Unexpected Trouble with Love: Li's Engagement

At Brian Gavin Diamonds, we truly believe that what’s meant to be will be, including epic beginnings to a new chapter in our customers’ lives. Over the summer, Li from San Francisco approached our team on a quest to find the perfect ring to give his dream girl in hopes she’ll say yes to forever. He was determined to find an engagement ring that perfectly encapsulated the love the two shared while also having a beautiful design that could take her breath away.

After much discussion with our diamond expert, Jamie, Li found the perfect ring: a stunning Tapered Classic Style Half Round Platinum ring. With its timeless, dazzling solitaire diamond, we can see how his fiancée said yes to forever!

Tapered Classic Style Half Round Platinum

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To pop the biggest question of his life, Li whisked his nature-loving girlfriend away for a romantic weekend getaway in Banff, Canada. Unfortunately for Li, there was one small hiccup in his plan. During their travels, there happened to be a blazing wildfire nearby that covered the entire area with smoke! Li’s beautiful proposal was in jeopardy.

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Fortunately for Li, it would seem mother nature has a soft spot for love. In the middle of their trip, an overnight thunderstorm came through the mountains and cleared the wildfire’s smoke leaving a beautiful day ahead of the couple—perfect for a proposal! In fear of the looming smoke coming back, Li didn’t want to waste any time. He quickly took his girlfriend to Moraine Lake for a day of canoeing and marveling at the incredible sights. Before heading back from a day of fun, they took a walk down the deck to decompress and reflect back on how their trip has been. Right then and there, Li got down on one knee and asked his best friend to marry him! She said yes (obviously!), and now the happy couple is planning for their happily ever after.

As Li and his future bride embark on this new journey, all of us at Brian Gavin Diamonds wish them a lifetime of happiness! We can’t wait to see where their love story goes from here. You can find similar rings to Li’s fiancée by visiting our website or let us work with you to create a custom piece that’s perfect for you and your loved one.

January Birthstone: Garnet

Garnet is the January birthstone and is said to bring love, luck, faith and friendship into our lives (definitely something we could use a little more of in the coming new year)! Found all over the world, the garnet has a rich and unique history. Known for its captivating red hues and striking appearance, you will definitely see this stone more and more in the upcoming month and that is something we can get behind.

The name “garnet” originates from the Latin word “granatus,” meaning “seeds.” This is due to the stone’s striking similarity to the red seeds in a pomegranate. With a long history, the garnet can date back as far as 3000 B.C. Many Egyptian pharaohs adorned mummified corpses with garnet necklaces, and in Ancient Rome, many nobles wore garnet signet rings to symbolize their social status and wealth.

While the garnet has many symbolic and spiritual attributes, there is one thing we’re certain of – this gemstone makes a magnificent and unique addition to any piece of jewelry. Here are some of our favorite garnet pieces that will have you wishing for a January birthday.

Cushion Checkered Garnet

This Cushion Checkered Garnet necklace will be the perfect statement piece for the new year.

Split Shank Rope Solitaire

If you look for something unique and bold, then this Split Shank Rope Solitaire ring is just for you. With its contemporary flair and one-of-a-kind design, you will never want to take it off.

Cushion Checkered Garnet Studs

Simplicity is key with these Cushion Checkerboard Garnet Studs.

Oval Garnet

Either worn by itself, or in stacked with other bracelets, this Oval Garnet tennis bracelet will make an elegant and exotic addition to your jewelry box.

For more beautiful garnet pieces, visit our website.

Our Favorite Brian Gavin Diamonds Pendant Necklaces

It’s safe to say that we can all agree that pendant necklaces are the hit trend of this season. Whether you are dressing up or dressing down, this necklace goes well with any occasion. What we love most about this trendy, yet simple, necklace is that there is a style fit for everyone! Whether you like the classic and delicate look, or the striking and bold, pendant necklaces make the perfect go-to accessory.

Halo Bezel Pendant

If you are the type of person who loves intricate and unique designs, our Halo Bezel Pendant is the one for you. With a contemporary, art-deco inspired setting, this pendant necklace is perfect for people who admire its vintage flair.

Love Pendant

For those of you who enjoy the more simple and classic designs, the Love Pendant pairs well with every outfit and is an endearing symbol of love.

Heart of Life

To those who cherish that extra sparkle, the Heart of Life necklace is also a heart-shaped pendant but features a Brian Gavin Diamonds Signature diamond melee.

