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.

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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.

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“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


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

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.

To Forever in Paradise

Island sunsets and crisp ocean breezes set the tone for Cris and Krystle’s romance in the Caribbean. Before these wistful wayfarers packed their bags to turn miles into memories, they met in college years prior while studying at the University of Connecticut. Cris instantly had a crush on Krystle following their first time hanging out at the Filipino American Students Association.

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Fast forward nearly seven years and the two shared their first kiss together at a magical New Year’s Eve party. Since that intimate moment, the rest became history. In Krystle’s words, she “realized eventually we were weirdly perfect for each other.” One special moment at a party quickly evolved into meaningful adventures around the world.

When they first started dating, Krystle was deathly afraid of flying, but that didn’t stop Cris’ adventurous spirit from rubbing off on her. Before he knew it, Cris had convinced Krystle to join him for a destination wedding in Punta Cana, a gorgeous resort town in the Dominican Republic. The tropical trip was an absolute blast! So much so, that Krystle started researching which all-inclusive resort she’d want to visit for her 30 birthday.

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Before the loving couple jetted off to Punta Cana for Krystle’s birthday celebration, Cris heavily researched online for the perfect engagement ring. He ultimately landed on Brian Gavin Diamonds and our team worked together step-by-step to create Krystle’s dream engagement ring.

“My favorite part about working with the BGD team was that they made me feel like my proposal to Krystle had to be perfect, just like I wanted it to be,” Chris recalled. “They made me feel comfortable with the choices that fell within my budget. The prompt responses also made me feel very valued as a customer,” he continued.

Cris had taken careful notes on what Krystle would want in a ring and ultimately landed on a beautiful New Truth Solitaire Engagement Ring set in 18K rose gold with a Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows brilliant round diamond.

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With the ring safely packed away, Cris and Krystle jetted off to Punta Cana for her special day. Cris played it cool, not letting on to the hidden engagement ring that would confirm their future, but a mixture of excitement and nervousness set in on Krystle’s birthday.

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Despite Cris’ butterflies, Krystle didn’t catch on to his plans. “Right before it happened, our friend Geoff was posing us for pictures during the sunset, which wasn’t out of the ordinary since he’s always taking pictures. It wasn’t until we were back-to-back under a decorated canopy and I could notice our friends start to pull out their phones that I realized something was about to happen,” beamed Krystle. “Not only did Cris surprise me with the proposal, but he was able to keep it a secret from almost everyone else on the trip! It was definitely a moment to remember, surrounded by some of my closest friends,” she said.

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It was a sight to see, and thankfully Geoff (the couple’s close friend and creator of Take 220 Productions) captured every blissful second in photos and a beautiful video montage.

Cris’ diamond homework and beautifully planned proposal certainly left Krystle stunned. “I cannot get over the brilliance of my Brian Gavin diamond. The craftsmanship and care that goes into cutting a diamond to the exact measurements that will maximize its beauty are evident,” she marveled.

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We loved working with Cris and enjoyed crafting the ultimate birthday gift. We wish the happy couple many wonderful years to come. Visit our website to see other glamorous engagement ring styles and start your own love story.


Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with BGD

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, we’re reminiscing about some of the beautiful customer love stories and proposals we’ve had the opportunity of being a part of.

Temple of Love

Alan proposed to his lovely long-time girlfriend Danielle on a vacation getaway in Southeast Asia. The couple had been making their way throughout Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia where they visited the beautiful Angkor Wat temples. Rich in culture and history, this was the enchanted location Alan chose to ask Danielle to be his wife. He proposed with a dazzling Novela Patientia ring with glimmering emerald gemstones throughout the band.

Love is All You Need

Since he was 19 years old, Frank knew Sarah was the one that he wanted to spend forever with. Their paths crossed by chance years later when they serendipitously met again while both playing violin in the same orchestra. Frank chose a striking platinum Classic Style Half Round Solitaire engagement ring for Sarah. They’ve become inseparable and continue to live a life full of love for each other and the music they play.

