Yomary and Brian: Love from Coast to Coast

There has always been the eternal battle of the East and West Coast. The sun in California shines like no other, and New Englanders experience some of the most beautiful winters. Yomary and Brian, despite the differences, started a bicoastal friendship after meeting through some mutual friends. They spent many nights talking till the wee hours of the morning and knew their connection was undeniable. Brian soon found his way to Los Angeles from New England and their friendship grew to be a loving relationship.

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As the couple spent more and more time in love, the time had come to take the next step. With a sunset proposal in mind Brian started the search for an engagement ring and had this to say about his engagement ring shopping experience:

“I came across the Brian Gavin website and was intrigued, but still nervous. I again contacted my gemologist and asked him about Brian Gavin Diamonds. He complimented me on having done my homework and went on and on about how great Brian Gavin Diamonds was. He set my mind at ease about buying online and made me feel like I was making an excellent choice. After looking at all Brian Gavin offered, I set my sights on a one carat Black by Brian Gavin diamond. I ended up calling Brian Gavin and speaking with Katie, who was very friendly and easy to work with. I purchased the diamond, and in a few days I went down to a secure Federal Express holding facility and picked it up. Once I decided on Brian Gavin, it wasn't really that hard.” 

With ring soon in hand, Brian was ready to pop the question. Mother Nature had other thoughts. The day of the proposal, Burbank fires quickly became a worry and danger to California residents. Yomary’s friends were out of town, and their cat was in danger of the impending fires. The couple didn't hesitate to help and delay the planned trip to Point Mugu State Park where Brian planned to propose on the beach. Brian and Yomary rushed over and made it to their friend’s house, made sure the cat was safe and still made it to the beach before sunset.

“We headed out to the beach and arrived just before sunset. It was beautiful! Brian pulled out a piece of paper and started reading it. It was the sweetest proposal; we both cried. The ring was gorgeous,” Yomary excitedly shared.

Although their engagement plans almost changed, their love story found the perfect ending and is the start of a beautiful life spent together. Here at Brian Gavin Diamonds, moments like these make it our goal is to not only deliver the best quality engagement rings but also to make the process of getting the ring as painless as possible. Yomary and Brian's love is just one beautiful example of why our Brian Gavin Diamonds team works as hard as we do. Congratulations to this soon-to-be-wed couple!

To find your very own Black by Brian Gavin diamond, visit our website.

Sharon and Ryan: A Match Made in Heaven

Sharon and Ryan turned an online match into a blossoming love story. After the two went back and forth messaging each other, they finally set up their first date, which included a little introduction to Sharon’s girlfriends. Managing to win them over, Ryan took Sharon on their first official date to the Santa Monica Pier. Fast forward almost a year, and this pair is inseparable. It didn’t take long for Ryan to decide Sharon was the girl he would marry.

As it turned out, the pair used their apartment’s reconstruction project as an excuse to take a much-needed vacation to Lake Tahoe. Before all the planning for this trip, Ryan sought out Brian Gavin Diamonds for the perfect ring to stop Sharon dead in her tracks.

 “I told them exactly what I was looking for, and they recommended a diamond that had yet to be posted on the website. It differed from the specifications I had in mind, but it turned out to be much better,” Ryan said.

With a beautiful Brian Gavin Blue Diamond in hand, Ryan began planning their upcoming trip to Lake Tahoe because as Brian saw it, “nothing beats the smell of mountain pine and the scenic alpine lakes.”

After spending their trip to Lake Tahoe climbing up breathtaking mountains and enjoying nature, Ryan had a romantic picnic planned. As they looped back around lucky pier number 11, they found a perfect spot to enjoy the scenic view along with some wine and cheese until the beautiful day turned into a beautiful sunset.

It was during the sunset that Ryan asked Sharon, “Are you happy?” To which she replied, “Yes,” and wondered what could have prompted this question. Ryan proceeded to say, “there were a lot of decisions in his life that he had his doubts about, whether or not they were good or bad, but this is not one of them.”

Ryan got down on one knee and opened the little black box to which Sharon thought, “It was very shiny and captured the light so beautifully. I was in complete awe and could not stop admiring it.” The newly engaged lovers embraced as they shared this gorgeous moment together.