Cushion Amethyst Pendant

Gemstone pendants are essential for adding a pop of color to your winter wardrobe. The Cushion Amethyst Pendant is simple yet striking with its rich purple hues and contemporary design. This style of pendant also comes in Tanzanite, Morganite, Blue Topaz, and Garnet.

Duet Pendant

As part of the Duet Series, this custom designed Duet Pendant is sure to wow the crowd. Featuring two delicate diamonds set against two Brian Gavin Diamond logos, it makes the perfect piece for the perfect pair.

Crafty Ways to Organize Your Jewelry

Sometimes, life can get crazy, and for the jewelry lovers out there, your jewelry boxes can, too! Here are some of our favorite and stylish ways to organize your jewelry to make life (and accessorizing) a little bit easier.

Tray Inserts

By using jewelry drawer inserts or repurposing an old ice cube tray, you can easily sort out and organize your different jewelry pieces. This jewelry hack is perfect to help you to avoid losing those pesky tiny studs and keeping your favorite chains from getting tangled.

Ring Holders

Rings holders are not only a great way to keep all of your favorite rings in one place, but they also make a cute countertop accessory for your vanity or bedside table. Check out this modern and unique Cactus Marble Ring Holder from West Elm to help you organize and display your favorite rings.

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Wall Organizers

Hanging wall organizers are a great and inexpensive way to organize your favorite jewelry. By making all of the jewelry visible and easy to grab, this method is essential for accessorizing on the go.

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Jewelry Dishes

If you are looking for a stylish way to display your favorite accessories, look no further! Jewelry dishes are a fun and glamorous method for sorting out your favorite bangles and rings while also making a fabulous enhancement to your bedside table.

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December Birthstone: Tanzanite

When we think of winter, we think of sipping hot cocoa, cozy nights by the fireplace, and crisp cool weather, but for our Sagittarius friends out there, December also means the season to bring out their favorite Tanzanite pieces!

Tanzanite is the stunning December birthstone and has a rich and unique history. The first stone was discovered not too long ago in 1967 by Manual d’Souza in Northern Tanzania. Tanzanite is special because it can only be found in that region and is believed to be created by the tectonic plate activity from Mount Kilimanjaro. The gemstone is highly recognized for its complex composition and brilliant blue hues.

Tiffany and Co. was the first jeweler to make this remarkable gemstone into jewelry and christened it ‘Tanzanite’ after its country of origin. In 2002, due to its rising popularity, Tanzanite became the official birthstone of December, along with Zircon and Turquoise.

Tanzanite can now be found in thousands of jewelry collections all over the world. Here are a few our favorite Brian Gavin Diamonds’ Tanzanite pieces that are sure to be a showstopper at your next winter gathering.

Round Tanzanite and Halo Earrings

These Round Tanzanite and Halo Earrings will have your ears sparkling all night long.

Cushion Tanzanite Pendant

If you are searching for that perfect winter accessory, look no further. This Cushion Tanzanite Pendant will have you looking and feeling like a winter princess.

Round Tanzanite

Simplicity is key with these beautiful, yet stunning, Round Tanzanite Stud Earrings.

Brian Gavin Diamonds Gift Guide

The holidays are in full swing, and it’s never too late to buy those last-minute gifts for under the Christmas tree. Here at Brian Gavin Diamonds, we specialize in helping create those perfect moments with loved ones. Whether you are shopping for a significant other, family member or friend, we have that unique and memorable gift for every occasion.

Kitchen Accessories

From bowls and platters to cookware and cutlery, we have an abundance of sure-to-be-loved kitchen items. With stylish displays and contemporary designs, these accessories will make an artistic and unique addition to any kitchen.

Salad Bowl With Servers

Made from rich Acacia wood, this sleek Salad Bowl is a great gift idea!

Wine Chiller

The Forte Collection wine chiller is the perfect gift for housewarming parties or white elephant exchanges. This modern accessory also pairs well with a delicious bottle of wine or champagne.

Home Décor

Home décor makes the perfect, yet functional, gift for everyone. Here are a couple of our favorite home decorations that will make a great one-of-a-kind gift for the holidays.

Heart Bowl

The Heart Bowl fits wonderfully at home on a dresser or bedside table and makes a touching gift for that special someone.

Rim Desk Clock

This contemporary and stylish Rim Desk Clock is just as functional as it is sculptural and will make a beautiful accent to a home office or workspace.

Jewelry

You can never go wrong with buying your loved one of our Brian Gavin Diamonds jewelry pieces. From diamond necklaces to gemstone stud earrings, Brian Gavin Diamonds has a unique and varied collection of hand-crafted jewelry. Here are a few of our favorite pieces that will make a great addition to any jewelry collection.

