4 Trends for the 2015 Engagement (Holiday) Season

Every year between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day we see an increase in engagements. We believe this season brings family and friends together, so what better time to celebrate a new engagement? And, it gives you time to plan for a summer wedding!

This year, we’ve been noticing an increase in a few bridal trends that we wanted to share:

1. Yellow gold. This metal hearkens back to a more elegant and romantic time and its popularity continues to grow. Gold is a precious metal that is strong and timeless.

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2. Two Tone. For those who are not sure about saying yes to a yellow gold engagement ring, we’ve seen an increase in two-tone bridal jewelry. This option allows you to have a touch of yellow gold, but maintain the presence of a white metal. Two-tone diamond rings also provide many brides the confidence to mix golds and not feel like they have to commit to a watch, earrings, necklace and bracelets in the same tone.

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3. Halo free. We don’t believe diamond halos will ever be out of style, but we are seeing more and more brides choosing an engagement ring without a halo. In an effort to be different and stand-out from their friends they are breaking away from what was so popular for so long.

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4. Multi-stones. Solitaires and single-stone rings with diamond halos and diamond shanks will always be classic. But this year we are seeing more multi-stone rings being selected than we have in some time. Couples preparing for marriage appreciate the symbolism of past, present and future, or you and me, in engagement rings featuring two or three stones.

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Regardless of the ring you choose, remember that this is one piece of jewelry you are wearing every day, forever. Make sure this special piece represents your style and reflects what you love.

And for guys getting started on the process of purchasing a ring, our friends at The Plunge offer some great tips for shopping and selecting the perfect diamond.

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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12 Fairytale Wedding Destinations Guaranteed to Leave You Breathless

Aside from the lush, tropic sceneries and relaxing pre-ceremony luxury spa treatments that come with a destination wedding, transitioning from the wedding ceremony to the honeymoon is as effortless as saying “I do” on your grand day.

The moment you utter those two words, you’re exactly where you want to be. From pictorial mountaintops to powder-sand beaches, these 12 sultry destinations are truly an all-inclusive wedding wonderland, and high on our dream wedding list.

 

1. Fiji

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Brimming with wedding resorts galore, the 300-island paradise gives tropic lovers plenty of scenic options for their special day. Tie the knot in a charming, rustic style village church or go barefoot on the beach while walking beneath a floral archway with the glistening ocean as your backdrop. Some resorts even offer a traditional ceremony package where Fijian warriors carry the bride-to-be to the altar. Famous for its warm culture and unspoiled beaches, Fiji offers tons of activities for the betrothed and guests alike.

2. Lake Placid, New York

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New York’s best kept secret comes alive during the fall and winter season. Although Lake Placid is located in a secluded part of upstate New York, the jam-packed activities and attractions are anything but remote. Nestled along the idyllic shores of Lake Placid, a wedding at the Lodge is the event of a lifetime. The sequestered retreat celebrates the ancient beauty and history of the area while offering remarkable service for your destination wedding. The Lake Placid Lodge even provides a chauffeured, beribboned Hacker-Craft for the married duo and a soulful bluegrass band for the ceremony.

3. Kauai, Hawaii

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If you’re searching for the most sequestered, immaculate tropical wedding haven, then Kauai takes the cake. The lush, green landscape and tropical stretch rightfully give it the name “Garden Isle.” The lazy pace and nearly uninhabited island feels like a fantasy. Although some parts receive tons of rainfall, the southern coast remains unceasingly sunny, patiently awaiting eager couples who are ready to tie the knot in a tropical fashion.

4. Ireland

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A small country with a big reputation, Ireland’s timeless, rustic landscapes and warm culture create a melodious wedding ceremony as magical as a Disney fairy tale. Between the enchantment and romance, stroll along your oceanside cliffs, grassy hills, picturesque villages, majestic castles and country manors — where your chariot awaits. Prepare to catch the ultimate wanderlust as you say “I do” in typical Irish fashion.

5. Tuscany, Italy 

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The unvarnished country exudes a charm, tradition, and unparalleled romance unlike any other Western European location. Prepare to be charmed: the lush vallies, rolling hills, world-renowned wine estates, and 15th-century architecture is the romantic wedding affair of a lifetime. The rich and tender aroma of the culture, topped with mouthwatering Italian cuisines and wines will surely leave you coming back for more. Pick a month between May and October–it’s sure to grant you the best weather with moderate climates – perfect for your dream wedding.

6. Key West, Florida 

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Some opt for elaborate ceremonies while others prefer laid-back and relaxed shindigs. Add a sunset beach, a spirited band, and barefoot guests frolicking on the beach, and you’re good to go for a fun, casual wedding ceremony. Guest will love the various water sports, excellent weather, and mouth-watering cuisines. For even more casual canoodling, grab her hand and head to the slew of bars packed with live bands and sweet sunsets.

