Colleen and Sean: A Proposal in Paradise

Colleen and Sean both knew in their hearts they had found “the one,” and often would talk about spending their lives together. Sean sought out Brian Gavin Diamonds for an engagement ring to embody the four magical years he had spent as a couple with Colleen.

After marveling through the extensive collection of engagement ring styles on the Brian Gavin Diamonds website, Sean opted for a custom platinum three stone, three halo setting with a vividly stunning 1.735 carat Black by Brian Gavin center stone. He included a square halo around the center stone, along with half halos around the side stones – complete with a unique engraving on the inner rim of the platinum band.

With ring-in-hand, Sean planned to surprise his bride-to-be with the proposal of a lifetime.

“I knew I wanted to propose in Kauai,” Sean beamed. “We go there every New Year’s Eve and I knew it would be the perfect way to ring in 2017.”

The beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai has always held a special place in their hearts, and there was no question that they would return to the island for this life-changing moment. Sean arranged for family and friends to be there for the proposal, making the experience even more extraordinary.

“We have family and friends in Oahu,” Sean said. “They flew in for the ‘New Year,’ but little did Colleen know that they were all in on the secret. They were there for the proposal!”

Sean convinced Colleen to get her hair and makeup done for “New Year’s Eve,” so they could take photos with friends later in the evening. Colleen was picked up midday for her beauty appointments and was unsuspecting of Sean’s true plans for the day.

“We were walking on the sands of the North Shore for a while when I noticed all of my family and friends were dressed up down the beach,” Colleen described. “As I got closer to where everyone was standing, that’s when I saw the photographer and the guitar player playing Train’s ‘Marry Me’ in the background. I finally came up to Sean and I realized he was wearing a Ti leaf – that’s when it hit me! He pulled me aside from everyone and we both instantly started crying happy tears. He proposed, hands shaking and all, and he placed the stunning diamond ring on my finger. Of course, I said yes!”

“The ring Sean picked out is so sparkly and gorgeous,” Colleen described. “It’s definitely one-of-a-kind!”

“I can’t wait to come back to beautiful Kauai,” Colleen explained. “We’ve always loved going to Kauai on vacation and now we became engaged on Kauai. It’s a no-brainer that we’re going to get married on Kauai. I’m so excited to have our reception on the front lawn of my parents’ house.”

We could not be more thrilled for these two lovebirds and are especially honored to have been a part of their picture-perfect proposal. One of the most gratifying moments for the Brian Gavin Diamonds team is creating a stunning diamond engagement ring like Sean and Colleen’s ring that will forever symbolize their love for one another.

Visit our website to see similar engagement rings like Colleen’s radiant custom halo ring.

Peridot’s Big Moment in 2017

In case you missed the memo, Pantone’s official Color of the Year is greenery. Greenery represents revival, restoration, and renewal—all attributes perfectly symbolized in Brian Gavin Diamonds’ peridot jewelry collection. The peridot color ranges from a lovely light green to a deeper olive-hued gemstone. The year is still young and our peridot pieces are right on trend for 2017’s Color of the Year.

Cushion Peridot 14K White Gold Halo Ring

Peridot is most commonly known today as August’s birthstone, but this sparkling gem’s history dates back to ancient Egypt. Believe it or not, pharaohs would fashion this beautiful gem in sacred jewelry and carved talismans.

Legend says that miners would wait until dark to search for peridot gems because the stone’s glowing radiance was easier to spot after nightfall. As time passed and we grew into the modern era, Peridot stones took on the symbol for the sixteenth year of marriage.

Brian Gavin Diamonds has a wide selection sensational Peridot pieces like the Cushion Peridot Halo rings in 18K white gold. If you favor yellow gold, you’ll also adore our Peridot Pendant that’s perfect for the upcoming spring season.

Cushion Peridot 18K White Gold Halo Ring

Cushion Checkered Peridot Necklace

A little splash of greenery looks just as fantastic in earrings. To show a sense of greenery’s refreshing subtlety, the Cushion Checkered Peridot Studs are an amazing find. When in doubt, our leverback earrings are a nice alternative to a simple stud. These colorful gemstones are versatile enough to add a small pop of color or make a statement depending on the look.

