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Danhov Engagement Rings Reviews: Classic. Elegent. Stunning.

By Mike Fried,

The History

When your jewelry design studio hails from the star-studded streets of Hollywood, CA, it’s only natural that your pieces resonate with the fashion culture of the area. Say hello to Danhov. Since its start in 1984, under the careful attention of its founder, Jack Hovsepian, Danhov has been making a name for itself among celebrities and the rest of the world alike.

A lot of Jack’s early inspiration came from watching his father, a prominent haute couture fashion designer, while growing up. Drawing from these influences, Danhov’s designs strike a unique balance between the ever-changing sensitivities of fashion and the steadfast, traditional heritage of bridal jewelry. Danhov has become one of the best engagement ring brands out there.

Design

Danhov Solo Filo

Danhov made the papers recently by taking home Platinum Guild International’s (PGI) award in the “entry-level bridal” category (settings under $3,500) with a piece from its Eleganza collection. And even though this ring was made of platinum, all of their designs are available in any type of gold, as well (which we actually recommend). You can read more about this in our article on metals.

One of the features that Danhov is best known for are their signature swirls. Take this gorgeous piece from their Abbraccio collection on James Allen, for example. Here designers almost treat the wire as a piece of thread, giving the ring a halo appearance without any diamond accents and paying homage to their fashion-based roots through their superior craftsmanship.

What’s more, all of their rings are created and assembled by hand at their studio in Hollywood, using eco-friendly processes devoid of the chemicals and big machinery used in large-scale production elsewhere. Just like no two outfits are the same at any high-end fashion show, Danhov stakes their reputation on providing a unique ring to showcase any of the diamonds you can find at James Allen.

Styles

Similar to the fashion world that inspires their designs, Danhov offers a wide array of settings in many styles. James Allen lists quite a few on their site, but to give you an idea, here are 5 of their best-selling ones:

Their Abbraccio collection showcases their signature swirl, winding around the finger like a vibrant piece of diamond-encrusted thread. Eleganza is the collection that won them their PGI award and features an elegant style in which prongs extend the center stone from the hand for all to see. Danhov’s most ornate, diamond-heavy pieces belong to their Couture collection and flaunt designs (and price tags) guaranteed to turn heads.

Danhov Classico

When I tested Danhov, one of the rings I went with was this one you can find on James Allen, from their Classico line, made up of single-shank solitaire settings: The simplicity of the band speaks to the timelessness of the tradition and gives that added pop to the details of the elaborate head.

The other ring I went with was this beautiful halo from their “Solo Filo” collection. The name of collection itself means “just wire” and that’s how they are crafted—from a single wire. This particular ring features a split shank (common in many of their designs) which leads right into the robust halo.

Diamonds

Danhov designs favor diamonds with VS clarity and G color, but just like the metals they use, the choice is ultimately yours. No matter what stone(s) you choose, make sure to check out James Allen’s website to make sure you’re getting the best value for your dollar.

James Allen James Allen is the leader in online diamond sales. Their imaging technology is the same as inspecting a diamond with a jeweler's loupe. They have the largest exclusive loose diamond inventory online and fantastic prices. They also have the nicest collection of lab-created diamonds online.
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. James Allen will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free International Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisals
  • One free resizing within 60 days of purchase
  • Free ring inscriptions
  • Best-in-class high quality imagery of all diamonds in stock
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Best-in-class packaging
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Blue Nile Blue Nile is the largest and most well-known internet jewelry seller. They have a very large exclusive online inventory. Their high-quality images are catching up to James Allens' and their prices are amazing. 
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. Blue Nile will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisal
  • One free resizing within the first year of purchase
  • High quality images of about half of their diamonds
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • 100% credit towards future upgrades (must be at least double in value)
  • Best in class fulfillment
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About the author

Mike Fried Mike Fried Mike Fried has over 25 years experience in the diamond industry working with Leo Schachter Diamonds, Moshe Namdar Diamonds, and joining The Diamond Pro in 2007. He is recognized as an industry expert and has been quoted in publications such as Us, People, Page Six, The Next Web and more.

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