We love sharing our customer's love stories. If you're a Brian Gavin customer, we would love to share your unique journey and if you’re looking for a similar Brian Gavin Blue Diamond, check out our website.

Chase and Katie’s Scavenger Hunt Proposal

Sometimes with love, you have to just leap; that's exactly what Katie did when she first met our customer Chase and made the leap to invite him to her birthday. To her surprise, Chase showed up! The rest, as they say, is history.

Despite living two hours apart, Katie and Chase were inseparable in the months following her birthday and soon made their relationship status official. The distance was no match for Katie and Chase. They spent two years in a long-distance relationship, eagerly anticipating the day they could be together in the same place. When Katie made the leap to move, the distance being a thing of their past this couple found bliss in each other’s company.

Alan Johnson Photography

It was not long afterward moving in together that Chase planned to propose to Katie. It began on a regular Thursday when she came home after work to a note on the kitchen table that read, "If you’re reading this, your hunt begins now!” Taking the challenge, Katie spent 30 minutes following clues until she finally found her way to the end of the scavenger hunt.

The last clue led Katie directly to Chase who was down on one knee with a Brian Gavin Blue Diamond. In complete shock, Katie said yes to spending her life with the man who made long-distance worth the wait. “Chase wanted to catch me off guard, so he knew he had to do it on a random day of the week! It worked,” she gushed.

There was one more surprise up Chase’s sleeve. The last clue included a flashlight, and as Chase turned out the lights, the lovers embraced hands and watched as Katie’s Brian Gavin Blue Diamond sparkled under the UV light. “I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was! I felt so lucky to be given such a gorgeous ring,” Katie said about her new bling.

Alan Johnson Photography

The joyful couple can’t wait to get married and dance the night away together. If you loved Katie’s ring, see more on our website and our team will work to make your dreams come true.

 

23 Reasons We're Thankful

When life passes you by, it’s easy to forget to take moments to reflect and remember that there are thousands of things to be grateful for in life. In honor of Thanksgiving, we’re warming up our thankfulness muscles here at BGD to share all the reasons why we’re grateful in 2017.

1. We're grateful for our customers who let us be part of their stunning proposals and the next chapter in their lives.

2. "I am thankful that I get to work in an industry I have a personal passion for, and the amount of knowledge Brian has passed down." Brie, BGD Team Member

3. We're grateful to be headquartered in the passionate city of Houston, who endured Hurricane Harvey and came together by the tens of thousands to help one another in a time of need.

4. "I am thankful that I have a job at Brian Gavin Diamonds because I love jewelry and the diamonds we sell are the best quality." – Rosa, BGD Team Member

5. We're grateful for all of our customers' off-the-wall proposals and are inspired by their creativity each day.

6. "I am most thankful for the amazing expertise that we're surrounded by each day. The fact that we have Brian Gavin, who is literally a diamond legend and visionary, sitting at a desk where we can call out and ask questions and get super technical information is truly invaluable. When you embark on a career, you always want to latch on to an expert and I've truly been blessed to have him as my personal go-to for all things diamond-related. I see and believe in what Brian Gavin Diamonds stands for and am proud to own one myself!" – Jamie, BGD Team Member

7. We're thankful for the launch of our new Brian Gavin Signature Emerald Cut Diamond and to be constantly pushing boundaries in our industry.

8. We love reading the amazing reviews and feedback from customers around the globe. It makes what we do feel even more important and meaningful!

9. "I'm thankful for my coworkers and bosses!  Life is always good when everyone gets along and it makes coming to work every day enjoyable." – Shannon, BGD Team Member

10. We love that our customers will go to the end of the earth and back to pull off a great proposal.

11. "I love my job because I like to keep the customers happy when they receive their jewelry on time." – Rosa, BGD Team Member

12. "I am thankful to work for a company that functions as a family, instead of just a group of people who happen to work in the same office." – Andrea, BGD Team Member

13. "I love my job because we don't just make a sale, we build relationships with people that are ready to take the next big step in their lives." Emily, BGD Team Member

14. We're excited and honored to welcome four new designers to the Black by Brian Gavin family: Erika Winters, Chris Ploof, Furrer Jacot, and Steven Kretchmer.