Cushion Checkered Peridot Studs

Cushion Checkered Peridot Leverbacks

Greenery sets a remarkable theme for the year and we’re onboard with Pantone’s winning choice. To see more glam and glittering gemstones, check out our gallery.

Karen’s 30th Wedding Anniversary Gift

Karen longed for a pair of spectacular diamond earrings but nothing glimmered enough to catch her eye—and then there was BGD. After three long years of hunting for the perfect set she had envisioned for her 30th wedding anniversary, Karen came across Brian Gavin Diamonds and was love struck. Her lengthy search final came to a dazzling conclusion.

Karen chose our Four Prong Basket Earrings in 14K Yellow Gold—the minimalist elegance of these classic-style earrings magnetized her in what we can only deem as “love at first sight.” When Karen raced to tell her husband about the gorgeous earrings she found, he didn’t waste any time to get them on her ears.

“I had been doing research for about three years to educate myself on diamonds and to know what to select,” Karen explained. “I tried local jewelry stores and online, but I was never able to find anything that spoke to me until [I saw] Brian Gavin.”

“I was so impressed when I received a call after I chose my pair, letting me know that a better matching diamond from the Black by Brian Gavin series had been found,” said Karen. “I couldn’t say no to better diamonds!”

She selected a pristine pair from our Black by Brian Gavin line of luxury diamonds. The diamond line has created a true breakthrough in light performance, with the finest stones cut to Brian Gavin’s impeccable standards. The Gavin Effect™ cut follows a meticulous and proprietary process to optimize secondary angles, symmetry, and reflective potential. Karen and her husband can attest to the incomparable beauty of these hypnotic stones.

“When my package arrived with my amazing earrings, my husband's name and my name were printed on it. There was even a personal note from Brian himself—it made me cry happy tears,” Karen exclaimed.

We were honored to create Karen’s stunning stud earrings and are so happy her long journey led her to us. From engagement rings to anniversary earrings and everything in-between, our team loves every part of finding dazzling creations for all occasions.

Have you fallen for Karen’s ear candy? Visit our website for other stunning diamond earrings to choose from.

2017 Engagement Ring Trends

Choosing the perfect engagement ring to propose with can be a nerve-wracking process. With the constant changes in fashion trends, there can be an added dose of not knowing which style to choose. The selection at Brian Gavin Diamonds eases the process by offering a selection of rings that are always on trend.

Brian Gavin Diamonds features an abundance of engagement ring options that keep up with the evolution of fashion. From sleek and modern, to romantic and traditional – there’s a style to match everyone’s taste. However, here are a few of our favorite on-trend engagement rings to ring in 2017.

Vintage Inspiration

The launch of the new 810 Collection offers customers a new selection of antique-style engagement rings, each completely customizable. One beauty to note is the 810 engagement ring in 18K rose gold. With a romantic feel, the diamond is set in a 6-prong head with a floral geometric halo. Engrave a special message inside the band for an added way to personalize this stunning ring.

Fit for a Princess

Fishtail Pave for Princess

Princess cut diamonds are a classic staple that say, “I love you,” and the Fishtail Pave for Princess in 18K white gold is no different. This stunning piece in the Truth Collection features a princess cut center stone set in a Truth head with Brian Gavin Signature melee stones ¾ of the way around the band. Pair this beauty with the matching Fishtail Pave Band for a dazzling addition on the big day!

Elegant Eternity Bands

Tapering Novela

The Tapering Novela in platinum is a Brian Gavin Signature engagement ring not to miss. The band has eternity style melee diamonds leading up to the main event, the classic center diamond. This engagement ring exudes elegance and tradition with a fun multi-diamond quality. See more elegant pairings for this ring as a part of the Novela Collection on the Brian Gavin Diamonds website.

Delicate Diamonds

Legera Pave SIx Prong

Delicate and dainty diamonds will never go out of style. The Legera Pave Six Prong engagement ring in a platinum finish is the ideal option for the bride who treasures classic gems. This ring is also available in 18K rose or white gold. This gorgeous engagement ring is featured in the Legera Collection with other amazing finds.

Goddess Glam

Athena

For a different take on the traditional engagement ring, the Athena in 18K white gold is a glamorous choice! Unique pear-shaped side stones surround the center diamond, creating a goddess-like engagement ring. A fitting choice from the Olympus Collection, this ring is stunning in all lighting and shows personality.

