2015 Wedding Band Trends

When it comes to engagement ring shopping, most gentlemen are often left to their own accord when choosing a ring their bride-to-be will fall in love with. The men shop for rings based on their soon-to-be fiancés’ personal style and taste. In all honesty, who would turn down a gorgeous diamond ring when the love of your life proposes?! But for wedding rings, it’s often the opposite situation; the brides-to-be are able to choose the exact ring of their dreams. These rings are symbolic of the couples’ everlasting love and will be worn for countless anniversaries to come.

The wedding band and engagement ring should complement and enhance each other. Traditional wedding rings are often simple bands in white gold, yellow gold or platinum and these styles are sure to match any type of engagement ring. We’ve noticed the popularity of different styles of wedding bands for brides who are looking to showcase their unique style.

 
Sapphire and Diamond Bezel Wedding Band

Sapphire and Diamond Bezel Wedding Band

 

Colorful Stones

A special way to personalize your wedding ring is to integrate colorful gemstones on the band. These gemstones could either be your determined by the stone designated for your fiancé’s or your own birth month, the month of your wedding day or even your favorite color.

 
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Classic Tiffany Half Round Wedding Band in Rose Gold

Rose Gold Rings

Celebrities like Blake Lively and Lauren Conrad have popularized the rose gold ring trend. Its warm hue complements many skin tones and adds a touch of romance with the contrast of the brilliant white diamonds.

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Grace Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Trio

Stackable Wedding Rings

A great way to dress up a wedding band is by stacking multiple slim bands with miniature or pave diamonds. Brides have an opportunity to show off their style by mixing and matching different sized bands and shapes. For even more personalization, each band can be added during special milestones such as an anniversary or the birth of a child.

If you’re looking for an even more unique wedding band, we’re happy to create a custom design with a personalized touch that will fit your style. Whichever wedding band you decide on, make sure it’s a band you will love for many years to come!


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Score a Steal with Diamond and Jewelry Madness

March is always a favorite time of year: the colder air finally dissipates, we move our watches forward an hour for Daylight Saving Time to enjoy more sunshine, spring fruits and veggies are in season, and, of course, March Madness. This is the time of year when basketball fans and college enthusiasts are glued to every type of screen and digital device, watching to see if their teams will advance into the next round and checking their brackets’ success.

At Brian Gavin Diamonds, we decided to celebrate March Madness with the items that we know best: diamonds, and have created the first ever Diamond and Jewelry Madness promotion.

Throughout the NCAA Basketball Tournament, which spans from March 15th through April 6th, Brian Gavin Diamonds will offer exclusive discount codes each week, based on the teams that advance that particular week. Each participating March Madness team was paired with one of our engagement rings, loose diamonds or wedding bands, and discount codes are applied to the specific items and categories “active” on the bracket. Once a team advances to the next round, so too will its paired item or category, meaning the opposing pieces is no longer available with a discount code.

Through March 29th, even after the Sweet Sixteen playoffs, all listed items are discounted 9-11%; as we get closer to the championship game on April 6th, the discount codes will be more and more lucrative.

In the upcoming regional playoffs, the Kentucky Wildcats, paired with the Classic Tiffany Style Half Round platinum engagement ring, will play the West Virginia Mountaineers, paired with the Six Prong Fishtail Pave platinum setting. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, matched with the Novela “illusion-trim” bead set solitaire setting, will compete again the Wichita State Shockers, paired with the Legera Pave, a popular variation of the Novela, for an even larger discount starting 8am CST on March 30th.

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On Thursday, March 26th, the Wisconsin Badgers will go head-to-head against the North Carolina Tar Heels, vying for the delicate Abby solitaire engagement ring setting or the half-bezel Ava solitaire ring, respectively, to advance to the next round of discounts. The Xavier Musketeers, paired with the full plain bezel Alice platinum engagement ring, will face the Arizona Wildcats, paired with the crisscross Flora setting.

The Louisville Cardinals will battle the NC State Wolfpack on Friday evening, while Brian Gavin Diamond customers watch for the 1.0-5.0 carat DEFG Blue Cut Diamonds or the 1.0-5.0 carat DEFG Round Diamonds to increase in discount. Also on Friday evening, the Michigan State Spartans, paired with 0.3-1.0 carat DEFG Cushion Diamonds, play the Oklahoma Sooners, paired with 1.0-5.0 carat DEFG Princess Diamonds for a worthwhile price discount.

As the Utah Runnin’ Utes compete against the Duke Blue Devils, we’ll be watching to see if the Legera Pave Matching Band or the Half Round Band will progress to the next round. And finally, UCLA, paired with a seven-stone shared-prong band, plays the Gonzaga Bulldogs, paired with the Jurica Matching Band for a valuable discount.

Watch closely as teams advance and discounts increase on Monday, March 30th and again on April 6th for Diamond and Jewelry Madness. All purchases must be transacted online before 12:01 a.m. on April 16th, 2015 for the NCAA coupon codes to be valid.


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The History and Popularity of Peridot

Don’t be caught not wearing green on Saint Patrick’s Day! The best way to accessorize during this festive holiday is with peridot jewelry. Compared to another green gemstone, peridot is a lighter green than emerald, which has a much deeper hue. Oftentimes, it’s called the “Evening Emerald” because when it is under artificial light, the stone glows a brilliant green.