7. Napa Valley, CA 

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Radically rich, rustic, and romantic, the wine country provides a memorable affair unique to the rest of Northern California. Maybe you have your eyes set on an intimate vineyard ceremony bathed in golden California sunshine, or simply longing to have a western ranch wedding catered by world-renowned chefs. No worries, Napa Valley offers both, and then some. Looking for something more sumptuous? No problem. The impressive wine estate has some of the most luxurious wedding resorts in the entire state. These lavish yet cozy destinations will have you Northern California dreamin’ in no time.

8. Phuket, Thailand 

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No wonder locals refer this Southeast Asian country as sanuk, or “fun.” From luxury beachside resorts to vibrant coral reefs, guests will be overjoyed to visit the exotic kingdom. For a bustling experience that echoes the nightlife of New York City, head on to Bangkok for countless bars, shops, and dance clubs before winding down in the northwestern beaches saturated with crystal waters and luxury resorts. The luxurious beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui are the chief reasons couples take the long journey to Thailand to say their I do’s.

9. Crane Beach, Barbados

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The sun smiles down on Barbados, which sits on the outer fringe of the hurricane belt. Natural elements native to the area include dusty pink sand and boulder cliffs. The renowned Crane Beach is historic as it is scenic: After obtaining a marriage license in Bridgetown, capture the gleaming, rosy sand in all its glory by tying the knot an hour before sunset. After the I do’s, sit back and celebrate the beginning of a long and happy marriage as friendly Bajans make sure the special night is overflowing with fresh tropical flavors and tons of local rum.

10. Puerto Rico 

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Puerto Rico: Where the American can enjoy palm trees and tropic beaches without a passport. The island offers a wide variety of breathtaking sights, top-class resorts, and tons of outdoor activities. Whether you’re opting for a historical sight like Old San Juan or a more adventurous spot like the Riu Camuy Cave System Park (imagine saying “I do” in a million-year-old cave!), you’re bound to enjoy every breathtaking second at the isle of enchantment.

11. Curaçao

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The island of Curaçao is nestled on the outer fringe of the so-called hurricane belt — but have no fear, this location remains hurricane free with consistent temperatures in the 80s. Known for the various water sports, you can splish and splash with impressive reef diving and snorkeling sessions. Curaçao is where European charm meets lush tropical surroundings that provide top-of-the-line sandy beaches with an upscale historic feel.

12. Halkidiki, Greece

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Greece is another famous location with its many lovely islands and astonishing views. When we think of a luxury haven, Kassandra peninsula in Halkidiki is number one on our list. With its luxury hotels and tranquil surroundings, newlyweds are treated like true royalty. With wonderful accommodations, outdoor activities, sparkling beaches, and a sumptuous spa with exclusive beauty treatments prove these are what wedding dreams are made of.

But before choosing a wedding destination, make your first destination Danhov. Begin your fairytale nuptials with the perfect handcrafted engagement ring.

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Danhov Garners Platinum Innovation Award at JCK 2015

Danhov has always been known for its unique designs and quality craftsmanship. During the past several years the brand also has created a name for itself as an award-winning jewelry designer in the bridal category. At the recent JCK tradeshow, we added another accolade.

Platinum Guild International annually hosts the Platinum Innovation Awards, challenging JCK show exhibitors to enter their most innovative platinum bridal and fashion designs.

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This year, Danhov was recognized by PGI-USA for its use of precious platinum in creating a beautiful engagement ring in the category of entry level bridal – meaning the rings had to have a price point of $3500 or less.

Style ZE109, the Danhov Eleganza handcrafted, double-shank braided engagement ring, was selected by a panelist of judges comprised of bridal and fine jewelry editors and retailers as a winner. We love this engagement ring and are thrilled they did too!

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Nature-Inspired Diamond Engagement Rings That Will Have You Falling in Love

Experience nothing but nature with the Petalo Collection of engagement rings.

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Traditionally, flowers have been a common token of love and passion. Flowers speak a thousand words and a million breathtaking emotions. The Petalo collection is a vibrant combination of flourished diamond engagement rings with earthy, nature-inspired grace fit for a goddess.

Each Petalo diamond ring is accurately set to evoke the precious petals of nature. The enchanting collection exudes an effortless floral charm while embracing organic countours and earthy undertones.

A petal undergoes a metamorphosis and when united with others it forms the whole of a flower. The Petalo collection symbolizes a man and woman uniting to become a loving couple more beautiful than their individual parts. Available in both halo and solitaire settings, the Petalo collection immaculately represents the serenity and beauty of the world around us. What grander way to display your commitment than by wearing a design from the heart of nature?

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson

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Nature inspires and breathes life into everything it touches. Daintily-adorned with pave diamonds, the sophisticated engagement ring hallmarks tulips traveling around the shank for a floral fair.

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Flower power takes on a whole new meaning with this playful floral diamond ring. For a fun, free spirit who embraces Mother Earth, the daisies of this engagement ring is both an elegant and whimsical choice.

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The lush petals on this Petalo platinum engagement ring dance under an enchantment that carries them with a gust of melody. The waves and curvatures of the shank unite with the petals for a flawless floral finish. It’s as if the wavy motion of the shank is singing the songs of spring.

