible story to go along with it.

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Seeing where our diamonds, and the wonderful people who wear or gift them, have been, warmed our hearts.

Hannah's BGD engagement ring

Hannah's BGD engagement ring

Like Hannah, who traveled to Disney World, where her engagement ring made an appearance, as her fiancé got down on one knee and proposed to her on a Florida beach.

Stephanie's BGD diamond earrings

Stephanie's BGD diamond earrings

Or the BGD diamond studs that were gifted to Stephanie for her tenth wedding anniversary. She and her earrings traveled to Alaska.

Esmond's proposal

Esmond's proposal

Esmond surprised his fiancé with a plethora of candles, in the shape of a heart, on a secluded Big Sur, California beach. Their BGD ring then followed them to the gorgeous site of their wedding in Newport Beach and then to Bora Bora for their honeymoon.

Sabrina's BGD engagement ring

Sabrina's BGD engagement ring

We also loved Sabrina’s snaps featuring her ring as she and her husband escaped the cold weather in their hometown for a weekend wine tasting trip in San Francisco.

Summer's BGD ring

Summer's BGD ring

We’re so appreciative of all of the gorgeous photos you shared. Thanks to our random selection generator, we’ve found our winner. Congratulations, Summer.

We love seeing where our diamonds travel and just because June is over, doesn’t mean the fun stops. This is where you come in: continue sharing your BGD adventures for a chance to win a Brian Gavin Diamonds jewelry roll with a surprise piece of jewelry valued up to $500. From exotic proposals to relaxing vacations, we’re looking for creative photos of your Brian Gavin Diamonds jewelry. A winner will be selected at the end of this month and then again in August.

To enter, post a photo on your personal Twitter or Instagram accounts using the hashtag #MyBGDTravels. (Accounts must be public.) You can also post your photo directly to our Facebook page using the same #MyBGDTravels hashtag. We’re excited to see where you and your jewels go this summer!

Good luck!

The History of Precious Pearls

Straight from the oyster to your jewelry box, pearls are timeless and elegant treasures. Nestled deep in the sea’s surface, cultured pearls showcase just how beautiful nature’s creations can be. The iridescence of pearl jewelry enriches fashion and jewelry with sophistication.

 

Unlike gemstones that must be mined from the earth and cut to perfection, pearls are lustrous from the moment they’re plucked from an oyster shell. Thousands of years ago before written history, humans discovered the first pearl while scavenging the seashore for food. Throughout history, the pearl has been quite popular with references found in early religious and mythical texts.

 

Pearls were the ultimate symbol of wealth and social standing in Rome. During the Dark Ages, fair maidens sported pearl necklaces and gallant knights would even wear pearls into battle. They believed the magic of the shimmering pearls would protect them from danger. At one point, a number of European countries actually passed laws forbidding anyone but the high born to wear them.

 

Thankfully, we have a large pearl collection at Brian Gavin Diamonds to make you feel like royalty.

Brian Gavin Pear Dangle Earrings

Brian Gavin Pearl Dangle Earrings

Refined and fashionable, we adore our pearl dangles with a .45 ctw diamond melee and two 10mm pearls.

Brian Gavin White South Sea Pearls

Our stunning 12 mm White South Sea Pearls add the perfect touch to a chic look. Surrounded by a swirl of 1.09ct H SI diamond melee, the earrings are set in 14K white gold.

Brian Gavin Pearl and Diamond Huggie Earrings

Brian Gavin Pearl and Diamond Huggie Earrings

Fitting for any occasion, these extravagant huggie earrings are adorned with 10.5 mm white south sea pearls and .45 ctw H SI diamond melee.

BGD 12 mm South Sea White Pearls

BGD 12 mm South Sea White Pearls

For those seeking a sweet statement, our spectacular pair of 12 mm South Sea White Pearls set in a web of 14K white gold and accented with 0.66 ct of H SI baguette diamonds.

 

The ocean is calling — its time waves with these lavish beauties. If you’re feeling lavish, you can shop our collection of pearls and others stunning gems on our website.

Third Time’s the Charm with Customer’s Brian Gavin Platinum Fishtail Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

Justin, like many male buyers, went through a wide variety of emotions prior to purchasing an engagement ring. He started his search for the perfect diamond engagement ring by searching for reviews in different online forums. His first purchase was made from another website. Much to his dismay, he was completely dissatisfied with both the stone and the setting. After a second attempt from the same vendor, and less than stellar service, he decided to move on.

