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Feb 3
How accurate are diamond cut calculators?

“I’m trying to determine the best options available within the current inventory of in-stock Brian Gavin Signature round hearts and arrows diamonds, as opposed to those that are available to be pre-ordered from the factory, because I’m in more of a hurry. While all of the BGD Signature diamonds seem to be pretty similar in diamond cut quality and proportions, ...Read More

By Danny
Dec 6

(Updated 12/6/18. Originally Published 5/21/14)Throughout time, diamond cutters have strived to perfect the balance between maximizing light return, visual performance, and the retention of carat weight. In 1919, Marcel Tolkowsky, a mathematician and member of a prominent diamond cutting family, developed the formula which the modern round brilliant ideal cut diamond is based upon.The Tolkowsky Ideal Cut Diamond:Tolkowksy’s Diamond Design ...Read More

By Danny
Nov 12

I’m wondering whether hearts and arrows diamonds look bigger than non-ideal cut rounds. I’ve read that H&A diamonds are brighter and face-up whiter. While some people also say that they face-up larger and other people say that they look smaller. Of course, I realize that much of this depends on who is looking at the diamond and what kind of ...Read More

By Danny
Aug 6

“How much does a one carat, D, Flawless, diamond ring cost? I am planning on proposing within the next few months and want to buy my girlfriend the perfect engagement ring. I don’t want her to be able to see any flaws in the diamond, I want it to be flawless. To be honest, I’m just starting to learn more ...Read More

By Danny
Aug 1

“I’m searching for a diamond engagement ring, 1.10 – 1.20 carats, D or E color, VVS1 clarity. The only option that I see within your inventory right now, is a 1.02 carat, E-color, VVS1 clarity, Advance Ideal (and I’m not certain what that means). There is also another Advance Ideal diamond that is 1.108 carats, D color, IF clarity, and ...Read More

By Danny
Jun 27
Radiant cut diamonds engagement ring2

“My girlfriend really likes the radiant cut diamond, so I’m looking for a radiant cut diamond engagement ring. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of in-depth information on radiant cut diamonds, so I’m hoping that you can help me find a good one. To be honest, I kind of had my heart set on a Brian Gavin Signature hearts ...Read More

By Danny
Jun 25
Really nice two carat diamond engagement ring for $20K

“Is it possible to buy a really nice two carat diamond engagement ring for $20k? It seems like the most important feature of an engagement ring to my girlfriend is the size of the diamond, because every time we go to look at engagement rings, the only thing she seems to ask the sales person is “how big is it” ...Read More

By Danny
Jun 15

(Updated 6/15/18. Originally Published 11/2/16)Does $2000 buy a good engagement ring?Hi Danny, I’m a college student with a limited budget of about $2,000 to spend on an engagement ring… can I get a good engagement ring for that price? I heard a radio advertisement a local jewelry store promoting one carat diamond rings for $1,995.00 but the inclusions were really ...Read More

By Danny
Jun 11
Should I buy a J color diamond for an engagement ring?

(Updated 6/11/18. Originally Posted 9/9/15)“I’ve got about six thousand dollars to spend on a diamond engagement ring, and I know that my girlfriend would really like a one carat diamond. I realize that there are options available in the 0.90 – 0.99 carat range that might be more affordable, but there is just something about clearing the mental hurdle presented ...Read More

By Danny
May 7

“I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I'm shopping for a diamond engagement ring. My girlfriend saw this post on Instagram and fell head over heels at that moment. I hope that I'm able to create such an incredible and memorable moment when I propose.”“The dilemma that I'm facing is probably not a unique proposition. I'm trying to decide ...Read More

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