Round Tanzanite

The Round Tanzanite Studs are striking, bold, and beautiful. It's the right pop of color to make any outfit sparkle.

Round Emerald

This Round Emerald ring will definitely make a statement this holiday season.

Modern Open Heart Pendant

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then you can’t go wrong with the beautiful Modern Open Heart Pendant.

For more gift ideas, visit our website to find the perfect gift for that special person in your life.

Easy Methods to Clean Sterling Silver

Sterling silver jewelry is a staple for every jewelry box, but nothing is worse than when one of our favorites pieces becomes tarnished and discolored. Why this happens is quite simple. When oxygen and sulfur make contact with the silver, overtime, jewelry begins to lose its luster as a result.

Don’t start worrying yet! There are many affordable at-home remedies to get your sterling silver sparkling once again. Here are some of our favorite DIY tricks to help keep your sterling silver jewelry dazzling bright and looking good as new.

Wearing the Jewelry

This method is a no-brainer! An easy way to avoid your favorite silver pieces from going dull is to wear them often! The oils from your skin act as a cleaning agent and can help maintain its brilliant shine (and you will be looking glamorous in the process.)

Soap and Water

Warm water with a mild dish soap is one of the oldest tricks in the book. This easy, at-home method is a great way to safely clean your favorite sterling silver pieces. With the use of everyday products that you have in your kitchen, it’ll save you money while being effective in removing tarnishes!

Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Lemon juice is commonly known for its powerful cleaning properties, so it’s no surprise that this ingredient is used in washing sterling silver. To do this, mix together ½ cup of lemon juice and 1 tsp of olive oil in a small bowl then use a microfiber cloth to rub the solution on your jewelry. Soon enough, your silver will be back on its A-game.

Baking Soda and Water

If the above solutions aren’t working for cleaning your jewelry, try using baking soda and water. By creating a baking soda paste and rubbing the solution on your jewelry with a toothbrush, your sterling silver will be brand new in no time.

The History of The Engagement Ring

When we think engagement rings, we think love, happiness, and forever spent with our significant other, but little do we realize the history behind this small piece of jewelry. The engagement ring has been a symbolic token for centuries. Journey with us through time as we uncover the history and evolving meaning of the wedding ring.

2000 B.C

The history of the engagement ring can be dated as far back as Ancient Egypt! Rings were considered to be symbols of eternity and worn on the third finger of the left hand, which was believed to have a vein that ran directly to the heart. This was the first known culture where people exchanged rings in honor of love.

200 B.C.

In Ancient Roman times, men gave betrothal rings to their wives to signify ownership. Women would have two separate rings, one made out of iron that they wore around the house, and one made out of gold that they would wear in public. Historians believed this to be the first instance where rings were used to symbolize marriage.

200 B.C

Middle Ages

During Medieval times, wedding rings worn by the wealthy were adorned with various gemstones and considered as symbols of social status. Poesy rings, wedding rings engraved with religious and inspirational messages, also became popular.

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1400

It wasn’t until 1477 when diamonds were first introduced to the engagement ring. Archduke Maximillian of Austria was the first to commission an engagement ring adorned with diamonds in the shape of an “M” for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy.

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Victorian Era

The Victorian era was a highly recognized time for its influence on jewelry, especially the wedding ring. Engagement rings were typically adorned with large, colorful gemstones, such as opals, rubies, and emeralds, and had bold designs. After the discovery of diamonds in South Africa, it became more common for diamonds to be used in engagement rings. Rose and Old Mine cuts rose to popularity and were placed in flower or clustered settings.

Victorian Era

20th Century

Although popularity for diamond rings declined after the first World War and even more so during the Great Depression, the diamond cartel, De Beers, profoundly influenced the diamond industry. Their slogan, “A Diamond is Forever,” helped persuade both men and women that diamond rings were indispensable and the ultimate motif of an eternal bond.

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Present Day

Now, with hundreds of shapes, cuts, and settings, the options for that perfect ring are endless. With a rich and intimate history, engagement rings have proven themselves to be the utmost symbol of love and matrimony (and that’s something we can definitely get behind)!

Milgrain Halo Engagement Ring

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Check out our collection of unique diamond engagement rings that we individually handcraft to perfection. We are so proud to be a part of an industry founded on romance, love, and eternal devotion. Visit our website to see it all.

