I’ve got some advice that is going to save you BIG MONEY if you happen to be shopping for a 1.50 carat round brilliant cut diamond, but it’s a rare opportunity that requires you to take immediate action, because I can’t remember the last time the cutters at Brian Gavin screwed up like this… Somebody managed to cut seven, !!! 7 !!! Brian Gavin Signature round diamonds that fall just short of the 1.49 – 1.50 carat marks, where a substantial price increase occurs. This is a great opportunity for you, but if I were Brian Gavin, I’d blow my stack, and there just might be blood on the cutting room floor, because somebody just cost him an awful lot of money! Let’s check them out…
Contestant #1 is a 1.442 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond which is graded by the American Gem Society Laboratory (AGSL) with an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 on their proprietary Light Performance grading platform which uses Angular Spectrum Evaluation Technology (ASET) to measure the brightness of the diamonds, and provides insight into how consistently light is distributed throughout the diamond. As you can see the ASET image provided on the Diamond Quality Document (DQD) featured to the left exhibits lots of red, which is the highest level of brightness, and the distribution of light is nice and even! The proportions are in “the sweet spot” which is well known for producing the highest volume of light return and a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion, this diamond should be a rock star in terms of visual performance![separator]
I can not stress enough how rare diamonds cut to this degree of excellence are in the 1.40 – 1.49 carat range, nor the savings that they provide because the carat weight falls just short of the price increase that occurs between the 1.49 – 1.50 carat marks… but compare the price of this 1.442 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond, which is $15,300.00 with a discount available for payment via cash / wire transfer, to the price of this 1.515 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond which is about ready to come off of the factory floor, which is priced at $18,730.00 and I think you’ll begin to understand why I’m so excited to have found these puppies!
Now these diamonds have just cleared the AGS Laboratory and are on their way back to Brian Gavin, so the clarity photographs and reflector scope images have not been taken yet… Do NOT wait for the images to order the diamond! If you do, the diamond is likely to be sold out from under you, to somebody else who recognizes the rarity of super ideal cut diamonds in this weight category, who exhibits the foresight to order the diamonds in advance of the images being provided… And if you think I’m kidding, just watch how fast the status of these diamonds changes from available to Reserved / Sold once I click publish on this article. Ready… Set… Go.
Contestant #2 is a 1.460 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond which has an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0, and which should exhibit a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows. The ASET image provided on the DQD indicates that the diamond exhibits an exceptional level of brightness and light return which is evenly distributed throughout the diamond. Here again, the proportions are right in the middle of “the sweet spot” that is known to deliver the highest volume of light return and sparkle factor! I would LOVE to see somebody pick this diamond along with the 1.442 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond featured above for a pair of diamond earrings! How cool would that be? Drop them into these 3 prong Martini style settings… Talk about “STUNNING!” I’m amazed that Brian Gavin has one of these diamonds, let alone two.[separator]
Contestant #3 is a 1.472 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond which has an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 and is supposed to exhibit a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows. The ASET image looks really good with lots of red and just a little bit of variance in the distribution of light throughout the stone, as indicated by that little bit of green that you see in the eleven o’clock region of the ASET diagram, which represents the second brightest light entering and being distributed throughout the diamond. People tend to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what green areas like this mean, but it can be simply due to the fact that the red and green sections of the ASET scope meet at the junction of 45 degrees, and thus light entering the diamond from that vantage point can be represented as either red or green on the ASET image.[separator]
Contestant #4 is a 1.482 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond which has an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 and is also supposed to exhibit a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows. The proportions of the diamond are within “the sweet spot” that delivers maximum light return and visual performance and the ASET image indicates that the diamond is going to be extremely bright with a consistent distribution of light return. It would have been so easy for the cutters at Brian Gavin to push the carat weight of this stone up over the 1.50 carat mark by producing a less precise ideal cut diamond, but they went for light return and sparkle instead of carat weight and profits! This stone weighs so close to the 1.50 carat mark that it’s not even funny, there’s no way you’d be able to tell it apart from a 1.50 carat from across the dinner table! Act Fast.[separator]
Contestant #5 is a 1.484 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond which exhibits strong blue fluorescence when viewed under black light, but which will look perfectly normal when viewed under other lighting situations. The strong blue fluorescence is likely to give the body color of the diamond a boost towards the high end of the scale for I-color, which is one of the reasons why I love blue fluorescent diamonds. Another reason I’m a big fan of diamonds with blue fluorescence is that they represent an excellent value because of a lingering discount which is applied to blue fluorescent diamonds, which has nothing to do with how they look, but rather because an investment group chose to omit them from parcels of diamonds which they were offering to investors back in the 1970’s. Practically every diamond I’ve ever selected for myself has exhibited blue fluorescence…[separator]
Contestant #6 is a 1.487 carat, I-color, SI-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond which also exhibits strong blue fluorescence, so you know that this is a diamond which I would definitely select for myself because I’m a big fan of blue fluorescent diamonds… and the last diamond which I selected for myself was an I-color diamond, so I’m good with the color also. The proportions are right in the middle of “the sweet spot” which delivers the highest volume of light return and sparkle factor, and the ASET image indicates that the diamond is going to be nice and bright with an even distribution of light throughout the diamond. I have to admit that I’m absolutely overwhelmed with the number of choices available in this weight category from Brian Gavin at the moment, I’m not sure which diamond I would choose, but this one definitely provides great value in terms of balancing carat weight, color, and clarity.[separator]
Contestant #7 is a 1.494 carat, I-color, VS-1 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond that has all the bells and whistles that you’d expect from Brian Gavin; it has an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0; proportions that are within “the sweet spot” that deliver the highest volume of light return and sparkle; and the ASET image looks exceptional. If the carat weight of the diamond had been 1.495 carats, instead of 1.495 carats, then Brian could have sent the diamond over to the GIA for grading and they most likely would have issued a diamond grading report that stated the carat weight as 1.50 carats, because they round up the carat weight at that decimal place; all I can say is OUCH this one really has to hurt. Suffice to say that Brian’s loss is your gain, I’m pretty sure that somebody got fired over this one… And no, I’m not joking, the diamond cutters take this kind of thing very seriously.
As stated previously, this kind of opportunity does not come along very often, so I wouldn’t spend too long contemplating the lint in your navel if any of these diamonds are of interest, because I imagine that they are going to sell very, very fast. If you are seriously interested in any of the diamonds listed above, I recommend placing the diamond on reserve before sending me an email to ask any additional questions that you might have, because otherwise it is likely to be sold out from under you during the time it takes us to correspond back and forth.
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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