4 Tips to Finding the Perfect Designer Engagement Ring

Are you thinking about popping that very important question but don’t know where to start?

Our friends at Platinum Guild International have shared 4 easy tips for starting the process, and we wanted to pass along!

  1. Set A Budget

“How much should I spend on a designer engagement ring?” is a very common question. The rule of thumb is typically equivalent to two months salary, but ultimately it’s whatever you are comfortable spending.

2. Keep Your Lifestyle In Mind

Make sure you pick a setting that is conducive to your partner’s lifestyle – personal and professional. Platinum is the most secure setting for diamonds thanks to its high density and will not require your ring to be reinforced or re-shanked.

3. Choose Everlasting

Platinum is the most durable of the precious metals. Did you know the surface of your rings will actually get stronger with wear?

4. Consider The Maintenance

White gold requires rhodium plating to maintain its white finish and must be re-plated to address normal wear. This can be done as you take your ring to your jeweler for cleaning and maintenance. However, remember that platinum is naturally white and will never change color over time.

Hand Engraving Adds Something Special

Do you love vintage-inspired engagement rings, but with a modern flair?

 

Danhov offers several engagement rings that have hand-engraved details. These intricate elements of ornate scrolls and milgrain offer eye-catching and light-catching components.

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This Danhov Couture ring offers is not dated looking, but has a vintage touch with the hand detailing incorporated into the design.

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The milgrain detailing and hand engraving on this Danhov Couture engagement ring adds just a bit of extra sparkle.

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A modern Danhov Abbraccio swirl takes on a vintage-inspired look with the hand details. This hand work catches the light and adds elegance.

 

 

Expert Advice For Caring For Your Engagement Ring

Jennifer Gandia from Greenwich Jewelers in New York City, a leading fine jewelry retailer, offers some of the best advice for one of the most-asked questions from brides-to-be regarding the proper care of their new engagement ring: 

At Greenwich Jewelers, we advise women to remove their engagement ring before showering. Hard water, soaps, lotions, and other products can dull the sparkle of your gems.

It’s important for women to find a routine that works for them. For example, place a small ring box in your bathroom where you store the ring during your shower, or have a consistent place you store it every night and wait until after you’ve showered and applied lotion every morning to put the ring back on your finger.

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In addition, we tell our customers to store their ring safely while exercising. Lifting weights or putting pressure on the ring can wear it down over time.

To clean your  designer engagement ring we recommend purchasing jewelry cleaner that is made specifically for the diamonds and gems in your ring. Certain porous gemstones, such as emeralds or pearls, need a specific type of jewelry cleaner. Your engagement ring is a valuable, lifelong investment, you should treat it as one.

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It’s important to get your ring checked on an annual basis. Greenwich Jewelers, as most fine jewelry stores do, offers yearly servicing to check and tighten all diamonds and gemstones in the setting, and clean, polish and re-plate the ring as needed.

A final step in the care of your diamond engagement ring is to purchase insurance. We remind our customers that they want to insure the replacement of her engagement ring in case of loss or damage.

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Danhov Introduces Three-Stone Collection of Engagement Rings

DT103The new Tre collection includes new and archived designs of three-stone diamond rings. These three-stone rings are individually made in America, and they are the ideal symbol of a couple’s past, present and future life together. This fine jewelry is created to be a romantic engagement ring or celebratory diamond anniversary ring. Tre represents a true love that lasts today, tomorrow and always.

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8 Reasons to Buy Danhov

We’re obviously proud of the bridal and fine jewelry created in our California office, and of course we’d love everyone to choose a Danhov engagement ring, wedding band or piece of fine jewelry.

There are a few, or eight, good reasons to keep in mind when shopping for your big jewelry purchase:

1. HANDMADE IN THE USA: Danhov has been making handmade and hand-assembled bridal and fine jewelry in the USA for more than 30 years. This ensures quality and strength for jewelry that will last a lifetime.

2. SUPERIOR DIAMOND STANDARDS: All diamonds used in Danhov jewelry are true VS1 and F/G color.

3. ETHICAL SOURCING: The precious metals and diamonds used in Danhov products are all sourced from reputable wholesalers who certify they are from conflict-free areas.

4. QUICK TURNAROUND: Danhov provides a 2-3 week turn-around time for our individually created pieces.

5. AWARD-WINNING DESIGNS: Danhov is an award-winning designer; accumulating several accolades for best engagement ring design.

6. LIFETIME MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY: All Danhov jewelry is covered by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty that will cover any manufacturing defects. Danhov’s warranty automatically terminates if any repairs or modifications, beyond setting the center stone, are made by anyone other than Danhov.

7. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Danhov provides a wide range of price points; our rings are individually made so they are easy to customize and can be made for any size, shape or type of center stone – perfect for an engagement, special anniversary, or gift for any occasion.

8. ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTION: Danhov bridal and fine jewelry is eco-friendly; harsh chemicals and large machinery used by many other jewelry companies are not used to create our handcrafted or hand-assembled pieces.

