Great news! Brian Gavin Select Cushion cut diamonds are here! Today is the first day that this new line of Brian Gavin Select Cushion cut diamonds is available.
There are more than 500 cushion cut diamonds available! I’m very excited about this, because I receive a lot of Diamond Concierge Service requests from people looking for cushion cut diamonds.
It’s pretty difficult to find a well cut cushion cut diamond, so I’m thrilled that Brian Gavin has added this new collection.
Brian Gavin Select Cushion vs. Signature Diamonds:
There are some minor differences between Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamonds and the Select collection. There are quite a few options like this 1.00 carat, F-color, VS-2 clarity, BGD Select Cushion cut diamond.
It has GIA excellent polish and symmetry. However, many of the options have very good polish and symmetry. Whereas all BGD Signature Cushion cut diamonds have an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0.
If you prefer Excellent polish and symmetry, just set the Advanced Options for that range. Consequently, most people don't need more than very good polish and symmetry.
Excellent vs Very Good Polish and Symmetry:
You probably know that I'm a bit of a cut snob. In that case, I lean towards the excellent Brian Gavin Select cushion cut diamonds. "How does Very Good Symmetry vs Excellent effect Diamond Sparkle" explains the differences.
The fact of the matter is that the higher degree of symmetry will produce better light return and visual performance. However, diamonds with excellent polish and symmetry also cost more.
For that reason, I don't automatically reject cushion cut diamonds simply because overall grade is very good. However I am more likely to buy one with excellent polish and symmetry if it's available.
Best Proportions for Cushion Cut Diamonds:
There is a lot of debate about what are the best proportions for a cushion cut diamond. Research pertaining to the visual performance of cushion cut diamonds is only just beginning.
The majority of light performance research has been focused on rounds. It’s rather easy to predict the light performance of a round brilliant cut diamond because they are symmetrical.
However a cushion cut diamond is aptly named because it is cushion in shape. Cushion cut diamonds are not perfectly symmetrical. Thus it is more difficult to predict the volume of light return and light performance by proportions alone.
This is why Brian Gavin is working with a specific cutter for the production of his Brian Gavin Select Cushion cut diamonds. I was told that Brian scoured the globe to find them. They were already producing exceptional looking cushion cut diamonds on a regular basis. I understand this approach because that is also what we used to do.
It's Difficult to Find Truly Spectacular Looking Cushions:
Trying to find cushion cut diamonds with the best light return and sparkle factor using the Multiple Listing Service. I found that it wasn’t possible to select cushion cut diamonds solely by their proportions.
Nor was it as simple as focusing upon the facet design indicated on the plotting diagram. Even trying to adhere to diamonds with excellent polish and symmetry didn't do the trick.
The only way to consistently find cushion cut diamonds with the best light performance was to buy from a select supplier. That is the only way could provide our customers with consistent performance.
Consequently, I would love to tell you that there is a specific range of proportions for cushion cut diamonds. Some people suggest a total depth between 61 – 67% and a 61 - 67% table diameter. However I’ve seen exceptional looking cushion cut diamonds with 70% for those measurements.
There are many reasons why you can't judge light performance for cushion cut diamonds by the proportions. Not the least of which is that they are not perfectly symmetrical in shape. Additionally, the crown height and pavilion depth affect light return and sparkle factor.
Your life will be easier if you focus on Brian Gavin Select Cushion cut diamonds. In the first place, they have the same outline and facet structure. Secondly, they are hand-selected by Brian Gavin with performance in mind.
Brian Gavin Select Cushions are Exceptional:
The reason why I know that Brian Gavin Select Cushion cut diamonds are exceptional, is because I used to buy cushion cut diamonds from the same diamond cutter. How’s that for simple?
I’ve purchased a lot of cushion cut diamonds from this particular diamond cutter throughout the years. All of the cushion cut diamonds that I purchased from him were amazing.
I fully understand why Brian Gavin has chosen to partner with this diamond cutter for the online representation of his production. Long story short, I am extremely confident that you’re going to be tickled pink if you buy a Brian Gavin Select Cushion cut diamond.
Better Optical Precision Produces More Sparkle:
Brian Gavin spent years and a ton of money on the research and development of his hearts and arrows cushion cut diamond. It takes about four times longer to facet and polish a BGD Signature Cushion cut diamond. That's because of the level of perfection required to meet Brian’s production standards. There is also a higher loss of diamond rough due which results in a higher price.
So it comes down to this. If you want the absolute very best, buy a Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamond. Understand that availability is limited. After all, the design specifications require a very specific type of diamond rough. The nature of the crystal also has to be just right in order for the diamond to be cut.
You might have to wait awhile, maybe even a year to find exactly what you’re looking for. And if you find it, I recommend buying it immediately because it is likely to sell out from under you if you stare at the screen for too long.
Superior Sparkle Factor and Performance:
But if you’re simply looking for a cushion cut diamond that is going to offer a high volume of light return and exceptional sparkle, then a Brian Gavin Select Cushion cut diamond is an excellent option.
It’s probably the best looking cushion cut diamond that you’re going to find online. The line certainly offers the highest degree of consistency in terms of knowing that the cushion cut diamond you purchase is going to provide great light return and visual performance!
Like I said, I used to purchase cushion cut diamonds from this particular manufacturer myself, so I know what to expect. Feel free to take advantage of my Diamond Concierge Service if you’d like help picking out the best Brian Gavin Select Cushion cut diamond available within your preferred range of carat weight, color, and clarity.
Just drop me a note letting me know what you’re looking for. I’ll do all the heavy lifting so that you can get back to whatever it is that you do best. With 30+ years of diamond buying experience, this sort of thing is easy for me. Your price on the diamond will be exactly the same whether you find the diamond on your own, or I recommend it for you. So you’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose.