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.

Summer and Dustin's Quest for the Perfect Sapphire Engagement Ring

If you're thinking of signing up for a dating app, our latest customer story is ammunition to fuel your decision. After connecting on a popular dating app in January 2016, Summer and Dustin finally met.

Dustin and Summer Brian Gavin Diamonds Sapphire Ring

Dustin and Summer had been living across the street from each other for two years but it took a little technology for them to make a connection. After a quick text exchange, Summer and Dustin arranged a date at a coffee shop on a cold January day. “The conversation flowed making the date go so quickly that it led to a second date the very next day,” Summer described. “The second date led to several more dates, which led to falling in love and an eventual proposal.”

Their relationship blossomed and it was not long afterward that Dustin spent extensive time researching different ways to propose. Brian Gavin Diamonds was the first thing that came to Dustin’s mind after his brother recommended us. “I was hesitant as Summer and I lived in Dallas and Brian Gavin Diamonds appeared to specialize in diamonds in Houston. After several visits to many reputable and recommended Dallas jewelers, we still were unable to find anyone capable of creating what we wanted,” Dustin admitted.

Dustin was in search of a sapphire engagement ring, set in a diamond halo. “As soon as I had my first call with Brian Gavin and I mentioned ‘untreatable sapphire,’ Brian knew immediately what I wanted,” Dustin said. We were honored to learn than Dustin felt we were “steps beyond the other jewelers available” throughout his search for the perfect ring.

After being connected to our team, fate stepped in to lead Dustin to a specific untreated sapphire that was on its way to a gem show in Hong Kong—it just so happened that Brian would be attending the very same show. He ensured that he would inspect the stone up close for Dustin to see if it was truly the perfect one. “The anticipation of waiting to find out if we received the stone was exciting. Heather was great to work with and provided regular updates, but the message from Heather with iPhone photos of the stone made the entire process very exciting.”

While Brian helped in finding the Sapphire, Dustin focused on planning the perfect proposal. Dustin left love letters for Summer to lead her to the Marie Gabrielle Gardens. “When I arrived at Marie Gabrielle there was another [final] note tied to a pole with another scripture,” she mused. The scripture read, “I always say I want someone I can just sit on a bench and do nothing with.” Summer took the hint, sat on the bench and waited. Shortly after, Dustin walked down a long pathway toward her to pop the question.

Summer and Dustin both adored their new ring. “Words cannot even express the beauty of the ring. We had a vision of the ring and had been involved in the process from the initial design to selecting the sapphire stone to the final design around the stone, but the final piece exceeded all expectations,” they shared.

Dustin and Summer Brian Gavin Diamonds Sapphire Ring Dustin and Summer Brian Gavin Diamonds Sapphire Ring

Dustin’s stone is a Natural Vivid Blue Sapphire, in an 18K white gold custom setting. If you’re inspired by Dustin and Summer’s vision, you can create your own custom ring here. Make it complete with our Custom Pave Wedding Anniversary Bands for your big day.

Dustin and Summer Brian Gavin Diamonds Proposal Wedding Band Dustin and Summer Brian Gavin Diamonds Proposal

“Brian Gavin not only made our dream a reality, he actually improved upon our dream to create a truly beautiful ring. We would recommend Brian Gavin for all jewelry needs, but especially if you want something unique that stands out – he can make it happen! The process of making the ring a reality is part of the story for us and we both smile whenever someone compliments us on the ring, as we know the story of creating the ring with Brian Gavin to represent our love and the next chapter of our lives.” See more timeless jewels at briangavindiamonds.com.

