It was September 2012 when we first spoke with Kent. We were reminded of his proposal story recently because we are creating a set of custom diamond earrings for his now wife and we felt that we just had to share it. He was originally referred to Brian Gavin Diamonds by a previous customer who had also purchased a diamond from us.

Kent was searching for the perfect diamond for an engagement ring setting he had already purchased elsewhere. Within a few weeks Jamie and Kent found a match – a gorgeous 1.006 ct Brian Gavin Signature Hearts and Arrows Round Diamond. He sent us the ring, we set the diamond and shipped it back. About a week later we received this email from him.

Jamie, It has taken me some time but I finally wanted to get back to you to share how the engagement between my new fiancée (Phuong) and I went this last weekend. The ring was absolutely BEAUTIFUL and it's just unbelievable all the compliments she has gotten and how I catch her staring at it non-stop every day. What I've also noticed is the diamond's ability to shine is almost any lighting. The most impressing thing about it is that in low-light environments, it seems to catch all the light that is available and reflects it blindingly on anyone who looks that way. When you see it shining back at you from across the table, you can tell immediately that it's something special unlike any ordinarily cut diamond! I've attached some photos from the proposal as well as a brief story of how it all happened. The proposal itself took place on a patio right on the bay in San Diego – conveniently on a night where the moon was full and the tide was high. It made for some beautiful photos – though we haven't taken any yet of just the ring itself. THANK YOU again for helping to make our moment amazing and unforgettable – especially with a beautiful diamond to remember it all forever with! Sincerely, Kent & Phuong

The Story:

Phuong and I got engaged on Saturday, September 29 at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA, where we were celebrating our 5 year anniversary! In the afternoon, we "bumped" into John Yao from SimplyTwo Photography, who helped shoot a couple of photos on the beach. Phuong figured it was all just a huge coincidence and then we headed out to dinner. Meanwhile, some of our fantastic friends decorated the room with candles, rose petals, and photos throughout our relationship. We returned to the room where I surprised her there with the decorated room. I ultimately popped the question under the full moon out on the patio looking out over the bay… and she said yes! Phuong was caught completely in surprise and our friends, who were in hiding all around nearby, popped out to congratulate us and celebrate!

Photos of the ring and an engagement photos can be seen below. We can't wait to share the custom diamond earrings we are creating for them now, too!

  1. Author: Brian Gavin

    Title: Brian Gavin

    Short Bio:

    Brian Gavin, "Brian The Cutter", is an internationally recognized diamond expert and the designer/creator of A CUT ABOVE diamonds - the first branded hearts and arrows diamonds to be sold on the internet in 1999. He co-founded Whiteflash in 2000, and was employed as Executive Vice-President from June 2001 - December 2008. He is also well known for his creativity in jewelry design and photographic techniques, and is sought after for his deep knowledge of all aspects of e-commerce in the diamond and jewelry industry.


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