7 Brian Gavin Diamonds Must-Haves for Your Jewelry Box

Just like the little black dress hanging in your closet, every woman needs her go-to jewelry staples. Whether it’s for a last-minute date night, work meeting, or lunch out with the girls, jewelry is essential for adding that extra glam to your everyday outfit. From evening wear to business casual, here are our 10 must-have pieces for every woman’s jewelry box.

Detached Braid Hoop Earrings

Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are essential when it comes to dressing up or dressing down an outfit. Paired with your favorite denim jeans or cocktail dress, hoop earrings are the best compliment for any outfit. These silver Detailed Braid Hoop Earrings from Nambe are a fun and unique spin on the classic hoop earring and are a must-have accessory for any season.

Split Four Prong Studs

Diamond Studs

When it comes to simplicity, diamond studs are the perfect way to accessorize without making too bold of a statement. Pair them with a white blouse and pencil skirt or jeans and a tee, these Split Four Prong Studs are great for every occasion.

 Dharma Cuff Bracelet

Cuff

The Ancient Greeks were definitely trendsetters when it came to adorning their outfits with elaborate and beautiful cuffs. These historic bracelets are timeless and come in a variety of styles. The Dharma Cuff Bracelet is a modern take on this classic accessory and is sure to be a showstopper for your next holiday party.

Love Pendant

Pendant Necklace

Pendant necklaces are our favorite accessory when you are looking for that stunning, yet simple piece of jewelry. The Love Pendant is perfect when you need an understated necklace for your every-day wear (and also makes a great love gift for your special someone).

Marquise Earrings Mother of Pearl

Pearl Earrings

As the world’s oldest gemstones, we can see why the pearl is considered the queen of gems. From studs to drops, pearls add an additional level of elegance and class to any outfit. The Marquise Earrings Mother of Pearl is a unique twist on this extraordinary jewel and are a true statement piece you will want to wear every day.

Pearls No 10

Pearl Necklace

With pearls being a timeless jewelry piece, a pearl necklace would enhance your current lineup. Whether you are channeling your inner Audrey Hepburn or need to dress up for a formal occasion, the Pearl No 10 pearl strand necklace should be your new best friend. Pearls are a classic staple that will definitely have you feeling like a glamorous movie star.

Multi-Band Ring

Oval Random Cut Amethyst

Statement Ring

From boho chic to sleek and elegant, statement rings are one of the best ways to accessorize any outfit. Our Muli-Band Ring is great for making a bold statement and giving off the illusion of a trendy stacked ring set. On the other hand, if you are looking for something to truly wow the crowd, our Oval Random Cut Amethyst will definitely be a showstopper at your next dinner party.

November's Birthstones: Citrine and Topaz

Tis’ the season where the leaves change color, you cozy up to a loved one and, most importantly, bring out your favorite fall accessories. Topaz and citrine are THE hit stones of the season and a must in every closet. As the birthstone of November, topaz and citrine have vibrant tones and come in a variety of shades and colors. From royal blues to deep sunset oranges, these jewels make the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. Topaz originates from the Greek word Topazios, a small Greek island off the Red Sea. Many believed the name originated from the Sanskrit word ‘tapas,’ meaning fire. The stone can be found in modern day Brazil, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Russia. The Ancient Romans believed topaz to be a stone of great healing power while the Greeks believed it to be a source of strength and vigor. Citrine is very similar to topaz in terms of its variety of warm hues but is a yellow member of the quartz family. Natural citrine can be found in modern day Russia, Madagascar and France. In Ancient Greek times, citrine was used a decorative element for armor and jewelry. Some even considered citrine to hold the warmth of the sun, burning out negative energy and fears. While there is a lot of history and folklore behind these classic stones, there is one thing we know for sure, they are strikingly beautiful. Here are a few of our favorite Brian Gavin pieces that are sure to be showstoppers for your next holiday get-together: Square Cab Citrine ring bgd This Square Cab Citrine ring, adorned with 66 pieces off White Topaz, will make the perfect accessory to your favorite fall sweater. Oval Checkerboard London Blue Topaz Leverback Earrings bgd A Brian Gavin Diamonds favorite is our Oval Checkerboard London Blue Topaz Leverback Earrings. Set in a 14k rose gold setting, featuring a 0.26 ctw diamond melee, they will definitely have you feeling like a princess. Square Cab Citrine earrings bgd Your ears are sure to sparkle in these 7.57 ctw Square Cab Citrine earrings, adorned with 70 pieces of White Topaz. For more beautiful pieces, whether it's a sparkling diamond or colored gemstones, visit Brian Gavin Diamonds to see our large collection!