The Most Beautiful Cushion Cut Diamond

Brian Gavin Select  Cusion Cut Diamond 0.783 E color VS2 clarity
click image to go to this diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds

This diamond was one of 32 diamonds added to the Brian Gavin inventory today.

After looking over each one’s images and grading report I felt that I should place this one here as our Catch of The Day. 

All of Brian Gavin Diamonds are in a class of their own, as everything coming from Brian Gavin Diamonds just stands out as being so perfect. When looking over all the new inventory I felt like they are all finalists in a beauty contest. However I consider this particular one to be outstanding and not only the top performer, but representing the best value.

I have highlighted the characteristics which make this diamond exceptional, and the ASET image also indicates that this diamond is truly magnificent.

With actual photos of the diamond in high resolution you get to see exactly what the diamond looks like.

Don’t expect to find high resolution photos of diamonds at every jewelry seller’s website. Of the hundreds of thousands of diamonds for sale, only a small percentage get photographed like this. The majority of the time buyers have to make do with stock photos, and one has to read through the diamond certificates to get an idea of how nice the diamonds are.

This 0.783 carat E color VS2 Select Cushion Cut Diamond can be seen in the image above. And the best aspects are its cut, which even though cushion cut diamonds do not get a mention of cut grade on the grading report, the ASET shows how much brilliance can be seen in this diamond, confirming that it is an Ideal cut. Also of note is the color (E, very rare!), and its VS2 clarity which would require 30x magnification to see any inclusions! All in all an ideal diamond for a lovely engagement ring.

Type Brian Gavin Select
Product ID: 104061059012
Diamond Shape: Cushion
Grading Report: AGS
Carat Weight: 0.783
Color: E
Clarity: VS2
Measurements: 5.52 mm x 5.50 mm x 3.69 mm
Polish: Excellent
Symmetry: Excellent


Table: 58.6 %
Depth: 67.1 %
Crown: 15.9 %
Crown Angle: 37.0 degrees
Pav Angle: 42.0
Pavillion: 48.0 %
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible
Girdle: Thin To Slightly Thick Faceted

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Nicest, Finest, Most Gorgeous Diamond Ring In The World (Under Half A Million Dollars)

Ah, yes, the fine things in life. Diamonds being one of them. And what a fine thing we have for you today. If all you can do is drool over it, well that’s kind of fun too. I mean, anticipation is half the enjoyment.

Just the fact that there is this 9 carat diamond is so mind-blowingly incredible. Oops I let the cat out of the bag. Yes, I am reviewing a 9 carat diamond.

And it is made available to you by one of our favorite sites. I try not to play favorites, but at the moment I am just so excited about Gemvara. They make it so much fun to play with the settings on the rings and customizing this and that. This is what technology should be used for, and happily someone is using it for this: Gemvara. They have designed their website in such an interactive way that I think everyone else’s websites are falling by the wayside.

Hmmm. I hope I won’t make the others feel bad…I don’t feel good when I appear to be playing favorites.

It’s like a beauty contest. The finalists are all winners in my books.

But here we are, nevertheless with an outstanding performer. FUN!  It is fun to play with the choices.

When all is said and done it all comes down to choices. And Gemvara gives us a lot of choices. They definitely know about the modern mindset. We like choices. Although, fortunately, they haven’t made it as mind boggling as the 3 million choices BMW was giving its customers a few years ago. I don’t know if they still do that. Three million possible combinations. It could take a while to scroll through three million possible combinations.

Gemvara offers 8 different gemstones as side stones, and you can see the color of the side accent stones on the ring change right there in front of you on the screen. Am I too excited, about this? Maybe it’s because I can remember the days before computers when this kind of thing was impossible. It would have been quite an exercise to get pictographical representations of a diamond ring in 8 different styles. Not to mention showing it to hundreds of people simultaneously around the world!

Well, now that I got that off my chest here’s the ring.

9 carat diamond ring with accent pave stones
Click on the image to go directly to this ring at Gemvara

The diamond with ring and with accent stones is priced considerately below half a million. How very considerate of them.

But really, diamonds are rare. Clear ones are rarer, big ones are even rarer. I am not sure how many 9 carat diamonds there are in the world, but I can tell you that there will not be very many.

And this one is very very high on the color scale (it should be called the colorless scale). It is an E. Just one step removed from the almost unobtainable D. Certainly in this size, it would be. I did not find any D diamonds this size on three other jeweler sites.

So how big is a 9 carat diamond? It is 12mm in diameter when viewed in the setting, from above. That is what you call a big rock. Not for the faint hearted.

When choosing a color for the side stones, diamonds of course would be the first choice. But if you want a splash of color, maybe checking to see what the recipient’s favorite color is could give you a clue, or there are a number of gems that are considered birth stones, so if the recipient is born in the corresponding month, maybe that would be the gem to choose for the accent stone.

Ruby is July’s birthstone, and the 15th anniversary as well as the  40th anniversary gem.

Diamond is April’s birthstone and the 10th anniversary gem.

Emerald is May’s birthstone and the 20th and 35th anniversary gem.

Sapphire, available in blue, pink, yellow, and white, is September’s birthstone and the 5th and 45th anniversary gem.

The other thing which is an excellent improvement at Gemvara is that they have also started including the GIA grading report for their diamonds.

Aren’t they just doing everything right?

Here is the grading report for this 9.03 carat diamond:

Grading report for 9 carat E diamond


With Gemvara’s 101 day return policy, I think that there is plenty of time to inspect the merchandise after buying it without worrying about running out of time. Wouldn’t you agree?

This diamond is a cushion cut (that is the term used when referring to its shape), which is classified as a Fancy Cut. With a Polish grade of Excellent (that is referring to its exterior), and a symmetry grade of Very Good, you are going to have one beautiful stone here.

My one piece of advice would be to have a browse, look at the ring on their site and the different options for the ring, then pick up the telephone, and call Gemvara and find out if the inclusions are visible to the naked eye.

I am 97.9% certain that the inclusions are not visible to the unaided eye.

Height of Perfection

Today I set myself a challenge to identify a diamond that embodies perfection.

This is the diamond that would be given to someone who embodies elegance, perfection, and class.

The aim here was to locate a stone that is outstanding, above average, yet still have that hint of the nature, so just shy of Internally Flawless. We wanted to locate a stone for anyone who wants something outstanding, but not garishly big. I wanted to have the stone to still be easily differentiated from a synthetic diamond by an expert, and this clearly translates well with the characteristics someone might see in the recipient: perfection for all to see, yet remembering the fact that they are still human.

So this is why the diamond would have to be double the average engagement ring diamond.

  • 2 ct.
  • as close to “D” color as possible.
  • Almost no inclusions.
  • Cut, polish & symmetry all had to be perfect.
I decided on a Select IdealTM round cut diamond from Union Diamond. This is a superior cut and this cut ensures the maximum fire and brilliance.
Se here is our
Catch Of The Day:

Loose Diamond Round E VVS1 2.01 GIA Certified

Loose Diamond Round E VVS1 2.01 GIA Certified
Loose Diamond Round E VVS1 2.01 GIA CertifiedThis diamond’s proportions are so exact that it has been classified as a Select Ideal Cut by expert Gemologists. Nearly all light that enters the Select Ideal Cut diamond is reflected from facet to facet; and then back to the top of the diamond which produces maximum brilliance, fire and beauty. Select Ideal Cuts can only be found at Union Diamond.

This gets our “No Regrets” stamp of approval without hesitation.