Justin’s Rain or Shine Proposal

When is the right time to get on one knee? As the saying goes, “when you know, you know.” We can certainly say the same sentiment applies to our customer Justin. Justin first reached out to Brian Gavin Diamonds in February to inquire about a ring for his long-time girlfriend.

crossed solitaire

Our team was beyond excited to help Justin select a perfect, unique ring. Justin selected a crossed solitaire platinum band, an interesting split shank creation. The gorgeous ring’s four prongs held onto an incredible Brian Gavin Blue diamond—the final piece to the puzzle that would lead to Justin’s future.

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After shipping Justin’s ring, we received a rather speechless response. “I just opened the box for the first time. Stunning doesn't even begin to describe it,” Justin said—there were plenty of “wows” in his email and we couldn’t help but smile. The next time we heard from Justin, he sent us the below update to let us know he had a new fiancé to call his own.

Justin Park 1

“Good morning!

I took Beyonce's advice and finally put a ring on it!

I must say, I thought the ring looked amazing in the boxbut on my fiance's finger, it's that much more crazy beautiful

We LOVE the subtle blue that comes out in the sunStunningCompliments from everyone and everywhere.

The proposal was Easter Sunday morning, whilst on an early morning walk at a nearby park in the rainRain or shine, I had to commit! You guys have earned my utmost respect and gained a repeat customerThank you so much for playing a huge/sparkly part of one of our biggest and most cherished moments.”

Sincerely,

Justin

Justin BGD engagement ring - split shank

We’re so happy to have worked with Justin and wish these two love birds a lifetime of happiness. Fall in love with Brian Gavin Diamonds’ split shank engagement rings and Brian Gavin Blue on briangavindiamonds.com.

National Proposal Day Contest Highlights

Oftentimes, the most memorable moment of a person’s life is the day they decide to make someone a permanent part of it. Proposals are the prelude to one of the most significant life events a person can experience: their wedding day.  No matter where you were or how it happened, proposals are always the special start to a path together. Engagement rings are wonderful, but it’s the stories behind them that make them magical.

To celebrate National Proposal Day, we asked our fans to share their exciting and meaningful proposal stories and photos on social media and through our online entry form for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Brian Gavin Diamonds.

Our fan, Leah, was randomly selected as our grand prize winner on April 17 after submitting the below story and photo:

National Proposal Day Contest Winners

“I'm a teacher. My fiancé is a pilot truck driver and is always on the road. He came home Monday evening and was leaving again Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday morning at school, I received a text from him asking if I was in class. Next thing I know I am being paged. I go out to the office and there he is in the hallway. I gave him a hug and a kiss. I thought it was sweet he came to see me before he left town again. Then he said, "I have a question for you," and he got down on one knee right there in the hallway in front of my students. I was stunned. Of course I said yes!” –Leah

Leah may have taken the winning title, but we saw some truly incredible entries. Each had us laughing, crying, smiling, and all the in-betweens. We received an incredible response to the giveaway. Out of our 428 entries, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites:

Brian Gavin Diamonds National Proposal Day Entry

“At the end of the trail, we reached the Fire Wave, a special place where layers of different sediment created stark contrasting red and white striped wave structures. In the middle of the Fire Wave was a beautiful dome where the tip was beginning to light up with the morning sun. We thought it would be neat to sit at the top to watch the sunrise. Just as the sun lit up the whole Fire Wave, Ben proposed to me, saying the sweetest words…. which I can't recall since I was in shock! It was a perfect, peaceful moment shared by just the two of us amidst 150 million years of natural beauty.” – Teresa

Brian Gavin Diamonds National Proposal Day Entry

“Epic Geocache Find (I thought were just having a day of geocaching, until I found a ring in one of the caches!)”

Brian Gavin Diamonds National Proposal Day Entry

“While on a Safari in Zimbabwe I had a dinner for us set up in the bush next to a watering hole. While sipping champagne under the stars I asked the big question with the silhouette of thirsty elephants and the laughter of hyenas in the distance.”

