As you can see above, the Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamond offers brilliance (/’brilyens/) like no other. Be that as it may, you’re probably wondering how they stack up to the competition.
Lucky for you, I had the distinct pleasure of being involved with the development of this project from the ground up. In that case, I assure you that /’brilyens/ is an appropriate description for this diamond. Because these are the brightest emerald cut diamonds that I've ever seen! Bar none.
Through the Looking Glass:
It takes only one look through an ASET or Ideal Scope to see the difference between Brian Gavin Signature and other emerald cut diamonds. As a matter of fact, the images below prove that it breaks all barriers for light performance:
The abundance of bright red and even distribution of colors confirms these diamonds are incredibly lively. Of course, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds in-person. They are so bright that you're going to need shades! That's why we say that they're /’brilyens/ but you should see it for yourself.
The /’brilyens/ of Brian Gavin:
The Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds really are the brightest and most brilliant that I've ever seen! In the event that you're looking for an emerald cut diamond, then this is the pinnacle of light performance.
After all, the AGS Laboratory grades every Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamond on the Light Performance grading platform. As you know, the AGSL Diamond Quality Document offers the most in-depth analysis of fancy shape diamonds.
That's because it provides you with a light performance analysis using their proprietary Angular Spectrum Evaluation Tool. In addition, the AGSL Diamond Quality Document provides. you with the full proportions.
Whereas GIA diamond grading reports do not provide the crown and pavilion angle measurements.As a matter of fact, I don't know any other producer of emerald-shape diamonds that is willing to subject their work to this level of scrutiny.
In that case, you're not likely to find any other brand of emerald cut diamond that offers such a high degree of performance. As a matter of fact, the brightness and brilliance of these puppies is truly impressive!
The Bigger, Brighter, Bolder Look of Brian Gavin:
It goes without saying that Brian Gavin did not invent the emerald cut diamond. This popular fancy shape diamond has been around for thousands of years. Although this may be true, I’ve never been a fan of emerald cut diamonds until now.
The majority of emerald cut diamonds that I see lack brilliance and intensity. Most emerald cut diamonds are cut poorly because the goal is retention of carat weight.
As a result, most of them appear to be as lifeless as the beveled glass top on a coffee table. Whereas the Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamond is so different that it seems to be an entirely new concept.
In that case, it's accurate to say that Brian Gavin reinvented the emerald cut diamond. In the same fashion, Henry Ford reinvented the automobile.
As a matter of fact, they both reinvented things within their area of expertise to improve performance. In the same way, Elon Musk further reinvented the car when he introduced the Tesla. For the record, my mother still owes me a Tesla (just in case she's reading this).
By the same token, Steve Wozniak invented a better computer which is a legacy that drove me nuts for years! Consequently, Wozniak graduated from Homestead High School in 1968. Whereas I graduated from that high school in 1984.
In that case, I was forced to listen to my electronics teacher ramble on about how he taught Wozniak everything he knows: “Blah, blah, blah, well, if that’s true, then why didn’t you invent the Apple computer?”
As you might imagine, that quip sent me straight to the principals’ office. The principal was obliged to call my electrical-think-tank-engineer father. The fallout from suggesting that Brian Gavin has created a brighter emerald cut diamond will be equally entertaining.
P.S. Dad informed the principal that my question was valid.
Creating the Best Looking Emerald Cut Diamonds:
The traditional emerald cut diamond is square or rectangular and features a step-cut facet structure. Long rows of facets run parallel to the girdle edge of the diamond, ending in beveled corners.
The emerald cut diamond is a timeless classic that produces spectacular spectral colors under the right circumstances. The problem is that most emerald cut diamonds aren’t very bright because people don’t know how to cut them.
Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds are the brightest step-cuts that I’ve ever seen. The reason is that Brian Gavin is cutting emerald cut diamonds within a narrow range of proportions. You would not believe how difficult it is to achieve AGS Ideal-0 for an emerald cut diamond.
3-Tier vs. 4-Tier Emerald Cut Diamonds:
Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds feature a 3-tier pavilion instead of the traditional 4-tier facet structure. The different structure creates a brighter emerald cut diamonds and more intense sparkle.
Another critical point is that the 3-tier facet structure makes Brian Gavin Signature Emerald diamonds seem more significant than others. With this in mind, the odds are that your BGD Signature Emerald cut diamond will look more substantial.
