Getting To Know the Brian Gavin Team: Denise

This blog is the second in a monthly series – Getting To Know The BGD Team – where we will be highlighting our amazing team members. These are the folks that you talk to when you call us on the phone and who keep the wheels turning behind the scenes here at Brian Gavin Diamonds.

Denise

What do you do at BGD and what is the best part of your job?

My job title is Senior Diamond Consultant.  I’ve been with Brian for over 12 years.

Best part of my job is meeting awesome people from all over the world, helping them with their special purchase and being a little part of this memorable time in their lives.  It is absolutely rewarding and heartwarming to help all of our customers. They are fabulous and why I love my job.

What is your favorite BGD piece?

Besides everything that we make …. The Diamond Band named after me!  The Denise.  It is absolutely beautiful and a unique work of art.

Do you have a secret superpower?

Well not necessarily “superpower” but I do also speak Spanish and I know a lot about sports especially Football which does comes in handy since we mainly have male customers.  I even have my own Fantasy Football League named the “Diamond League”.

Denise's Dogs - Babie Gurl and Babie Bella

What kind of pet(s) do you have?

I have two beautiful dogs.  A Pomeranian named Babie Gurl and a Terrier Mix named Babie Bella.  They are my life.

Where do you plan to go on your next vacation?

Going back to fabulous Puerto Rico.  La Isla De Encanta.

What’s your favorite room in your house?

The Game Room where I have all my Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys stuff.

Did you miss our first post in this series? Here's a link to Jamie!

Brian Gavin Creates Gorgeous Diamond Engagement Ring For Canadian Customer

Kevin contacted us via live chat at the end of May when he was looking for an engagement ring for his girlfriend, Holly. He had his heart set on a Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows Diamond in the 1.5 ct. range as well as a setting similar to our Six Prong Fishtail Pave. Although he liked this setting, he was open to something different. Catherine, one of our Diamond Consultants, suggested the Truth Micro Pave Eternity in Platinum. He thought it was gorgeous but he wanted to make a few modifications to it, including adding a surprise stone on the inside of the band. Once he had made his decisions we made the ring and shipped it to him just in time for his proposal on July 5th.

Hi Catherine, Just wanted to know I received the ring and it's beautiful. Thank you for all your help during this process.  I hope she likes it. Cheers, Kevin

Catherine checked in on him a few days later to see how the proposal went. Kevin and Holly were thrilled as you can see on their faces in the photo they sent us!

Hi Catherine, The proposal went very well!  Holly and I are now happily engaged! She absolutely loves the ring and wanted me to pass on her thanks to you for helping me choose such a wonderful engagement ring. Thanks for all of your help Catherine. I'll send more photos once we get our wedding pictures done. Cheers, Kevin

Custom Diamond Hoop Earrings by Brian Gavin

As you know, we do a lot of diamond engagement rings here at Brian Gavin Diamonds. However, that is not all we do! Today we are excited to share these custom diamond hoop earrings we created for one of our loyal customers. Tabitha originally emailed us about this project in April. After some back and forth conversations, we completed her beautiful 18K yellow gold earrings with accent bezel set Brian Gavin Signature hearts and arrows melee, and e-mailed her photos of the finished product. Her reaction was priceless.

Hi Jamie, Looks like I got the shots too!!  WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWW! I will be wearing these THE SECOND I OPEN THE BOX!!!!!

We were also thrilled to come across a post that Tabitha had written on a diamond and jewelry forum about us along with her gorgeous photos. Here is what she said:

Tiffany Inspired 18k YG Custom Handforged BGD Hoops ……with a twist! Decided I wanted to add classic gold hoop earrings to my beginning collection for my birthday. I went to Tiffany’s and saw their gold hoop earrings but did not like the size, the mm width or the lack of security with the latch in the ears, so I had them custom made by the vendor who makes those oh so delicate bezels, BGD!    The earrings are very delicate and are not heavy at all in the ears. The latch is secure and that little sparkle is so sweet on the ears!  I LOVE them!    They did a wonderful job!    As always, Brian and Jamie were wonderful to work with during the process. Jamie answered all of my many questions and always has such a wonderful attitude in email and in conversation! I definitely recommend working with her. She is just a wonderful and very patient person!

Photos of the beautiful earrings can be seen below.