Curvy Classics

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Take a different approach to the classic solitaire with our Kayla setting, encrusted with pave diamonds.

For more trendy engagement ring finds, visit the wide selection of diamonds on the Brian Gavin Diamonds website.

Mark and Mary: A Match Made in Heaven

Mark was ready to find the love of his life…and that’s when he met Mary. Who knew that a chance meeting online one January day would lead him directly to his soulmate?

“During our first weekend together, I felt totally at ease and an incredible feeling of being at home with Mary,” Mark explained. “For the first time in my life, I was with someone I could be myself around. Everything just seemed so right,” he continued.

Mark and Mary

Months passed, and the couple became inseparable. Mark had made up his mind. Mary was the woman of his dreams. There was no doubt she was the one he wanted to spend his life with.

Finding a Magnificent Ring

He immediately sought out an engagement ring from Brian Gavin Diamonds that would express his devotion to Mary. Mark began working with the BGD team to find the perfect setting and diamond that would emulate their true love. He knew she was his missing piece and he was ready to change their lives forever.

After browsing through the selection of diamonds, Mark decided on a classic and traditional style. He chose a Four Prong for Square engagement ring in platinum with a dazzling princess cut diamond. As a finishing touch, he opted to engrave a special message on the inner rim of the band, truly making it a one-of-a-kind ring.

Four Prong for Square Platinum 2

After a brief wait in anticipation, Mark picked up the ring from the FedEx office and was overwhelmed with its beauty. He was thrilled that he finally had it in hand. It turned out more stunning than he had ever hoped for. Mark set his sights on planning the ideal way to ask Mary the big question.

An Exceptional Day

For Mary, it was another ordinary day. She had just settled into the work day when she received a text message from a coworker letting her know her boyfriend was at the office. Clueless as to why he would show up at her place of work, she told him where to find her.

Four Prong for Square Platinum 3

“He made it to the office where I was working, and asked to speak with me,” Mary exclaimed. “I was wondering why and was rather nervous, but then he told me how much he loved me and asked me to marry him. That’s when he presented the ring to me! I was very surprised since I certainly was not expecting to be asked then and there. I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough!”

Happily Ever After

“My ring is a beautiful and classic solitaire that sparkles with the joy that my fiancé and I feel toward our anticipated life together,” said Mary. “I’m so excited to be Mark’s wife and to start our life together.”

Four Prong for Square Platinum 1

These two truly are a match made in heaven, and we could not be more excited for their journey together as man and wife. We are thankful to have taken a small part in creating such an unforgettable moment.

For more dazzling engagement rings like Mary’s visit the Brian Gavin Diamonds.

Marrying the Girl Next Door

To be young and in love. Our customer Tyler first met the love of his life in Austin, Texas. Jessie, the woman who stole his heart, lived in Texas’ quirkiest town and attended University of Texas. Conveniently enough, Jessie lived next to one of Tyler’s close friends whom he’d visit frequently. Soon the sweet, literal “girl next door” became more than a friend.

Engagement Photo - Sarah Halo Ring and Novela Wedding Band

From bonfires to dinners, both Jessie’s friend and her neighbor’s buddies would partake in weekend fun. Naturally, they hit it off, and the two soon became an inseparable item.

After seven years together, there was no question that Jessie was the only woman Tyler envisioned spending the rest of his life with. The two had moved to Houston to start their blossoming careers, just a short distance away from our showroom. We were elated that Tyler reached out to us to pick out the perfect engagement ring for Jessie to treasure forever. Tyler, with the help of Brian and the BGD team, chose the Sarah Halo setting in platinum, with a stunning 1.52 carat Brian Gavin Signature stone.

Sarah Halo and Novela Band

“We planned a trip to Napa Valley, stopping first in San Francisco for a few days,” Tyler explained. “I definitely wanted to propose in Napa, but I was nervous that Jessie’s ring wouldn’t be finished by the time we got on the plane! I knew we couldn’t postpone the trip, but the Brian Gavin Diamonds team assured me that they would do everything in their power to finish the ring and mail it out to me while we were in California,” he said.

