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Johan Poggenpoel

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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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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: 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

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

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

The 4C’s Of Diamonds - 1 Carat Edition

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 14, 2017 2:51:02 PM

 

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds

Lifestyle Considerations When Choosing An Engagement Ring: Comfort.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Aug 7, 2017 4:46:49 PM

 

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

Lifestyle Considerations When Choosing An Engagement Ring Design - Wear and Tear.

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jul 28, 2017 4:59:46 PM

 

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Topics: Engagement Ring Advice, Diamonds, Palladium, Gemstones, Custom Engagement Rings

THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR ENGAGEMENT RING DESIGNS (July 2017)

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jul 4, 2017 4:22:48 PM

Major shifts in the engagement ring world don’t come along every year.

Much like all other jewellery and fashion-items, there are seasonal changes, but a classy dress or suit you bought 2 years ago wouldn't be a fashion disaster in 2017.

Over the last 15 - 20 years the whole look of an engagement ring has changed dramatically. Chunky domed yellow gold rings have been replaced by delicate platinum and white gold rings.

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

Optimising your R100 000+ Diamond Engagement Ring Purchase

Posted by Johan Poggenpoel on Jun 29, 2017 2:59:48 PM

“Optimising” or any derivative of the word isn’t widely associated with the luxury industry. Luxury goods, by definition, refer to non-essential products wealthy individuals buy with surplus income.

 After selling thousands of diamond engagement rings over the past decade I can promise you that more often than not an engagement ring is saved up for, and seen as very essential, mind you.

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Topics: Diamond Buying, Engagement Rings Advice, Custom Engagement Rings