Find the Right Diamond Shape

Your engagement ring is something you’ll wear for the rest of your life. So you, of course, want to search for an engagement ring that perfectly reflects your style and tastes. That’s why we generally recommend choosing your desired diamond shape early in the engagement ring shopping process, as diamond shape sets the overall style of your ring. Not sure which diamond shape fits your style? Below, we’re sharing some notes on the style of each diamond shape to help you find the perfect shape for you.

Round Diamonds

Danhov Abbraccio Swirl Engagement Ring

Round is easily the most popular diamond shape. Over 50% of all diamonds sold today are round diamonds. This shape is beloved in part because it has a lovely, classic style. Round cut diamonds are elegant, traditional, and simply stunning. They pair well with any ensemble, as well as with virtually any engagement ring setting. Round diamonds are also loved for their extraordinarily high brilliance. Round diamonds, the most brilliant of all diamond shapes, feature a faceting pattern that’s specifically designed to maximize shimmer. Brilliant and truly classic, round cut diamonds are perfect for those who have an eye for timeless beauty.

Princess Diamonds

Danhov Voltaggio Tension Set Engagement Ring

Princess cut diamonds have a sleek, modern style. This diamond cut, which looks like a square when viewed from above, boasts clean lines that give it a decidedly contemporary beauty. In addition to being sleek and chic, princess cut diamonds are quite brilliant. So while princess cut diamonds feature a streamlined look, they’re not short on glamour, making them a well-rounded option for those with an eye for modern design.

Cushion Diamonds

Cushion cut diamonds are highly romantic, with a lovely vintage look. Cushion cut diamonds are a modern version of a vintage diamond shape, the old mine cut. The cushion cut combines the soft, rounded shape of the old mine cut with a modified version of the round brilliant cut diamond’s faceting pattern. This combination creates a gorgeous effect: cushion cut diamonds have a vintage look, due to their shape, but also have the stunning shimmer that’s only possible with modern cuts. Cushion cut diamonds are an ideal option for those who want a vintage look, yet also want to make sure their engagement ring is beautifully brilliant.

Oval Diamonds

Oval cut diamonds are somewhat similar to round brilliant cut diamonds, with a similar silhouette and a brilliant cut. But the oval cut diamond’s elongated shape creates a more distinctive, and also somewhat more elegant look that’s simply enchanting. Oval cut diamonds are perfect for those who love the classic look and high brilliance of a round cut diamond, yet want something a bit more unique.

Emerald Diamonds

Danhov Carezza Emerald Engagement Ring

Emerald cut diamonds feature step cut facets that create a gorgeous type of light reflection. The long, linear facets of an emerald cut diamond create larger flashes of light, which are quite glamorous. These larger facets also allow you to see clearly into the center of an emerald cut diamond, showing off its crystal clear beauty. The unique cut of the emerald diamond gives it a captivating, purely elegant look, making it ideal for those who have a sophisticated sense of style.

Pear Diamonds

Danhov Eternita Pear Shape Eternity Diamond Wedding Ring

Pear diamonds, also known as teardrop diamonds, are glamourous yet highly unique. This brilliant cut diamond shape is rounded on one end, then narrows into a sharp point at the other end, giving it an incredibly distinctive look. This diamond shape is the perfect choice for someone who is confident and loves to draw eyes from across the room.

Asscher Diamonds

The asscher cut diamond has a unique Art Deco Era vintage beauty. Like the emerald cut diamond, the asscher cut diamond is a step cut diamond shape. But the asscher cut diamond features a highly unique faceting pattern, which was the first ever diamond cut to be patented. This faceting pattern, created in the early 1900s, gives the asscher cut diamond a look that’s all its own, making the asscher cut diamond ideal for those who love uncommon beauty.

Marquise Diamonds

Danhov Voltaggio Knife-Edge Marquise Engagement Ring

The marquise diamond has a beautifully unique shape. This brilliant cut diamond shape is slim, with curving edges that narrow to a point at each tip. The marquise diamond is perfect for someone who loves to stand out from the crowd.

