#MyBGDTravels: Road Trip Edition

Third time’s a charm! We’ve been celebrating your sparkle all summer long with our #MyBGDTravels contest and can’t get enough. This August, we’ve asked you to submit a creative photo of your Brian Gavin Diamonds jewels on a road trip. Mile after mile, it’s amazing to see the distance your BGD has gone since leaving our showroom. Here are a few of our favorite entries so far:

Travis and his fiancée ventured to Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada, for a mountainous getaway with the Queen Dinah 3-stone engagement ring.

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Queen Dinah 3-Stone Engagement Ring

Siddharth planned a romantic proposal to his long-distance girlfriend during her visit to Stockholm, Sweden, with our 18K yellow gold solitaire ring.

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Siddarth and his 18K Yellow Gold Solitaire Ring

Meanwhile in the States, Sabrina relaxed during a Minneapolis summer evening with a chilled white wine and her Valentine micro pave engagement ring in 18K white gold.

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Valentine Micro Pave Engagement Ring

Last but not least, Eric and his fiancée took a romantic stroll through Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore, Maryland, with a Brian Gavin Diamonds signature cut stone.

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Eric's Brian Gavin Diamonds Stone in Sherwood Gardens

Do you think your jewels stand a chance? Document your cross-country adventures by photographing your Brian Gavin Diamond jewelry on the road and you could expand your collection. Submit your travel adventures for a chance to win a Brian Gavin Diamonds jewelry roll with a surprise piece of jewelry valued up to $500 until Aug. 31. A winner will be announced in early September.

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. Click here to find the contest rules.

Best of luck!

A Charming Proposal with Tiffany-Style Sparkle

From adventurous hot air balloon rides to quaint nights at a bed and breakfast, Hung’s girlfriend planned a beautiful birthday weekend. Little did she know, Hung had been working with Brian Gavin Diamonds to plan an even grander surprise — a proposal.

Classic Tiffany-Style Knife Edge Ring

Hung's Classic Tiffany-Style Knife Edge Ring

Hung worked closely with the BGD team to order his classic Tiffany-style half round platinum engagement ring, complete with the couple’s initials engraved inside. Completely comfortable with purchasing jewelry on the Internet, he worked closely with Catherine on our customer service team to make his ring perfect in every way.

Platinum Classic Tiffany-Style Knife Edge

Platinum Classic Tiffany-Style Knife Edge

“I've received the ring and the diamond is beyond gorgeous. It is perfect in size and symmetry,” says Hung. “The glamour shot of the arrows show them to be perfectly symmetrical, especially in the center of the diamond. I tried to examine the diamond with a flashlight and it essentially blinded me; it was so bright. I couldn't have asked for a better diamond.”

We were so honored to work with Hung to provide the perfect ring and help begin this exciting chapter in his life.

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Hung's fiancée showing off her sparkling new Brian Gavin Diamonds ring.

We received the below update from Hung after his proposal:

Hi Catherine,

The proposal went perfectly. She took me to a nice B&B for a couple of days for my birthday and I proposed there. At first, I had planned on doing it on the hot air balloon ride that she booked as a birthday present but the basket we were in was too cramped. It barely fit us and the pilot in there, almost shoulder to shoulder, so I decided to wait for another perfect moment.

When we got back to the B&B, I thought about taking a walk and just finding the right moment and place to do it, but once I saw the back patio, I knew immediately that it was the right place. We had the whole place to ourselves, as there were no other guests there the entire time we were there and even the innkeeper was away that night. The back patio was lit up in small white lights and it was very cozy. I sat her down, had some coffee, and once I gathered up enough courage, I popped the question.  From then on, we just kept staring at how beautiful the ring was. She was glad I proposed the way I did, just the two of us, instead of on the balloon ride, since it was more my style.

I've sent a few pictures of our proposal for you to enjoy. Thank you again and I look forward to working with you again soon.

Hung

Congratulations to Hung and his soon-to-be bride. We look forward to being a part of his and his fiancée’s memories again in the future.

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The happy couple

Precious Peridot: The Birthstone of August

Those born in August might just have the rest of the world green with envy. August babies are lucky enough to call beautiful peridot their birthstone. Not to be confused with the deep and dark-hued emerald, the light green peridot stone carries an air of earthy elegance.

While peridot is popularly seen in modern day fashion, the timeless stone has been admired for ages. Derived from the Greek word peridona, peridot means “to give richness.” Widely popular in Egypt, the peridot was found on a volcanic island in the Red Sea and incorporated into ancient jewelry of the period. As you may remember, the ancient Romans called the stone an “emerald of the evening” because of its radiant shine.

Precious peridot is believed to carry success and peace. Legend claims that if the gem is set in gold, it will even have the power to rid its wearer of bad dreams.

