February's Birthstone: Amethyst

When February rolls around each year, there are shades of pinks, reds, and whites everywhere to signify the coming of Valentine’s Day, the most loving and romantic holiday in existence. With these colors being in the spotlight, it’s easy to forget that there’s another color that shines as well – amethyst. This deep purple quartz is known for being the birthstone for February babies everywhere and is one of the most popular gemstones of all time.

The name “Amethyst” comes from the Greek word “amethystos” that translates to “not intoxicated.” Because of this, ancient wearers believed that the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness and the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. What makes amethyst so alluring, presently and throughout history, is that qualities like courage, peace, stability, and strength are said to be derived from it.

Although it’s commonly recognized for being purple, amethyst can also range from a pinkish violet to a light green color depending on how much heat treated to deepen the color. It is a very common mineral and can be found worldwide with the finest amethyst of all being found, historically, in Russia.

This precious stone is a classic beauty that has won over our hearts and our jewelry collection for its beautiful shade and how well it complements both cool and warm colors. Here are a few of our amethyst pieces that can be purchased on Brian Gavin Diamonds or in-person.

 

Cushion Amethyst Earrings

   

   

Cushion Checkered Amethyst Studs

   

   

Round Amethyst Ring

   

   

Round Amethyst Halo Pendant

   

   

Square Cab Amethyst Ring

   

 

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Our latest customer story will stop all those out there thinking it’s too late to find love because as the story goes with Carl and Clara – love is timeless, and it's never too late to find it. After 16 years of friendship and a five-year engagement, Carl decided that Clara’s 55th birthday needed a special celebration.

As fate would have it, Clara’s birthday happened to be the same day as the first total solar eclipse in more than thirty years. Carl knew without a doubt this would be the perfect moment to profess his love to Clara and propose with a ring made for a princess.

Clara hinted that a “big rock,” was on her mind and Carl found his way to Brian Gavin Diamonds. He landed on the stunning white gold Juno ring with one of our signature Brian Gavin Blue diamond nestled on top.

With the ring in hand, the star-crossed lovers set off on an adventure to the perfect viewing spot to witness the natural phenomena set to occur just 522 miles north of where they were. As they entered the campgrounds, they eagerly set up chairs to admire the total eclipse. With Clara’s “big rock” from Brian Gavin Diamonds hidden, the sky began to go dark, and Carl anticipated the exact moment he would surprise her. As the moon passed over the sun, the feel of the air was magical.

Moments after as the sun began to shine again, Carl worked up the nerve to give his speech:

“55 years ago you were born on a family farm in South Korea. Happy birthday, baby,” he said endearingly.

Clara was left utterly speechless and calls Carl her “dream man.” he lovely couple plan to get married early next year and Clara plans on not only wearing her Brian Gavin ring, but also the ruby wedding band that belonged to Carl’s mother.

At Brian Gavin Diamonds we're committed to providing the best service and designing stunning engagement rings like the one pictured above. If you're planning on tying the knot soon, we would love to be part of your special day.

 

Your Valentine's Day Go-To Guide

With the holiday season behind us, it's reasonable to think that we can take a break from gift shopping but that's when Valentine's Day sneaks up! For many couples, it's a day to show love and how much you care about the special person in your life.

No matter what stance you have on Valentine's Day, where does the holiday originate from? How did it become the way that it is now? Why do we care about it so much?

Some stories say the holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, a celebration dedicated to the coming of spring. Fact: it also included fertility rites and the pairing off with men by a lottery system. This tradition went on for years until the end of the 5th century when Lupercalia was replaced with St. Valentine's Day, named after a Christian priest who was martyred. There are many versions of history surrounding the holiday's origins.

A Valentine's Day gift should be a thoughtful expression of what your significant other means to you. Knowing what to get can be hard, but lucky for you, we gathered a list of jewels that any woman will love. From everlasting diamonds to mixed metals, there is something for every special someone to sparkle in.

 

   

Cushion Bezel Bracelet

   

   

Twist Pendant

   

   

Handmade Milgrain Bezel Studs

   

   

Pearls No 25

   

   

Fiorella Solitaire Right Hand Ring

 

January's Treasure: Garnet

As everyone looks forward to a fresh slate in the new year, Garnet gets its chance to shine as January's birthstone. Garnets are a group of closely related minerals instead of an individual gem as many may think. The gemstone comes in almost every color because of its various compositions but is most known for its dark red shade. Some may say these gorgeous stones resemble small pomegranate seeds, which is why its derived from the Latin word "granatus" meaning seed-like.

Throughout history, garnets have been a popular gem worn by individuals with high power. The stone was coveted by Egyptian pharaohs and African tribal leaders throughout history. Its red hues thrived among the Aztecs, Mayans, Native and South American Indians.

There's even a bit of legend within the garnet gemstone. Garnets were believed to impart enhanced awareness and assisted with bringing creative powers to fruition. In earlier times, people thought that the blood-like colored stones would protect warriors from battle wounds and make soldiers' weapons deadlier.

Fast forward to present day, garnet is treasured as a beautiful, precious gemstone for January babies and couples who are celebrating their second anniversary of marriage. Here are some of our favorite garnet pieces available on Brian Gavin Diamonds that can make a great gift for the special woman in your life.