Heart Diamonds

Heart shaped diamonds are utterly romantic and also rather dramatic. This diamond shape, cut into the shape of a heart, is feminine and incredibly eye-catching, since heart shaped diamonds are a rare choice. Heart shaped diamonds are quite rare in general, as it takes exceptional skill to create a well cut heart shaped diamond. Heart shaped diamonds are the perfect option for true romantics who love a boldly beautiful look.

Valentine’s Day Proposal Guide

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, so it’s the perfect day for an ultra romantic, memorable proposal. If you’re considering proposing this Valentine’s Day, read on to see our Valentine’s Day Proposal Guide! Below, we’ll be featuring some sweet, creative proposal ideas that will help you sweep your love off their feet this Valentine’s Day.

Recreate a Special Moment From Your Relationship

In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, tell your partner that you’ll plan your Valentine’s Day date. Then, on Valentine’s Day, surprise your love with a date that recreates a special moment in your relationship. For example, you can recreate your first date or the date when you realized they were the one. Then, get down on one knee and pop the question, making sure to explain the sentiment behind your proposal location in your speech!

Create a Photo Album

A classic Valentine’s day proposal needs a signature Danhov engagement ring, like the ring featured above.

On Valentine’s Day, present your soon-to-be fiance with a photo album filled with pictures of the two of you throughout your relationship. Then, on the last page, write a sentimental message that leads into your proposal. For example, “I can’t wait to make more memories together” or “what will the future bring?”

Plan a Special Getaway

Make it an extra special proposal with this stunning Danhov halo engagement ring

Want to add a major dash of romance to your Valentine’s Day proposal? Try planning a special getaway trip! Then, you can pop the question at your beautiful destination. Or, if you really want to surprise your Valentine, consider popping the question right before you head to the airport or hop in your car to travel to your romantic getaway destination. Not only will that give your proposal an exciting element of surprise, it will also allow you to celebrate your proposal for your entire trip.

Hide a Hidden Secret in a Book

If your sweetheart loves to read, try surprising her with a hidden engagement ring in a book. She’ll be excited to get a new book, but will be even more excited when she sees an engagement ring hidden in its pages. To pull of this proposal idea, you can get a ready-made book that already has a hidden box or cut out area. Or, you can DIY a book by cutting out a box in the pages with an exacto knife.

Valentine’s Day Morning Proposal

If you’re getting close to engagement, your sweetheart may suspect a Valentine’s Day proposal, since Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days to propose. But even your partner has an inkling you may propose on Valentine’s Day, you can still surprise them by proposing at a less traditional time: on Valentine’s Day morning. Try surprising her with a romantic brunch or breakfast in bed, then get down on one knee! A Valentine’s Day morning proposal is just as romantic as an evening proposal– yet far more unexpected and surprising. Pair your proposal with this stunning two-tone engagement ring.

Lean Into Valentine’s Day Traditions

If your partner loves all things romantic and sweet, go all in with the “Valentine’s Day” element of your Valentine’s Day proposal. Deck out a room with rose petals, candles, heart shaped balloons, and so on. Be sure to make your display is something that will sweep them off their feet! Then, as they’re basking in the beauty of their surprise, get down on one knee and really sweep them off their feet with your proposal.

Best Snowy and Whimsical Winter Proposal Ideas

In the winter, the air is crisp, snow is falling, and there’s simply a feeling of magic in the air. Winter is the most romantic time of the year, which means it’s the perfect time to propose.

If you’re thinking of popping the question this winter, know that there are so many ways you can incorporate winter’s magic into your proposal to make it even more special and memorable. To help you find a winter proposal idea that’s perfect for your love story, below our experts at Danhov take a closer look at six of our favorite snowy and whimsical winter proposal ideas.

