Live Colorfully with our Citrine Colored Gemstone Earrings

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

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

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

 Brian Gavin Diamonds Regram to Win

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

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


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

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

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

Diamond Girl

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

Diamond Girl

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

Lady with the Pearls

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

Lady with the Pearls

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

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


The Popularity and History of Topaz

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

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

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

Round Topaz Cab Blue Studs  

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

Oval Blue Topaz Halo Ring  

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

Round TOpaz Cab Blue Halo Pendant  

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

Blue Topaz Bracelet  

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

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


Brian Gavin Diamonds Talks Diamonds and NFL Football!

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

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

David : Hi Denise!

Denise : Hey ! How 'bout dem Cowboys !

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

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

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

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

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

Denise : Do tell

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

Denise : That's hilarious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Denise : I sure do ! GO COWBOYS!!

 
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2015 Wedding Dress Trends

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

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

Off the shoulder wedding dress

Ethereal brides

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

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Vibrant brides

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

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Modern minimalistic brides

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

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

 

Brian Gavin Diamonds Celebrates Holiday Engagements

The holiday season may be our favorite time of the year, as it’s filled with plenty of cheer and love. The holidays present the opportunity to show appreciation for dear friends and loved ones, so it’s no surprise that the magical time between Thanksgiving and New Years also tends to feel like engagement season.

As a leading diamond engagement ring retailer, we have the pleasure of helping lucky gentlemen select the perfect rings for their soon-to-be fiancés. We take them through the entire diamond buying process from diamond education to design, making sure that their brides love what they receive when they are finally asked the big question. We always feel honored to be a part of a couple’s relationship journey through their specially chosen and unique engagement ring. We want to share two of our favorite engagements that occurred during this holiday season. The Brian Gavin team was able to provide a unique and personalized diamond buying experience that resulted in two happy brides-to-be!

Colby’s fiancée, Stephen, first came to us last summer. After Stephen's initial meeting with Brian the Cutter, himself, he knew that Brian Gavin was the best place to find the perfect diamond. With Brian’s help, Stephen was able to find the perfect engagement ring for Colby – the beautiful and stunning Legera Pave.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Legera Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

For the proposal, Stephen planned a special trip to New Orleans to attend a holiday lights festival. It was in front of a gorgeous oak tree that was brilliantly wrapped in lights where Stephen decided to get down on one knee and ask for Colby’s hand in marriage. The beautiful scenery was enhanced when the couple’s friends, who were in hiding, surprised Colby to celebrate their engagement!

Colby and Stephen Engagement

Sometimes, a cozy night in is just the perfect setting for a grand, romantic gesture. Marilia thought that her beau, Matthew, brought her ice cream for a special date night at home but surprised her with something even icier! She unwrapped a Brian Gavin 3 Row Domed Pave Solitaire Ring and was absolutely stunned by the perfect Hearts and Arrows pattern of her new stone and its equally beautiful packaging.

Brian Gavin Diamonds 3 Row Domed Pave Engagement RingMarilia and Matthew Engagement

We’d love to congratulate all of the happy Brian Gavin Diamonds couples who got engaged over the holidays. If you would like to share your story, upload a photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #MyBGDLoveStory.


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Ring in the New Year

Magazines and blogs predict that the 2015 wedding trends will be focused on individualism; brides will be creating ceremonies and receptions that showcase their own preferences and display their unique, special relationship with their spouse. Versus seeing the same flowers, cake displays or repeating style of bridesmaid dresses throughout the year, we expect to see weddings that are beautiful, elegant and magical, while also featuring the distinct tastes and preferences of each couple, similar to the customization that has set Brian Gavin Diamond apart for years.

We expect each detail, down to the napkins, invitations, drink choices, musical preferences, and engagement rings, to reflect this trend of individuality. Setting the standard of excellence in the diamond industry, Brian Gavin Diamonds is excited to see what soon-to-be brides and grooms come up with this year for their custom diamond engagement rings. The ring customization process starts on Brian Gavin Diamonds’ website by allowing customers to choose from a wide selection of band settings, then presents them with an array of stones that best fits their preferences and budgets, or allows them to create something completely from scratch.

Some of our favorite designs ranging from a more simple, traditional, styles to modern flairs, perfect for the 2015 bride, include the Grace Solitaire setting, the traditional six prong solitaire in 14K yellow gold, the Stephanie with pave and side stones, the Carisa in rose gold, the Peggy with a trellis head, and the Elegance in rose gold.

NYE Rings

The clean lines of the magnificent Grace Solitaire engagement ring allow the diamond to really sparkle. This band is a perfect match with Brian Gavin Diamonds’ Signature Hearts and Arrows diamonds; its flawless cut will allow the diamond to sparkle in any light. The Grace Solitaire stacks well with rose gold and yellow gold diamond wedding bands for a unique, but simple bridal look.

Brian Gavin Diamonds’ traditional six prong solitaire setting is perfect for those brides seeking style, sparkle, and a ring that they can “do anything” in. A six-prong setting is sturdier and best for brides who may be rougher on their jewelry. Additionally, a six-prong ring on a round diamond enables the diamond to look rounder and bigger when viewed from a distance. The less-traditional yellow gold adds a classic softness and the color contrast allows the diamond to truly pop.

The custom full eternity band with heart design, dubbed “The Stephanie,” features fifteen .25ct melee diamonds to offer a magnificent sparkle from any angle. The custom heart design along the band is a beautiful addition to remind your bride that she has your full heart for eternity.