Cushion Checkered Garnet Pendant

Cushion Garnet Ring

Round Cab Garnet Halo

Round Garnet Earrings

Square Garnet Studs

Celebrate 2018 and Enter to Win a BGD Surprise

Ready to make 2018 the best year ever? As you sip on champagne, don’t miss the opportunity to score some sparkle! This New Year’s Eve, we’re launching the Resolve to Sparkle Photo Contest. Share a photo of your BGD jewelry along with your New Year’s resolution for a chance to win a surprise piece of BGD jewelry. Three lucky winners will score a BGD treat to signify bright new beginnings.

How to Enter:

1. Snap a photo of your Brian Gavin Diamonds jewelry to post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (accounts must be public to qualify) 2. Caption your photo with your New Year’s resolution with the hashtag #MyBGDNewYear 3. Post as many entries as you’d like between Dec. 29 and Jan. 31, 11:59 p.m. CST.

We can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for you!

Good Luck!

The BGD Team

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French-Inspired Country Wedding

You don’t have to travel all the way to France to get that French-inspired wedding you always dreamed of. Instead, plan the wedding on your home turf, or in our case, Texas, and let the creativity soar. In collaboration with Smith House Photography and Garnished Event, we’re sharing a few of our favorite details from this French-inspired wedding that’ll make you say – oh, la, love!

This exquisite shoot took place at  Le San Michele, a European-inspired venue outside of Austin, Texas. From the moment the styling team drove through the entrance of the 12-acre country estate, they were transported to a charming setting that felt like the French countryside. Complete with magnificent seasonal gardens, statues, fountains and a beautiful pond, we couldn't have dreamed of a more romantic backdrop for our rings to be placed in.

For this particular opportunity, we provided a stunning ring from our 810 Collection. The collection draws inspiration from Art Deco and Art Nouveau eras, but each ring is completely customizable. Paired next to the dazzling 810 ring, photographer Becki Smith styled our Oval London Blue Topaz Halo – just look how it shines! Set in rose gold, the London Blue Topaz Collection features similar vintage-style embellishments. The piece can be fashioned as a right-hand ring or alternative engagement ring. No matter what the bride decides, the options are exceptional.

From the coral-hued flowers by Bloom and Bar to the delicate calligraphy handwritten by Lazy Wood Lanes, no stone was unturned in this regale photoshoot. Our rings fit perfectly into the French-themed motif, being one piece in the puzzle of a dreamy marriage. We’re absolutely in love with all the details put together for this shoot and we are so grateful to have been a part of it!

Credits: Photographer: Smith House Photo | Planner + Design: Garnished Event | Venue: Le San Michele | Furniture and Rentals: Birch & Brass| Florals: Bloom and Bar | Hair and Make-up: Hey Lovely Makeup | Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Lazy Wood Lanes | Bride's Dress: Bella Bride Boutique | Bride's Shoes: Bella Bella Shoes | Groom's Attire: Xedo | Specialty Cocktails: She + Him Bartending | Couple: Danielle Lynee Photography and Colt Michell 

 

BGD Celebrates Pantone's Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

With so much that has happened, it’s crazy to think that the year is quickly coming to an end. In Pantone fashion, the company announced its choice for Color of the Year as Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838). While the 2017 choice of Greenery symbolized new beginnings for revival, restoration, and renewal, this new year has a completely different outlook that is geared towards endless possibilities.

Ultra Violet embodies originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking to influence and inspire a better and brighter future with discoveries that go beyond from where we are now. A few of the reasons why this purple shade was picked are the suggestion of intrigue for what lies ahead, its representation of artistic brilliance, unapologetic individuality, and unconventionality as shown by pop culture icons like Prince and Jimmy Hendrix. Ultra Violet is also deeply associated with mindfulness because of the spiritual quality attached to it.

Ultra Violet – The Brian Gavin Way

As a nod to Pantone’s Color of the Year, our amethyst gemstone jewelry evokes the same feeling and can be worn year-round for any occasion. Below are a few of favorite pieces from the collection that would make a great gift for the special person in your life.

Cushion Checkered Amethyst Ring

Looking to add a splash of color to your outfit without overdoing it? This antique cushion checkered amethyst is the way to go with a bezel milgrain border that truly highlights the diamond.

Round Amethyst Pendant

Why look ordinary when extraordinary is the much better option? This 14K rose gold pendant has an oval checkerboard amethyst jewel with diamonds that accent it is an absolute beauty.

Oval Amethyst Bracelet

If you’ve been on the hunt for a bracelet that would go with neutral-colored outfits, our oval amethyst bracelet is a great new piece to add in your ever-growing jewelry collection. With a prong set up, it’s easy to put on and the 14K rose gold perfectly complements the gem’s purple hues.

Oval Random Cut Amethyst Pendant

Shine bright and stand out from the crowd with our oval random cut amethyst pendant. The 16-inch silver cable chain makes it easy to toss on when you’re in the mood for some panache.

Oval Amethyst Leverbacks Earrings

What better way to highlight your face than with a good pair of sparkling earrings? Our 14K rose gold leverback earrings featuring two oval cabouchon amethyst stones and accented with diamonds will be a piece that you’ll wear time and time again.

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.