Valentine’s Day Sale at Brian Gavin Diamonds

Get up to 8% off at BrianGavinDiamonds.com

Create the perfect piece for your special someone and give them an everlasting symbol of your love this Valentine’s Day.

When you pair a diamond (or diamonds) with a pendant or earrings, you’ll enjoy up to 8% off the diamond (or diamonds).

 

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Terms and Conditions
 1. Cannot be applied retroactively to purchases made before 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday 1/11/17.

2. Cannot be combined with any other discounts, besides normal Wire Discount.

3. All bank wire payments and checks must be received by end of business day, Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 otherwise price will revert to original listed bank wire price.

4. Brian Gavin Signature Diamonds include - Signature H&A or Blue, Round, Cushion or Princess Diamonds. Offer is not valid on "Black by Brian Gavin"

5. To receive discounts - purchase must be made online, and both diamond and setting must be purchased

6. Discount does not apply to settings

7. Special offer only good until 5 pm CST, Friday 2/10/17
 8. 8% includes 3% wire dscount for wire and check payments, receive 5% off for credit card and Paypal.

Most Beautiful 1 Carat Signature Princess Cut Diamond

This is an incredible diamond. Look at its ASET image and you will know instantly that you have got a truly rare treasure here. And you’ll get it in time for Valentine’s day!

www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.023-h-vvs1-princess-diamond-ags-104061658001

 

Extra bonus: Image of the actual diamond (not a stock photo).

I have emphasized the characteristics which I deem extremely valuable and make this diamond stand out among all others.

Click image to go directly to this Princess Cut diamond at Brian Gavin diamonds
Click image to go directly to this Princess Cut diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds

Type Brian Gavin Signature
Product ID: AGS-104061658001
Shape: Princess
Report: AGS
Carat: 1.023
Color: H
Clarity: VVS1
Measurements: 5.46 x 5.39 x 4.06
Lab Cut Grade: Ideal
Light Performance: Ideal
Polish: Ideal
Symmetry: Ideal
Table %: 66.2
Depth %: 75.3
Crown %: 11.9
Crown Angle: 38.1
Star %: –
Pav Angle: 40.1
Pavillion %: 59.1
Lower Girdle %: –
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible
Girdle Min-Max %: 3.7 – 4.9
Girdle: Medium To Slightly Thick Faceted

 

this diamond gets my “No Regrets” stamp of approval.

No Regrets stamp of approval for this round diamond

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Princess Cut Diamond: A Real Treasure! 1.057 carat F VS1 Brian Gavin Signature

Princess cut diamonds have been growing in popularity and I can see a few reasons why.

I have just been holding two 1 carat diamonds and examining them side by side. One is a round brilliant cut and the other is a princess cut. Even though they are both 1 carat, I find that the princess cut diamond just looks a little bigger. I was discussing this with another jeweler and she was saying that it was because of the particular setting, but I wasn’t entirely in agreement with her on this. The settings were both prong settings and not that different from each other. I suppose this can be debated forever since I was only talking about the appearance of which one “looked” bigger.

The reason I think princess cut diamonds are getting so popular is related to their price per carat, their nice name, and their sparkle.

They do really sparkle.

Princess cut diamonds have more facets than round brilliants. The standard round brilliant cut has 58 facets and the princess cut has 76 facets. What do more facets mean? Well, more facets mean that when it’s in the light, the light gets divided up more ways and as a result you’ll have more fire and brilliance. With a greater amount of reflectors you get a greater number of points from which light bounces, refracts, and disperses. The end result is that the princess diamond really does seem to be made out of a magical substance, stardust, and pure light beams.

Today I have found a magnificent princess cut diamond for you that is going to knock your socks off!

This is it:

http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.057-f-vs1-princess-diamond-ags-104047876017

 

princess cut diamond 1.057 carat F color VS1 clarity

And not only do we get an image of the actual diamond, we also get an AGS Laboratories report: http://www.agslab.com/pdf_sync_reports/104047876017-PLDQR.PDF

Having an AGS lab report is a huge bonus because this means we have a Computer Generated Light Performance Map, only available on AGS Lab’s grading reports. If you don’t know how to read those, well, the simplest rule of thumb is this: the more brightness on the Computer Generated Light Performance Map the better, along with a distinct area, but not overwhelming, area of contrast.

Princess Cut Diamond with actual photo
This listing has the actual photo of the diamond. Not a stock photo. Examine it up close with the online magnifier.

This diamond gets my No Regrets Stamp of Approval.

No Regrets stamp of approval for this princess diamond

 

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Princess Diamond Ideal Cut 1.54 Carat H Color

1.54 Carat H-SI2 Ideal Cut Princess Diamond
Click image to view this diamond under magnification at James Allen

The time I have spent on diamond hunting today has paid off and I am pleased to present you with a fantastic diamond.

Princess cut diamonds are a popular choice for diamond rings. Not only do they look good in a solitaire setting, they are equally suited for rings with sidestones. (Both options are available at James Allen). Princess cut diamonds are what is termed a “Fancy Cut“, which includes all diamonds not cut into a round brilliant shape. I have noticed that when checking out trends within search terms that one of the most frequently performed searches on the internet by those looking for a diamond (usually for an engagement ring) is for “Princess Cut Diamond” or “Princess Diamond“. So I know that many of you reading this page will be delighted with this stone.