Recently Married Couple Updates Us After The Purchase Of Their Brian Gavin Diamond Jewelry

Last October, Ben contacted us via live chat about finding the perfect diamond and setting for his fiancée-to-be. He had done his homework and knew what he was looking for. With Lesley’s assistance, Ben chose a magnificent 2.175 ct. Brian Gavin Signature cushion cut diamond and our Novela platinum setting. The two were engaged a short time later. They returned for the purchase of the Novela Matching Band.

From time to time we like to check in with our customers. Lesley knew that Ben and Veronica were to be married in June of this year so she sent them an email to ask about the wedding. She received an email back from Veronica along with gorgeous photos of their destination wedding.

Dear Lesley, Thank you for reaching out to us and congratulating us on our marriage! Ben and I had a small destination wedding at Daniel, a Michelin 3-star restaurant in New York City. We've finally received photographs from our big day, and I've attached a few to share, including one very lovely photo of my ring while I was getting ready. I am still ecstatic about the ring that Ben picked out for me and I continue to receive compliments on how beautiful it is. Thank you so much for helping my husband select an exceptional diamond – we really appreciate the outstanding service that you provided us throughout the entire process! Sincerely, Veronica

The photos from the wedding and rings can be seen below.

The Carisa Diamond Engagement Ring by Brian Gavin – An Update From Carisa!

In October of last year we shared with you the sweet story and proposal behind our Carisa Diamond Engagement Ring by Brian Gavin. So when we received an update from Carisa herself via a message on Facebook, we were thrilled! The happy couple was married on June 7th in Tom’s hometown of Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada.

Just wanted to write and say we got MARRIED!!! June 7th, 2014. It was everything we dreamed and more. Thanks again for my amazing engagement ring, named after me and featuring our engagement story on your page. Tom and Carisa

She also included some gorgeous photos of their wedding day for us to enjoy.

Are you a Brian Gavin Diamond's customer with beautiful pictures of your jewelry and a great story you don't mind sharing? We want you to be featured on our blog! Give us a shout!

Customer Proposes with a Tapered Tiffany Style Ring Featuring a Brian Gavin Signature H & A Diamond

Anthony emailed us in February when he was just beginning his search for the perfect diamond engagement ring for his girlfriend. It wasn’t until July that he was ready for the big purchase. The setting he chose was our popular Tapered Tiffany Style Half Round in platinum with a gorgeous Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows Round Diamond. He told us that he had planned to propose on his anniversary on August 1st so we had to move quickly. As soon as it was finished, we let him know that the ring had shipped just in time for his anniversary.

Denise, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! :) Let me know what ways I can show how helpful you have been! iVouch, email to your manager, something else? Thank you!

A few days later, we received the email and photos below. The proposal had worked out perfectly.

Denise, Thanks again for all your help! I couldn't have done it with out you. Everything went perfectly. Luckily, I pushed back my anniversary celebration one day and that I had a good excuse to push it back. Fedex had an issue that delayed the shipment. It eventually got to Miami on Saturday but it was in a big container that they didn't want to open until Monday. I had to beg but they finally got it to me so that I could propose on Saturday. We had dinner at Palm d'Or in the Biltmore Hotel. We had drinks at the bar there with live music. I got a room there and ordered chocolate cover strawberries and champagne. I proposed and she said yes. The next day we had a very good breakfast there and a couples massage.

Atlanta Symphony Musicians Delighted With Their Brian Gavin Diamond Engagement Ring

Paul emailed us at the end of June and told us he was on the hunt for a diamond engagement ring for his girlfriend, Christina. The two are musicians and Paul was planning a special proposal.

Good morning Catherine, Yes, I play the viola and my girlfriend, Christina, plays the flute. We are both in the Atlanta Symphony but are each off playing in summer music festivals for a few weeks; I’m in Jackson Hole and she is in Bellingham, Washington. Christina will join me here in the Tetons after her festival and that is when I plan to propose. BTW, you have an excellent orchestra there in the Houston Symphony! I have several friends that are in the orchestra. Check them out sometime if you haven’t already.

Paul told us that the Lace with Blue Sapphire Platinum setting would be perfect for Christina. He provided some examples of diamonds he had in mind and one of our diamond consultants, Catherine, suggested a 1.133 ct. Signature Brian Gavin Blue Round Diamond. Less than 2 weeks later we shipped out the gorgeous ring.

Hi Catherine, I did get it picked up and only had 2 mins to tear open the package and check it out; it looks beautiful- can’t wait to really get a chance to see it later today. All very surreptitious as Christina was with me almost every min of yesterday afternoon and evening. Somehow I managed to pick it up at FedEx and get a quick peek at it without her seeing. Thanks so much for getting it to me by Thursday here in Jackson Hole! I will be in touch again after I’ve had a chance to view this gorgeous ring and after Christina has seen it. all best, Paul

A few days later we received another note from him with pictures of the special day.

