The hearts pattern of this 1.810 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows round cut diamond that I was asked to review is simply stunning! It is everything that a hearts pattern should be, the hearts are consistent in size and shape, with very little variance from what I can see, the word “uniform” comes to mind, and that is exactly what a hearts and arrows pattern should look like. By the way, this is the last chapter of a three part article that began with my Review of this Enchanted Diamonds 1.81 carat, I-color, VS-1 clarity, round diamond, and this Review of a 1.83 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, round from Enchanted Diamonds, I hope that you read and enjoy them all!
Awhile back I read an article about how Brian Gavin Sets the Standard for Hearts and Arrows Diamonds, and that I found myself wondering about that, since there are quite a few companies manufacturing and selling hearts and arrows diamonds.
I can tell you that I’m able to recommend Brian Gavin Signature diamonds like this 1.810 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows diamond with 100% confidence that it is going to be Drop Dead Gorgeous, because I’ve purchased thousands of hearts and arrows ideal cut diamonds produced by Brian Gavin over the years, including some of the A Cut Above® diamonds that he began producing in 1998, which are now sold by another company. These Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows diamonds are the next generation, and they consistently exhibit the highest degree of optical precision, which is not a factor that is considered as part of the Light Performance grading criteria employed by the American Gem Society Laboratory. Thus every BGD Signature round diamond is beyond AGS Ideal-0, they truly are Super Ideal Cut Diamonds![separator]
This 1.810 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, BGD Signature round diamond is a great example of what I consider to be a Super Ideal Cut Diamond. The pavilion angle of 40.7 degrees, is going to provide a high volume of light return; while the 34.4 degree crown angle provides a virtual balance of brilliance (white sparkle) and dispersion (colored sparkle) and the 77% lower girdle facet length is going to produce broad spectrum sparkle, which is larger in size, bold, bright, and extremely vivid!
However in addition to that, the proportions are actually in the middle of the range designated for an ideal cut diamond with a 57% table diameter, as you’ll be able to determine by using this proportions chart created by the AGS Laboratory, which indicates that the ideal pavilion angle for a round brilliant cut diamond with a 57% table diameter, can range anywhere from 40.3 to 41.8 degrees, depending on the crown angle offsets the pavilion angle; that’s a pretty big target range![separator]
And apparently the ideal crown angle for a round brilliant cut diamond can range anywhere between 30.5 to 36.0 degrees, but this represents the entire range of possibilities, at both ends of the spectrum for the zero ideal cut proportions rating, and obviously the center range designates the sweet spot that everybody should aim for; and that is exactly the spot that Brian Gavin aims for with every Brian Gavin Signature round diamond!
But then he takes things a step further, and cuts every Brian Gavin Signature round diamond to look exceptional when viewed through an ASET Scope, which was designed by the AGS Laboratory to measure the brightness of a diamond, and provide a visual reference as to how evenly light is being distributed throughout the diamond. My article on What The Different Colors of an ASET Scope Image Mean will explain this concept further, but just know that this 1.810 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature diamond should come with a free pair of polarized sunglasses! Ha! Wouldn’t that be a great Brian Gavin Diamonds Promotion? Too bad I don’t have a Brian Gavin Diamonds coupon for that![separator]
But I actually do have a Brian Gavin Coupon that will save you some money on a setting that is ordered in conjunction with a BGD Signature diamond, like this 1.810 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows diamond! I’m not allowed to publish Brian Gavin Coupon Codes online, so be sure to send me a request for the Brian Gavin Coupon code if you’re going to be buying a Brian Gavin Signature diamond, and would like to save some money on the setting, and know that I’ll be happy to provide you with an in-depth evaluation of any diamonds that you are considering, whether the diamonds are from Brian Gavin, a brick and mortar jewelry store, or any other online vendor.
The Ideal Scope image provided for this 1.810 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond looks fantastic! The deep red and pink tones throughout the diamond indicate that the diamond has excellent light return, and that the light is being distributed evenly throughout the diamond. People frequently ask me whether light pink areas in an Ideal Scope image indicate light leakage, and the answer is no; white areas indicate light leakage, pink is just a different intensity of light. Note that all round brilliant cut diamonds leak light to some degree, the pattern of light return and leakage for this diamond is exactly what I expect to see from a super ideal cut diamond of this exceptional cut quality.[separator]
As stated previously, this Brian Gavin Signature round diamond review is the third installment of a three part series that provides in-depth reviews of the following diamonds:
My client initially referred to the two GIA Excellent cut diamonds from Enchanted Diamonds as “Enchanted Hearts Diamonds” because the diamond details pages include photographs of the diamonds as seen through a hearts scope, however the hearts patterns are not symmetrical, thus I don’t consider either diamond to be a “hearts and arrows diamond” and thus consider them to simply be GIA Excellent cut diamonds, both of which should exhibit a high volume of light return and pin-fire type sparkle.
I’m personally more partial to the broad spectrum sparkle that the 1.810 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond is going to exhibit, due to a combination of the ideal proportions, lower girdle facet measurement, and the higher degree of optical precision, thus I’d be more inclined to purchase the Brian Gavin Signature round diamond; but that’s the thing about ideal cut diamonds, they are produced in a variety of proportions and diamond cut qualities, to appeal to the preferences of different people.
Which diamond you should buy, will likely be determined by whether you happen to like the idea of smaller pin-fire type sparkle, or broad spectrum sparkle. The disadvantage of pin-fire type sparkle is that it can be difficult for our human eyes to disperse the smaller flashes of white light into colored light / fire, and thus the diamonds might appear to be more brilliant, than offer a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. Whereas the broad spectrum sparkle displayed by a Brian Gavin Signature round diamond is going to be larger in size, and tends to attract people’s attention from across the room! So you might not want to buy a Brian Gavin Signature round diamond if you’re shy!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading my review of the two GIA Excellent cut diamonds from Enchanted Diamonds, and my review of this 1.810 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond. I hope that you will take advantage of my free Diamond Concierge Service if you would like some help finding the diamond of your dreams!
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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