Our favorite thing about the gemstone is that it’s utterly versatile. Whether timeless or trendy, a peridot is fit for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite Brian Gavin pieces to match your peridot persona.

The Vintage Gal

Antique Cushion Checkerboard Peridot Ring

Antique Cushion Checkerboard Peridot Ring

If you’re looking for a gift to give the woman who exudes classic glamour, our Antique Cushion Checkerboard Peridot Ring is a stunner. The thick 18K white gold band emanates vintage appeal.

The Starlet

Cushion Peridot Halo

Cushion Peridot Halo

Lovers of the limelight will admire our Cushion Peridot Halo, a true showstopper. This right-hand ring is a must-have for a woman who loves to turn heads.

The Lucky Charmer

Round Cab Peridot Pendant

Round Cab Peridot Pendant

If you’re climbing the ladder to success, maybe a delicate pendant is just the talisman you need. The Round Cab Peridot Necklace is a simple-yet-stunning piece, set in 14K white gold with a subtle .02 ctw diamond.

The Queen Bee

Cushion Peridot Halo Pendant

Cushion Peridot Halo Pendant

Give a loved one the royal treatment. Our Cushion Peridot Halo Pendant features a sophisticated design that’s fit for a queen.

Whether you’re celebrating a loved one’s August birthday or your own, Brian Gavin Diamonds has plenty of peridot gifts to light up a room.

Christian and Anna’s Iceland Proposal

Our customer, Christian, voyaged on an elaborate trip to Iceland to celebrate his anniversary with Anna, the woman he would soon ask to be his wife. Christian had all of the components of a perfect proposal: the magical scenery, the meaningful date and the beautiful soon-to-be bride. All he needed was the right engagement ring — that’s where Brian Gavin Diamonds came in.

After extensive research to find the best diamond retailer, Christian discovered Brian Gavin Diamonds. Our team enjoyed taking him through each step of the process and educating him on the types of diamonds and ring styles. After much deliberation, Christian selected a 0.67ct Hearts and Arrows Brian Gavin Blue diamond on a platinum Melissa setting.

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Platinum Melissa Setting with .67 ctw Brian Gavin Blue Stone

With the proposal right around the corner, our team had 10 days to create the ring and ship it across the Atlantic Ocean to the United Kingdom before the proposal. “I was kept informed through the entire process with the ring leaving the States on Monday evening, U.S. time, and in my hands by 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning,” says Christian. “This was truly amazing!”

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Brian Gavin Blue diamonds have fluorescence that enable them to brilliantly glow under UV lighting.

With a vast Icelandic backdrop, Christian got down on one knee — Anna didn’t hesitate to say “yes.” The fluorescence of the Brian Gavin Blue diamond even complemented the proposal by reflecting fiery blue hues of the landscape.

Anna's stunning Melissa ring sparkling in Iceland.

Anna's stunning Melissa ring sparkling in Iceland.

Anna showing off her new Brian Gavin Diamonds engagement ring with Iceland as her backdrop.

Anna showing off her new Brian Gavin Diamonds engagement ring with Iceland as her backdrop.

Both Christian and Anna were impressed with the brilliance of her new ring. “I cannot recommend Brian Gavin's team enough for all the support and effort they put in helping me to create a custom ring in the way I wished for,” he says.

We were elated to work with Christian and are honored to be part of his and Anna’s marriage.

We received the below email from Christian after his proposal and look forward to working with him and his fiancée to create their wedding bands in the future.

Hi Catherine,

I just wanted to write to you once again and express my personal gratitude for all your help. The ring arrived on time as you promised to me and it was absolutely
brilliant, looked more impressive than I thought.

I proposed to Anna on Saturday in Iceland and thankfully she said yes. She loved the diamond and she can’t stop looking at it. Despite my initial reservations of going
for a diamond with fluorescence, I can now admit that I was wrong. It looked so fiery and fierce and the Icelandic background made it look really cool and strong; cold with beautiful combinations of blue and red-yellow which was perfect for the local theme of fire and ice.

I am sending you some photos of how happy she was to show it off!

Cheers,

Christian

The Journeys of #MyBGDTravels

Over the last two months, we’ve been lucky enough to see some of the special moments of our customers’ lives. As you fill your passport with new stamps, we’ve been able to tag along by adding sparkle to your magnificent journeys. Our July #MyBGDTravels entries are proof that each BGD has a special story to tell.

Here are a few wanderlust-inducing highlights that inspired us.

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Brian Gavin Diamonds Solitaire Ring

Leah’s solitaire diamond ring traveled to Africa, where she boldly four-wheeled through baobab trees in Senegal.

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BGD Pendant

Erin showed off her BGD pendant on the stylish streets of New York City.

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Fishtail Pave Engagement Ring and Wedding Band

Jessie relaxed in Jamaica with her rose gold Brian Gavin Diamonds Fishtail Pave engagement ring and wedding band.