15.  "I am most thankful for the people who I work with that have both guided and educated me on my path to success at Brian Gavin Diamonds. Working under the close eye of our 5th Generation Diamond Cutter, Brian Gavin, I have had the pleasure of working with clients from all over the world in selecting a piece that may be one of the most important decisions that they make in their life. Each client is a new experience with their own special story in which we would like to help be a part of." – Emily, BGD Team Member

16. We're grateful to have the opportunity to travel across the world to find the perfect stones for our customers. Picking out Dustin and Summer's stunning sapphire in China was a true joy of ours this year.

17. We love having dedicated customers who have made BGD a true tradition, especially our youngest fan!

18. "My favorite moment of 2017 has been photographing all the amazing pieces created for our customers and knowing what an important role they play in their lives." – Andrea, BGD Team Member

19. We're thankful for not only being part of our customer's proposal but also their wedding day!

20. "When I developed my first custom idea for a client and heard back that it was perfect! It was also one of my very first sales." – Brie, BGD Team Member

21. "My favorite moment at Brian Gavin Diamonds would have to be when Brian showed me the videography for our Black by Brian Gavin line when it launched. It actually made me cry. Truly amazing to be a part of something so progressive and watching his vision come to life!" – Jamie, BGD Team Member

22. We LOVE creating custom work and bringing our customer's visions to life.

23. Above all, we are so thankful for YOU, our customer and fan, for filling our days with so much joy.

Studies have found there are benefits of gratitude — both mental and physical — and all it takes to enjoy them is a little bit of perspective. Acknowledge them all, big and small, on Thanksgiving and every day. You just may put yourself on a dazzling path to an even better new year! Cheers to many more sparkling moments of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! 

Brendon and Roshi: A Love That’s For Shore

Love has a funny way of showing itself. Sometimes it’s the first kiss or looking into the sunset together. “For me, it was at dinner on our first date, when she looked at my plate and asked, ‘Are you going to finish that?’” our customer Brendon joked when sharing his own love story.

Brendon and Roshi met on a popular online dating site and spent two and a half years together before he decided to pop the question with a custom, sparkly Brian Gavin Diamonds ring.

Photo Credit: Ashley Posusta, Paradise Photo

Brendon began the daunting task of online diamond buying. “Confusing and overwhelming at the onset,” is how he described his initial search before landing on the Brian Gavin Diamonds website. Brendon wanted the ring to be a perfect fit, and we were up for the task.

Brendon and Roshi went ring shopping months prior to his online search, giving him inspiration for her ring. While keeping in mind the ring they had once admired with lotus petal prongs, he shared his vision with our team to make Roshi’s custom-designed ring as meaningful and beautiful as ever.

“Jamie and the rest of the crew were nothing short of stellar in every regard. I had high expectations, and they delivered,” he said.

The Proposal

The couple was on their annual family trip with Brendon’s family in Kauai, Hawaii, but Roshi had no idea that day would take such a dazzling turn.

The morning of the proposal, Brendon suggested a relaxing hike on the beach. Hand in hand, the two made their way to a secluded beach where Brendon had planned for a photographer to capture their engagement on camera.

Photo Credit: Ashley Posusta, Paradise Photo

In Roshi’s own words:

"I set off along the beach, walking away from Brendon and staring off into the sunset. After walking for what seemed like a long while, I turned around to face him, wondering why he was so silent. It took me a second to register what was happening as I saw him perched on one knee, smiling from ear-to-ear, a tiny box in hand.”

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Joyfully, Roshi ran back toward her love and in a burst of excitement accidentally gave Brendon her right hand instead of the left. She hurriedly switched hands so the diamond could find its rightful home.

After the shock wore off, Roshi noticed not only was the other beachgoer a photographer documenting the whole experience but also that the rest of Brendon's family watching the entire proposal. Now that Brendon could breathe a sigh of relief, he, his bride-to-be and family made their way to a private dinner to celebrate.

Throughout the dinner, Roshi couldn't help but stare at her new Brian Gavin Diamonds ring. “My ring sparkles brilliantly with dainty classic simplicity and a flare of unique elegance,” she said.

