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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

What’s the best time of year to buy a Diamond Engagement Ring?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jun 22, 2017 3:11:47 PM

 

(An extended version of our answer to an interview question we were asked by Beyond4Cs.com.)

Googling “when is the best time to buy a (whatever)” can save you a ton of money. Most industries have a time of year or month where they honestly discount prices for various sensible reasons.

Clothes are a great example. End of season sales often offer savings of well over 50%. Sure, the trends have changed quite a bit, but if you're blazer or shoe shopping, next season will probably be more of the same.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Diamonds

Which Diamond Shape Appears The Largest?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 31, 2017 4:28:54 PM

 

There’s no way around this; diamond size is a big deal.

Close to all engagement rings look considerably more visually pleasing when set with a larger diamond.

The internet, especially social media and Google Images search, has transformed the way couples approach the engagement ring browsing process.

These accessible technologies enable you to sift through millions of images, and cherry pick designs, or design themes, that all make up your perfect diamond engagement ring.

With over 70% of our work being custom designs; we’re emailed a ton of engagement ring photos every day.

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Topics: Diamond Investing, Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Custom Engagement Rings

Should Your Girlfriend Be Involved In The Engagement Ring Purchase?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 16, 2017 11:22:00 AM

 

According to her, yes.

In a recent survey close to 90% of women said they want to be involved in some way when her engagement ring is designed or selected. So, unless your girlfriend deliberately sent you on a solo mission, it’s time to start thinking about ways to get her in the loop.

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Topics: Engineers, Ring Sizes, Engagement Ring Advice

The World’s Most Popular Engagement Ring Designs (April 2017)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 5, 2017 4:08:25 PM

 

As things start cooling down swiftly in South Africa the Northern hemisphere is enjoying Springtime. It’s always a time of year when warmer jewellery colour combinations from the USA, Europe and major parts of Asia light up our screens on social media.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Gemstones, Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings

The Price Of A 2ct Diamond In South Africa

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Apr 19, 2017 3:12:57 PM

After a tremendously successful 2016 where we saw the amount of transactions we closed in the 2ct diamond engagement ring market skyrocket we actively started doing market research to check the levels of service and prices other jewellers were offering to the public and overseas buyers (tourists and international inquiries). We have an incredibly high conversion rate… but you can’t possibly land every single transaction in a specific range, can you? And if you do… why?

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds, Designer Brands

The 4C’s Of Diamonds - 2 Carat Edition

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Apr 13, 2017 3:30:34 PM

 

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds

The World’s Most Popular Engagement Ring Designs (March 2017)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 30, 2017 3:55:53 PM

 

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Topics: Engagement Rings Advice, Engagement Ring Advice, Palladium, Engagement Ring Design

Negotiating The Best Price On An Engagement Ring

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 27, 2017 3:38:22 PM

I bargain everywhere.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings

Top 20 Complaints About Traditional Jewellers in South Africa

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 3, 2017 1:35:17 PM

 

We just finished up our yearly Engagement Ring Shopper Survey. Participation was excellent, and we've found some interesting shifts in engagement ring shopping psychology. We do have a significant market share (especially in Pretoria) so to keep things objective I eliminated all submissions from email addresses we currently have on record. This includes leads and previous customers.

To ensure our service is top notch I spend about an hour per month on HelloPeter reading what customers of other jewellers are complaining about.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Designer Brands, Engagement Ring Design

The Price Of A 1 Carat Diamond Ring In South Africa

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 23, 2017 1:00:00 PM

[February 2017 Update]

Every six weeks or so I reach out to other local jewellers to see how our engagement ring prices fare. Although we never market ourselves as the cheapest per se I’ve always been very confident that our prices are excellent. This time round the average saving was a staggering 19%.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice

The Ultimate 1 Page Diamond Buying Guide (2017 Edition)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 17, 2017 12:11:58 PM

 

Not everyone is willing to spend months researching diamonds before they pull the trigger. I completely get that. After she gives you the “yes” you’re probably done diamond shopping for a while.

Last night while finalising an updated version of our extremely well received “Buying A Diamond Like a Diamond Dealer” ebook I realised that the whole ebook (25 pages) could be condensed into a 1-pager. No intricate details, just recommendations drawing on decades of diamond industry knowledge. Challenge accepted.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Diamonds

The World’s Most Popular Engagement Ring Designs (Feb 2017)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 9, 2017 1:49:22 PM

 

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Topics: Engagement Rings Advice, Engagement Ring Advice, Palladium, Engagement Ring Design

The 4C's: Which Is Most Important?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 8, 2016 3:50:18 PM

When you're buying a diamond it's important to strike a balance between the 4C's; colour, clarity, cut and carat weight. Keep in mind that diamonds are scarce and you might run into situations where you have to pick one C over another;

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Topics: Diamond Investing, Diamond Buying, Diamonds

How To Choose The Right Engagement Ring Design

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on May 25, 2016 11:58:00 AM

 

A few short years ago choosing an engagement ring was a different (much easier) ballgame altogether.

You would have visited your local jewellery store and taken your pick from a dozen or two engagement rings. These days, thanks to the internet, and with special thanks to the Almighty Google Images and Pinterest you have access to literally millions of designs. You like halo designs? Great. Here are 100 000 ideas.

This gets very tricky very quickly.

So, how do you get en route to that perfect engagement ring design?

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice

Picking An Engagement Ring Without Your Girlfriend

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 31, 2016 4:14:50 PM

 


So, who picks the engagement ring design?

Dozens of global and local surveys have broken down survey answers to this loaded question into 3 rather equally sized brackets:

  • ⅓ of ladies wish to be deeply involved in the engagement ring buying process. This includes visiting jewellers as a couple, picking the perfect diamond and fine-tuning her dream design. (We’ll call this group “Hands On”)
  • ⅓ of ladies wish to be minimally involved by merely giving input on the style and design of the ring. You might find a folder full of designs on her phone/laptop and her friends will be briefed relatively well with her likes and dislikes. (These are the “Hinters”)
  • ⅓ of ladies wish to have close to zero involvement in the process. Most of these old-school types won’t even go so far as to help the gent with a ring size. You’re be in for some serious James Bond work, my friend. (“Surprise me”-type)
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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice