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Diamond And Jewellery Blog | Poggenpoel

Johan Poggenpoel

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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: Designer Brands, Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Rings Advice, Diamond Buying, Diamonds, 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 Ring Design, Engagement Rings Advice, Ring Sizes, Proposing, 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 Ring Design, Engagement Rings Advice, Ring Sizes, Proposing, 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: Diamonds, Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Rings Advice, Diamond Buying

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: Custom Engagement Rings, Engagement Ring Advice, Engagement Ring Design, 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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White Gold Vs. Palladium vs Platinum. An unfair fight.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Oct 25, 2017 11:46:00 AM

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Palladium, metals

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

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

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

How You Can Source The Perfect Diamond.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 14, 2017 9:06:36 AM

Finding that special someone who you wish to share your journey with should never be taken for granted. You’re in a very fortunate position.

 Pairing up your proposal with the perfect engagement ring will upgrade that moment to a highlight of anyone’s life. And I’m sure that’s what you’re aiming for.

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Diamond Buying, Diamonds

5 Great Reasons To Choose A Solitaire Engagement Ring.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Sep 6, 2017 1:33:42 PM

Being in the diamond and jewellery trade for many years, I’ve grown to be sensitive to trends, both micro and large. And let me tell you solitaires are trending stronger than we’ve ever seen.

Being intrigued by this we’ve been having countless chats with visitors to understand why the classic solitaire is as appealing as it’s ever been in 2017.

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

Choosing A Custom Engagement Ring Design – Personal Style and Budget

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 17, 2017 12:51:25 PM

Personally, I’m a fanboy of custom engagement rings.

 Around 70% of the projects we undertake are customised designs of some sort, and if this number seems large - it is. We recommend our custom route every day of the week wholeheartedly.

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