 

Stories like these keep us focused on designing the highest quality rings for couples taking on forever together. We were so happy we could be part of this magical day and wish both Roshi and Brendon an eternity of happiness. If you’d like to shop other gorgeous engagement ring styles, visit the Brian Gavin Diamonds website.

5 Customer Proposals We Love

Being in the business of love we get to take part in just a little slice of people’s happily ever after. Sometimes we get couples that come through and we can’t help but fall in love with their story, here’s five of our favorite!

Barbara and Phil

 

Barbara and Phil's Proposal

 

How They Met: The Mermaid Oyster Bar in New York City was where these lovebirds met and they soon became the apples of each other’s eyes.

The Proposal: After two years of long distance dating, Phil knew Barbara was the one and wanted to take her back to where their love started. Phil created a personalized cocktail menu at the Mermaid Oyster Bar with a, “Will you marry me?” at the bottom. Barbara and Phil’s love came full circle when Barbara joyfully said yes to forever with Phil in the same exact spot they met.

The Ring: “My ring is such a masterpiece that I will treasure forever,” Barbara said dreamily. Phil worked with our team to design a 6-prong Classic Half Round setting in 18K gold.

Their Story: Read the rest of their love story here.

Katelin and Matthew

How They Met: Matthew and Katelin met in a high school economics class and have been crazy about each other ever since.

The Proposal: Matthew began planning an Alaskan proposal and expertly hid it from Katelin. On a helicopter glacier tour Matthew popped the question with the stunning Alaskan wilderness behind them. Katelin was completely surprised and said yes with tears of joy running down her face.

The Ring: Katelin’s finger is adorned with her dream ring, a Classic Three Stone open basket platinum setting featuring a center diamond from Brian Gavin Diamonds’ Signature Collection. The ring also features two surrounding diamonds from the Black by Brian Gavin Collection.

Their Story: Read the rest of their love story here.

Stephen and Angelina

 

Stephen and Angelina's Wedding Day

 

How They Met: Stephen and Angelina met in a college chemistry class where they went from lab partners to partners in crime.

The Proposal: After a long business trip away from his love, Stephen had plans to make Angelina his wife. Angelina got home and walked to their home office to welcome Stephen home. Upon opening the door, she saw “Will you marry me?” in Christmas lights, chocolate covered strawberries and the man of her dreams holding a ring.

The Ring: Stephen had specific standards for the ring and with the help of our team he chose our popular Classic Style Half Round engagement ring setting.  Stephen added a special inscription to express his love adding a unique touch to a stunning ring.

Their Story: Read the rest of their love story here.

Casey and James

How They Met: They say opposites attract, James and Casey can agree. After meeting through mutual friends, these two very different personalities fell in love.

The Proposal: In front of the Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico, James endearingly asked Casey one of the most important questions of their lives. The ruins represented the thousands of years he wanted their love to withstand, just as the ruins have.

The Ring: With smiles on their faces James slid one of our Tapered Classic Style Half Round in 18K white gold onto Casey’s finger. With a personalized inscription on the inside, Casey’s ring dazzled as much as her smile. Their Story: Read the rest of their love story here.

Sabrina & Dana

 
Sabrina & Dana's Wedding - Brian Gavin Diamonds

Sabrina on her wedding day

 

How They Met: After meeting through a group of mutual friends Dana couldn’t let Sabrina go. Dana did some investigating and found out Sabrina was going to be at the library the next day. Dana “randomly” showed up at the library and surprised her the rest is history.

The Proposal: On a chilly Minneapolis evening after dinner, Dana and Sabrina went for a stroll to a frozen waterfall. Before they froze like popsicles Sabrina headed back to the car and Dana didn’t follow. She turned around to see Dana one on knee with a Brian Gavin Diamond ring. She eagerly ran to him and completely forgot about the below zero temperatures around them.

The Ring: “I couldn’t take my eyes off it,” Sabrina exclaimed. Our Valentine Micro Pave 1 engagement ring, set in 18K white gold, found its perfect home on Sabrina’s left ring finger.

Their Story: Read the rest of their love story here.