2.23 carat J VS1 Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows Diamond

2.23 carat J VS1 Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows Diamond

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Justin and his beautiful bride-to-be.

The customer’s story follows:

Long story short, I reached out to Brian Gavin based off of my own instinct. Catherine was my first point of contact and she was the easiest and kindest individual to speak with. She was able to listen to my concerns and address them in a very efficient manner:

You want pictures right away? Bam, Catherine did it.

You want real life pictures from a cell phone? Bam, Catherine did it.

You want honest feedback between two stones? Bam, Catherine did it.

You need to speak to someone Saturday before you leave for Vacation? Bam, Catherine did it.

When I made the decision to move forward with Brian Gavin. Brian Gavin himself took the time to speak with me personally on multiple occasions. We compared stones I liked from different vendors and he finally said “Hey Justin, I’ll be in Antwerp in a few days. Trust me. I know what you are looking for. Put your mind at ease, I have your back”. After everything I had been through, I had a hard time letting go of control. I finally realized that I had nothing to lose and after four calls to Brian, I finally said “Ok Brian, you have my support”.

After our fourth call Brian said he had an awesome stone. The pictures went up and low and behold, Brian was right! The hearts were perfect, there was no leakage, and the ASET looked great. My level of excitement kept rising. At this point in the game, I decided to change out the setting. Who wants a perfect stone with a less than perfect setting?

I just received the setting and stone yesterday and I couldn’t believe it. This was the stone that I had envisioned all along. The stone that BG had selected, even though it was a J, faced up WHITER than my ACA I. I got a bit teary eyed considering my long journey in finding the perfect stone. Realizing that this was the stone and setting that Courtney deserved was a bit overwhelming for me. I had planned a very romantic date over the weekend but couldn’t wait. I took Courtney on a walk on the beach that same day and “re-proposed”. Even though we were already engaged, I was more nervous the second time then the first.

Now my impressions of the ring are all well and good, but what about my beautiful fiancé’s? She can’t stop staring at the ring! The stone throws off light in all directions and is a complete ball of fire! Courtney also won’t stop raving at the design and construction quality of the ring. She says it’s a noticeable quality increase from what we had before, and hearing this, makes me just as emotional as when I opened the box from Brian Gavin for the first time. If I could do it all over again? I would have gone to Brian Gavin first.

Enjoy the gallery of pictures of Justin and Courtney’s beautiful 2.23 carat J VS1 Brian Gavin Signature hearts and arrows diamond set into a Platinum Six Prong Fishtail Pave!

Summer Trend Report

As the summer sun rises, heat isn’t the only change you can expect. The burgeoning fashion world shifts with every season, detecting the next best trends to stay stylishly afloat. Brian Gavin Diamonds jewelry may be timeless, but our creations make great companions to the trends of summer.

This season, color palettes, textures and themes of summer fuse together intricately to pull off the perfect BGD pairings.

Lovely Lace

There must be something in the weather, because summer is all about love. Countless songs and films have been dedicated to magical summer romance. When we think love, we think lace — one of the season’s most sought after materials. Common for brides and special occasions, lace is delicate and soft enough to nurture the season’s effervescent love story.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Lace Matching Bands are a perfect ode to the ethereal fabric. The lovely lace matching band features Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows diamond melee with the options of blue sapphires, pink sapphires, or green tsavorite set into the sides of the shank between the delicate milgrain crisscross design. The lace effect showcases magnificent details that not only emulates the material, but also carries a prestige of its own.

Photo via Alice + Olivia

Photo via Alice + Olivia

   
Lace with Green Tsavorite

Lace with Green Tsavorite

 
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Lace Matching Band with Diamond

Nautical Stripes

Fashion followers have been aboard the nautical trend for years. The sea beckons every summer and trendsetters follow suit. Seen on racks in every fashion house from Kate Spade to Tory Burch, nautical stripes continue to reign in summer apparel.

The ocean blues are the most identifiable maritime hue, which is why our sapphire selections are befitting for the beach. The Brian Gavin Sapphire and Diamonds Bezel Platinum Ring is a stunning accompaniment. The alternating diamonds bear a striking resemblance to the striped style of nautical fashion.
Photo via Kate Spade

Photo via Kate Spade

Sapphire and Diamonds Bezel Platinum Ring

Sapphire and Diamonds Bezel Platinum Ring

 

Thriving Green

They say green is the color of wisdom, so our peridot gems are a smart choice to match summer’s spotlighted green fashion designs. The color was a centerpiece on the runways for brands like Diane von Furstenberg.