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7 Irresistible Diamond Jewelry Gifts Mom Will Love

This Mother’s Day, celebrate Mom by giving her jaw-dropping jewelry pieces that are sure to create memories she won’t forget. 

Although Mother’s Day will come and go, the cherished memories with Mom remain for a lifetime. The special day is a time of recognition and celebration of moms and those special women who play a significant role in our lives. It is a time for breakfast in bed, family dinners, quality time, and precious gift giving. It also is a time to show gratitude for the extraordinary women who sacrifice generously in order for their children to flourish.

A Moment in Time

Surprisingly, Mother’s Day is an ancient tradition that goes beyond the modern holiday we observe today. The Greeks and Romans mastered the art of celebrating motherhood with an elaborate festival brimming with three days of games, entertainment and food. In the midst of the extravagant party, people commemorated Rhea, the goddess of maternity and motherhood. Known as the “mother of the gods”, her femininity and fertility was idolized and revered by the masses. Although honoring motherhood continued in many shapes and forms over the centuries, it wasn’t until 1908 that it became an official American holiday.

A Glamorous Way to Show Her You Care

If you’re searching for an unrivaled way to show Mom how immensely significant she is in your life, then uniquely handmade fine jewelry is just the answer. Danhov’s diamond jewelry is an extraordinary way for Mom to show the rest of the world she is cherished. Which piece is best for her? Discover seven notable jewelry pieces here that will bring warmth to her heart while making her sparkle and shine like the star that she is.

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A refined style worthy of praise, the Abbraccio Swirl Pearl Diamond Ring will win any mom’s heart. Fashioned in fine white gold and polished to a brilliant luster, the setting highlights a luminous pearl encircled with sparkling diamond accents. A graceful gift like this will leave Mom with an effortless glow while complementing her entire look.

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A traditional three-stone ring set with Mom’s favorite gemstones or birthstones of her children is the perfect way to let her know you love and appreciate her today, tomorrow and always. This Danhov Solo Filo 3-Stone Diamond Ring is shown with pink tourmaline set in platinum and would be the perfect Mother’s Ring for any special woman.

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Every woman has a distinct style and taste; that’s why Danhov Abbraccio Fine Jewelry comes in white, rose or yellow gold and the gemstone of your choice. This yellow gold and diamond pendant features a purple amethyst. This handmade pendant is a beautiful and tasteful accent to any outfit.

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An alluring alternative to diamonds, the rich, warm sapphire knows how to make sparks fly. Treat Mom to a striking style accent with this Danhov Classico Blue Sapphire Diamond Ring. Crafted in white gold or platinum, the bold blue hue showcases a sophisticated cushion-cut bright blue center stone, exuding warmth and comfort,  while the pave diamonds run along the ring’s elegant shank.

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The captivating color of this Danhov Abbraccio Garnet Ring grabs the attention of anyone who glances its way. A fiery-hued garnet is nestled within a white gold and diamond swirl for a look trend-worthy as well as timeless. Signifying loyalty, truth and friendship, the sentiment behind the garnet ring makes it a gift even more personal and unforgettable for a Mother’s Day surprise.

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If she’s a fan of luxuriously refined earrings, surprise her with a pretty, feminine pair she’ll treasure forever. Handmade in white gold, these Danhov Abbraccio Fine Jewelry diamond swirl earrings showcase a gorgeous pink sapphire center stone encircled with diamonds. They are the perfect complement to any outfit and occasion.

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A sophisticated selection of stackable bands are perfect for daytime and evening elegance. The spirited and playful allure of mix-and-match rings from the Danhov Misto Collection are a vivacious style element perfect in white, rose and yellow gold. To master the art of Misto, simply combine a few colors and textures, and watch Mom shine as she graces the beautiful rings everywhere.

We wish every Mom the happiest of Mother’s Days. May the days continue to shine with the unconditional love and joy you show your children and those around you!

 

Red Carpet Worthy

The Danhov Couture collection is made up of one-of-a-kind designs from the Danhov archives and new unique handmade creations from the designer, Jack Hovsepian.

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Diamond rings in the Couture collection are red-carpet-worthy pieces for women who like to capture the spotlight – perfect for an eye-catching engagement ring or a statement-making cocktail ring. These rings look gorgeous on the right or left hand.

Yellow Gold Gains Popularity in Bridal

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For decades white gold and platinum have been the first choice for brides-to-be. But, everything old becomes new again, so yellow gold engagement rings seem to have made a comeback.

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Gold prices have helped with the surge in popularity, but it also is a shift to a softness and elegance of a more romantic era. We agree, yellow gold just feels glamorous.

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In addition, recent runway shows have given a nod to a 70s vibe, which has increased demand for yellow gold in timepieces and fashion jewelry. So it isn’t surprising that the popularity in bridal would follow to create a consistent look and add warmth. However, the purity and richness of white gold or platinum will probably still continue to be the most popular when it comes to engagement rings and wedding bands.

 

Regardless of the metal you choose for your bridal set, don’t’ be afraid of mixing golds. Whether white, yellow or rose, they all look great together and create a look uniquely yours!

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