Consequently, you’re not paying for a bunch of carat weight hidden in the total depth of the diamond. You’re going to enjoy the benefit of wearing an emerald cut diamond that faces-up larger. At the same time, your emerald cut diamond will provide exceptional light performance.
The inspiration for incorporating the 3-tier facet structure came from the archives of Gavin family journals. The experience of five generations of diamond cutting is evident in the brilliance of every Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamond.
I’m so happy that Brian Gavin is using his expertise to improve the light performance of this popular diamond shape. Hollywood celebrities Amal Clooney and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter wear emerald cut diamonds. Based on the number of Diamond Concierge Service requests we get for emerald cut diamonds, it seems to be a trendy shape this year.
Black by Brian Gavin Emerald Cut Diamonds:
Black by Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds represent the best of the best. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, then you know I don’t make these types of statements lightly.
Throughout my 30+ year career as a diamond buyer, there are very few emerald cuts that impress me. I am as impressed with the new Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds, as I was with the Black by Brian Gavin hearts and arrows diamonds.
Of course, you might be wondering how it is that I’ve already seen this brand new collection. The reality is that I’ve been privy to the R&D for the Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamond from the beginning. Talk about the learning opportunity of a lifetime!
Brian has been sending me clarity photographs and ASET/Ideal Scope images for each phase of research and development. You can’t imagine how much I’ve learned about light performance in emerald cut diamonds!
For instance, I never knew how difficult it is to polish long, straight parallel lines on a diamond. Apparently, it is one of the most challenging skills for a diamond cutter to master. For this reason, it is unlikely that Brian’s competitors will be producing ideal emerald cut diamonds anytime soon.
Not to mention that they don’t have the recipe for the secret sauce that makes these diamonds so delicious! We’re not going to publish the range of proportions, nor the factors necessary to create a brighter emerald cut. At the same time, given the difficulty of polishing straight, parallel lines, I don’t think most cutters have the skill.
AGS Ideal Emerald Cut Diamonds Light Performance:
If you’re not familiar with ASET, it is an acronym for Angular Spectrum Evaluation Technology. ASET is a proprietary light performance grading system developed by the American Gem Society Laboratory.
We can use ASET to determine how the brightness of Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds compare to others. The advantage of ASET is that you’ll know that the diamond you select is going to be bright.
You’ll also know that light is reflecting evenly throughout the diamond. The ASET Scope enables you to see the pattern of light return in a gem quickly and easily. While many places say their diamonds are beautiful, Brian Gavin backs it up with science.
Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds deliver an incredibly high volume of light return. They are impeccably cut and defy the limits of brilliance in an emerald cut diamond. It’s no wonder why Brian Gavin submits his Signature diamonds to the AGS Laboratory. Only the AGSL offers a light performance-based grading platform and provides so much detail.
The Scientific Basis for Using ASET:
The principle behind Angular Spectrum Evaluation Technology (ASET) is simple. We live in a world where the sun illuminates half the celestial sphere at a time. The intensity of light that we enjoy depends on our proximity to the sun and the time of day.
With that in mind, the light available to affect the brightness of a diamond will vary throughout the day. However, your fiancé wants her engagement ring to look amazing all the time, day or night! Right?
The challenge is that the intensity of light available to illuminate her diamond is continuously changing. At the same time, we all know your fiancé doesn’t want to concern herself with the direction of the sun.
An ASET Scope enables us to determine where in the hemisphere the diamond is gathering light. It also enables us to see how evenly that light is reflecting throughout the diamond. The ASET Scope images for Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds look amazing. All of this means you can present your fiancé with the sun and the stars!
What Do the Different Colors of an ASET Image Mean?
The handheld ASET Scope being used by Brian Gavin (left) incorporates different colors to demonstrate where a diamond is gathering light.
The color green represents low-intensity light like you see when the sun is rising or setting. Illumination of this type occurs around 45 degrees in the hemisphere.
The color red indicates light that is visible in the next 35 degrees in the hemisphere. You want to see lots of red in an ASET Scope image because that means it’s going to be brighter!
The color blue in an ASET Scope image is equally important. Blue represents the contrast created when the sun is directly overhead. Diamonds are brighter when they exhibit high contrast brilliance.