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Time wasted in nature is never a waste. The eccentricity of design patterns on this diamond ring is one to swoon and croon over. The hopeless romantic will fall deeply in love with its double design infused with accent diamonds and leaves. The diamond halo provides a lush finish for the center stone on this sparkling engagement ring.

This collection is made for the woman who loves organic shapes and floral motifs, and it enables her to express her personal style in her favorite and most important piece of jewelry.

Experience the Petalo collection and choose your favorite design: www.danhov.com/engagement/petalo

 

6 Gown Trends That Graced the 2015 Bridal Runways with the Rings to Match

What’s fresher than the scent of spring air? It’s none other than the beautiful bridal gown fashions of 2015. Every season we get to witness the cutting edge creations from the spring bridal runways. Brimming with brilliant, breezy, and sheer wedding dresses, the 2015 runway was a breath of fresh air indeed.

 

The styles encompass versatile collections that offer a distinct style for every taste. Get ready for collars, capes, overskirts, off-the-shoulder, and bold colors that inspired several of the designers’ collections this year. 

 

Whether you’re shopping for the perfect white gown or merely browsing for pleasure, bridal week constantly offers a lavish selection of stunning wedding dresses. We compiled the emerging trends from the 2015 bridal runway; varying from the boldly simple to delightfully extravagant and selected the perfect Danhov engagement ring we envision these brides wearing. 

 

Off The Shoulder

Off-the-shoulder necklines are a hit this season and an expected progression for many bridal designers, such as Oscar de la Renta. The impressive modern-day Belle took the limelight with its amorous draped shoulder design. The draped shoulder is an excellent choice for brides who prefer a sleeve, but still want to show a little skin.

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The amazing, modern draping on this dress is romantic and sexy, but so elegant and timeless. We think this Per Lei split shank engagement ring has an “off-the-shoulder” halo that perfectly complements this wedding dress style.

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Timeless Tulle Overskirts

The most artistic dresses flaunted convertible skirts, particularly in tulle. Adding a playful and ethereal vibe, the artistic new silhouettes present a versatile, playful, and modern option for a couple’s big day.

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The light and airy feeling of this beautiful gown makes us think of the loose and flowing diamond halo on this handcrafted double shank Solo Filo engagement ring.

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Classic Capes

Capes are another runway favorite among bridal designers this season. Brides who love a dramatic entrance while walking down the aisle will adore donning a cape. Whether it’s a delicious sheer illusion with embroidery or an extended, full-length overcoat, a cape offers a more modest neckline during the ceremony – creating two styles in one.

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There is something so chic and modern about this classic cape and dress combo. We love it! A sleek platinum shank and diamond halo around an oval-shaped diamond is what we envision this bride choosing for her engagement ring.

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Novel Shades

Say hello to new hues this spring season as colorful creations stole the spotlight from the common blush and ivory we’re accustomed to seeing in bridal fashion. Multiple shades of blue, gray and even mint green swirled their way onto the runways – and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

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The bride whom chooses  a delightfully daring color for her wedding dress makes us think she would want a diamond engagement ring that also proclaims her unique personal style. This single shank Eleganza engagement ring with its crisscrossing prongs and diamond encrusted braid is perfect for someone who likes the spotlight.

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Captivating Collars

Our hearts are fluttering with excitement for the innovative collar designs introduced to the bridal fashion realm. Collars are an extension of the popular high illusion necklines and add an air of elegance to a gown’s entire design. Just gently gracing the neck, these lace tops give the gown a regal finish.

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When we saw this high collar gracefully touching the bride’s neck, we immediately thought of this Danhov Couture engagement ring and how the diamond circles grace the center stone in the same elegant manner.

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1930’s Charm

Last but certainly not least, slender and sparkly is another popular design for formal wedding dresses that give off a soft and subdued elegance. Put away the puffy dresses and opt for a lovely sheath designed from a refined fabric with draped features, rippling sleeves, and, of course, a dash of sparkle.

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A modern presentation of 1930’s charm brought to mind a bride that loves vintage-inspired design and loves to surround herself with beautiful things that are sleek and new, yet look as though they have a story to tell. This Couture engagement ring from Danhov fits that bill perfectly.

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With an infinite number of dreamy designs, any bride-to-be is sure to find the just the style to complement her personality, or play around and mix-and-match some of your favorite elements. The same can be said in selecting the perfect Danhov engagement ring and wedding bands to celebrate your new beginning. 

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.

Don’t Forget the Unique Wedding Bands

You received the perfect diamond engagement ring. You’ve even found the wedding dress of your dreams and ordered the flowers you’ve always envisioned for your special day.

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But don’t leave selecting your unique wedding bands to the very last minute. These two special bands and the exchange of them is the most symbolic gesture of your wedding day.

Danhov is still offering a special discount when you follow-up the purchase of a Danhov engagement ring with Danhov wedding bands – receive $100 towards each gold or platinum Danhov wedding band you purchase.

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This offer is redeemable at authorized Danhov dealers only and is non-transferable. It expires one year from the date of your Danhov designer engagement ring purchase.