Captured by the suspense? Not to worry—our customer’s proposals are serious to us, and we pulled out all the stops to get the ring to Tyler before the big day. “Thankfully things worked out, and I got word that the ring was in transit on our way to Napa,” Tyler continued. Since the ring was in route, he had to plan the perfect distraction to keep Jessie’s mind occupied and unaware of his next move.

Tyler arranged for Jessie to enjoy a relaxing morning massage at the spa overlooking a Napa vineyard at their bed and breakfast. While Jessie was busy getting pampered, Tyler managed a quick trip to FedEx station to pick up the ring and make it back in time before Jessie could become suspicious.

Sarah Halo Engagement Ring at Brian Gavin Diamonds

That afternoon, the couple hopped on a gondola ride up the mountain to Sterling Vineyard. During a quiet moment overlooking the valley, Tyler turned toward Jessie to express his love for her and pop the question.

“I had a hunch he might be proposing during the trip, but I thought it would happen during one of the first days of the vacation in San Francisco,” Jessie said. “When we were on the gondola and Tyler asked me to marry him, I was so surprised and happy. Without a doubt in my mind, I said yes!”

Wedding Inspiration BGD Halo Ring

“The ring was so sparkly!” Jessie described. “The design was so much more intricate than I imagined. I had given Tyler many helpful hints, but the ring was so much better than I ever hoped for. Tyler being so involved in the diamond selection and the design process made the moment that much more special,” she continued.

We stayed in touch with Jessie and Tyler throughout their engagement and had the opportunity to create a dazzling matching Novela wedding band for the bride’s wedding day. Meeting Jessie in person to pick out her band was an absolute treat. Jessie and Tyler’s love was unquestionable to our team—the two radiated with happiness.

Novela Matching Wedding Band in Platinum

Our entire team wishes a long life full of love and happiness to Jessie and Tyler. To see more dazzling creations like Jessie’s engagement ring, visit the Brian Gavin Diamonds website.

 

New Year Sparkle With BGD

Celebrate the New Year in style with dazzling accessories. Brian Gavin Diamonds’ luxe statement pieces are a perfect asset to any ensemble. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite glamorous pieces to say goodbye to 2016. Whether you choose one or choose all, there’s no wrong way to show off some sparkle to ring in the New Year!

 
Shared Prong Diamond Huggies
   

Dress up from head-to-toe with stunning Shared Prong Diamond Huggies. Available in 18K white or yellow gold, these earrings are nothing less than extraordinary. Wear them with a little black dress, some glitzy heels and a champagne flute filled with bubbly – you’re ready for the countdown to 2017!

 
Tennis Queen
   

The Tennis Queen bracelet in 18K white gold is a tantalizing treasure that will make heads turn. With 52 princess cut diamonds, you'll be the New Year’s Eve party hostess that dazzles party guests with just a wave of your hand.

 
Beauty Bangle
   

The sophisticated and elegant Beauty Bangle is a must-have for an intimate get together with family and close friends. Forget about the winter cold and cuddle up by the fireplace to watch the ball drop at midnight. This stunning bangle is the only ice you should be fashioning for the New Year.

 
Fancy Yellow Round 1.31ct Diamond Ring
   

For an evening filled with magic and fireworks, this Fancy Yellow Round 1.31ct Diamond Ring in 18K white gold is the piece for you. If you’re in the mood to make New Year’s Eve a night for the books, pair this beauty with the Fancy Intense Yellow Radiant 10.16ct Diamond Ring. The best way to change up 2017 bling is with trendy yellow diamonds.

 
Honey Comb
   

Complete your New Year glam with retro Honey Comb studs. Let history repeat itself in 2017 with these '70s inspired beauties. These beautiful diamond earrings come in 18K white gold and will illuminate any celebration.

Brian Gavin and the rest of our team are so excited for the start of 2017. From our BGD family to yours, happy New Year!

Interested in more New Year sparkle? Check out the many dazzling collections on the Brian Gavin Diamonds website.

Dazzling Holiday Gifts Under $600

Holiday season, the most wonderful time of the year, is in full swing! We love to help our customers find sparkling pieces for loved ones to give as gifts for the holidays. Whatever the budget, Brian Gavin Diamonds has a wide selection of everything from extravagant masterpieces to the more classic styles. To help ease the madness of holiday shopping, we've rounded up a few of our favorites under $600 that are perfect for anyone on your list.