 

Elegance radiates from out Peridot 18K Yellow Gold Pendant, complete with 5 G/VS round brilliant diamond melee (1/8 ctw). To have lush sparkle at your fingertips, opt for a Brian Gavin Diamonds Cushion Cut Peridot Halo Ring in 14K white gold.

 
Photo via DVF.com

Photo via DVF.com

 
Peridot 18K Yellow Gold Pendant

Peridot 18K Yellow Gold Pendant

Cushion Peridot Halo Ring

Cushion Peridot Halo Ring

Bold Floral

This season, designers exercised their green thumb with bold summer patterns. Traditionally popular in the spring months, flower patterns are blossoming into the summer months in a variation of shapes and sizes.

At Brian Gavin, we’ve taken on our fair share of gardening with our Fiorella Collection. The dainty Fiorella 14K Rose Gold Pendant is a simple way to add a floral touch to a summer look. The stackable Fiorella right hand rings definitely add a nice touch.

 
Photo via Lela Rose

Photo via Lela Rose

 
Fiorella Solitaire Rings

Fiorella Solitaire Rings

Fiorella 18K Rose Gold Pendant

Fiorella 18K Rose Gold Pendant

 

No matter what style you choose, your jewels are bound to sparkle in the summer sun. To browse more stunning creations, visit briangavindiamonds.com.

#MyBGDTravels Contest

My BGD Travels

Photo by Alani Morgan

Every piece of Brian Gavin jewelry has a story to tell. From its first castings to the final polish, each creation leaves our workshop to embark on a special journey with an important mission: to make someone’s life sparkle a bit brighter. Whether it be strolling down the streets of London, ocean-side in Australia, or lounging on beaches of Maui, our jewels have added sparkle to our customers’ many adventures.

We love seeing where our diamonds travel, and here’s where you come in: Share your BGD adventures for a chance to win a Brian Gavin Diamonds jewelry roll with a surprise piece of jewelry valued up to $500. From exotic proposals to relaxing vacations, we’re looking for creative photos of your Brian Gavin Diamonds jewelry. A winner will be selected each month from June through August.

To enter, post a photo on your personal Twitter or Instagram accounts using the hashtag #MyBGDTravels. (Accounts must be public.) You can also post your photo directly to our Facebook page using the same #MyBGDTravels hashtag. We truly cannot wait to see where your BGD has been.

Good luck!

Click here for contest rules
BGD customer's London proposal.
A customer's dazzling solitaire ring.

A customer's dazzling solitaire ring.

 

Wedding Bands: The Icing on the Cake

Weddings should be two things: tasteful and memorable. While a delectably decorated cake may hit your guest's sweet spot, a couple's wedding rings are the treasured items that will keep their flavor for years to come. Brian Gavin Diamonds has a unique and diverse selection of wedding bands with just as much decadence as any confectionary creation.

Naked Ring

Plain and pure, the naked cake design is swiftly becoming one of the most popular wedding trends. Brides seeking a rustic wedding often dare to go bare with a cake that's less about its outside appearance and more about its interior quality. When looking to solidify an ode to chic simplicity, Brian Gavin Diamond's Half Round Milgrain Band in 18K yellow gold is the perfect wedding band.

Photo via MODweddings.com

Photo via MODweddings.com

18K Yellow Gold Half Round Milgrain Band

18K Yellow Gold Half Round Milgrain Band

Lace

Lace has a long-standing reputation for being ethereal and delicate on any occasion. The go-to wedding fabric can be worn by more than just the bride — lace patterns often add an artistic and elevated style to the basic cake through intricate fondant details. Inspired by the exquisite textile, our Platinum Lace Matching Band is the perfect addition to a whimsical walk down the aisle.

Photo via BridalGuide.com.

Photo via BridalGuide.com.

Platinum Lace Matching Band with Diamond

Platinum Lace Matching Band with Diamond

Geometric 

You don't have to be a mathematician to appreciate the beauty of symmetry. Perfectly patterned wedding cakes marry geometry with glamour. Likewise, Brian Gavin Diamond’s custom-crafted Amari ring exudes undeniable class with a geometric charm.  The 18K white gold band is adorned with approximately .85 ctw that will sparkle for years to come.

Photo via BridalGuide.com

Photo via BridalGuide.com

18K White Gold Amari Ring

18K White Gold Amari Ring

Floral

No matter what season, floral cakes will always reign as the ultimate wedding day delight. Fresh blooms and sugary blossoms both add stunning style to the memorable dessert on a couple’s big day.  Our Sholdt Velvet band in 18K rose gold is a botanic beauty for the dainty and unconventional bride. What better way to signify growth than a rose hued wedding band?