The contrast that appears blue in an ASET Scope image will show up as black in a photograph or video. From this perspective, the diamond is reflecting the darker color of the camera lens.
Contrast appears to be blue in an ASET Scope image because of the blue cap at the top. Notice how evenly Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds exhibit contrast.
Brian Gavin Signature vs. GIA Excellent Emerald:
Which of the emerald cut diamonds below do you think is the brightest? And which of the emerald cut diamonds above appear to be reflecting light more evenly? It's easy to see why the Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamond on the left is the best choice.
Even if you knew nothing about how an ASET Scope works, the diamond on the right looks brighter. At the same time, the distribution of colors is more even and intense looking. Would you believe that the three emerald cut diamonds on the right have GIA Excellent polish and symmetry?
With this in mind, you now know that GIA Excellent cut might not good be enough. Of course, there is more to the story. Did you know that the GIA Laboratory does not provide crown or pavilion measurements for fancy shape diamonds?
Then, how do you plan to determine the proportions grade without those measurements? With that in mind, you might wonder why the GIA-GTL doesn’t provide those measurements when the AGSL does?
In addition, the AGSL issues a cut grade for fancy shape diamonds while the GIA does not. As a matter of fact, there is no such thing as a GIA Excellent Cut grade for fancy shape diamonds!
Consequently, the GIA does not consider the proportions when grading fancy shape diamonds. Whereas the AGS Laboratory takes the proportions, polish, and symmetry into account.
AGS ASET vs. the Handheld ASET Scope:
Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamonds are graded on the AGS ASET-based Light Performance grading platform. The scan taken by the AGSL provides better insight than the handheld ASET scope. The AGSL measures light performance from several different vantage points.
The handheld ASET Scope only allows you to see the diamond in the face-up position from 90 degrees. Diamonds always look their best from this vantage point. However, we don’t view diamonds from that static position. The diamonds that we see are continually moving, and thus light strikes them from many different angles.
I don’t know any other diamond cutters producing an AGS Ideal-0 Emerald Cut diamond of this quality. In fact, I don’t know of any companies that are cutting an ideal emerald cut diamond with any consistency.
There are a few diamond dealers who provide ASET Scope images for the emerald cut diamonds in their inventory. However, as you’ve seen from the ASET Scope images above, there is a lot of room for improvement.
Brian Gavin is also the only company that submits their emerald cuts to the AGSL for grading that I know of. In addition, they also provide clarity photographs, ASET/Ideal Scope images, and high-resolution 3D video.
These images enable you to see how your diamond is going to sparkle in different lighting environments. With this in mind, I think it’s clear that only /’brilyens/ by Brian Gavin offers the brilliance you desire.
Doesn’t the BGD Signature Emerald cut diamond look incredible in this tension setting by Stephen Kretchmer?
Brian Gavin Signature Emerald Cut Diamond Reviews:
In the final analysis, the Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamond is the brightest I’ve ever seen. Fancy shape diamonds rarely offer good light performance, and Brian Gavin continues to reinvent the wheel.
In addition, Brian Gavin is the only diamond cutter in the world with a patent for maximizing the light performance in the modern round brilliant cut diamond.
What's next? Only the Mad Scientist knows for sure! Well, that's not 100% true because he gave me a sneak peek at what's around the corner. Let's just say that it's going to blow your mind (but it has nothing to do with the diamond shapes above).
Brian Gavin Is The King of Cut:
The volume of research and development that went into this project is monumental. Countless hours have been spent crunching the numbers and cutting prototypes. Many of which were a vast improvement over traditional emerald cut diamonds.
However, they didn’t quite produce the crescendo of brilliance that Brian Gavin envisioned. Thus Team Brian Gavin kept at it until perfection was virtually achieved.
Of course, there’s no such thing as a perfectly cut diamond. Although it's clearly evident that some diamonds offer better light performance than others. In that case, I'm confident that you'll love the Brian Gavin Signature Emerald cut diamond.
In fact, the only thing that could be better is a Black by Brian Gavin. Because they are cut to an even higher degree of optical precision and performance.
As always, I invite you to take advantage of my free Diamond Concierge Service. People are raving about the depth of detail I provide and how much more confident they feel buying a diamond.
Be sure to provide me with the details, such as the characteristics you desire and the price range. I hope you receive a lot of benefit from reading this article. I look forward to helping you select a diamond.
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