Brian Gavin Signature Diamond Review: 2.5 carats, I color, SI-1 clarity, with Hearts and Arrows

This Brian Gavin Signature Diamond Review is based on the following inquiry from a client. “Hello Todd, I very much enjoyed reading all the information on your website. My search for a diamond engagement ring is just beginning. However, I have the impression that your diamond concierge service will be very beneficial to me. I’m looking for a round brilliant (or possibly emerald cut) around 2.5 carats, I-color, SI-1 clarity or better, solitaire style setting.”

“The budget is around $30k, which I trust will give me some good options. I’m looking at the “premium” hearts and arrows diamond. However, I am still overwhelmed by all the different measurements that need to be taken into consideration. Lastly, I would love to hear about any vendor coupon codes that you can share with me.” — Mark N.

Brian Gavin Diamond Review: 2.516 carats, I-color, SI-1 clarity:

In the first place, I want to thank you for your inquiry Mark. As you are aware, there are a lot of factors to take into account when selecting a diamond for an engagement ring. As a matter of fact, the measurements are merely the first piece of the puzzle. Especially if your primary focus is sparkle factor and light performance. In which case, I suggest you stick with Hearts & Arrows diamonds because the higher degree of optical precision creates sparkle that is more vivid and intense.

Brian Gavin Hearts and Arrows Diamond Reviews, AGSL 104066185011This 2.516 carat, I-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond is the first diamond that comes to mind. That’s because I had the chance to see it and evaluate it in person on a recent trip to Houston. This diamond exhibits an exceptional pattern of hearts and arrows. As a result of the higher degree of optical precision, the light performance is off the charts!

As a matter of fact, I think that it’s exactly what you are looking for. The combination of carat weight, color, clarity, and overall cut quality is spot on. However, it’s priced at $32,744.00 which is a little more than you’re hoping to spend.

There is a discount available for payment via cash/wire transfer that brings the price down to $31,762.00 I’m not sure how firm your desired price range of $30k happens to be, but maybe this is within reach?

Getting Into the Nitty Gritty Details:

This Brian Gavin Signature H&A diamond has an overall grade of AGS Ideal-0.  Consequently, this was determined on their proprietary Light Performance grading platform. As a matter of fact, only the AGS Laboratory uses Angular Spectrum Evaluation Technology (ASET). In the first place, this enables them to determine where in the hemisphere the diamond is gathering light from.

In addition, we can use the ASET map to determine how evenly light is reflecting throughout the body of the stone. The pattern of brightness shown on the ASET diagram provided on the diamond grading report looks phenomenal. And as I recall, this diamond looks incredible and I had the opportunity to admire it in different lighting environments.

According to the AGS Laboratory, this diamond measures 8.75 – 8.79 x 5.40 mm and has a total depth of 61.6%. The table diameter of 56.5% goes well with the crown angle of 34.8 degrees and this produces a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. The pavilion angle of 40.9 degrees is producing a high volume of light return. At the same time, the lower girdle length of 77% is producing sparkle factor that is bright, bold, and vivid. As a matter of fact, the proportions of this diamond are right in the middle of the spectrum for the zero ideal cut rating.

The primary inclusions within the diamond consist of clouds of pinpoint size diamond crystals, slightly larger diamond crystals, and a few small feathers, none of which are any consequence. Brian Gavin indicates that this diamond is “eye clean” and I concur, making this an incredible option if it is within your budget.

Brian Gavin Diamond Reviews: 2.311 carats, I-color, VS-2 clarity

Brian Gavin Signature Round Diamond Reviews, AGSL 104061350023The next option available from Brian Gavin which peaks my interest is this 2.311 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond. Obviously, this one is  a little lower in carat weight than your desired range of 2.50 carats. However, it’s also under budget and there isn’t a lot of visual difference between a 2.3 – 2.5 carat round diamond.

This diamond has an average outside diameter of 8.50 millimeters, whereas the 2.516 carat diamond reviewed above has an average outside diameter of 8.77 mm. As you might expect, the proportions are right in the middle of the range for the zero ideal cut rating.

Based on the ASET results shown on the left, the diamond exhibits incredible brightness! Likewise, the pattern of hearts and arrows visible within the diamond looks incredible. You can view the hearts and arrows photographs on the diamond details page.

The primary inclusions consist of diamond crystals and clouds of pinpoint size diamond crystals. As a matter of fact, the only real difference between these diamonds is a sliver of carat weight. With that in mind, I think that this diamond is a really good option for you.

Classic Tiffany Solitaire Style Engagement Ring:

Brian Gavin Classic Tiffany Solitaire ReviewsI don’t know what style of solitaire diamond engagement ring you are thinking about. However, the Classic Tiffany Style Solitaire from Brian Gavin is one of my favorites. As a matter of fact, it will look amazing set with either of the diamonds above.

With that in mind, I’ve sent you a coupon code via email that will provide you with some money on the setting. The coupon is valid towards any Brian Gavin Signature setting purchased in conjunction with a BGD Signature diamond. It cannot be combined with any other discount or offering and is not applicable on designer settings. However, it will save you some money on any Signature setting purchased with a Brian Gavin Signature or Brian Gavin Blue fluorescent diamond, or a Black by Brian Gavin diamond.

I hope that you find these Brian Gavin Signature Diamond Reviews helpful. As a matter of fact, Brian Gavin is one of my favorite producers of Hearts and Arrows round brilliant ideal cut diamonds.

Todd Gray

About the author

A mad scientist with a passion for improving diamond cut quality to maximize light performance and sparkle factor. I speak geek in degrees of optical precision between bouts of freediving. My ghostwritten ramblings haunt the rabbit holes of information found on many diamond vendor sites. Diamond buyer, author, consultant, errant seeker of deep blue water.

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