BGD National Proposal Day Entry

“We decided to hike the Oneonta Gorge, about 30 miles outside of Portland. We made it to a clearing in the gorge where you can see the waterfall. We asked our fellow hiker if he could take a picture and as soon as he did, Mike proposed. I couldn't believe it, such a beautiful place and so private and in tune with nature! I'll never forget it and I'm so grateful for the hiker (Jared) to capture the biggest surprise of my life.” – Nikki

National Proposal Day Entry

“Darrell and I took off to Disney California Adventure after a long day of work.  I went with the intent of riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror, one of my favorite rides. When we got off the ride, I immediately walked toward the monitors that display pictures of riders.  I found ours and saw what I thought to be Darrell giving me a thumbs up; I couldn't clearly make it out since I couldn't see very well with the monitors being too far 

When I still gave no reaction, I felt a tap on my shoulder, followed by Darrell spinning me around and that's when it happened.  Darrell dropped down to one knee, ring in hand and asked me to marry him.  Dazed and elated, I said yes.  When we went to purchase the photo of us, that's when I realized what "silly" face he was making:  Darrell had held up the ring to propose to me upon the first drop.” – Lyda

Thank you to everyone who participated. We’ve loved learning about your special and unique proposals—wishing you all the best in marriage!

Aaron and Quimi’s Picturesque Proposal

Quimi and Aaron's Proposal

A larger than life love story calls for a grand proposal and our customer Aaron achieved just that. With rich crimson accents and sweeping views, it’s hard to find a landscape quite as breathtaking as Utah's Zion National Park. The spot was the ideal place for Aaron to get on one knee and make the largest gesture of his life to his girlfriend Quimi, but first he needed a ring.

Trellis for Princess Cuts 18K Rose Gold - Brian Gavin Diamonds

Aaron came to Brian Gavin Diamonds for a gorgeous three-stone Trellis Princess cut ring in rose gold. Our team met with Aaron and helped him select a fitting, dazzling creation for his soon-to-be fiancé. “After visiting several other jewelry stores, I knew immediately when I saw the engagement rings of Brian that this is exactly what I wanted to get my future wife,” Aaron says. “The craftsmanship is superb and the brilliance of the diamonds are outstanding! I've never seen something shine and sparkle so much before.”

Trellis for Princess Cuts 18K Rose Gold

We loved getting to know Aaron and identifying the ideal ring to make him swoon almost as much as Quimi would when he asked for her hand in marriage. “From picking out the engagement ring to selecting the diamonds for the ring, the entire process couldn't have been easier,” Aaron says. “Everyone paid attention to the smallest of details and made me feel like I was their only customer,” he continues.

Quimi and Aaron at the Grand Canyon

We shipped the ring to Las Vegas where Aaron and Quimi would begin their journey. During that life changing trip, Aaron would take Quimi and his brother to Zion National Park where they would conquer the Angel’s Landing hike from 5,790 feet above and stop at a picturesque overlook. At the overlook, Aaron planned to pop the question. To Quimi’s enjoyment, we engraved the latitude and longitude of the proposal at Aaron’s request. She said “yes” without hesitation.

Close-up of Quimi's Engagement Ring

“We are so excited for what's to come. A special thank you to @briangavindiamonds and @brianthecutter for the beautiful ring & unforgettable experience,” Quimi posts on Instagram.

We are so elated to watch Quimi and Aaron say, “I do.”

Do you have an outstanding, prize-worthy proposal? Enter our National Proposal Day Contest by April 15 to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Brian Gavin Diamonds. Find details on how to enter here. Good luck!

Walker and Catherine’s Vintage-Style Custom Ring

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, even the proposals. Our customer Walker planned a beautiful proposal to his girlfriend Catherine at Big Bend National Park in West Texas engagement. Walker first contacted Brian Gavin Diamonds in January with a plan to create a custom ring and that’s where the dazzling adventure began.