Photo via Brides.com.

Photo via Brides.com.

Sholdt Velvet Band

Sholdt Velvet Band

From structured geometrics to flouncy florals, wedding cakes and rings aren't so different after all. Find more inspired creations to say, "I do" on our website.

Brian Gavin Saves the Day with Tiffany-Style Sparkle

Losing a piece of jewelry can often feel like the end of the world. A diamond ring holds value and importance in a person’s life, so imagine the heartache that comes with replacing a piece of jewelry that carries so many memories.

Several months ago, Crystal lost her diamond ring and sought after a replacement from Brian Gavin Diamonds. Thankfully, we filled her void with a scintillating and quality creation that left her dazzled.

As a stay-at-home mom of twin toddlers, Crystal was seeking something simple yet elegant. After wavering between engagement ring styles, she decided on a Tapered Tiffany-Style Half Round Platinum Ring for her 1.258 ctw Brian Gavin Blue diamond.

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Tapered Tiffany-Style Half Round Platinum Ring

“I always felt more comfortable with a wider shank 2.4 or more but this shank, which looks delicate, feels substantial and super comfortable on my hand,” said Crystal.

Both Crystal and her husband were amazed with the results and the 6-prong Tiffany style ring continues to turn heads.

A side view of Crystal's Tapered Tiffany-Style Half Round Ring.

A side view of Crystal's Tapered Tiffany-Style Half Round Ring.

We received the following email from Crystal and look forward to working with her again:

Hi Jamie,

I hope your weekend was fantastic! You know mine was. I spent most of it staring at my gorgeous ring! Hubby loves it also. He said that it was a streamlined classic. He is also impressed with how it lets the diamond take center stage and I have to agree. It is sheer perfection!

My BGD blue is just a superstar and can't help grabbing all of the attention. I am looking forward to working with you on future projects. Until then, be well.

Best regards,

Crystal

The History of Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids, a bride’s A-list entourage of moral support, have more purpose than attending fittings and catching bouquets. In centuries past, bridesmaids were responsible for more than just showing up in matching dresses — they were meant to protect the bride from evil spirits.

Weddings are often referred to as the happiest day of a person’s life. In religion, a wedding was an occasion blessed by God. While anyone other than the bride wearing white in a modern wedding is considered a crime, brides in history directed their maids to dress nearly identically to them in bridal gowns. According to Brides.com, this tactic was meant to confuse the evil spirits or those who wished to harm the bride.

Bridesmaids were putting themselves in the line of fire by distracting the wicked demons from their real target. The position of bridesmaid was a coveted and loyal one filled by devoted friends.

The wicked wedding philosophy might have been debunked over the years, but being a bridesmaid continues to be a huge honor.

In return for their friendship and reliability, it’s a wedding tradition for brides to give their bridesmaids a special token of appreciation. To add a finishing touch of sparkle to their wedding day look, the bride will often give jewelry to her bridal party. Thankfully, Brian Gavin Diamonds has a selection of classic jewelry staples and unique designs perfect for saying thanks to the loyal ladies.

Earrings like the Square Cab Lemon Quartz are delicate and bright for a spring or summer wedding. The 8.67 ctw quartz stones are set in a silver, leverback design with white topaz. The earrings are a subtle yet sophisticated fit to match any dress.

Square Cab Lemon Quartz Earrings

Square Cab Lemon Quartz Earrings

Brian Gavin Diamonds’ Cushion Bezel Bracelet adds scintillating style in a simple way. The handcrafted bezel bracelet made for a cushion cut diamond is designed with the finest craftsmanship.

Cushion Bezel Bracelet

Eternal love resonates with our BGD Earrings. The Brian Gavin Diamond heart logo is crafted in beautiful rose-colored titanium with .02 ctw. The earrings are the perfect gift for bridesmaids to wear well after the wedding day.

BGD Earrings

BGD Earrings

Giving the gift of a right-hand ring to a bridesmaid can be a symbol to celebrate a bride’s left-hand ring. The Square Pyramid Cut Amethyst Silver Ring is an exquisite piece with a halo that will shine from the aisle walk to the bouquet catch.

Square Pyramid Cut Amethyst Ring

Square Pyramid Cut Amethyst Ring

Praise your best gals for their devotion and visit our website.