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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

White Gold Vs. Platinum Vs. Palladium. A Very Unfair Fight. (2019)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Apr 2, 2019 2:54:00 PM

No one wants to wear, or give, an engagement ring that ages in dog years.

Longevity problems and issues with engagement rings can be caused by poor craftsmanship, but don’t negate the impact of a poor metal choice.

The engagement ring decorating her/your ring finger will be tagging along as the seasons and years fly by. Let’s make it a great, enjoyable journey that’s just as thrilling as those first few days after the proposal.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Palladium, metals

How To Buy The Best Round Diamond: Over 60 Useful Tips.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 4, 2019 4:16:23 PM

No boring history introduction here. We've got bigger things to do. 

You’re about to dig into what makes round diamonds a fantastic diamond shape choice for an engagement ring. I’ll help you understand how pricing works, and show you specification combinations that optimise your budget - whatever it is. We'll also talk about unique design opportunities a round diamond brings to the table. 

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Comparing Diamonds, Diamond Colours, Diamond Clarities

What Is Diamond Fluorescence? All the Pros and Cons Explained.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 1, 2019 10:49:26 AM

Welcome!

If you want your engagement ring to look amazing, it's important to ensure the main diamond is the star of the show and has all the brilliance and fire you would expect from a diamond. 

Fluorescence is a little-known diamond specification that can drastically alter the price and appearance of any diamond you cross paths with.

Mother nature rolled the dice and around 30% of diamonds emit some degree of fluorescent glow when exposed to concentrated UV light. It's random.

As you know there’s UV in sunlight, and although far from concentrated there is a small reaction with the UV light in natural sunlight.

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Topics: Diamond Investing, Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Comparing Diamonds, Versus, Diamond Colours, Diamond Clarities

How do G-Colour diamonds compare to H, and VVS-Clarity to VS?

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jan 22, 2019 3:02:33 PM

Diamond colour grades change in unexpectedly tiny increments. 

Diamond colours range from D to Z, and as they trinkle down the alphabet the colour hue becomes more visibly prominent. Z is not a dark brown or yellow, yes, the colour is visible but far less pronounced than you would imagine. 

Internet diamond colour-sheets aren't accurate. Just see them as a visual parable to just show that colour intensifies as you slide down to Z on the colour scale. 

I can tell you right here before we sail off; G and H are white to any pair of eyes. You're better off focusing on some other characteristics like cut-grade and size when your in this boat. 

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Gemstones, Comparing Diamonds, Versus, Diamond Colours, Diamond Clarities

Everything You Need To Know About Engagement Ring Guarantees.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Apr 13, 2018 9:04:01 AM

 

What do you think is the single biggest complaint customers have in their dealings with jewellers? 

Quality issues.

With no runner-up in sight. 

Here's a typical scenario: You spent your hard earned money on an engagement ring, and somehow it has been damaged (bent, lost a diamond etc....) on your fiancee's hand without an apparent cause like a car accident.

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

The Engagement Ring Chat With Your “Obviously Hinting” Girlfriend.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Mar 2, 2018 11:50:34 AM

 

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Topics: Engagement Rings Advice, Ring Sizes, Proposing, Engagement Ring Design, metals

The Engagement Ring Chat With Your “Surprise Me!” Girlfriend.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 27, 2018 5:28:50 PM

 

What and what not to include in engagement ring chats can be a bit blurry. This is part one of a blog series on engagement ring questions for “Surprise me”, “hands on” and “hinter” girlfriends. Keep an eye out for the next installments.

Girlfriends have a 6th sense when it comes to engagement ring activity.

You can be as stealthy as a grain of salt - she’ll know something’s up.

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Topics: Engagement Rings Advice, Ring Sizes, Proposing, Engagement Ring Design, metals

The Price Of A 1,00ct Diamond Engagement Ring in South Africa (Q1 2018).

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Feb 14, 2018 1:00:00 PM

 

Do you know how long, on average, couples spend researching diamonds, engagement ring styles and jewellers?

6 months. That’s literally how long it would take you to walk around the moon… twice

If gathering quotes, deciphering them, Googling every question, visiting a ton of jewellers with irreconcilable recommendations and the working through all the slippery sales talk seems daunting - I’ve got some good news. We’ve done 99% of the work and you can save 6 months worth of free time.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice

11 Ways To Ensure You’re Buying a HIGH Quality Diamond. (Including a Checklist)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jan 29, 2018 3:52:03 PM

 

You want your engagement ring to look absolutely amazing, and so do I. Whether you’ll be sliding it on someone’s finger, or the proud recipient - the quality of this significant piece of jewellery can’t be overstated.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds

Market Report: There’s Never Been a Better Time To Buy a Platinum Engagement Ring. (Q4 '17)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Nov 22, 2017 4:04:46 PM

This engagement ring you’re planning… should it be cherished and enjoyed or compulsively stressed over?

That’s a no brainer.

And this very issue shoves the exploration and choice of metal for your engagement ring to centre stage, instead of just a mere by the way formality.

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How It's Made; Luxury Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Nov 13, 2017 12:13:06 PM


In a nutshell, we use a combination of cutting-edge technologies to ensure our designs are as fluid and neat as possible, but the final stages of manufacturing are still done by hand, working with the same tools of 50 years ago.

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

How To Design Your Perfect Engagement Ring [2017 Ed.]

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Nov 6, 2017 1:00:41 PM

It’s easier than you would imagine.

Design your own engagement ring” is a mantra thrown around online, like colorful scatter cushions in a gypsy’s caravan.

The process of working closely with a jewellery designer to make a unique, once-off piece has been dumbed down to;

  • Choose a design.
  • Choose a diamond.
  • Choose a metal.
  • Ring size?
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Optimising your R70 000 Diamond Engagement Ring Budget

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Oct 19, 2017 4:33:21 PM

This is a fantastic budget-range to optimise, and your extra effort will pay off surprisingly well.

Engagement rings simply look nicer when setting with a larger center diamond. That’s why most designs you’ll cross paths with on Instagram or Google Images will be set with diamonds up to 3,00ct in weight.

You’re in a range where most rings you see online can be stunningly well executed.

If you had R30 000 to work with, there would be limits and constraints in what we can do for you. For instance; intricate metal work needs space for a designer to work his magic. As you can imagine a larger diamond creates a much roomier area to incorporate elements you love.

Sneak Peak; It’s not overly ambitious to set your sights on a 1,00ct diamond in a platinum setting. You have a good shot at proposing with the perfect custom engagement ring.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Diamonds, Engagement Ring Design, Custom Engagement Rings

What to expect during your visit to a Poggenpoel Studio

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 27, 2017 4:38:28 PM

First of all, you’ll notice we’re not a store.

You’ll be strolling into a busy, but relaxed, studio with diamond consultants, jewellery designers and goldsmiths doing what they do best.

 We’ll offer you some coffee, worth saying yes to, and then you’ll be joined by a knowledgeable consultant and/or designer for a session.

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

All Your Vintage Engagement Ring Questions Answered. (Interview)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 20, 2017 1:22:53 PM

 

The two most popular engagement ring styles at this stage are simple solitaires… and intricate vintage designs. Polar opposites.

I nabbed our head of design and one of his team members for some good old feedback on common questions in the realm for vintage engagement ring design. Both have done stellar jobs at creating vintage designs over the past few months.

If you have any questions after this - get in touch. I’m sure these two would love to chat you through any further details.

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