Category Archives for Diamond Reviews

Drop Dead Gorgeous Two Carat Diamonds from Brian Gavin, James Allen and Blue Nile

A returning client of Nice Ice asks “What diamonds do Brian Gavin, James Allen and Blue Nile have on hand at the moment that meet your selection criteria in F-G color and VS-2 clarity?”  I happened to mention this to Brian earlier today and this is the picture he sent me… he’s a funny guy! […]

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James Allen vs Brian Gavin Diamonds 1.75 carats++

“Hi Todd, I just wanted to thank you for providing me with excellent advice and guidance in choosing an e-ring. The articles that I’ve read thus far have been extremely helpful! I’ve tried putting your advice to use during my search, and would love you have you comment on what I’ve found thus far. All […]

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Brian Gavin Signature Diamonds vs Blue Nile Signature Diamonds

So you’re shopping for diamonds online and you want to know whether diamonds in the Brian Gavin Signature Collection are any better than diamonds found within the Blue Nile Signature Collection.  After all, both Blue Nile and Brian Gavin are excellent vendors who enjoy a stellar reputation online for customer satisfaction.  Is there a difference […]

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Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Brian Gavin 1.604 carat, G, VS-2

We all know that wedding etiquette requires that she wear something borrowed and something blue, so this 1.602 carat, G-color, VS-2 from the Brian Gavin Blue Collection of blue fluorescent diamonds.  This diamond just cleared the American Gem Society Laboratory (AGSL) on March 27th and was just posted to the online inventory.  It looks delicious […]

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Is a diamond with a 59% table more brilliant than a diamond with a 53% table?

In 1997 Bill Boyajian, the Director of the GIA Laboratory, issued a statement which implied that a round brilliant cut diamond with a 59% table is more brilliant than a diamond with a 53% table… is the statement accurate? Let’s explore the Myth of the 60/60 Ideal Cut Diamond.

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Should I buy a diamond online from James Allen?

I received an email today asking me “should I buy a diamond online from James Allen?” and I had to chuckle because my first thought was “Well I suppose that it depends on the diamond!” because a specific diamond was not referenced in the email.  It might have something to do with my experience as […]

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Exploring for Diamonds in the Land Down Under

A customer who I’ve been chatting with for a few weeks sent me an email today asking whether I would take a look at a diamond which she located in Australia, here is what she wrote: “Jogia is a company in Perth here in Australia. They advertise a lot on the web. They sell a […]

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Review of Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows Diamond 2.718 carats, G color, VS-2 clarity

This review is for a diamond which I’ve been following for awhile as it moved through the planning and production process and on to the AGS Laboratory for grading… it’s one of those diamonds which is of extreme interest to those of us in the diamond industry who share a passion for diamonds carefully crafted […]

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