Precious Pearls

Pearls No 12

Priced at $245, these Pearls No 12 earrings are a must-have for the winter holidays. The white Akoya pearl studs are round in shape and beautifully set in 18K white gold. These simple statement earrings are classic and an essential piece that brings elegance to whoever fashions these beauties. Wear them on their own, or pair them with a matching necklace like the Pearls No 26, and your holiday outfit is complete!

Charming Bezel Bracelet

Bezel Charm Necklace

This Bezel Charm bracelet in 14K white gold is the gift that keeps on giving! For only $250, this unique design allows ultimate possibilities. Customize this bracelet with a different charm for every special occasion. Like a traditional charm bracelet, this piece would be a great mother and daughter holiday gift to add to every year.

Naturally Beautiful Pendants

Leaf Pendant

The Leaf Pendant in silver is an especially unique piece. From the Kelim Jewelry Design collection, this pendant is beautifully handcrafted in exquisite detail of a leaf collage. The necklace has a matte silver finish, creating a distinct touch of elegance at only $110. This piece makes a great and affordable gift to ring in the new year.

Lovely Leverback Earrings

Leverback Huggies

If you have a love for dainty diamonds, look no further. These 14K white gold Leverback Huggies are a stunning addition, sure to compliment any wardrobe for $450. Not a fan of white gold? These earrings are also available in yellow gold, depending on your personal style preference. The Leverback Huggies emulate a classic look and will make your holiday sparkle.

Magnificent Morganite

Cushion Checkered Morganite

This piece is the popular Cushion Checkered Morganite pendant in 14K rose gold. It’s a gorgeous, antique style necklace featuring smaller diamonds along the top. Not only does this necklace display elegance, but it's also priced at only $544, making it a great buy! Wear this beauty with other rose gold gems like the matching ring or leverback earrings.

Floral Fascinations

Fiorella Earrings

The Fiorella Stud Earrings in 14K rose gold are the perfect holiday staple. The striking studs are a part of the Fiorella Collection. These glamorous diamond earrings, priced at $385, offer an elegant touch that will make a statement. This versatile set looks great dressed up with a party dress or worn casually at home for holiday dinner with family.

The Brian Gavin Diamonds team wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season! For more holiday gift inspiration, visit the Brian Gavin Diamonds website.

2017 Men's Wedding Band Trends

When you think “Brian Gavin Diamonds,” sparkling engagement rings may be the first things to come to mind. Though a bride’s engagement ring is a commonly sought out treasure, we also dazzle our customers with distinct and noteworthy wedding bands. Furrer Jacot, the newest designer to join the BGD family, includes sleek and sophisticated styles that are perfect for any groom.

With 18 different styles to choose from, there is a promising piece for the most discerning tastes. Just like the surging popularity of varied engagement rings, men’s bands have unique styles that are trending. Here are a few of our favorite trends found in the Furrer Jacot line:

Duo-tone   

Duo-tone Furrer Jacot Ring

Duo-tone Furrer Jacot Ring

The Duo-tone style ring is a great choice for grooms wanting a classic band with subtly mixed metal elements. This wedding band style is available in five different metal finishes: palladium, platinum, 18K yellow gold, 18K rose gold and 18K white gold. A traditional take on a modern trend, this ring makes an excellent counterpart to any engagement ring.

The Masterpiece

Interlocking Weave Furrer Jacot Ring

Interlocking Weave Furrer Jacot Ring

The Interlocking Weave style has a unique design element that is truly different from most traditional men’s wedding bands. Mighty and mechanical, the weaved motif lends a nod to the structure of artist M.C. Escher and cubism of Pablo Picasso. The band adds just the right amount of flair to display a fun personality, without stealing the attention away from the bride’s sparkling diamond. This ring is for the edgy and imaginative at heart.

Hardware-Inspired

Screw Adorned Furrer Jacot Ring

Screw Adorned Furrer Jacot Ring

Hardware embellished and Screw Adorned styles are perfect for the hardworking groom who may be tough on the outside but has a tremendous heart. This signature style features carbon fiber inlays that rave masculinity and sportiveness. This wedding band, unlike most others in the collection, makes a bold statement with the combination of strength and elegance.