Brian Gavin Diamonds 'Summer' Setting

Our team helped Walker find a beautiful 0.905 F VS1 Brian Gavin Signature cushion cut diamond. The gorgeous cushion cut diamond, complete with Brian Gavin’s masterful Hearts and Arrows, sat nestled between two F/G VS pear shape side stones. We worked with Walker to create a Summer setting as elegant as ever, featuring an open basket setting. Walker asked for a vintage look and we delivered an antique-style stunner by hand engraving an ornate design.

The couple’s four-day backpacking trip to the desert of Texas was a gorgeous journey they’ll always remember. Walker asked Catherine for her hand in marriage as they overlooked the vast landscape. Catherine’s BGD ring sparkled in the night sky when she said “yes.” “[The ring] turned out more magnificent than I could have even imagined,” Walker says.

Catherine's Beautiful 'Summer' Ring

After the vacation was over, the compliments continued. “She absolutely loves the ring, and everyone that sees it can't stop talking about how unique and beautiful it is,” Walker says. “I couldn’t be happier with my experience working with y’all.”

Walker and Catherine

One of the best things about working in the jewelry business is being part of a couple’s beautiful journey to tie the knot and proclaim their love. We are so thrilled for Walker and Catherine’s upcoming nuptials.

If you fell in love with their one-of-a-kind engagement ring, you can learn more about our custom engagement rings here.

Richard & Jessie’s Helicopter Proposal

Jessie and Richard's Proposal
 

Love is commonly expressed as the feeling of being lifted or flying high—for Richard and Jessie, that is absolutely true. Richard flew over Queensland, Australia, with his girlfriend Jessie on what she thought was just an adventurous sight seeing venture. Jessie had no idea that as soon as she lifted off the ground her life would change.

 
Minnie Ring Brian Gavin Diamonds

Sholdt Minnie Ring

 

Richard contacted us last summer in need of assistance in finding the perfect ring to propose with. Our team helped Richard select a sparkling 1.192 J VS2 Brian Gavin Blue diamond to set in a palladium Sholdt “Minnie” setting. The four-prong solitaire setting beautifully held the Hearts and Arrows diamond Richard planned to propose to Jessie with.

 
Side View of the Minnie Setting

Side View of the Minnie Setting

 

The proposal was flawless and meticulously planned. Richard scheduled for the couple to take a ride over Whitsunday Island in Queensland. During the 45-minute private helicopter ride, the couple soared over Heart Reef, a heart shaped reef in the Great Barrier Reef. When Richard and Jessie touched ground, they landed for a picnic, complete with champagne. He proposed on gorgeous Whitehaven Beach—if you can’t guess, she without a doubt said “yes.”

 
Richard and Jessie

Richard and Jessie

 

We fell in love with Richard and Jessie’s romantic proposal and can’t wait to work together on wedding bands.

 
Jessie and her New Brian Gavin Diamonds Ring

Jessie and Her BGD Ring

 

Do you have an outstanding, prize-worthy proposal? Enter our National Proposal Day Contest by April to win a $1,000 gift certificate. Find details on how to enter here. Good luck!

 

Best Friends That Sparkle

There’s nothing that dazzles quite as much as the friends we surround ourselves with. Last month, we celebrated the spirit of friendship with our Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend Contest. Our fans were asked to share a photo of their friends on social media along with a memory, quote or reason why that person makes their life sparkle.

Our fan, Kimmie W., was randomly selected as our grand prize winner on March 2 after posting a photo of her and her best friends in Vegas with the #BGDBesties hashtag. She scored the ultimate prize pack to be shared with her besties, including $1,000 worth of Brian Gavin Diamonds; $300 to Minted; $300 from Rose Nerds; luxe skincare items from Boots Beauty USA; $100 in gift cards to Mostly Chocolate; and a $50 gift card to be spent on wine/champage.

