Hi Danny, I really enjoy reading your blog and have learned a lot about diamonds by following your posts. I've been reading about the new cushion cut diamond that displays a pattern of hearts and arrows and am wondering where I can buy one? Can you provide me with a referral to an authorized dealer in my area? – Tony S.
Hi Tony, I really want to thank you for your interest in the new Brian Gavin Signature Cushion Cut Diamond, it does exhibit a beautiful pattern of Hearts and Arrows and is quite stunning! Brian designed the diamond to his exacting standards and there is nothing quite like it available through traditional brick and mortar jewelry stores.
Where to buy the Brian Gavin Cushion Cut Diamond:
The Brian Gavin Signature Cushion Cut Diamond is only available through our web site, we have not licensed it to be sold through any other venue. By selling diamonds direct to the public, Brian Gavin is able to provide our customers with the best pricing possible. If we sold our diamonds through traditional retail distribution channels, our customers could end up paying literally two to three times the price that our diamonds sell for online.
In order to create the best online shopping experience possible for our online clients, we provide high resolution, three dimensional video of our Hearts and Arrows Cushion Cut Diamonds which enables you to see the diamond from all angles.
Getting the most out of our online diamond videos:
If you look at the screenshot of the video clip which appears to the left, in the upper right corner there are four white arrows, if you click on that symbol on any of the videos which appear on our diamond details pages, it will enlarge the viewing window and provide you with a larger size version of the video. While the industry standard for grading diamond clarity is 10x magnification, the size of the diamond in the video is closer to 40x magnification, so the inclusions will be more noticeable in the video than they would be through a standard diamond grading loupe.
While viewing the diamond video in the normal size window which is provided initially on the diamond details page, you can rotate the diamond along the plane of rotation by placing your mouse over the image and clicking your left mouse button down and holding it, then simply drag the mouse to the left or right to rotate the image. You can also pause the video momentarily by simply holding the mouse down and not moving it. The video will resume playing normally as soon as you release the mouse button.
And you can click on the icon of the magnifying lens which appears in the lower left corner of the video box to bring up a magnifying lens which you can then drag with your mouse over the diamond to see larger views of it in sections. To close the magnifying lens option and return to the video, simply click on the left to right arrow which appeared in the same place where the magnifying lens originally appeared in the lower left corner.
Judging Optical Symmetry using Reflector Scopes:
Optical Symmetry is the term used by the industry to describe the precision of facet alignment and shape per section of diamond design, it is not the same "symmetry" grade which appears on diamond grading reports like those issued by the AGS or GIA gemological laboratories. Rather it is a factor of diamond grading which is beyond the knowledge of most jewelry sales people, who mostly rely on the information provided on diamond grading reports to determine the cut quality of the diamonds they sell.
While all of the Brian Gavin Signature Cushion Cut Diamonds have been graded by the American Gem Society Laboratory (AGSL) as having an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0, which is the highest cut grade available from the AGSL, it does not take the optical symmetry of the diamonds into account, it is a light performance grading platform.
Light Performance refers to the levels of light return being exhibited by the diamond in terms of the volume of light return and the brightness of the diamond. Optical symmetry has more to do with the production of virtual facets, as well as the number of flashes of light, and the size and intensity of the sparkle.
The best way to judge diamonds for their ability to produce high levels of sparkle factor, is to look at the optical symmetry of the diamond as seen through various reflector scopes, such as the ASET Scope, Ideal Scope, and Hearts & Arrows viewer, all of which are readily available on the diamond details pages for our cushion cut diamonds online.
The best place to buy a cushion cut diamond online:
Obviously the best place to buy a Brian Gavin Signature Hearts & Arrows Cushion Cut Diamond is direct from Brian Gavin via our web site. Our diamond details pages are designed to provide you with the best online shopping experience possible, while enabling us to offer you the best prices possible on a Brian Gavin Diamond.