Peridot is considered one of the oldest known gemstones and has a rich history. Records indicate the mining of peridot began as early as 1500 B.C. and is strongly connected to ancient Egypt. Some historians believe that the emeralds worn by Cleopatra were actually peridot.

Aside from its history, peridot is significant of many milestones. If you’re looking for a present for your 16th wedding anniversary or shopping for someone born in August, then peridot is the best token to give. The gemstone is believed to bring the wearer success, peace and good luck. Legend claims that if the gem is set in gold, it will develop its full potential as a talisman and will have the power to dispel fears and bad dreams. Luckily for you, we have plenty of peridot pieces to keep the bad spirits away. Listed below are a few of our favorites.

Cushion Peridot Halo Necklace

We’re enamored with the Cushion Peridot Halo Necklace. The brilliant design is set in a 14K white gold pendant with milgrain and diamonds.

Princess Peridot Split Shank Ring

The Princess Peridot Split Shank Ring is fit for royalty. A square checkerboard princess peridot is set in 14K white gold with diamonds.

Round Cab Peridot Leverbacks

Need a little green pop of color? The Round Cab Peridot Leverbacks are the earrings for you. These earrings are the perfect accent piece for a casual outfit.

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The Cushion Peridot Halo Ring is the perfect right hand ring for cocktail parties. The diamond halo emits just the right amount of sparkle to make a statement. If you’re in need of luck simply adorn yourself with Brian Gavin Diamonds’ peridot jewelry. If these pieces make you green with envy, you can shop our collection of peridot and other colored gemstones on our website!


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Spring Flowers in Bloom

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The sun's out, birds are chirping and flowers are blooming. Ah, Spring is finally here and brides who have planned their big days during this beautiful time of year can rejoice! Springtime means gorgeous flowers in a variety of shapes and sizes are in season. Floral arrangements created with a range of spring flowers can exude a different feel depending on the blooms' texture, form and colors. These floral elements can heighten the decor of your wedding, so it's important to pick buds that best complement your wedding's theme.

1. Peonies – These soft and delicate flowers are a hit with brides because they are ultra feminine. Their pastel varieties complement so many wedding color palettes.

2. Ranunculus – These beauties bloom exquisitely like peonies but have more defined petals. You can find these in bold, warm colors.

3. Tulips – Beautiful and simple, these flowers look great when grouped together or accented with smaller flowers.

4. Jasmines – Fragrant jasmine blossoms will add a sweet, romantic scent to your wedding. These flowers are often associated with grace, elegance and love – all the qualities a bride wants on her wedding day.

5. Gerbera Daisies – These flowers can match any wedding color palette as they bloom in nearly ever color. Arrangements that include daisies can range from modern and creative to traditional and elegant.

The beauty of seasonal flowers is that they can be mixed and matched with flowers that are available all year round, such as roses, lilies and orchids. And for brides who are truly passionate about florals, you can always accessorize your bridal look with Brian Gavin Diamonds' floral themed jewelry, like our Flower Studs or the Flower Pendant.

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Jewelry Spring Cleaning Tips

Jewelry Cleaning Tips

Venture into the spring season with a clean slate! Spring-cleaning has become a ritual that many practice to spruce up their homes from top to bottom. While people take note of their clogged gutters and dusty floorboards, part of our homes that is often overlooked when it comes to cleaning is the contents of a jewelry box.

Although diamonds are considered indestructible, when they’re set in a ring, necklace or other jewelry and exposed to everyday grime, they can be vulnerable to chipping, tarnishing and not shining as brightly as they originally did. We’ve put together some simple tips to help keep your diamond’s Sure Sparkle™ factor alive.

1. Apply your makeup and lotions before putting on your diamond jewelry. Exposure to creams, oils, hair products and other substances can cause buildup that will dull your diamond’s luster and sparkle.

2. Always remember to remove jewelry when doing rough housework or when working out. This can prevent the diamond from accidentally banging on a hard surface and chipping.

3. If your diamond has become tarnished, use a solution of warm water mixed with a few drops of ammonia to soak your diamond jewelry and gently scrub the stone with an old, soft-bristled toothbrush. Whatever you do, do not use toothpaste to clean your precious jewelry, which many people believe is the best cleaning option! Toothpaste can actually damage your diamonds, gemstones and gold.

4. Take caution with antiques: These settings are usually more fragile so instead of a toothbrush, use a lint-free cloth to gently buff away dirt and tarnish of an aged diamond.

5. Wear rubber gloves when cleaning around the house. Harsh chemicals such as chlorine bleach can damage and discolor the mounting of your diamond and even dissolve the metal!

6. When you’re not wearing your diamond jewelry, keep it in a fabric lined jewelry case of a jewelry box with compartments. It’s important to keep jewelry separate in order to keep the diamond from getting scratched by another piece of jewelry.

Finally, to ensure your diamond is in tip-top shape, make an appointment with your trusted jeweler at least once a year. A knowledgeable jeweler will be able to check your ring and other diamond jewelry for loose prongs and wear of mountings. If you follow these tips, your diamonds will shine just as brightly as the first day you wore them.


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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