1. Say it With Snow

For a memorable (and very photogenic) proposal idea, try writing your proposal message into a snowy bank. You can write your message with flower petals or twinkling lights, or you can simply carve it out. To make this sweet proposal idea even more memorable, try choosing a snowy area with special significance to you as a couple. For example, you could find a snowy spot outside your first date spot or choose somewhere near your home.

2. Snowy Getaway Proposal

If your sweetheart loves to travel, consider heading to a romantic winter getaway spot for your proposal. You can pick a place you’ve both been dying to visit or go somewhere completely unexpected and spectacular. We love this proposal idea because it’s fun, exciting, and incredibly memorable, since it creates a new destination in your love story. There’s the place you met, your home together, and, now, your proposal spot.

3. Capture the Moment

If you want to make sure you get great pictures of your proposal, this is the perfect idea for you: propose during a photoshoot! Hire a photographer to take some pictures of you and your partner. Then, during the shoot, get down on one knee and have your photographer capture every second of this magical moment.

If taking professional pictures isn’t common for you, you can easily come up with a reasonable excuse for the photoshoot. For example, you could say you want to get a nice photo for a Christmas card or you could say that you’re gifting her a photoshoot for her birthday. Or, if you want to be even sneakier, you could also have one of her friends get in on the idea. They could say that they want to do a fun photoshoot with their girlfriends for a special occasion. Then, you can surprise her during the photoshoot by coming out and getting down on one knee!

For this idea, make sure you choose a photographer who has experience shooting surprise proposals. That will help ensure they can coordinate with you seamlessly and get those amazing shots you’re looking for.

4. Say it With Coffee or Cocoa

For a cute, cozy, and romantic proposal idea consider popping the question with the help of her favorite winter beverage. You can use a latte stencil to write your message in cocoa or cinnamon, or you could get a mug with a hidden message at the bottom of the cup!

5. Head to the Slopes

If your partner loves to hit the slopes in the winter, try incorporating your proposal into a skiing or snowboarding expedition. You can propose in the resort’s lodge, at the top of a ski slope, or simply at any particularly pretty spot on the property. Or, you could ask the resort to help you propose by writing a message in the snow under the ski lift.

6. Write Your Message in the Heavens

If you want your proposal to have a serious “wow factor,” consider writing your proposal message in the sky with the help of a skywriter. Pick a clear winter’s day and hire a skywriter to write your proposal message in the sky above a favorite location. This proposal idea is a grand gesture that’s sure to set her heart on fire.

6 Romantic Fall Proposal Ideas We’re Loving

Fall is here, which means proposal season is in full swing! If you’re thinking of proposing this fall, know that they are many ways you can incorporate the magic of the season into your proposal to make it even more romantic and memorable. And in this post, we’ve collected some of our favorite fall proposal ideas. Read on to see our list of the 6 romantic fall proposal ideas we’re loving!

1. Park Proposal

The changing leaves of fall are the season’s most beautiful attribute. If you live in an area that gets some spectacular fall foliage, take your partner for a stroll among the trees before you get down on one knee. This is a simple, but utterly romantic proposal idea. Plus, there’s no better engagement photo backdrop than an array of gold, orange, and yellow leaves!

 

Ring Pairing Idea: This floral inspired halo engagement ring is the perfect complement for a park or forest proposal. This beautiful ring combines natural elements with high visual impact, much like autumn’s vibrant falling leaves.

2. Say it With a Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins is one of our favorite fall activities. And if it’s one of your partner’s favorite fall activities too, why not pop the question with a pumpkin? Carve your proposal message into a pumpkin (or a series of pumpkins, for even more dramatic effect), light it up, and pop the question under the starry night sky.

 

Ring Pairing Idea: This delicately detailed double band engagement ring will shimmer spectacularly amidst the glow of your pumpkin proposal message.

3. Fireside Proposal

In fall, the weather turns chilly and the air is crisp, which means it’s the perfect time to snuggle up by a fire! Plan to have a romantic night in at your fireside with dinner and drinks. Enjoy a romantic meal with your partner, cozied up by the fire, before you propose. Be sure to have champagne and dessert set aside for after she says yes!