Carbon-Fiber

Carbon Fiber Smooth Furrer Jacot Ring

Carbon Fiber Smooth Furrer Jacot Ring

Carbon fiber wedding bands have a larger area made up with a carbon fiber inlay. Carbon fiber has been an industrial design favorite for decades, with various uses across many industries. Prized for its stronger than steel capabilities and lightweight, the smooth dark material was made for high impact bands.

Mini-faceted Men’s Band

Mini-Faceted Men's Band

Mini-Faceted Men's Band

The Mini-faceted band has small hammered facets surrounding the band. Both charming and gallant, the hammered band’s scintillating shine doesn’t take away from its traditional appeal. No matter the finish, this style ring draws the light in beautifully due to the hammered detailing and makes a great choice for that big day.

If one thing is certain, there is no wrong choice when selecting from the Furrer Jacot collection. To see more of the remarkable Furrer Jacot collection, visit the Brian Gavin Diamonds website.

4 Gorgeous BGD Proposals

At Brian Gavin Diamonds, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing some spectacular proposals. From land to sea, even up in the air, our customers have agreed to tie the knot in astonishing ways.

Having the person want to spend their entire life with you is an incredible thing. For such an important question, it’s natural for couples to want to make their proposal a truly special moment. When it comes to popping the question, our customers know how to set the mood and pick the perfect destination.

Ski lifts, airplanes, tropical beaches, unique landmarks and adventurous hikes—you name the place, and we bet we have a customer who proposed there. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite creative ways to propose, as demonstrated by our brilliant customers.

Big Heart in the Big Apple

Cara and Joshua's Proposal

Cara and Joshua's Proposal

 

Joshua proposed to his long-time girlfriend Cara in the beautiful city of New York during the holiday season. He reserved an elegant room at NoMo SoHo with large glass windows overlooking the skyline. The pristine whites juxtaposed next to the city’s hustle and bustle merged beautifully. How could she ever resist?

Learn about Cara's classic style knife-edge platinum band with a 1.426 J VS2 Brian Gavin Diamonds Signature round diamond and read their full story here.

The Notebook-esque Storybook

Hannah and Josh's Proposal

Photo by: Pennie Lauren Photography

Josh and Hannah’s lake proposal was a Nicholas Sparks novel brought to life. Like all great love stories, the guy definitely won over the girl. Josh counted down to his 1,000th day of dating Hannah and planned to make it a memorable one. Our team worked with Josh to select a Brian Gavin Diamonds Signature Hearts and Arrows diamond for his proposal. The two took a romantic cruise on in a ski boat at sunset and eventually popped the after dancing to Little Mermaid’s “Kiss the Girl.” Hannah’s reaction was priceless. Read how it went down in her words here.

Love That Lifts You Up

Jessie Said "Yes!"

Jessie Said "Yes!"

 

Love is commonly expressed as the feeling of being lifted or flying high—for Richard and Jessie that is very true. Richard scheduled for the couple to take flight over Whitsunday Island in Queensland. During the private helicopter ride, the couple soared over the Great Barrier Reef. When Richard and Jessie touched the ground, they landed for a picnic. He proposed on beautiful Whitehaven Beach—if you can’t guess, she without a doubt said “yes.”

Check out Jessie's ring here and read about their proposal story on our blog.

Hand-Crafted Adventures

Matt and Katie's Unique Ring Box

Matt's Handcrafted ring Box

 

Matt planned a romantic outdoor proposal, complete with a 100-foot waterfall behind him as he got down on one knee. One of the most interesting and creative things about Matt’s proposal to Katie was the ring box he made from scratch. He harvested lumber to handcraft an incredible tree trunk ring box with a handmade padding insert and carved the initials “M+K” into it. Between the gorgeous setting, magnificent box and dazzling diamond ring, Katie’s answer was an obvious “yes.”

Learn more about Katie's Classic Truth Sleek Micro Pave ring.

Thank you to our amazing customers who choose Brian Gavin Diamonds to be part of their breathtaking love stories. We are grateful to work with each of you and love to watch as your dreams become a reality.