Tiffany-style 6-prong Engagement Ring

Tiffany-style 6-prong Engagement Ring

Our Tiffany-style 6-prong engagement ring sparkled in Bali when Samantha and her fiancé decided to take the trip of a lifetime.

With summer ending soon, there’s only one month left to embark on a twinkling trip with your BGD. Continue to submit your travel adventures for a chance to win a Brian Gavin Diamonds jewelry roll with a surprise piece of jewelry valued up to $500. Explore your cross-country creativity by photographing your Brian Gavin jewels on the road and you could expand your collection. A winner will be selected at the end of July 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 thrilled to see where you and your jewels travel this summer!

Good luck!

Brian Gavin Helps Customer Create 6-Stone Diamond Ring to Leave a Legacy

Sam W. traveled to Houston for business earlier this year. While in town, Sam had the opportunity to meet with Brian Gavin and the Brian Gavin Diamonds staff to discuss plans for his 40th anniversary gift to his wife. They had been searching for almost a full year for the perfect anniversary gift and when they walked in the door at Brian Gavin Diamonds, they knew they had found exactly what they had been searching for and the right people to create custom jewelry for them.

In addition to creating a masterpiece for his wife, this beautiful ring was also meant to create a legacy for his daughters. The goal was to create a 6-stone, high-quality, diamond ring so that, in later years, they could evenly pass the gemstones along to their three daughters as a thoughtful inheritance.

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Custom-designed 3.2-carat six-stone trellis band set in 18K rose gold.

Side view of the 6-stone custom ring.

Side view of the 6-stone custom ring.

We were honored to work with this beautiful couple to celebrate such a milestone anniversary and create a stunning ring that they were thrilled with. The 3.2-carat six-stone Trellis Band set in 18K Rose Gold was a custom-designed masterpiece that celebrated their love for each other, as well as for future generations.

Read more about Sam’s experience in his own words, below:

Brian Gavin is a Diamond Expert with a Deep Inventory of the Best Stones!

We first met Brian Gavin and members of his staff in February 2015 at their Houston office. We were immediately impressed with him, his staff, and his diamonds. After searching for the perfect 40th anniversary ring for almost a year, we knew that he was the one to create it. We wanted something unique, a six-stone, high quality (D color, VVS2 to VS1, signature cut, 50+ points per stone). Brian and his folks searched for the perfect stones for us, found them, and then crafted a six-stone trellis ring. Six stones is different, but our logic was that we have 1 daughter and 2 daughter-in-laws, so when we pass the ring on to the family, everyone will get two beautiful stones to make a pair of earrings or start a traditional three-stone ring. The staff kept us up-to-date throughout the process. In fact, the ring came almost two weeks before we thought it would. What a ring it is!!! Just beautiful and in total came out to about 3.20 carats. We also had it set in rose gold which is a beautiful "soft rose" gold! I cannot recommend him enough!! Just beautiful product! Thank you Brian and thanks to your staff!

To learn more about the process of custom jewelry design with Brian Gavin, visit our website.

Brian Gavin Introduces Brian Gavin Yellow™

We are excited to announce our newest luxury collection, Brian Gavin Yellow™, featuring top of the line fancy yellow diamonds for both the right and left hand! Set in platinum, 18k white gold or 14k white gold, these diamonds light up the room with their vibrant canary color. After researching and speaking with you, our customers, we're confident that these diamonds will be an ideal addition to the Brian Gavin Diamonds family.

Fancy Light Yellow Cushion 4.22ct Diamond Ring

Fancy Light Yellow Cushion 4.22ct Diamond Ring

Sourced from mines in South Africa and Russia, where the best fancy diamonds can be found, Brian Gavin Yellow™ diamonds are consistently high quality and some of the best in the world! Just as we do with Brian Gavin Signature diamonds, we are grading each diamond, but for the fancy stones, we grade them on their intensity in color so that your new ring is of the highest quality. This ensures that you will truly dazzle when wearing a lush fancy yellow diamond.

Fancy Intense Yellow Radiant 10.16ct Diamond Ring

Fancy Intense Yellow Radiant 10.16ct Diamond Ring

The canary stones are available in cushion, radiant, round and princess cuts and mounted in a variety of ring settings. These beautiful diamonds can be fixed in solitaire, halo, double halo, three pronged or a custom setting, with the center stone ranging from 0.5ct to 10.5cts. Each ring is unique and dazzling!

Fancy Yellow Radiant 2.09ct Diamond Ring

Fancy Yellow Radiant 2.09ct Diamond Ring

Lastly, these rings are very versatile and can be worn as either an engagement ring or a cocktail ring. No matter how you wear your new Brian Gavin Yellow™ diamond ring, you are sure to make a statement. Visit www.briangavindiamonds.com to view even more gorgeous choices from our new collection.

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.

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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.

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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.