   

Margaret's Brian Gavin Blue Becomes a Work of Art

Moving to a different country is a huge accomplishment in and of itself, so Margaret only found it appropriate to commemorate her 10th anniversary of living in the Netherlands with a beautiful diamond. She searched long hours online looking for the perfect cut with blue fluorescence until stumbled on Brian Gavin Diamonds. Margaret chose a scintillating round stone from our Brian Gavin Blue® line. Her 0.15 G VS1 Brian Gavin Blue® Signature round diamond exhibits a high-level of optical symmetry and superior cut quality, featuring an AGS laboratory grade of “0” ideal for light performance. When it came to making this decision, she knew our diamond was the one. “What more could I want?” Margaret rhetorically questioned. She later decided to choose a pendant to exhibit her diamond and wear it proudly as an emblem of her life in the Netherlands. Margaret has enjoyed wearing her pendant throughout her travels and daily life in the Netherlands. While she gets compliments regularly, she never knew what a conversation started the Brian Gavin Blue® diamond pendant would be. On a visit to Amsterdam with her boyfriend, the couple made a stop at the Electric Ladyland Fluorescent Art Museum. Unlike any museum in the world, the Electric Ladyland is a fully fluorescent museum that invites its guests to be a part of the art. Focused on fluorescent mineral artwork, Margaret expected that the museum was an incredible opportunity to learn about geology in art. Who would have guessed Margaret and her pendant would steal the show? “When the tour guide saw the strong blue fluorescence [in my BGD diamond], he said he’d never seen one like this and called the other visitors for a look,” Margaret proudly remembered. “It was quite a sight, seeming to be an even stronger blue.” Margaret enjoyed the trip so much and received a flourish of compliments from marveling onlookers. The diamond carried a unique beauty in the dark and a magnetic brilliance in the light, making it a truly special choice to commemorate her milestone. “Thank you to the Brian Gavin Diamonds team for helping me find such a spectacular diamond. My jeweler was incredulous to learn that I trusted a company on the internet to buy a diamond but I obviously chose well!” It was such a pleasure to create Margaret’s beautiful diamond together and be a part of her special moment. Have you fallen in love with Margaret’s Brian Gavin Blue®? Visit our website for other stunning stones to choose from.      

Meet BGD’s Youngest Customer

Over the many years that Brian Gavin Diamonds has been in business, we’ve seen and worked with clients of all ages from around the world, but never have we had one as young as Hayden.

We had the chance to help Hayden create a beautiful and unique eternity band to share a little piece of their father-son trip to Thailand for his mother. It was during this Thailand trip that Hayden first became interested in gemstones—at the tender age of six. His father, Adam, describes that Hayden “fell in love with gemstones" after they visited the Gemstone District in Bangkok. The two purchases some small sapphires after looking at hundreds. "Seeing so many sapphires, Hayden learned about the effect of a great cut on the beauty of a gemstone," his father said. "We decided to take some of the sapphires from Thailand and create a diamond and sapphire eternity band for his mom as a memory of our trip,” Adam continued.

The father and son set out on a mission to create the eternity band once returning to the States. “I wanted to ensure we used the most perfectly cut diamonds, which led me to Brian Gavin,” Adam described.

Touched by the sentiment, Brian Gavin created a perfect eternity band using nine Brian Gavin Signature diamonds along with nine of Hayden's sapphires from Thailand. After this creation, Hayden’s fascination continued to grow. He requested a Brian Gavin Diamonds Signature signature round diamond for his seventh birthday and his family did not disappoint.

With five generations of diamond cutters in his family tree, Brian grew up with a fascination for diamond cutting that’s quite similar to Hayden’s own. We loved Hayden’s enthusiasm for diamonds and gemstones so much that we invited him for a personal meet-and-greet with Brian to learn more about the precision and light performance in our Black by Brian Gavin line. After his visit, Hayden walked away with an engraved Black by Brian Gavin hearts and arrow viewer.

“After that visit, Hayden told me he wants to keep upgrading his Brian Gavin diamond every year and present his future fiancé with the final upgraded diamond and a book showing each of the diamonds that led up to the final diamond before engagement.” His father goes on to say, “So, I guess you could say he is a young romantic.”

With a .728 carat diamond in his possession at a young age, some may wonder why Hayden wants to continue to upgrade his stone year after year. Aside from having exceptional taste at such a young age, Hayden is already planning the day he’ll get on one knee with his Brian Gavin Diamonds stone and we look forward to greeting him with open arms on that day!