The Carisa is a custom twist diamond engagement ring with Brian Gavin Signature Hearts & Arrows melee diamonds in 14K rose gold. The modern, twisted look speaks to the lasting connection the ring symbolizes. The Carisa’s vintage rose gold is perfect for the romantic bride, looking for something a bit more off the beaten path than what her friends wear.

The cathedral style setting of The Peggy is an elegant and classic ring that is inspired by the beauty and charm of a traditional cathedral, bearing slight arches to frame the gem. The trellis head offers additional security and features fourteen Brian Gavin Signature diamond melee diamonds around the band. This elegant ring is perfect for the traditionalist.

The rose gold solitaire Elegance ring features a flowing cathedral style with a customizable 4-prong head with claw prongs. The four-prong setting, with limited metal coverage, allows more light to enter the diamond and enables our flawless Brian Gavin Signature diamonds to perform at their best. This simple 18K rose gold band and simple setting allows the diamond to sparkle on its own.

Whichever ring you choose for your 2015 bride is sure to be perfect, as long as it is full of love. We look forward to helping you find the perfect match to ring in this new year.


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Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 – Marsala

Each year, creative professionals anxiously await Pantone's annual “Color of the Year” announcement. Marsala was just introduced as the color for 2015: a color that exudes richness, luxury and reminds us of fine wine. A perfect choice for a polished winter wardrobe, the hue was explained by Pantone as a “full-bodied” color that “makes an elegant, grounded statement when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.” According to press statements, picking the Pantone color of the year “requires careful consideration,” and that Pantone “combs the world looking for color influences, including the fashion and entertainment industries, art, popular travel destinations, technology, sports, and more.”

While experts in engagement rings and flawless diamond production, Brian Gavin Diamonds has been creating and curating a custom line of upscale fashion jewelry that is desirable to brides, fashionistas and celebrities, alike. As we head into January 2015, we are most excited about creating stunning combinations of Marsala-colored fashion pieces with our ever-popular rose gold jewelry.

Brian Gavin Diamonds’ rose gold items pair well with the sophisticated earthiness found in Marsala and we expect this combination to be a popular choice for winter weddings and holiday parties. The rosy tint in our exclusive rose gold collections are already gaining significant traction in the bridal market as modern brides are interested in the warmer tones found in rose gold engagement rings, as well as the uniqueness this offers.

Marsala + Rose Gold Looks

Marsala + Rose Gold from Brian Gavin Diamonds

Brian Gavin Diamonds’ rose gold collection perfectly suits the deep red tones found in Marsala. This stunning Karen Millen Marsala-colored velvet dress, pairs perfectly with the rose gold studded sandal by Ruthie Davis Emilie and a rose gold metallic clutch. Accenting this classic A-line look, Brian Gavin Diamonds pairs eye-catching accessories like the 7MM Cabouchon Garnett in a Bark Finish with a 14K rose gold pendant with diamonds, 18K rose gold handmade milgrain bezel studs, the 14K rose gold Carisa engagement ring, and, finally, a 14K rose gold stem bracelet with diamond stones from the our Italian Rose Gold collection.

The romantic look found in Brian Gavin Diamonds’ rose gold collections are a perfect accent to Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala. How will you be pairing Marsala this season?


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Brian Gavin Diamond Engagement Ring, Wedding Band and Men's Band for Local Houston Customer

Last December, Kevin bought an engagement ring for his fiancee. He purchased a 0.741 carat Brian Gavin Signature cushion cut diamond set into our magnificent 18K white gold La Fleur solitaire setting.  He wrote:

"Everyone at Brian Gavin Diamonds was fantastic. From educating me on diamonds and settings to helping me pick out the perfect ring for my fiancé, they were extremely nice and knowledgeable. What I thought would be a nerve-wracking experience was very fun and one I will always remember. As is the look on the face of my fiancée when I gave her the beautiful ring! I look forward to going back to Brian Gavin Diamonds for our wedding bands and any other jewelry in the future."

In October, Melissa had been working with Danny, our Director of Marketing, on a project for the Houston Symphony. She mentioned that she was starting to shop for the wedding bands for herself and Kevin and Danny suggested that they both come in and visit with us. They both came in to get their fingers sized and selected an 18K white gold Legera Diamond Pave Band for her and a custom 6mm wide palladium satin finish men's band for him.

Melissa emailed us the beautiful engagement photos in the gallery below. Their wedding was this past weekend and we look forward to updating the picture gallery with some wedding pictures!

Photo Credit: Melissa Fitzgerald Photography


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25th Anniversary Classic 5 Stone U-Prong Right Hand Ring by Brian Gavin

Tim contacted us at the beginning of October. He was going to the Bahamas to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary and wanted to discuss creating a 5 stone ring for his wife. Denise worked with him to select 5 x 0.25 ct G VS2/SI1 Brian Gavin Signature hearts and arrows diamonds and he selected our beautiful classic 5 stone u-prong setting in 18K yellow gold with a platinum gallery.

Hi Denise:

Sorry for the delay. She loved it and it was perfect. She even took a picture of it underwater she was so excited about it. Anyway, it was a total surprise. I "proposed" another 25 on a tiny key in the Bahamas. No one but us with the beach and ocean. And you were right; she loves it.

Thanks so much,

Tim


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