 

Ring Pairing Idea: This traditional and sweet proposal idea calls for a classic engagement ring, like this lovely three stone design.

4. Halloween Proposal

Carving a pumpkin with your proposal message is a fun way to incorporate Halloween into your proposal. However, there are many other ways to incorporate this fun holiday into your proposal. One idea is to hide your ring box in a bowl of Halloween candy. Another idea is to incorporate your proposal into your Halloween costume. For example, you could dress up as an engagement ring and surprise your partner with your costume (and proposal)!

 

Ring Pairing Idea: This engagement ring features a uniquely shaped band that adds a bit of edge and fun to the design, making it the perfect choice for a Halloween-themed proposal.

5. Winery Proposal

Fall is harvest season and one of the many delicious treats in season during Autumn is wine. If your partner loves a bit of good wine, consider heading to a winery for your proposal. If you let the winery know in advance that you’ll be proposing, they’ll be able to help you coordinate and set up the perfect proposal scene. You can propose in the wine tasting room, at a winery restaurant, or out in the beauty of the vineyard.

 

Ring Pairing Idea: This sleek, yet romantic, modern engagement ring is ideal for the sophisticated at heart, making the perfect choice for the budding sommelier in your life.

6. Waterside Proposal

Proposing by the water is romantic at any time of year. And during fall, the weather is still nice enough to be outside, but you’ll have far fewer people crowding up waterfront, which can make a fall proposal by the water more romantic. There are many different types of waterside locations you can choose from for your waterside proposal, like the beach, at a lake, by a river, by a waterfall, or even by fountain in the city.

 

Ring Pairing Idea: The delicate water lily inspired setting used in this solitaire engagement ring will remind your sweetheart of your waterside proposal each time she puts it on.

5 Unique Engagement Rings We’re Loving in 2019

There’s a lot to love about unique engagement rings. They’re beautiful, eye-catching, and a great way to show off your personal style. Plus, there are so many different unique styles to choose from. To celebrate the diverse beauty of the unique engagement ring, we’ve put together this list of some of our current unique favorites. Here are 5 unique engagement rings we’re loving in 2019.

Floating Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

This solitaire diamond engagement ring is a marvel of modern design. This ring features a spectacular round brilliant diamond, which is held in place by a unique tension setting. This ring’s band consists of a simple, swirling line made of 14k rose gold that splits to hold the ring’s round diamond firmly in place. This tension setting creates the mesmerizing illusion that the center diamond is floating atop the finger.

Engraved Blooming Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

This floral inspired solitaire engagement ring is elevated by unique, romantic detailing. Here, a round brilliant diamond is enclosed in a fine 14k rose gold setting that’s designed to look like the petals of a blooming flower. This golden bloom is supported by an elegant, petite twisted band.

Twisted Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Delicate details give this chic ring an ornate feel. This engagement ring features a round white diamond and a show-stopping band. This ring’s double band is crafted from rose gold and features twisted engravings. The band gently splits to enclose the ring’s center diamond. Pave diamonds adorn the split shank section of this band, adding an extra touch of shimmer to this lovely design.

Art Deco Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

This halo engagement ring is icily beautiful. In this design, a stunning round brilliant diamond is surrounded by a unique halo setting. This hexagonal diamond halo, which takes inspiration from the geometric designs of the Art Deco vintage era, is set with both baguette and round white diamonds. Additional round diamonds accent this ring’s white gold band, adding further brilliance to this enchanting engagement ring.

Solo Filo Floating Halo Engagement Ring

The Solo Filo engagement ring puts a romantic twist on the halo engagement ring design. This engagement ring features a unique floating halo setting. This ring’s halo is comprised of two overlapping rings of pave diamonds, which tother make a soft, abstract shape that supports a breathtaking round brilliant center diamond. This halo setting rests atop a slim diamond set split shank band, which perfectly complements the airy, suspended quality of the floating halo setting.