We’re so happy to have inspired Hayden to continue learning about diamonds and are thankful to have him as a life time customer until the day he says, “I do.” We know Hayden will have a bright future; we're just honored that he's invited us to add to his already brilliant sparkle. If you loved the eternity band Adam and Hayden created, you'll love the similar options on our site.

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Did you know diamonds are the most popular gemstone? The stunning stones are also a symbol of for steadfast love. No matter what shape or size, diamonds are rare beauties that carry sparkle and sentiment. With so many appealing qualities, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t kidding when she sang that diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Aside from owning a scintillating stunner, diamonds are much like the women in our lives. Diamonds are not only gorgeous on the outside, but they are the strongest of stones. The term diamond was even derived from adamas, the Greek term for “unbreakable.” These beautiful stones may look enchanting, but the truth is that they are strong than even and cloaked in strength beyond belief.

Every woman deserves a piece of diamond jewelry to fit her style. Brian Gavin Diamonds has a multitude of beautiful diamond jewelry that deviates from the typical engagement ring. We’ve gathered a list of our favorite, non-traditional diamond gifts for her.

Bezel Stud Drops

If you want to wow your lady, then these bezel diamond stud drops will surely do the trick. The handmade earrings feature four .10 ct F/G VS Brian Gavin Signature melees on each earring. What could be more perfect?

Bezel Bracelet

Our handcrafted bezel bracelet is the gift that keeps on giving as you may add additional diamonds for each special occasion! This particular finished length is seven inches, and you may select the diamond that suits her personality from our extensive online diamond inventory.

There’s more where that came from! Explore additional jewelry options on our website to help you find that perfect diamond gift for your next big occasion!

 

Summer Wedding Trends Blog Post

Wedding trends are getting bigger and badder than ever before (in the best way possible!). Some may totally not be for you, but others are just perfect for adding a personal touch to your celebration. Either way, Brian Gavin Diamonds has pulled together a roundup of these trends to provide you with inspiration. You have our full permission to steal these ideas for your wedding day.

Unique invitations

Today's wedding correspondence stands out as some couples are even opting out of engagement portraits and going straight to creative, personal invitations. Nowadays they can stay true to the couple's personality with bespoke illustrations, maps, and bold envelopes.

Brian Gavin Diamonds understand that purchasing a diamond is an emotional transaction because diamonds, especially engagement rings, are a strong and symbolic representation of love. Because of this, Brian strives to make each of his diamonds a cut above the rest to provide the ultimate meaning for his customers. That’s why our website is easy to navigate for customizing the ring of your fiancée’s dreams to showcase your love and devotion.

Color Is Back

Long gone are the days of neutrals and pastels! As we’ve seen with Pantone’s color of the year – greenery – consider vibrant and colorful touches for your wedding.

Don't just incorporate color into your wedding decorations and details; a colorful diamond engagement ring adds a touch of sparkle and personalization. Our Thalia Brian Gavin Signature engagement ring features a custom Setting with .30ct F/G VS Brian Gavin Signature melee and hand milgrain finish. The blue stone makes the ring stand out and uniquely shine.

Ceremony Remix

Don't be surprised to see more non-traditional ceremonies as couples are adding twists to their services. An example is a more circular or round seating arrangement to give guests a more intimate connection to view the couple exchange vows. Another twist is a cocktail hour in the beginning as guests are getting seated.

The ceremony isn’t the only thing to remix. Couples can easily remix their wedding bands with all kinds of customized details and colors. Custom made in-house, this Brian Gavin Signature “The Yogo” eternity band features eight 2.5mm AA round sapphires and eight .10ct G/H SI marquise shaped diamonds. It’s guaranteed to sparkle as you dance the night away!

No matter which summer wedding trends you follow, your Brian Gavin rings will always shine year-round. See more timeless jewels at briangavindiamonds.com.

Win a BGD Engagement Ring in Our Paradise Proposal Giveaway

Preparing to pop the question? We’re here to help turn your wedding proposal into an unforgettable moment in paradise. We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Paradise Proposal Giveaway, the ultimate sweepstakes with everything you need to plan the exotic engagement of your dreams.