These lovely engagements are just a handful of the romance we get to encounter here at Brian Gavin Diamonds. Designing one-of-a-kind engagement rings is our passion because we know an engagement ring is so much more than jewelry; it's a promise. If you’re ready to take the next step with the love of your life, visit our website to start building a ring as unique as your love story.

Joseph & Vanessa: The Ingredients to a Perfect Proposal

Every wedding begins with an engagement and the details behind proposals are unique, and completely personal, to each couple. Some proposals are spontaneous, sealed with courage, a ring and a floor to kneel on. Other proposals are methodically, with the ring holder planning every minute of the event. Today’s story details Joseph, our scrupulously sentimental customer, who knew exactly how to pull off a truly one-of-a-kind proposal to his girlfriend Vanessa.

Joseph and Vanessa met in college, where they both felt an instant connection. Over a lovely pasta dinner, the two found that they couldn’t stop talking on their first date. The first date led to an immediate second, and before they knew it, Joseph and Vanessa made their relationship “official” by the end of the weekend.

“I knew she was the one for me and there was no hesitation to look ahead at all that was to come with this special person I was so lucky to get to know,” Joseph said when thinking of their first date. They were the same thoughts he’d have leading up to their engagement night.

Being the meticulous planner that he was, Joseph visited local jewelers and combed online sites for 18 months in search of the perfect diamond. “Brian Gavin was the only place where I found all Signature cut diamonds; always meeting my picky standards as well as the AGS triple zero. As soon as I saw Brian Gavin Blue, I immediately fell in love with it and knew Vanessa would love it, too,” he said.

The BGD team did their best to find Joseph the exact Brian Gavin Blue diamond he wanted. Our team worked to design “The Vaness” setting to accommodate the 1.37ct H VVS2 Brian Gavin Blue stone, featuring a pave diamond twist on each side.

 

Professional, “yet friendly and concise,” are the three words Joseph used to describe our team’s service. “They never guided me wrong. Even for the engraving they told me it would be too small to see with the naked eye and they didn’t want to take my money for nothing. Honesty was refreshing,” he exclaimed.

“[The ring] was ready for pick-up two months before the proposal date. Communication was always very prompt,” Joseph remembered. Once the ring shipped, our team eagerly waited for news of the couple’s proposal.

Joseph’s knack for personalization didn’t stop with the ring; he dreamed up a larger than life proposal, too. A nautical limo would set sail on the banks of the Saint-Lawrence River in Montreal at sunset, stocked with champagne, a guitar, 36 roses to signify 36 months together, and “The Vanessa” ring, of course.

The centerpiece of the evening was a custom menu, created by Joseph, which signified a special milestone with every course using food from each restaurant. Pasta from the date where it all began, slices from the pizzeria where Vanessa agreed to be his girlfriend, Portuguese-style chicken from the spot they said, “I love you,” their first date — a feast baked in their favorite moments from the last three years.

Nervous but ready, Joseph got down on one knee to propose. Vanessa shares the romantic moment with us:

“I was shocked and overcome with emotion but managed to get a ‘yes’ out, completely overjoyed! It was the perfect, most romantic setting. Once all of the kissing and hugging was done and I finally took the time to look at what he had slipped on my finger, I saw the most beautiful elegant ring ever! I could not have imagined anything better. I loved the original color of the diamond as the last rays of hit it. Joseph definitely went all out and I could not have

asked for a better proposal, a better ring or a better partner.”

Vanessa’s ring was like nothing she’s seen before, which made it all the more special. “I would say it is a unique and brilliant engagement ring that gets many compliments and will be a heirloom for our future family,” Joseph remarked.

“I look most forward to finally marrying my best friend and being surrounded by all the people I care about, knowing we will have a lifetime of happiness together to enjoy,” Vanessa excitedly shared. The two are set to tie the knot in August of 2018 and dream of a honeymoon in Greece.

We’re thankful that Brian Gavin Diamonds got to be one ingredient in Joseph and Vanessa’s love story. Visit our website to learn about our custom rings and make a setting in your own namesake.

 

BGD Travels the Globe

From Miami to Morocco, our jewels have traveled the world in the hands of wanderlust customers like you. In August, we challenged our fans to enter our #MyBGDTravels contest and show us the best photos of their BGD jewelry on the road.