The Cushion Cut Diamond

The cushion cut diamond is classic, unique, and gorgeous. This diamond shape is a modern evolution of one of the world’s earliest diamond cuts: the old mine cut. This blend of old and new gives the cushion cut diamond the best of both worlds. It’s at once vintage, due to its unmistakable shape, and modern, thanks to its highly brilliant faceting.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the cushion cut diamond. We’ll cover this cut’s rich history, detail the anatomy of the cut, teach you everything you need to know about selecting a cushion cut diamond, and talk about which setting is best for cushion cut diamond.

The History of the Cushion Cut Diamond

Before we had the cushion cut diamond, there was its predecessor: the old mine cut. The old mine cut dates all the way back to the 1700s. This cut featured 58 facets that were measured by eye and cut by hand, resulting in a squarish shape with rounded edges.

The old mine cut was the most popular diamond shape in the Georgian era (1714 to 1837) and the Victorian Era (1837 to 1901), so you’ll find that many antique diamonds feature the old mine cut. In these eras, the old mine cut was popular because it was brilliant in all types of lighting, including the dim candlelight that most people lit their homes with in the evenings.

The cushion cut diamond is similar in shape to the old mine cut diamond but the way the shape is cut has been changed to maximize brilliance. Some notable differences between the cushion cut and the old mine cut include the cushion cut’s shallower pavilion, lower crown, larger table facet, and its lack of culet.

The Anatomy of the Cushion Cut Diamond

Cushion cut diamonds get their name from their shape. When viewed from above, this diamond shape looks like a square with rounded corners, just like a cushion.

Unlike other diamond shapes that have standardized faceting patterns, the cushion cut can have a bit more variety. Though there are numerous ways a cushion cut diamond might be faceted, these cuts will fall into one of two different categories: standard cushion cuts and modified cushion cuts. Standard cushion cuts have the classic, fiery cushion cut look, while modified cushion cuts have extra rows of facets that give them what’s known as the “crushed ice” look.

How to Select a Cushion Cut Diamond

When you purchase any diamond, it’s important to understand the 4Cs. Then, on top of having a basic understanding of how the 4Cs affect a diamond’s beauty, each diamond shape has its own special considerations. For cushion cut diamonds, you’ll want to think carefully about your diamond’s color, depth percentage, and table percentage.

When selecting a cushion cut diamond, know that cushion cut diamonds are notorious for holding color more strongly than other diamond shapes. Because of this, many experts suggest going with an H color cushion cut diamond or above.

In addition to color, you’ll want to take time to consider the depth and table of a cushion cut diamond. Generally, you’ll want a depth under 70% and a table under 70% for the most brilliant cushion cut diamond.

Of course, along with assessing a cushion cut diamond’s color, depth percentage, and table percentage, you’ll also want to think carefully about its clarity and cut. Cut is always extremely important for any diamond shape. Cut is the single most important grading for any diamond, as a poorly cut diamond will look dim and a well cut diamond will sparkle beautifully. Then, the clarity of a cushion cut diamond is more a matter of personal preference. If you’re concerned about seeing internal flaws through the large table of a cushion cut diamond, you may want to spend some extra time searching for an eye clean cushion cut diamond.

Choosing a Setting For Your Cushion Cut Diamond

Now that you know everything you need to know about buying a cushion cut diamond, let’s talk settings. So which settings are best for a cushion cut diamond? Really, all settings can be a beautiful choice for a cushion cut diamond. Cushion cut diamonds look lovely in solitaire, bezel, and halo settings.

However, in terms of which setting is the most popular for a cushion cut diamond diamond, we have a clear winner: the halo setting. Halo settings are the perfect complement for a cushion cut diamond. Just like the cushion cut, halo setting are vintage, yet modern. Together, a cushion cut diamond and a halo setting create a romantic and vintage, yet still brilliant and contemporary, look.

Although the Eleganza Halo Engagement Ring pictured above has a round cut diamond, the halo is in the shape of a cushion cut, which would pair beautifully with a cushion cut diamond.