From the beautiful seaside setting to the extraordinary engagement ring, we’ve partnered with incredible brands from around the world to give you the chance to make your special day an unforgettable one.

Whether you’re planning on getting engaged or hinting to your significant other that it’s time to tie the knot, our Paradise Proposal Giveaway is your passport to saying, “I do.”

One lucky couple will win the Paradise Proposal Grand Prize, featuring:

Two runners-up will each win a $250 Brian Gavin Diamonds gift certificate to put toward the jewelry of their choice.

We love nothing more than providing our fans with the chance to embark on their future together. In fact, our former Wedding Wishlist Giveaway winners Ayana and Vagner tied the knot in January! Are you ready to take the next step and say “YES!” to an incredible chance to win a Brian Gavin Diamonds engagement ring, vacation, proposal ideas and more?

To enter, visit our website by July 31. Already engaged or married? We’d love for you to share this with your friends and help them win, too! Good luck!

 

From Lab Partners to Life Partners: Angelina & Stephen

Love may not be an element on the periodic table, but that didn't stop Stephen and Angelina from sparking a chemical bound in their college chemistry class. With abstruse conversations of atomic mass and charged electrons the lab partners found time to make a deeper connection, but who would have guessed they'd be life partners? As the same suggests, sometimes you find real 'chemistry' in science class.

After starting a relationship, Stephen knew Angelina would be the woman he'd get on one knee for with a glittering ring in hand. With Stephen’s hectic work schedule and travel, the search for the perfect ring for Angelina was somewhat chaotic.

Thankfully, Stephen landed on our website when searching for the highest quality diamonds with fluorescence. “I tend to overanalyze large purchases, and I was very particular about certain aspects of the ring and diamond, as I’m sure the folks at BGD can attest," Stephen described. "I have a terrible eye for diamonds, so the images and documentation provided by BGD were very helpful in appeasing my analytical side," he continued.

After choosing the perfect Brian Gavin Blue diamond, Stephen wanted to make Angelina's ring truly one-of-a-kind. "They had a stone that perfectly fit my requirements, and together we built a band and setting that perfectly fit the stone. The results were flawless," Stephen attested. He chose our popular Classic Style Half Round engagement ring setting and added a special inscription that would forever mark his love.

Stephen was a fan of the customization and our team's thorough updates. "For those jewelry buyers with very specific or discerning tastes and styles, it quickly becomes very important to work with one company that can do it all," Stephan said.

After five months of planning, Stephen surprised Angelina with an intimate proposal. Angelina had just gotten home from work excited to welcome Stephen home from his long business trip, but little did she know that despite his lack of sleep and hectic travel schedule, he had a special surprise up his sleeve…or in this case in his pocket.

Angelina painted the perfect picture for our team, she said:

I thought Stephen was in his office on a work call because the door was closed. I went to the bedroom to change and when I walked in he was standing in front of me smiling. I have a love for lights and Stephen had written out “Will You Marry Me” in Christmas lights on the wall and had hung white lights from the rest of the walls. One of my favorite foods is chocolate covered strawberries, and he had a box sitting on one of our nightstands. He also had several framed photos of us at various points in our relationship. Stephen had several candles lit (in my favorite scent, which is cinnamon). He had also framed all of the diamond information that he received from Brian Gavin so that he could explain what he had been up to the last few months as well as describe why he had picked out my specific stone.

Angelina was in complete shock! “All I could do was repeat, ‘Oh my God” and ‘Are you sure?’ but managed a screaming ‘Yes!’ in the midst of it all," she exclaimed.

Angelina’s first impression of her engagement ring meant a lot to Stephen—the sparkle left her speechless. Her favorite parts of the ring are the special engravement and the scintillating Brian Gavin Blue stone. “The diamond has fluorescence that is most noticeable in sunlight. It is such an awesome aspect to the ring, and I love that the diamond has kept that natural quality," she said.

Stephen and Angelia wed last fall, and we're honored to have been a part of their special day. We wish these two love birds a lifetime of happiness and chemistry. If you’d like to shop other gorgeous engagement ring styles like Angelina’s stunning diamond, visit the Brian Gavin Diamonds website.