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Cherry Picked Diamond of the Week, Black by Brian Gavin Reviews, AGS 104089113007

This Puppy Will Hit the Mark

This 1.738 carat, F-color, VS-2 clarity, Black by Brian Gavin hearts and arrows round diamond is going to knock her socks off! Just look at the sparkle factor created by the incredible degree of optical precision ideal proportions! BTW the dust-like reflections are created by the speckled platform under the diamond on the imaging system. They are not inclusions and don't appear in the other image options which use a different base.

James Allen Diamond Reviews, SKU 3141326, AGS 104094107005

James Allen True Hearts

This 1.63 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond is sure to please! The 40.7 degree pavilion angle should produce a high volume of light return. While the 34.7 degree crown angle produces a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. The higher degree of optical precision, which creates the hearts pattern, combined with the 78% lower girdle facet length, will produce broad spectrum sparkle!

Blue Nile Diamond Reviews, LD09177841, GIA 2266432707

GIA Excellent Cut Round

This 1.30 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, GIA Excellent cut round diamond from Blue Nile should be stunning. The 40.8 degree pavilion angle should produce a high volume of light return. While the 34.5 degree crown angle produces a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. It's not up to the standards for hearts and arrows, but it's a good second tier option for those of you who don't want to spend the extra money for that cut class.

Matthew C.Happily Engaged to Kaitlyn
Todd, your suggestion to go with Brian Gavin Diamonds was perfect. It was the perfect ring, and perfect day. The ring you created for us was better than the Tiffany and co in every way! Thank you, Matt

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Two Carat Diamond Ring Crafted by Infinity (Best Pick of 3?)

Which Crafted by Infinity two carat diamond ring should you buy? Follow along as I evaluate the characteristics of 3 two carat Crafted by Infinity hearts and arrows diamonds. This is no easy feat, since these diamonds are quite literally the best of the best! Can you pick just one?

Buying an Engagement Ring Sucks! 6 Reasons Why (and the fix)

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Get Answers to Your Questions (everybody else has them too!)

GIA Excellent vs Very Good Cut (seeing is believing)
People often wonder about the difference between GIA Excellent vs Very Good cut diamonds. Will the difference in light performance[...]
Looking for 1.30 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, round diamond for $12K (or better)

Follow along as we evaluate 4 GIA Excellent cut round diamonds presented by a client. Discover why they don't meet my selection criteria, and learn why the alternatives I recommended will leave those other ideal cut diamonds in the dust!

Where to buy 1 carat round diamond, G+ color, VS-1+ to $7.5K

The hunt for a 1 carat round diamond is on. Follow along as we navigate through the options, exploring the offerings of different vendors and breaking down proportions into understandable concepts.

Brilliant Earth vs Brilliantly Engaged ($672 difference?!?!)

Brilliant Earth vs Brilliantly Engaged. Why is one of them charging $672.00 more for the same diamond? Does an in-house certificate of origin justify the higher price? Or can you buy from either diamond with total peace of mind?

Tara Y.Another Happy Brian Gavin Client

The experience of working with Todd Gray to help navigate my search for the perfect diamond was priceless. His expertise is invaluable in an industry I had limited knowledge of and I always felt that he had my best interest in mind. Finding an affordable stone through Brian Gavin was an added bonus. I had been looking at Brian Gavin’s website for years yet never believed that I would someday own one of his stunningly beautiful perfectly cut stones. Thank you Todd Gray and Brian Gavin for such a pleasant experience through this entire process!

Which ideal cut diamond should you buy
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