Several things about this diamond make it absolutely tops and I have highlighted those factors in the chart below.

Shape:  Princess
Carat Weight:  1.54
Cut:  Excellent
Color:  H
Clarity:  SI2
Certificate:  GIA
 Price: $8920
Depth:  69.6%
Table:  71.0%
Polish:  Excellent
Symmetry:  Excellent
Girdle: 
Culet: 
Fluorescence:  None
Measurements:  6.58*6.54*4.55
Ratio:  1.01

I always recommend going for diamonds with an Excellent cut grade. I have noticed that many online diamond vendors sell heaps of J color diamonds. This is fine for round brilliant diamonds due to the way rounds are engineered, but fancy cut diamonds are at their best when they have a minimum color grade of  I. The one I am presenting here has even less color, being an H.

Buying a diamond online can be done for a number of reasons: More variety; Better prices; Better terms; No pressure. I still think it is hard to beat stepping into a good jeweler’s and seeing diamonds with your own eyes. I’ve just been looking at the difference between an H stone and a K stone, and the difference you get in terms of sparkle from the H stone is really noticeable. All that to say, after choosing to get a diamond with an excellent cut you’ll be very pleased with a diamond that has the least color possible. So this diamond I present to you today is a fantastic H on the color scale. Oh, and did  you notice its size? It is 1.54 carats!  It is going to be hard to find any diamond of this size with these specifications for less than $10,000. The trick I used, which has worked over and over again, was to select a diamond with a lower clarity grade and then examine the GIA grading report (also referred to as a diamond certificate) as well as the high resolution image provided by James Allen. Only after examining the grading report do we see that the SI2 grading is not that severe and does not impact much on the beauty of the diamond. Check it out yourself. https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI2-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1519156.asp

It is also a bonus that there are no issues with fluorescence, even though this is usually of very little concern anyway.

James Allen give you a generous 60 days to inspect the merchandise, and they honour their word about “No questions asked” if there is a need to return it.

Princess diamonds between 1.50-10.00 carat, H color, SI2 clarity, Ideal cut, EX,ID polish, EX,ID symmetry

I give this diamond my No Regrets stamp of approval.

stamp of approval

 

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How to pick the best diamond on a $5000 budget

In this article I am going to show you how to choose the nicest possible diamond on a budget of $5000.

We’ll use DiamondWave for this example. DiamondWave own every single diamond they present on their website, so you are guaranteed you will actually get the diamond you choose. The majority of the diamonds they have are round brilliant, which are the most sought after type of diamonds for engagement rings. Their diamonds are all high quality, so there’s hardly any chance you can go wrong, so this is a good place to start for a first time buyer.

As we have set a budget of $5000 for this exercise ,  we’ll be using part of it for the loose diamond, and part of it for the ring setting.

The $5000 will have to cover:

1. The metal band

2. The gem (or gems)

If I first choose the metal for the ring then I’ll know how much I can budget for the diamond and any extra gems.

What’s best? Gold, Platinum, or Palladium?

I recommend  going with palladium.

Palladium offers all the benefits of the king of metals, platinum, but without the hefty price tag. As it is considerably easier on the wallet (comparable in price to 14K gold)  it leaves more for us to budget on the diamond. Very pure gold (24K to 18K) is generally not used in diamond jewelry. Pure gold is quite soft. Gold has to be mixed with other metals to make it durable enough to carry diamonds. And many people prefer the white look of platinum for diamond rings. There is also a type of metal that is marketed as “White gold”. This is yellow gold that has been dipped in rhodium to make its surface white. It’s like gold plating in reverse which is not the most sensible of options.

All that to say, palladium is a good choice. It’s a choice you won’t regret as it is an excellent metal for holding diamonds securely in place, and it is hypo-allergenic so anyone with sensitive skin won’t get a rash from it. Some people are allergic to some yellow gold alloys.

Read more about choosing metals at DiamondWave.

choosing a diamond ring setting
I’ll choose a solitaire ring setting. This displays the diamond nicely.

In this example I will be choosing a ring which is not the very cheapest, so I know it’s got some substance: A nice durable palladium ring. As you can see DiamondWave’s prices are also good in the ring department.

choose the ring size
Here I choose the ring size and whether there will be 4 prongs or 6 prongs to hold the diamond in place. I choose 4 prongs  since this is the right amount for holding the type of diamond I will be choosing whether Round Brilliant, Princess, Emerald Cut, or Asscher.

 

I then click Add This Setting To Ring. I am then presented with the Diamond Search page.

Searching for a Princess cut diamond.

 

I have $4,450 budgeted for the diamond after setting $550 aside for the setting.

I then slide the sliders to narrow my search according to my preferences. The most important one is Cut. I won’t even consider anything that has a cut less than Excellent. Diamond grading certificates only give a cut grade for round brilliant diamonds.  DiamondWave has confirmed that all their diamonds are a very good grade, or better. This makes searching for a good diamond at DiamondWave easy, since fancy cuts (like Princess, Asscher, Oval, and such) do not get their cut grade mentioned on the GIA certificate.