My BGD Travels' Winning Photo Submission in Spain

We were blown away by the elegant, inspiring and astounding places your jewelry ventured to this season. Our winner, Ryan, was randomly selected to with our $500 gift certificate but we were blown away by every entry. JY (@ninjayap98) popped the question in sweet Paris with the Eiffel Tower romantically in the distance.
Chris took his wife to the most magical place on earth, Disney World. Who could resist a fairytale photo op in front of the Magic Kingdom? Denise (@deniseskk)and her beau, Wayne, elevated their love to new heights during a romantic trip to Emerald Lake in Banff National Park.
Madeline (@madelinera3) appropriately brought her bling to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco for the ultimate ring selfie.
Last but not least, Di (@nguyend1anne)ended her travels with a bang at Lollapalooza in Chicago. She didn't miss a beat before letting her sparkle take center stage.
Thank you to everyone who shared their sparkle with us! If you want to see more amazing submissions, check out the #MyBGDTravels hashtag on Instagram.

BGD Saves the Day for Customers During Hurricane Harvey

After eight years of business, Brian Gavin Diamonds has established an incredible customer base from around the globe. While our sparkle can be spotted on hands and in jewelry armoires around the world, few fans realize we’re located in Houston, Texas. Over the past few weeks, the entire world's eyes were on our city, and the unity we saw during Hurricane Harvey changed our city and outlook.

Brian Gavin drove more than five hours to arrive at a FedEx in College Station to deliver seven packages to expecting customers during Hurricane Harvey.

Brian Gavin drove more than five hours to arrive at a FedEx in College Station to deliver seven packages to expecting customers during Hurricane Harvey.

While we deeply feel for our less fortunate neighbors, we’re beyond grateful that our headquarters was left unscathed by the wrath of Harvey. Aside from the city’s catastrophic flooding, Harvey caused one large issue: a halt on all shipments leaving Houston. With proposals and weddings planned around the world, founder Brian Gavin could not sit idly by in mailroom limbo. In the midst of a natural disaster, we still couldn’t bear to disappoint our customers.

“There was one person getting married on Saturday and needed the rings,” our vice president director of marketing Danny Gavin told JCK Online. “It was scary. FedEx, UPS, everything was shut down.”

Despite Hurricane Harvey, Brian Gavin Diamonds founder drives to FedEx shipment center to deliver customer orders during Houston's Hurricane Harvey.

Photo of flood waters captured by Brian Gavin while driving to College Station's FedEx.

As the storm stalled over Houston for days, Brian was emboldened to get jewelry shipped on schedule. He embarked on a road trip to College Station, driving five and half hours in total, to bring seven packages to FedEx. While many roads were flooded and traffic was abundant, Brian was proud to have safely saved the day for expecting customers.

Thumbs up for great customer service! Through flood waters and traffic jams, Brian safely arrived at FedEx in College Station.

A few were kind enough to share their feedback on Trustpilot:

These folks are the finest in their business! The diamond rings arrived exactly on the day they had been promised. Sound easy? Not in this case. The management and staff at BGD had to contend with the chaos of Hurricane Harvey; they went above and beyond to get the rings out of Houston and into our hands! My girlfriend and I rate the matching platinum engagement and wedding pave rings as works of art, and the 1.5 ctw Hearts & Arrows diamond is breathtaking. Thank you all! You are a great team.

—Frank S.

Order coincided with Hurricane Harvey, so admit I was a little concerned…especially given that the ring was a key component of a planned event. [BGD replied] to requests and met advertised shipment and delivery schedule — despite Houston's storm of the century!!! Highly recommend Brian Gavin for securing that special ring for that special event.

—E.

“Houston is an amazing place. It’s an example of a city that no matter your race or nationality, people are working together and it’s an amazing thing to see,” said Danny in his JCK Online interview. Aside from having a city with such a large heart, we are touched by the countless customer emails and warm social media messages received in the wake of the storm. (One former customer even invited the BGD family to stay in their Sonoma, California, home if we needed a temporary resistance!)