Hi Catherine, It was a whirlwind weekend and we just returned to Atlanta around midnight last night! I was able to pick up the ring at FedEx on Thursday even though Christina was with me that afternoon and keep it a surprise. Even though in Jackson Hole you’re surrounding by all the grandeur you can imagine, I thought for us both being musicians (she is Principal Flute here in the Atlanta Symphony) the most meaningful way to propose would be surrounded by music and our dearest friends so I enlisted our conductor, Donald (music director of the Grand Teton Music Festival and an excellent pianist), and two our of dear colleagues from Atlanta who were also playing in the festival out there to be playing the slow movement of the Beethoven Clarinet Trio while Christina and I arrived at Donald’s house. I did the whole bended knee thing while we were surrounded by this gorgeous music played by our dearest friends in this beautiful setting. It was perfect; Christina was overwhelmed; she said yes, and it was a moment none of us will ever forget. Now to the ring: it is exceptional – the stone is so clear and so white and has an incredible fire and sparkle and the Lace setting could not be more elegant. I did not know, but Christina absolutely loves sapphires and said over and over how this is a ring she would have picked out herself. She plays a vintage Powell flute made of platinum (only one of 6 made) so the material was a no brainer. We already know we will want the matching wedding band! We shared our news with a few more colleagues at the Festival over the weekend but are trying to keep it a bit under wraps (and out of Facebook!) so that we can tell our kids in person now that we’re back in Atlanta (we each have two girls from previous marriages). I am including a couple of pictures of our dear friends that helped with the music and of the ring.

Thank you, Catherine, for all your help in suggesting and selecting our ring and please pass along my appreciation to the craftspeople at BGD and to Mr. Gavin himself for the outstanding products and service you all provide. And thank you for making sure it got to me in time to make this happen while we were in Jackson Hole! I love the glamour shots that Jenny sent; those are my actual ring? all best, Paul

Paul and Christina’s photos can be seen below, along with the beautiful ring.

7% OFF for 7 DAYS When You Buy 1 or More of Our 3 Special Signature Round, Cushion or Blue Diamonds

7 % Off For 7 DaysIn celebration of Chinese Valentine's Day, Brian Gavin Diamonds is offering 7% OFF for 7 Days with code: MAGPIE14 when you buy 1 of our 3 Special Signature Diamonds: Signature Round, Signature Cushion and Signature Blue.

Qixi (pronounced chee-she) Festival is the Chinese Valentine's Day. It celebrates the story of two forbidden lovers, reunited by a bridge, that joins them on the 7th day of the 7th month in the Chinese calendar. That’s August 2. Tomorrow!

­­Hence, the 7% OFF for 7 Days.

On this day, celebrants look up into the night sky to gaze at Vega and Altair shining in the Milky Way, while a third star (Deneb) forms a bridge between them.

That’s our 3 Special Signature Diamonds symbolic for the 3 Stars.

During the festival, a festoon is placed in the yard. Single and newly-wed women make offerings to Niulang and Zhinü, such as fruit, flowers, tea and face powder.

Couples pray to the lovers in hopes their relationship will endure time.

So the story goes:

A young cowherd came across a beautiful girl, the Goddess' seventh daughter, escaped from boring heaven to look for fun. Niulang and Zhinü fell in love at first sight and married without the knowledge of the Goddess. Zhinü proved to be a wonderful wife, and Niulang a good husband. They lived happily and had two children. But the Goddess of Heaven found out that Zhinü, a fairy girl, had married a mere mortal. The Goddess was furious and ordered Zhinü to return to heaven. On Earth, Niulang was upset his wife disappeared. Suddenly, his ox told him, “If you kill me and put on my hide, you can go up to Heaven and find your wife.” He cried. Killed the ox. Put on it’s skin. And carried his two beloved children off to Heaven to find Zhinü. The Goddess discovered this and was very angry. Taking out her hairpin, the Goddess scratched a wide river in the sky to separate the two lovers forever, thus forming the Milky Way between Altair and Vega. Zhinü must sit forever on one side of the river, sadly weaving on her loom. Niulang watches her from afar, while taking care of their two children. However, once a year all the magpies in the world take pity on them, and fly up into heaven to form a bridge so the lovers may be together for a single night.