This is one of the new Brian Gavin Signature Cushion Cut Diamonds, I have to tell you, I find them to be absolutely incredible in terms of light return and visual performance! I had the opportunity to sit with a client a few weeks ago and compare them side-by-side with a Brian Gavin Signature Round, and we both agreed that they were comparable in terms of light return & sparkle factor! I feel like Brian Gavin really knocked it out of the park with the introduction of this new shape, and this 2.065 carat, G-color, VS-1 clarity, Signature Cushion Cut Diamond from BGD is no exception!
One of the things which set the Brian Gavin Signature Cushion Cut Diamonds apart from the majority of cushion cut diamonds that are being offered by other diamond dealers, is that it is optimized for maximum light return, as can be demonstrated by the fact that all of the Brian Gavin Signature Cushion Cut Diamonds are graded by the American Gem Society Laboratory with an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 on the Platinum Light Performance grading platform… this is practically unheard of.
The vast majority of round brilliant ideal cut diamonds produced can not get an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 on the Platinum Light Performance grading platform… sure, they’ll earn a zero ideal cut proportions grade, and they might get zero ideal for polish and symmetry, but Light Performance? That’s a challenge that the majority of diamond cutters choose not to undertake, and they get around it by sending their diamonds to the GIA Laboratory, where they can get an overall cut grade of GIA Excellent, without having to subject their production to the demands of the Angular Spectrum Evaluation Tool, which provides in-depth analysis of how the diamond is making use of the light which is available to it. As you can see from the image to the left, this diamond received Top Marks from the AGS for all factors pertaining to cut quality.[separator]
The reason is because Brian Gavin specifically designed and produced his new line of Signature Cushion Cut Diamonds, not only to be able to run the gauntlet of the ASET at AGSL, but to win the race! And they do win the race as far as I’m concerned, I’ve had the opportunity to personally evaluate three of these puppies thus far, in-person, in my hand, and I’ve been equally impressed with each one!
Do you see all the red in the ASET image on the lab report pictured above? That is exactly what you want to see! Lots of red, a little bit of green, and bright blue arrows… red represents the strongest level of brightness, so you can see that this diamond is going to be nice and bright! And green is the second brightest light, and the blue represents the contrast created by our heads, or in this case the camera lens, reflecting off the pavilion main facets located on the underside of the diamond… and contrast is important, because it is what enables our eyes to see the different depths of beauty within a diamond!
In terms of inclusions, all you’ve got within this 2.065 carat, G-color, VS-1 clarity, Signature Cushion Cut Diamond from Brian Gavin Diamonds is a couple of needle shaped diamond crystals, diamond crystals, and tiny little feathers, none of which are an issue. Feel free to drop me a note if you’d like help selecting a Signature Cushion Cut Diamond from Brian Gavin.
Todd Gray is a professional diamond buyer with 30+ years of trade experience. He loves to teach people how to buy diamonds that exhibit incredible light performance! In addition to writing for Nice Ice, Todd "ghost writes" blogs and educational content for other diamond sites. When Todd isn't chained to a desk, or consulting for the trade, he enjoys Freediving! (that's like scuba diving, but without air tanks)
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