In order for the search parameters to show which Princess (or other fancy cut) diamonds are available I have to expand the parameters a little to include Very Good Cut.

Since DiamondWave have a 45 day return policy, there is plenty of time to inspect the merchandise and get a different stone if needed. But sticking to higher quality ones will minimize any chance of that happening.

Choosing the preferences for a princess cut diamond
Cut grade is very important. But color should not be neglected. Princess diamonds should be “I” color or lighter. If you can’t look at the diamond it’s a much safer bet to choose one with a clarity rating of VVS2 or higher.

The first two on this list make excellent candidates for an engagement ring. The first one is 4.8 mm across, and the second one 5.1mm across. I looked at their grading reports to get this information.

If you decide you want more choice you can always look at the round diamonds.

As DiamondWave have many more round brilliant diamonds in stock I performed a slightly different search. I decided to narrow it down by adjusting the carat weight slider; as well as the polish and symmetry sliders.

choosing preferences for a round brilliant diamond
Symmetry is quite important, so I’ve slid the slider way up to show only Excellent Symmetry. In order to show only sized that would look good in an engagement ring I have slid the Carat Weight to 0.65.

The search with the options you see in the image above gave me the choice of 11 round diamonds. There were also the two princess cut diamonds from the previous search to consider. All of them fall within the budget I set at the beginning of this exercise, and any one of those will be beautiful.

If you look at the prices displayed, you will see that all of them fall within the allocated amount, and if desired the largest one can be selected which is a 0.77 carat diamond, I color, for $3,604. Alternately the diamond with the highest color grade can be selected: 0.74 carat, G color, for $4,226. The size of the two will be indistinguishable. Even though the color difference will only be slight, G color diamonds are real nice, and might be the one you find more alluring.

Another nice thing about dealing with DiamondWave is that you can call them up and ask them to have a look at the diamond you are interested in. They’ll be able to give you a first hand account of what it looks like, which can be extremely helpful. I highly recommend this.

Start your own search now: http://www.diamondwave.com/-strse-Build-Your-Own-Ring-cln-Diamond-Solitaire-Rings

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Center Diamond: 1 carat, plus 1.05 carats of side stones

Catch of The DaySmaller players in the diamond market often have to try some pretty drastic stunts to get any attention. Diamonds online are already quite a bit cheaper than diamonds in retail shops. But Primestyle have such incredible bargains that you’d be hard pressed to find anything priced any lower.

They’ve got a number of rings on special right now, and I don’t know for how long they will be able to keep these rings at this price as this is quite low. If you want a cut diamond but are hoping to find it close to wholesale price on the internet this is likely going to be as good as it gets. This is the one place you’ll find this kind of bargain where you are dealing with a legitimate jeweler with fair return policy and free shipping.

What is the catch? Well it’s actually not so bad.

The diamonds are graded as I to J color. I is generally acceptable for a Princess cut stone. And as far as inclusions Primestyle give it a VS2 to SI1, which admittedly is on the lower end of what is ideal, but when this is compared to the small fortune that you are saving it seems like an insignificant compromise. The cut is graded by Primstyle as Very Good. While we prefer the cut to be Excellent this is still a very tempting stone as it’s just such a good price.

I think there is virtually no risk of regretting this purchase. And even if there is, Primestyle purchases come with a 30 day money back guarantee. Have a look at the stone once it arrives, and I am sure you’ll see that it’s B-E-A-U-tiful.

When I think of the prices people are paying in local malls I can’t imagine anyone NOT looking online when you can get such incredible deals such as the ones you have at Primestyle at the moment. I saw a stone in the local mall priced at $9,800 and it had so many inclusions that it was way past SI3. But these rings sell because buying a ring is an emotional experience, and it’s not always about the money.

When you have a stone like this one at Primestyle which is of better quality by several degrees you can easily accept that its retail price would be $12,500. I don’t doubt that the local mall jeweler would price it closer to $15,000.

So at $2,824.99 this is definitely a great “Catch Of The Day”

Use the coupon “PS109” to get an additional $30 off.

 

Best Princess Cut Under $6,000

Today we are looking at Princess cut diamonds.

These are hugely popular and sought after. It’s important to realise that the way light is dispersed through princess cut diamonds makes it necessary to look for a stone with a higher color than “J”.

We thought we’d try a little trick and go for one with  a clarity rating of SI2. The trick is to make sure that the diamond still looks good. This of course is only possible through a place like James Allen since they have high magnification of the actual diamond that you are going to buy.

We can see that the inclusions don’t ruin the look of the diamond, and make this a very good deal for a diamond way over 1 carat.

 

Princess cut from James Allen

Shape: Princess

Carat weight: 1.22

Cut: Excellent

Color: H

Clarity: SI2

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 74.0%

Table: 72.0%

Polish: Excellent

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle:

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements in millimeters: 5.74*5.63*4.17

Ratio: 1.02