Danhov Featured in The Knot Summer 2017 National Issue

The Knot’s summer 2017 national issues includes editorial featuring a selection of yellow gold engagement rings. We’re honored to be included in this editorial as a gilty pleasure!

A handmade engagement ring from the Abbraccio collection was included to showcase the beauty of yellow gold embracing a diamond.

The Danhov Abbraccio swirl engagement ring featured (AE133), handmade in 18k yellow gold retails for $1340, not including the center stone.

Designer Trunk Show at Robbins Brothers – Seattle

Join Jack Hovsepian, owner and designer of Danhov, at Robbins Brothers in Seattle, WA, on April 8 from 11 am – 7 pm to shop a large assortment of uniquely handmade engagement rings and wedding bands.

If you purchase a Danhov engagement ring on this special event day, you will receive 10% of the retail price towards a Danhov wedding band purchased the same day.

Please call Robbins Brothers – Seattle at 206-826-7464 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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.

The Knot Winter Issue Features Danhov Designer Engagement Rings

The Winter 2016-17 issue of The Knot has hit the newsstands and is featuring two of our favorite Danhov engagement rings in the editorial. To say the least, we’re thrilled!

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In a story about WORKS OF ART, the Danhov Per Lei engagement ring with a diamond shank and bezel set oval was featured as a hot design that is totally of the moment (LE103-OV).

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And in a store featuring The Knot’s BEST IN BRIDAL, our new Eleganza diamond split shank engagement ring was featured as a new classic (ZE185).

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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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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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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.