Ritani Cushion Cut Diamond Reviews: Which cushion cut diamond facet design delivers the most sparkle?

Which cushion cut diamond facet design produces the most light return, brilliance, fire, sparkleTodd, I have been through the diamond search before and got lucky my first time around with a local jeweler and got an AGS Ideal, H color, VVS2 clarity, round brilliant for $6800 I definitely prefer AGS to GIA from my experience not being an expert but man what a sparkle! I’m currently looking for a cushion cut diamond with the most sparkle for 7K. Ritani and Brilliant Earth both caught my eye but after reading your Brilliant Earth diamond review, I am more confident with Ritani. Thoughts and advice appreciated. — E. Morse Read More…

Score one for Tiffany & Co., jewelers, they’ve made it to the ranks of Brian Gavin!

Four Seasons Magazine Put A Ring On It Article, Popular Engagement Ring StylesIt is clear to me from their prominent position in an article titled “Put a Ring on it” which appeared in Four Seasons Magazine, that Tiffany & Co., has finally made it… Because a picture of their classic Tiffany style solitaire engagement ring was featured on the seventh page of the online photo album, only four pages behind the Lace Solitaire from Brian Gavin, which appears on page three. the article highlights ten of the most popular engagement ring styles of this time. The article features photographs of ten popular engagement rings including Chopard, Fred Leighton, Brian Gavin, Jason of Beverly Hills, Tiffany & more.

Whiteflash Expert Selection vs Whiteflash A Cut Above Diamonds, which 1.70 carat should I buy?

Whiteflash Expert Selection vs Whiteflash ACA Diamond ReviewsHi Todd, I’ve been researching diamonds online for several months now, and must have read every article that you’ve written at least twice! Thanks for all the great advice! You’ve convinced me that I want a diamond with the best cut quality possible, and it seems like the best balance of criteria for my given my price range is going to be 1.60 – 1.70 carats, I color, and SI-1 in clarity, although I’d love a VS-2 clarity diamond just for the peace of mind. I’ve narrowed the choices down to three hearts and arrows diamonds from Whiteflash, but one of them is kind of on the edge of your preferred proportions. I realize that the two Whiteflash A Cut Above™ diamonds probably offer the best diamond cut quality, but I really like the price of the Expert Selection diamond from Whiteflash, do you think the difference between them would be something that a non-diamond expert would notice? — K. Draper Read More…

When is the best time to buy a diamond? Diamond prices Up 2.2 – 8.8% 1st Quarter 2014

When is the best time of year to buy a diamondYou’re welcome to try to predict when is the best time to buy a diamond, however it is likely that any time spent trying to figure that out is simply going to cost you in terms of carat weight, color, or clarity, as diamond prices continue to steadily increase. Rapaport Diamond News is reporting steady price increases for diamonds throughout the first quarter of 2014, with the price of one carat diamonds increasing 2.3% throughout that period. Read More…

Brian Gavin Signature vs James Allen True Hearts diamonds, best round for $6.5k

Brian Gavin Signature vs James Allen True Hearts diamonds, which have better optical symmetryHi Todd, I need help choosing a diamond please. By reading your post, I see that at least you are objective in your view instead of leaning towards one vendor. My goal is to get a diamond with the least amount of maintenance that sparks into eternity (if that even exist). I am debating between JA and BGD. My budget is $6.5K. Looking for something between 0.8 – 1.0 carat. Highest cut quality to give bring out the brilliant and fire. The rest I can forgo, such as color and clarity as long as they are eye clean. Thank you — Annie. Read More…

Which Brian Gavin Signature Diamond is Best? Choosing between Super Ideal Cut Diamonds

Brian Gavin Signature Diamond Reviews Does Clarity Affect BrightnessHi Todd, I’m in the process of buying a diamond engagement ring and have read enough articles on your blog to realize that a Brian Gavin Signature Diamond is the best choice since I really want the diamond to be bright and full of sparkle! My budget is around $50-60k for the diamond, I’ve narrowed it down to three options, but I’m open to any others that you think I should consider. I’m really tempted to buy the 3.018 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, BGD Signature round, but am wondering whether there is any benefit to buying one of the smaller options in terms of brilliance? Should I be concerned about the inclusions within the SI-1 in terms of light return or brightness? — Thomas S. Read More…

What are the Best Ideal Proportions for Oval Cut Diamonds? Tips for selecting oval brilliant cut diamonds.

Best proportions for oval cut diamonds, James Allen oval diamond reviews, GIA 1149713492Hi Todd, I’ve been searching for a oval shaped diamond for a while, and it seems to be a fairly uncommon shape in stores. Are there any ideal proportions for oval shaped diamonds that you can recommend? I’m on a budget of about 2500 dollars for the diamond itself, and half carat to three quarter carat seems to be the range for my budget, based on what I’m seeing in oval brilliant cut diamonds with D-E-F color, and good symmetry. Should I also be considering table diameter and total depth measurements? – Stefan Read More…

Will a J color diamond look yellow set in an 18k rose gold halo engagement ring?

Will J color diamond look yellow in rose gold setting“Hi Todd, I’ve really enjoyed reading your web site and am learning a lot about diamonds. One of the options which I am considering is the round square halo setting from Brian Gavin in 18k rose gold, set with a J color diamond because my girlfriend has indicated that she prefers diamonds with warmer tones. The dilemma I am having is that I don’t want the diamond to look visibly yellow, and I’ve read that diamonds can pick up the color of the setting ~ does that mean that diamonds set in rose gold look yellow or pinkish-yellow? I’m not married to this idea yet, so feel free to blog about it, but I’d appreciate any recommendations you might have in the range of 1.40 – 1.60 carats.” — Chad K. Read More…

Perception of diamond value. Deciding which ideal cut diamond to buy…

Halo Set Diamond Wedding Set in Yellow GoldHi! I’m looking for a diamond that has the most value. Preferably 1.40 – 1.99 carats, VS-2 – SI-1 clarity, F color. It does not have to be hearts & arrows, but it must be an ideal cut diamond. Would appreciate any recommendations that you can provide! Thanks so much! — Melissa

Thank you for your inquiry. The perception of “value” varies from person to person, I perceive it as being the diamond which is going to provide me with the highest volume of light return and best sparkle factor, thus I’m inclined to go for diamonds produced by cutters who I know cut diamonds to the highest levels of optical symmetry. Read More…


Using diamond clarity photographs to judge contrast brilliance in diamonds

Using diamond clarity photographs to judge contrast brilliance in diamondsOne of the reasons why this 1.69 carat, F-color, VS-1 clarity, Crafted by Infinity round diamond which is being offered by High Performance Diamonds looks so amazing is the level of static contrast that it exhibits. One look at the clarity photograph for this diamond and I know that it is going to look incredible and sparkle like crazy in all types of lighting environments, including fluorescent light where it won’t actually “sparkle” because there is no UV light source, but will appear to be sparkling because of the high level of contrast brilliance created by the proportions and overall precision of optical symmetry. Learn more by reading my latest article on contrast brilliance in diamonds!