Hong Kong Romance

Tom and Hanna planned a trip to visit her parents living in Hong Kong. She didn’t have a clue that Tom had already been planning to make their trip more memorable by proposing surrounded by friends and family. The Tapered Classic Style Half Round engagement ring setting was the perfect style to symbolize his love for Hanna. With ring in hand and their trip underway, Tom popped the question, grinning ear-to-ear as Hanna said yes!

The Unforgettable Birthday

Hung had a thrilling and adventurous birthday weekend arranged for his girlfriend. To add excitement to the festivities, he secretly planned to ask for her hand in marriage as the ideal close to an amazing weekend. Working closely with the BGD team, he perused the selection and came upon the Classic Style Knife Edge engagement ring style. Without a doubt in his mind, Hung knew he had found the most impeccable ring. It truly was the perfect ending to an unforgettable weekend!

California Dreams

Jack wanted to take his girlfriend to all the beautiful places they visited when they first met. They travelled to the Bay Area and explored Land’s End, the Legion of Honor, Golden Gate Park and finally the Palace of Fine Arts. At the Palace of Fine Arts, they sat on a blanket overlooking the majestic columns and flipped through a special photo album he created of their time together. He recited a beautiful poem as he bent down on one knee and extended the Tapered Classic Style Half Round out to her hand.

Proposal in Paradise

Colleen and Sean would often talk about spending their lives together. To celebrate the New Year, they visited the beautiful island of Kauai, a place close to their hearts because that’s where their families live. Sean wanted a custom platinum three stone, three halo setting with a vividly stunning Black by Brian Gavin center stone to profess his love for Colleen. The happy couple celebrated the New Year with a magical beach proposal. We are so thankful to have been a small part of these amazing customer love stories. For more engagement ring inspiration, visit our website.

Winter Wonderland Alaskan Proposal

Most high school sweethearts fall madly into “puppy love,” but Matthew knew from the moment he met Katelin in high school economics class that this would be more than “puppy love.” Katelin was the one for him, so Matthew started searching for that perfect ring to show his love and devotion. Two years earlier, Katelin had already tried on a ring at Tiffany and Co., but with such a hefty price tag, Matthew looked elsewhere. He turned to Brian Gavin Diamonds and the BGD team to find the perfect ring for Katelin to light up her face with joy. “I was nervous purchasing such an expensive ring online without being able to see it first hand, but the BGD team did such a remarkable job answering all my questions, and reassuring me on the ring selection.” Ultimately, Matthew chose the ever-stunning Classic Three Stone open basket platinum setting featuring a center diamond from Brian Gavin Diamonds’ Signature Collection as well as two surrounding diamonds from the Black by Brian Gavin Collection. “When I first saw it, I knew it was the perfect ring for her. Brian Gavin Diamonds blew the Tiffany and Co. rings completely out of the water. It’s the most incredible and brilliant ring I have ever seen!” With the perfect ring in hand, Matthew started brainstorming ideas to surprise her, he thought, “I knew I wanted something Alaskan! What’s better than a glacier proposal?” You can’t get any surprises past Katelin, so Matthew had to pull out all stops to surprise her for this special day. “The day of the proposal was pretty nerve-racking! I did not want anything to go wrong, to say the least, and knowing this was such a special day, I had to play it right. Fortunately, her father’s birthday was the same weekend, so we told her the helicopter glacier tour was all for his birthday and it would be a great opportunity to take family pictures.” After meticulously planning the special surprise with her parents for months (he even had her mom record the entire proposal), Matthew popped the question with a beautiful Alaskan glacier as the backdrop. “Needless to say, she cried tears of joy and said yes! Plus, she has a video and photos to reflect on it as much as she wants!” The entire BGD team wishes Matthew and Katelin a long life full of love and happiness. You may view similar spectacular creations like Katelin’s engagement ring by visiting the Brian Gavin Diamonds website.