Brian was thrilled to send off sparkle to expectant BGD customers despite the storm.

Even the most successful companies would be nothing without loyal customers – we feel that through and through. Purchasing jewelry, especially engagement rings, is often an emotional transaction because these items are tokens of love. We’re so grateful to be part of your love stories, marriages, celebrations, and special milestones that make life matter. We would not be where we are without you.

Thank you to our wonderful customers for making our Houston headquarters a place of happiness, even in difficult and dark times. Let us remember that aside from a pristine cut, it first takes pressure to make a diamond shine. Houston’s faced its fair share of pressure, but the clouds have finally cleared, and the city will continue to sparkle brighter than ever before.

If you’re interested in helping Houston rebuild through Harvey relief efforts, we highly recommend checking out Houston Chronicle’s list of organizations and resources.

James and Casey's Proposal at the Mayan Ruins

They say best friends make the best partners in crime and in Casey and James’s case – partners for life.  Casey and James first met through mutual friends during their years together in college. At the beginning of their friendship, James was a little unconvinced that they would be a good match since their personalities were so different. “It wasn’t long until we found ourselves doing everything together from watching Modern Family to getting late night breakfast,” James said.

Fast forward seven years and James is searching online for “hours each week” to learn about diamonds, the 4C’s and some of the more intricate aspects of finding the perfect stone. “Brian Gavin is one of the most well-regarded jewelers in the industry. Equally as important, the diamonds in [Brian Gavin Diamonds’] inventory are of a much better quality than most of the competition for an equal or sometimes even a better price,” declared James after much research.

James knew from the moment he contacted our team that we offered “unmatched exemplary service” he could trust. “Emily and the entire Brian Gavin Diamonds team was incredibly helpful in answering the specific questions I had and offered further recommendations.”

With selecting a custom and engraved Tapered Classic Style Half Round 18K White Gold, James started to planning how he would pop the question. Since Casey and James are both avid travelers, he knew a trip to the tropics would set the stage for a perfect proposal.

Casey and James planned a trip to the Costa Maya, Mexico, to see the Mayan ruins. “Proposing in front of the Mayan ruins would be particularly meaningful and would exemplify how I wanted our love to endure as these thousands of years old pyramid-like buildings had,” he described. “From there it was just a matter of planning the logistics and managing to keep the ring a secret from the one person in the world I don't keep any secrets from,” James continued.

The two were trekking through the ruins with their tour group when James asked his friends to take a picture of him and Casey. Casey nervously rushed their friends to hurry with the picture because she was nervous the tour group would leave them behind. Little did she know, James also had a much larger reason to be nervous.

As the two posed for a photo, he dropped to one knee and said the words Casey was least expecting in that moment. Casey shared the intimate moment with us:

He said "Casey" in the most genuinely beautiful way, and I knew he was serious. I walked up to him shaking and in tears. I felt like I was blacking out, or in a dream, and I missed some of the things he said… but I heard his last words: “I love you today, I'll love you tomorrow, and if you let me, I'll love you for the rest of my life.” I said "YES,” and then the most beautiful ring was placed on my finger!

Casey was elated by James’ shocking proposal and her new engagement ring. “It was my dream ring come true! It honestly sparkled more than anything I had ever seen before,” she exclaimed. “The way the cut reflected the light was amazing, and I couldn't stop staring at it,” Casey continued.

James didn’t leave any detail untouched and made sure to personalize the ring with a sweet engraved message, “Head & Heart.” “When James showed me the personal engraving on the inside of the band, I cried at how sweet it was. It is beyond perfect, and I absolutely LOVE my ring,” Casey expressed joyously.

The newly engaged couple are already making plans for the day they say I do. While the two look forward to dancing the night away with family and friends, they are counting down to journeying on a whimsical honeymoon abroad. As such avid adventurers, it’s only natural that Casey and James’ dream honeymoon is a “mix between adventure and relaxation.” Their destination is undecided, but we know these two travelers will leave their mark on the world together.

We’re so thankful to have worked with Casey and James on their unique proposal. We’re even happier to have provided a special token that will travel miles and miles with Casey and James as a symbol of their love. If you loved Casey’s solitaire ring, see more on our website.