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend Winner

 

Kimmie may be our grand prize winner, but we are so thankful for each participant who shared their story of friendship. We were moved by so many stories of fun nights, quirky moments, hardships, heartfelt smiles and meaningful milestones. We rounded up a few of our favorite entries below.

 
 

“I love this picture because at the time we all lived in different places; San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Connecticut. My Biffles came out for a visit to San Diego where our captain (my fiancé) took us out sailing on the San Diego bay. It was a day filled with so much laughter and love! No matter the distance between us and the time passed, when we get together it's like we've never missed a beat. I'm so excited for all of these ladies to be bridesmaids in my August wedding. I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. I love my #BGDBesties” -@aniamarksetgo

 
 

“My best friend Maggie is always there to make great moments even better. She makes me laugh, encourages me, and makes me feel loved. She is a great friend and I'm lucky to know her! She's the girl who was there to hike my dress up in the lady's room on my big day.” -@mjhgrams

 
 

“My daughter is my bestie. She helped me through my battle with breast cancer. I am now cancer free. Together we help raise funds and awareness so that one day a cure will be found!” -@disneymom917

“These girls are my heroes when life gets tough! Life was meant for good friends and great adventures!” -@ChelleNorthcut

 

My favorite memory. This man proposing 🍾 photo by @hayalexandraphoto #BGDBesties

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“My favorite memory. This man proposing.” -@shae1yn

Thank you to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for our special, surprise contest launching March 20.

Anirban and Megha’s Wedding Day Sparkle

Outside of jewelry making, there’s nothing we love more than receiving a glowing compliment from our customers. We worked closely with Anirban to create a Legera pave platinum engagement ring with a Brian Gavin princess cut diamond for his soon-to-be bride, Megha.

Legera Pave Engagement Ring - Brian Gavin Diamonds

Legera Pave Engagement Ring

Legera Pave Engagement Ring - Brian Gavin Diamonds Side View

Brian Gavin Princess Cut Diamond

Our team, including Brian “the Cutter” Gavin, worked one-on-one with Anirban to ensure his new ring was perfect and his experience was a positive one.

We were so honored by the kind words Anirban had to say about his experience working with us:

I worked with Brian and his team on an engagement ring. Brian was very helpful from my first visit onwards. He asked what my budget was, and showed me diamonds and bands within my price range.

There was absolutely no pressure to upsell a diamond. Quite frankly, every diamond that he showed me looked absolutely stunning. I selected a diamond and setting and was given an estimate of two weeks to deliver the ring.

I received a call exactly two weeks later from Brian himself, telling me my ring is ready. I was very impressed with the ring, considering my modest budget. After I gave the ring to my fiancé, the compliments simply didn't stop. There definitely is a noticeable difference in the cut of the diamond that Brian sells, compared to other diamonds.

 I would definitely recommend that you check these folks out when you are out shopping for your diamond jewelry.

Anirban and Megha

Megha and Anirban

Anirban and Megha Engagement

Anirban and Megha Wearing Brian Gavin Diamonds Rings

Our relationship with Anirban has continued to grow and we’re currently working on a matching Legera pave wedding band in 18K white gold to complete Megha’s set.

We couldn’t be happier for Anirban and Megha! We wish them a lifetime of happiness in love.

   

February’s Pride and Joy: Amethyst

As winter’s beauty transitions into spring, February remains one of the most captivating and romantic months of the year. One more thing to fall in love with in February is the amethyst birthstone. The deep purple amethyst is a Brian Gavin Diamonds favorite and carries a history as rich as its color.

Ever feel a craving to go on a vineyard rendezvous while wearing amethyst? You’re not the only one. According to the Gemological Institute of America, early Greek legends associated beautiful amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine, because the stone looked as if it were plucked straight from the vine. Some people even thought amethyst, because of the gemstone’s wine-like hues, would prevent drunkenness and ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus

The amethyst stone resonates with mindfulness and intellect. Folklore reflects beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer quick-witted and focused in battle and in business affairs.

