Brian Gavin Diamonds Celebrations Diamond Birthstone Month

Those born in April are lucky enough to call the diamond their birthstone. Diamonds signify love, eternity, strength and everlasting affection, which is why they not only make a perfect symbol for marriage proposals, but also for birthday presents. Some believe that wearing your birthstone will bring good luck; a birthday gift for a loved one that features Brian Gavin diamonds is sure to excite anyone, but more so, is a gift to consider for someone born in April to bring them luck throughout the year.

Buying a diamond, can certainly be overwhelming, as there is so much information about what to look for, but at Brian Gavin Diamonds, our entire Brian Gavin Diamonds Signature Collection offers the perfect combination of angles, colors, clarity, and, of course, optical symmetry to ensure that every diamond delivers a Sure Sparkle™. After years of training as the fifth generation of diamond cutting in his family, Brian’s extensive research to understand what would make the perfect diamond, and meticulous studying the right proportions, ideal symmetry and optimal light return, resulted in his development of the Beyond Brilliant® Hearts and Arrows Collection.

Brian Gavin Signature Hearts & Arrows diamond

Brian Gavin Signature Hearts & Arrows diamond

Brian Gavin Diamonds’ Hearts and Arrows diamonds are cut with such perfection in symmetry that the crown and pavilion angle form a heart, delivering the maximum light performance, without any leakage of light (i.e. the most sparkle possible from a diamond, even in the most grim lighting).

 
Idealscope image of Brian Gavin Signature Hearts & Arrows round diamond

Idealscope image of Brian Gavin Signature Hearts & Arrows 

A common mistake of first-time diamond buyers is the “bigger is better” mentality. Purchasing a diamond that is well-cut ensures that it will not have visible blemishes or other imperfections that can decrease performance and sparkle. When buying a Brian Gavin diamond, our educated staff will walk you through details about the impeccable beauty from the diamond’s cut to make it sparkle, versus its carat amount or size.

 

A recent online review from a happy customer stated just that.

Gentlemen, save yourself a lot of time and cheat off the research I completed over the span of about 4 months: buy from Brian Gavin. 

Cut is king, and this is precisely where BGD excels. The sparkle, fire, scintillation, reflection, etc. is amazing. It looks great in any light. It enhances all the other factors (carat, color, clarity). You won't beat the price for the quality you get.

To the extent you care about my purchase: I bought a round cut Brian Gavin Blue. I love the blue fluorescence, which I think enhances the diamond's appeal. That they sell for a slight discount is just icing on the cake. The area I "compromised" the most on was clarity; I selected an SI1. I use quotes because the diamond is completely eye clean, which is all that mattered to me. I threw the relative dollars I saved on clarity towards a higher color and carat weight.

Take whatever budget you are comfortable with and buy a ring for that price from Brian Gavin. You won't be disappointed, and you won't be able to do better.”

Hearts & Arrows diamond studs

There is so much to know about diamonds, but let our staff assist you through the process and help to pick out a birthday present that shows her how much you care.

2015 Spring and Summer Fashion Trends

For some, spring is a time for renewal and the popular saying “out with the old and in with the new” resonates well with many. The new season not only means a change in weather but also a change in wardrobe. Many choose to freshen up their closets by restyling classic pieces to fit new trends. According to Glamour, there are several trends in the Spring/Summer 2015 runway shows that redefined a new take on old classics. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites and chose a few Brian Gavin Diamonds pieces that will help update these staple items for a stand out look.

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image via Glamour

 

Shirtdresses:

Shirtdresses are a staple in any woman’s wardrobe, and this season, designers updated the look with dropped waists, double high slits and a variety of collar styles. There’s something classic when collared shirtdresses are paired with diamond stud earrings. Make your ear candy pop by adding even more bling with the addition of diamond earring jackets.

 
Diamond Earring Jackets

Diamond Earring Jackets

   
image via Glamour

image via Glamour

 

Yellow:

The color yellow was all over the Spring/Summer 2015 runways, ranging in shades from amber to canary, to saffron and marigold. Pair this bright color with neutral tones or make a statement by adding a complementary color, such as purple. For those who are not yet comfortable making a splash in fashion, add yellow to your outfits by adorning yourself with our lemon quartz jewelry.

Lemon Quartz Jewelry

Lemon Quartz Jewelry

 
image via Glamour

image via Glamour

White out:

What better way to welcome spring than the ever-popular white jeans? Fashionistas are taking this trend one step further by going head to toe in white. The trick with this trend is to play with different textures and silhouettes as well as layering multiple pieces. Make a white outfit pop by icing it out with bling. A Hearts and Arrows diamond will certainly pop against this monotone look.

Brian Gavin Hearts & Arrows Diamonds

Brian Gavin Hearts & Arrows Diamonds

 
image via Glamour

image via Glamour

Polo style shirts:

The preppy look is making a comeback. This New England style isn’t just for the country clubs anymore. The updated polo is slouchy and more casual than the prim and proper look often associated with the top. A classic trend like the polo shirt deserves a classic jewelry piece. Tennis diamond bracelets can go from the court to casual wear and can be paired with another statement piece for a dressy night out.

 
Diamond Tennis Bracelets

Diamond Tennis Bracelets

 

No matter the trend for the season, a diamond will withstand the test of time. Which of these spring looks are you looking forward to trying this season?

   

Brian Gavin Diamonds Customer Proposes in NICU

Wedding proposals are always special, beautiful moments; as the leading diamond engagement ring retailer, we feel honored when we’re able to be a part of them. When our customers share their photos and stories of these proposals, we feel blessed to share them with our readers, especially this amazingly strong couple from Canada. His story left us with tears in our eyes and we couldn’t be more humbled that he chose Brian Gavin Diamonds to help him tie the knot.

 

Joe came to us a few months ago looking for the perfect engagement ring for his soon-to-be wife and mother of his children. He ultimately chose a 1.05 ct Brian Gavin Signature cushion cut set into a Platinum Legera Pave setting; it was stunning.

 
Brian Gavin Diamond Platinum Legera Pave Setting

Brian Gavin Diamond Platinum Legera Pave Setting

We received the following email from Joe last week:

 

Lesley,

Just wanted to say thanks again for all of your help getting the ring. I ended up proposing in the neonatal intensive care unit with our twin girls right beside us. I had snuck in beforehand and typed up a letter from the girls to mommy. In it was my humor and feelings spoken through the girls.

Then, in a bag, I had two pink onesie's I had made saying “future flower girls for mommy and daddy.” I proposed at that point. She and I both love the ring. The quality is apparent in comparison to some of her friends’ rings.

I'm not sure if it's standard to put a baby blanket in with each ring but it was a nice touch.

Just wanted to say thanks again. I'll be in touch at some point to get the matching wedding band.

-Joe

 

We are so glad to hear that mom, dad and babies are all doing well, and we can’t wait to see photos of them walking down the aisle soon. No, baby blankets are not standard with each wedding ring sent to customers, but we just couldn’t resist after hearing about Joe’s family. We do, however, send our Baby Blankee when customers indicate they are purchasing push presents, and you can find them for sale on our website.

 

We love being a part of our customers’ most important life moments and had to give something special for the little ones too. We’ll report back with photos of the matching wedding band, which we are excited to help design!.

 

As you can tell, we love hearing your proposal stories! If you have an engagement story with a Brian Gavin Diamond ring, please share them with us!.

Future flower girls for mommy and daddy

Future flower girls for mommy and daddy

Joe proposing in the NICU

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!

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.

Kentucky and Tiffany

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.

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!

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!