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Hearts and Arrows Cushion Cut Diamond Review 1.496 carat, VVS-2 clarity, F-color, Brian Gavin Signature Cushion with medium blue fluorescence

I’ve had my eye on this 1.496 carat, F-color, VVS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamond for a couple of weeks… I can’t believe that somebody hasn’t snatched this puppy up yet! If I were in the U.S. at the moment, I’d definitely have Brian send it to me for physical evaluation, simply because I want to play with it! But I’m going to be hanging out in San Carlos, Mexico for the next few months and will have to be content just dreaming about this beautiful blue fluorescent diamond! Just look at how amazing the diamond looks when exposed to black light! I’m a BIG FAN of diamonds with blue fluorescence and you just can’t go wrong with medium blue!

Hearts and Arrows Cushion Cut Diamond, Brian Gavin Signature AGSL 104065157009As you can see from the photograph which appears to the left, this diamond exhibits a nice pattern of hearts and arrows, however Brian Gavin does not focus on this as a selling point for his production of Signature Cushion cut diamonds because the fact that the diamond is pillow shape and cut with a girdle edge which is not super thick, prevents it from exhibiting a perfectly symmetrical pattern of hearts and arrows… so this pattern is just a bonus that is a result of the ultra fine optical symmetry of the facet structure of this diamond!


To be clear about what I am saying, Brian Gavin certainly could have designed the Brian Gavin Signature Cushion to exhibit a pattern of hearts and arrows which is consistent in size and shape, similar to the pattern exhibited by his Brian Gavin Signature round diamonds with hearts and arrows. However that would have required him to produce a diamond with a girdle edge which is significantly thicker, which would have increased the total depth of the diamond by quite a lot. I’ve seen cushion modified brilliant cut diamonds with that kind of girdle edge and don’t like it, so I’m glad that Brian elected to maintain a thinner, more symmetrical girdle edge for his new production of cushion cuts.

Every one of the Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamonds that I’ve seen have displayed a phenomenal amount of light return and been full of brilliance and dispersion, which is not really surprising since every one of them has received an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 from the American Gem Society Laboratory (AGSL) on the Proprietary Light Performance grading platform.

The AGSL uses Angular Spectrum Evaluation Technology (ASET) to measure the brightness of the diamond and determine where it is gathering light from within the room, less than 1% of all round brilliant cut diamonds are cut precisely enough to qualify for the overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0, I can’t imagine how small the number of cushion cut diamonds must be…

About the AuthorTodd Gray

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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