The purple quartz stone can be found in every corner of the earth, but the American Gem Society reports that the finest amethyst of all was historically found in Russia. Have you ever wondered why amethyst adorns many European crown jewels as well as the coronation regalia of British royalty? It was once considered equal in value to ruby, emerald, and sapphire.

We can’t deny that the alluring wine-colored stone has won our hearts. We’ve gathered some of our favorite amethyst pieces available on BrianGavinDiamonds.com.

Cushion Amethyst Halo Ring 

Amethyst Brian Gavin Diamonds Ring

Cushion Cab Amethyst Pendant

Brian Gavin Diamonds Amethyst Pendant

Round Amethyst Bark Finish

Round Bark Amethyst Gold Ring

Cushion Cab Amethyst Studs

Brian Gavin Diamonds Amethyst Studs

Get lost in the color spectrum and explore our gemstone jewelry.

 

Let Love Grow: Matt and Katie's Proposal

One of the most beautiful things about a relationship is that when couples grow, they grow together with a life that’s intertwined and rooted. Our customer, Matt, knew this to be true when he approached us to create the perfect ring for his girlfriend Katie.

Classic Truth Sleek Micro Pave Ring
Matt heard about Brian Gavin Diamonds after researching online for the best place to buy a diamond. Our team helped Matt pick the perfect stone and setting to present Katie with in a proposal he was eager to plan. He selected our Classic Truth Sleek Micro Pave ring in platinum—a stunning and elegant choice.
Classic Truth Sleek Micro Pave Ring

We were delighted to hear that Matt thought the ring was “incredible” as soon as it arrived. In an email to our team he exclaimed, “the ring just shines and shines and shines. . .I always have a hard time putting it away!” Matt tested the ring out in different light settings and informed us of his admiration for the constant sparkle; the first step in the rest of his life with Katie was complete.

Classic Truth Sleek Micro Pave Ring

Matt planned a romantic outdoor proposal, complete with a 100-foot waterfall behind him as he got down on one knee. One of the most interesting and creative things about Matt’s proposal to Katie was the ring box he made from scratch. He harvested lumber to handcraft an incredible tree trunk ring box with a handmade padding insert and carved the initials “M+K” into it. Between the gorgeous setting, magnificent box and dazzling diamond ring, Katie’s answer was an obvious “yes.”

 
Matt and Katie's Unique Ring Box

Photo by Jennifer Cody, Egomedia Photography

 
Matt's Secret Ring Box

Matt's Secret Ring Box Captured by Jennifer Cody, Egomedia Photography

Matt and Katie's Waterfall Proposal

We wish Matt and Katie a lifetime of happiness and love. If you fell for Katie’s ring, browse our pave engagement rings online.

Photos by Jennifer Cody of Egomedia Photography

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend Giveaway

BGD Besties

Do you have friends that make your life sparkle? To celebrate the joy and spirit of friendship, we’re excited to launch the Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend giveaway. We've partnered with incredible brands to create a fabulous prize package for friends who love sparkle. One lucky winner will receive a prize package to share with a best friend full of matching gifts from Brian Gavin Diamonds and our special giveaway partners. The grand prize package includes:

  • $1,000 in gift certificates from Brian Gavin Diamonds
  • $300 in gift certificates from Rose Nerds to spend on beautiful flowers
  • Assortment of luxe skincare products from Boots Beauty USA
  • $300 to spend on stationery and prints from Minted
  • $50 in gift certificates for wine and champagne
  • $100 in gift certificates from Mostly Chocolate

Enter to win:

  • Post a photo of you and your besties to Instagram, Twitter or the Brian Gavin Diamonds’ Facebook page by Feb. 29 (accounts must be public to qualify)
  • Include a caption describing your favorite memory with your friends or your favorite quote about friendship using the hashtag #BGDBesties
  • Follow Brian Gavin Diamonds on the social media platform where you post your photo

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 29. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by March 2. View the complete contest rules here:

We can’t wait to see your submissions. Good luck!

The Brian Gavin Diamonds Team