“I’m wondering whether you’ve ever seen the Sarah Halo setting by Brian Gavin in person? And if you have seen the ring, what do you think about it? Based upon the diamonds which we’ve seen locally, we think that something between 1.70 – 2.00 carats looks best. The two carat diamond she tried on looks a bit big and the 1.50 carat diamond looked a bit small. So we figure that something in the 1.70+ carat range will be just right. Do you think that the Sarah Halo setting will look good with a diamond that size? Last but not least, I’d like to keep the cost of the engagement ring between 20 – 25K.”
“Do you think that is a satisfactory budget for an engagement ring? And can you make some recommendations for a center stone? We both have really sharp eyes, so what would you recommend for clarity? We’re open to the possibility of an eye clean SI-1, but VS-2 might be better. We’re more flexible on diamond color, especially after reading your tutorial on diamond color grading. Thank you for writing that article, we found it quite helpful.”
As a matter of fact, I have seen the Sarah Halo setting by Brian Gavin in-person and it is exquisite! I was out visiting Brian Gavin about two years ago, and they were just putting the finishing touches on one. That ring was set with a 1.60 carat center stone. I know for sure that anything in the 1.50 – 2.00 carat range will look fantastic.
I don’t know whether you know this or not, but Brian Gavin makes each engagement ring from scratch. They’re going to custom make the Sarah Halo setting to fit whichever center stone you choose. This is a critical difference that sets Brian Gavin apart from other jewelry stores. Most engagement rings are built to accommodate a range of center stone sizes. For instance, a ring like this might be designed to hold a center stone weighing between 1.50 – 1.75 carats. Unfortunately the one size fits all approach rarely works…
Do you see how the diamond set in the Sarah Halo setting fits perfectly in the preceding photograph? That’s because Brian Gavin custom makes each setting from scratch! The center stone is never going to look too small or too large for the ring. The size of the center stone will always fit the ring perfectly. Thus the ratio between the ring and the center stone is always going to look just right.
Another thing that I really like about the Sarah Halo setting by Brian Gavin, is that it is incredibly comfortable. In fact, the Sarah Halo is probably the most comfortable halo setting that I’ve ever tried on. It didn’t really fit my finger of course, but the ring felt good on the tip of my finger.
The design of the Sarah Halo is very sleek and the edges of the ring were nice and smooth. I really like the pavé set diamonds on the undercarriage under the prongs. They add that extra touch that you won’t find on most halo settings. It’s very eye catching and accentuates the center stone beautifully. This is definitely one of my favorite halo ring styles!
By the way, I recommend that you order the matching wedding band at the same time as the engagement ring. This ensures that the engagement ring and wedding band will fit together perfectly. Otherwise you’ll have to send the Sarah Halo setting back to Brian Gavin to ensure a proper fit. The matching band is the same ring that fits with the Novela setting. The Brian Gavin Coupon that I sent you will save you some $cratch on the setting.
Selecting a diamond for the Sarah Halo setting is easy since every ring is custom built to order. The ring is going to look great whether you choose a 0.75 carat or 3.00 carat center stone. One of the benefits of buying a diamond from Brian Gavin is that his production standards are extremely consistent. Picking a top performing diamond from Brian Gavin is like shooting ducks in a barrel.
It’s easy to do and your success is guaranteed! Getting everything in order is as easy as 1-2-3. That’s because every Brian Gavin Signature round diamond is cut to the same exacting standards for light performance! How do I know? Because Brian Gavin used to produce diamonds for the Nice Ice private label. The Brian Gavin brand is extremely consistent, which takes all the guesswork out of the equation. This is something that I can’t say about most brands of diamonds!
Thus one of the biggest benefits of buying a Brian Gavin Signature round diamond is the brand consistency. There’s no need to concern yourself with trying to gauge the cut quality, that’s an absolute lock! The only thing you need to decide is which combination of carat weight, color, and clarity is right for you. Every Brian Gavin Signature round diamonds meets the selection criteria outlined in 15 Seconds to Diamond Buying Success.
This 1.915 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond is on the high side of your budget. It would look truly spectacular set in the Sarah Halo setting by Brian Gavin. No doubt about it. The hearts pattern indicates that the diamond exhibits the highest degree of optical precision. Fewer than 0.001% of round brilliant cut diamonds exhibit this degree of precision.
The diamond has an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 which is a great start. However the proportions criteria for the AGS Ideal cut rating are rather broad by my standards. This proportions of this diamond are right on target from my perspective! The 40.8 degree pavilion angle should produce the highest volume of light return. The 34.5 degree crown angle should produce a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion.
The combination of the 77% lower girdle facet length and higher optical precision should produce broad spectrum sparkle. That translates into larger, bolder, brighter, more vivid sparkle than what most ideal cut diamonds produce.
This 1.891 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond is another great option! As you can clearly see, the diamond exhibits the same stunning pattern of hearts and arrows. This is type of consistency is what Brian Gavin is known for! Look no further if you’re looking for the very best…
Here again, the 40.8 degree pavilion angle is going to produce the highest volume of light return. The 34.5 degree crown angle will produce a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. The combination of the 78% lower girdle facet length and optical precision will produce broad spectrum sparkle. These are the types of diamonds that demand attention from across the room! I had to laugh awhile back… One of my clients told me that all of her girlfriends were mad at her. Apparently her Brian Gavin Signature round diamond was making their diamonds look bad. Oh Gee, I’m so sorry…
Wow! This is not going to be an easy choice today! Brian Gavin has a ton of options in this weight class! This 1.883 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond is another great choice! Once again this diamond exhibits a fantastic pattern of hearts and arrows. This is a clear indication that the optical precision is of the highest quality.
The 40.8 degree pavilion angle is going to deliver the high volume of light return that we’re looking for. The 34.2 degree crown angle is going to produce a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion. You can expect the same light performance and broad spectrum sparkle from this and every Brian Gavin Signature round. Perhaps you’re beginning to see why buying a BGD Signature diamond is like shooting
ducks fish in a barrel. It really is this easy…
Here’s a real shocker! This 1.812 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond exhibits the same incredible pattern of hearts and arrows! I imagine that you’re beginning to see why Brian Gavin was one of our primary suppliers. Brand Consistency is the name of the game! Which is why Brian Gavin is always the first place that I look for super ideal cut diamonds!
So what do we have here? Not surprisingly, this diamond features a 40.8 degree pavilion angle which is offset 34.3 degree crown angle. Now what do we get when we combine that with a 77% lower girdle facet length and exceptional optical precision? Broad Spectrum Sparkle! That’s right! Do you see how easy it is to pick a winner from Brian Gavin? Diamond Cut Quality is in the bag when you buy from Brian Gavin. All you have to do is decide which combination of carat weight, color and clarity is right for you!
Of course I’m happy to help, which is why you should take advantage of my free Diamond Concierge Service. I realize that sometimes it’s just nice to confirm the diamond details with a professional. Plus it gives me a chance to share that coupon code with you!
Here are some glamour photographs of a Sarah Halo setting recently purchased by one of my clients. These photographs of the Sarah Halo show the ring set with a 2.25 carat diamond. The ring looks incredible from every angle! I’m certain you’re going to love it!
One thing I want to mention is that halo settings are a great way to make a center stone look bigger! The outer halo of diamonds serves to increase the visible diameter of the sparkle. Thus every one of the diamonds in this article is going to look like a two carat round once the halo effect is taken into account. Halo settings are a fantastic way to maximize the sparkle factor of any price range!
I hope you enjoyed reading this review of the Sarah Halo setting by Brian Gavin. As you might expect, I held off publishing this blog post until my client had a chance to choose the diamond.
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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